After St. Lucia, our next major stop was Kruger National park. The drive took a full day, and the fastest route was through the country of Swaziland.
Swaziland is only about 6,000 square miles and is completely landlocked; sandwiched between South Africa and Mozambique. It is ruled by an absolute monarch, but it reminded us a great deal of South Africa (they even take South African Rand as well as their own currency).
With that said, there are still major differences, including the major health issues that they face with HIV/AIDs and Tuberculosis, and the unique cultural traditions that continue to flourish.
What We Did:
While we only spent a few hours in the country, we were able to make two pit stops at a candle factory and a glass factory where locals were employed to create various keepsakes bought by tourists.