People speaking languages ancestral to current Sotho and Nguni languages began settling no later than the 11th century.
The Swazi settlers, then known as the Ngwane (or baka Ngwane), before entering Swaziland had been settled on the banks of the Pongola River.
Taking place over a week, normally the last in August, it is largely private, however its final two public days (normally a Sunday and Monday) are a spectacle that is unrivalled in Africa today.
Thousands upon thousands of maidens dress up in brightly coloured attire and sing, dance together as they deliver the reed or umlanga to the Royal Residence.
These peoples hailed from the Great Lakes regions of eastern and central Africa.
Evidence of agriculture and iron use dates from about the 4th century.
have enjoyed cordial relations since the latter’s independence from Great Britain.
The United States is currently a major aid donor to Swaziland, and both governments cooperate on matters such as preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.
At no more than 200 kilometres (120 mi) north to south and 130 kilometres (81 mi) east to west, Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa; despite this, its climate and topography are diverse, ranging from a cool and mountainous highveld to a hot and dry lowveld.
Contact Swazi Trails for more information and advise on where to stay during the event.
Estimated dates for the 2018 are 28th of August to the 3rd of September - to be confirmed closer to the ceremony (main public days - TO BE ANNOUNCED too ).
This is based on an educated guess as the dates are yet to be confirmed by Royalty.
It is neighboured by Mozambique to its northeast and by South Africa to its north, west and south; it is a landlocked country.