Manzini to Mbabane, the Hard Way

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
          -- Robert Frost

Sure, one could get to Mbabane the usual way.
Cross the plain to Malkerns Market,
pass the Royal Kraal of Sobhuza at Lobamba,
gamble to overtake chugging buses,
past the comical South African tourists,
in pursuit of forbidden fruits at the Casino,
then climb out of the Ezulweni and enter Mbabane.

At night it could even be spectacular,
With the long lines of fire on mountain sides,
Mingled with the cloying scent of orange blossoms,
And the roar of the Christmas beetle.

But there is another way...

It is farther but more rewarding.

Travel back in time with me to 1969,
Leave Manzini and head not west, but east,
Then turn north on the road to Ekukanyeni...

Coming Next: Faces of Swaziland

          

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