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When we left Kruger National Park, the sun was falling precipitously over the green hills. My mind was preoccupied with the feeling that we were about to cross another international border and would soon be in Swaziland.

The border post arrived suddenly - a modest barricade with an exit from South Africa office adjacent to it. The formalities took only a few moments and after presenting a newly obtained gate pass to a group of police officers standing around chatting, we headed into a brief stretch of no man's land between the two nations. We arrived at another gate and a small concrete building on the right. Inside, we were stamped in Swaziland, paid a 50 ZAR (~$5) road tax and were on our way again.

South Africa has areas of extreme poverty, but crossing into Swaziland felt like a ticket to another world. The temperature was cold and masses were huddled on the other side of the border, trying to enter South Africa before the border closed at 8pm. A roadside market offered fresh produce, but beyond that came farmland and very modest housing structures, many without doors or windows, on the road we found artisanal markets and restaurants.

When we arrived at our hotel we were amazed, encrusted in a large mountain in Mbabane (capital), the boutique hotel seems like an exotic corner with a touch that you are one of the few humans on the face of the earth who will experience a view like that in a country with less than 1 million inhabitants.

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Mogi Boutique Hotel is an exclusive and luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of Ezulwini, Swaziland.

Each room has an extra-long king-size bed, an en suite bathroom and is decorated with luxurious furnishings. The hotel is ideally located just a few steps from tourist attractions, shopping centers and game reserves, yet far enough away to relax in our peaceful gardens and listen to the birdsong.

We recommend a trip to Swaziland, we drove through half the country. It's a small place with kind people and it's worth a visit.


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