Swaziland gained its independence in 1968 and it is one of only three monarchies left in Africa. Led by His Majesty King Mswati III, the nation rejoices in its traditions and is staunchly committed to safeguarding its rich culture, social and natural heritage for future generations. The two most important festivals are the iNcwala in December and the Umhlanga in late August or early September. The annual Bushfire festival celebrates an eclectic Pan-African and international line-up of live music, theatre, poetry, film, circus, dance and visual arts.
The Mantenga Cultural Village, only 10 minutes’ drive from the Royal Swazi Spa, is a living museum of all things traditional and represents a classical Swazi lifestyle during the 1850's. The Royal Swazi Spa, built in 1965, is a deep-rooted part of the social fabric of Swaziland.