Experiencing Swaziland’s rich culture and friendly people are highlights of a visit here. Travelers are welcome to watch some of the celebrations of the two main festivals. Umhlanga, the animated Reed Dance ceremony, is Swaziland’s most famous festival. It takes place during the last week of August or first week of September when young women from around the country come here to participate in a joyful song and dance performance. In December and January, Incwala is an impressive kingship ritual lasting about three weeks.
In the beautiful Ezulwini valley (the Valley of Heaven), Lobamba is Swaziland’s spiritual and cultural heart. This laid-back town is home to Swaziland’s monarchy as well as its most important buildings. Here, visitors will find the Lobamba Royal Village with the Royal Kraal, the Parliament Building, the National Museum, and other government buildings
Afriski is one of only two ski resorts in southern Africa, located 3222m above sea-level in the Maluti Mountains, operating in Southern Africa near the northern border of Lesotho and South Africa.
The resort is a 4.5-hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria via the steep tarred Moteng pass and the Mahlasela pass. The resort can accommodate about 250 people and offers a 1km ski slope, plus beginner’s slope and operates during the winter months (June–August)
This highlight of Lesotho‘s cultural calendar continues to grow in prestige; an increasing number of attendees make the trip from South Africa each year. The five-day event, held annually in late September or early October, showcases the diversity of Sotho culture through dance, electronic and jazz music, poetry and theater.