Swaziland National Museum - travel journal

Trip group
We have worked with our partner in Swaziland, All Out Africa, to devise a trip for children that attend the local Neighbourhood Care Point (NCP) centres. These centres were started by local communities and most of the children who attend have lost a parent, or in some cases are orphaned. Travelling by minibus and stopping for lunch ensures a fun-packed day out for the children plus they see some of the local heritage sites that, too often, only tourists to their country have the privilege of viewing.

This Museum has an essential role in preserving past traditions and culture for future generations. In 1974 the International Council of Museums (ICOM) defined the museum as a "non-profit making institution in the service of society and of its development and open to the public" (ICOM 1974). The objectives of the Museum are:

(a) To collect all natural and man-made objects that reflect both natural and cultural heritage of the Swazi and Southern African peoples;
(b) To document all specimens and objects collected;
(c) To conserve and preserve using the best means possible all items in the collection;
(d) To exhibit for public information, materials in its collection;
(e) To serve as an informal education forum for school groups, refugee camps and adult education centres.

The Museum was built in 1972. Two small rooms house the exhibition area. In 1986 a storage room, workshop, photography dark room and a temporary exhibition area was constructed. This area completes the ethnography section. In 1990, Government approved and funded the construction of the showroom and natural history wing. The showroom houses three royal cars used by King Sobhuza II.

Date: 17 July 2017

Explorers: 15 children from Mlindazwe Neighourhood Care Point (NCP) aged between four and six years old, plus seven adults (including one NCP teacher, one teaching assistant, three cooking ladies, one volunteer and one All Out Africa supporting staff).

The weather was: Bright and sunny.

Car and historic photo collection
We saw: Stuffed animals at the National Museum and a traditional Swazi hut. We also saw, the late King Sobhuza’s cars and historic pictures. We were also shown the light that is lit each time the late King is remembered on special occasions. We also saw the solider that guards the site where the late King was laid.

We ate: Chicken stew with salad and variety of fruit juices.

Some of our favourite parts of the day:
  • Seeing the historic cars of the late King Sobhuza 11 and pictures.
  • Seeing a lot of stuffed animals.

Tour guide
Photographing the exhibit
Quotes from the day
"I was happy about the trip because it was my first time to go to the National Museum. I saw stuffed animals namely zebra, lion, birds and also got the chance to see the late King Sobhuza 11 statue."
Langelihle Dlamini (age 5)

"I was happy about our trip and it was my first time to go there. I saw different type of animals and also got the chance to see the late King Sobhuza’s 11 black cars."
Dumsani Silindza (age 6)

"The trip was successful and very exciting for me. I was very excited when I saw the cars of the late King Sobhuza 11. When I grow up I want to have a similar car like the one I saw. I also enjoyed the food that we ate today."
Andiswa Dlamini (age 6)

"I was very happy on my first trip because we saw a lot of things. They showed us “Sikhumbuto” (the remembrance light) of the late King Sobhuza 11. I also saw a stuffed lion and zebra. I also enjoyed viewing the cars of the late King."
Yenzokuhle Khumalo (age 6)

"My kids were very excited about what they saw on their trip. The best thing and what they enjoyed most were the cars of the late King Sobhuza 11. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!!!"
- Teacher Mgazi (teacher)
All Out Africa logoAbout our partner organisation: All Out Africa is a social enterprise comprising of a group of companies and a non-profit based in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Botswana. It caters to people looking for a wide variety of African experiences from volunteering, tours, research, internships, and university field studies, whilst at the same time, building sustainable long-term projects.

All Out is serious about giving back to the community and the environment. That is why they set up a foundation to help expand and sustain their project development, which include support to the six care centres for vulnerable children, a sports development program for local children and youth, community building projects, child sponsorship program to support vulnerable children at primary and high school levels to assist them with school requirements, and facilitate conservation research projects at the wildlife and marine research centres. All Out shares their passion for Southern Africa’s people, places and wildlife with the world and offers adventures that change lives.

Child with orange
Museum entrance
Mountain in background
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