Interesting Facts About Eswatini
Eswatini is Africa’s little gem.With a thriving population, varying landscapes and rolling hills. The country is a tourist favourite and amongst one of the most scenic places on the continent. However there are a number of interesting and outrageously wild fun facts about the country which many may or might not be familiar with. Look at this list and let us know which ones you find fascinating.
1. Absolute Monarchy
Monarchy and one of the few remaining in the world. This form of government gives the head of state supreme authority that supersedes all written laws, legislature or customs. By tradition, the king reigns along with his mother who is known as the Indlovukazi (She-elephant) while the King is referred to as Ingwenyama (Lion).
2. Swaziland Was Always Eswatini
The year 2018 was a historical one for the Kingdom. The year not only signified a double celebration of 50 years of Independence as well as the 50th birthday of the head of state, but it also marked when the country went from being Swaziland to Eswatini overnight. Literally. However, an interesting fact to note is that the Kingdom was always considered Eswatini by it’s people. The change was only a legal affirmation.
3. Second Largest Rock Found Here
Sibebe Rock which is located on the outskirts of Mbabane, is the world’s second largest monolith (single piece of rock). It lags a little behind Australia’s Uluru.
4. Best Big Five Safari Experiences
It is possible to observe the famous big five which consists of lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo in Eswatini. It is also to be noted that the Kingdom is one of the very few countries in the world where BOTH black and white rhinos can be found.
5. Longest Reigning Monarch In The World
King Sobhuza II, the present King’s father, reigned from 1899 to 1982 and spent 82 years and 253 days on the throne. This makes him the longest reigning monarch in world history.