Tag Archives: Travel

A gorgeous respite in rural Swaziland!

Rockin’ at Rock Lodge

This weekend I celebrated Austrialian Day here in Swaziland with a wonderful bunch of Aussie volunteers. Snags on the barbie and a luscious pavlova were on the menu…at Rock Lodge. An amazing local livelihood project south west of Malkerns at … Continue reading


Christmas In Southern Africa

  After a hectic five months, my holidays have arrived! I took off for Kruger Park and Mozambique shortly after my birthday, which was a lovely present. It took around 6 hours to get to Kruger from Manzini. Our little … Continue reading

One of Mlilwane's resident springboks.

Back to Mlilwane

This week was busy…and tiring. We had a very inspiring Gender Consortium meeting on Friday at SWAGAA — in November is a global initiative called 16 Days of Activism Against Abuse and all the Swazi gender-based NGOs have a hand … Continue reading

At the park entrance

Swaziland’s Smallest Wildlife Sanctuary

  A lovely lunch, a horribly injured hippo, and beehive huts – it was hot and sunny day in Mlilwane Park today, Swaziland’s smallest wildlife sanctuary (4,560 hectares). After taking a kombi (mini van transpiration – maximum 15 people, usually … Continue reading

Royal maidens leading the regiments.

Dancing Maidens at Umhlanga

Ever since I got to Swaziland, people have been talking about Umhlanga. Gina, a German volunteer in our office was incredulous when I admitted not knowing what it was. “Have you been living under a rock? Umhlanga is Swaziland’s biggest … Continue reading


Swazi Food

I’ve been in Swaziland for two weeks and am starting to get the hang of things. On one hand it’s a very modern country, for those with an education and money, and a very challenging one for those without.  There’s … Continue reading

On the road in northern Ethiopia

We’re currently on a road trip in northern Ethiopia that will last 10 days. First stop was two hours north of Addis in Debre Behar, where we met two volunteers at the local teaching college. Maeve Keenan’s specialty is advising … Continue reading


Addis Ababa is a diplomatic hub, swimming with white UN vehicles and trucks emblazoned with NGO emblems. The home of the Organization of African Unity and the headquarters of the UN Economic Commission for Africa,  Addis is also one quirky … Continue reading