Hakuna Matata in Tanzania

 

I visited Tanzania (after a good 9 years!) and spent a little over a week there, just before the festivities were in full swing! There were Christmas trees everywhere, hand-made by local artisans, bearing wooden carvings with messages of peace, love, joy and prosperity. I find Tanzanian craftsmanship incredibly detail oriented, with little stories that make your heart sing with appreciation and joy.

The Kingdom of Swaziland

The Kingdom of Swaziland

I must admit, I found it fascinating when I first discovered that Swaziland is a landlocked Kingdom, sort of within South Africa. Well actually, it’s bordered in the North, West and South by the Republic of South Africa and by Mozambique in the East. I think the one thing most people do know about Swaziland, is that it is a ‘monarchical democracy’. That’s right, Africa’s last absolute monarchy. Think about that for a minute. Rather powerful, statement especially given what history tells us about the hundreds of African monarchies that have faded away through time. I mean it’s no doubt that Africa has for long been home to hundreds of Kings.