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Smile from Swaziland

October 29, 2017

Day 21 | Km : 974 | Manzini, Swaziland

Petualangan kami lanjut menuju arah Timur, dari Pietermaritzburg kami memilih jalan pedesaan melewati daerah perkebunan tebu yang luas dan hamparan perbukitan hijau, hanya kami yang bersepeda motor disini, selama perjalanan tak satupun motor yang kami temui, hanya mini bus berpapasan atau searah jalur kami. Sepanjang jalan masyarakat pun sudah melihat kami dari jauh mengendarai motor berwarna merah cerah dan melambaikan tangan sambil senyum lebar. Dan setelah 2 jam riding, kamipun masuk jalan toll mengarah ke timur hingga jalan toll berakhir sampai di Richard Bay sekitar 300 km riding di jalan toll ( sepeda motor bisa masuk toll di Afrika Selatan dan akan kena biaya).

Hari sore dan kami tetap berkendara menuju Swaziland border di Golela, kami melewati beberapa Game Reserve alias Taman Konservasi. Kami beruntung bisa menyaksikan sekumpulan Gajah Afrika yang sedang makan dan hanya berjarak sekitar 20 meter dari badan jalan, spontan saya pub berhenti dan menyaksikan moment langkah ini dari jarak dekat, sangat dekat. Ini pengalaman yang luar biasa.

Sayapun riding santai menuju Golela border karena semakin penasaran ketika melewati daerah konservasi, apabila kita jeli, bisa melihat kumpulan kancil, jerapah, bufallo dan Ostrich dari ponggir jalan saja. Akhirnya kami pun tiba di border hampir gelap. Kami berencana mencari campsite dekat border namun nihil karena hanya Lodge yang tersedia dengan tarif yang mahal. Akhirnya kami kembali ke desa dekat border dan istirahat sejenak sambil memikirkan untuk lanjut atau tetap di border karena kita belum tahu apakah disebelah Swaziland akan ketemu campsite setelah perbatasan atau tidak, hari sudah gelap, akhirnya kami putuskan untuk lanjut ke Swaziland. Border disini beroperasi hingga jam 10 malam, jadi tidak masalah waktu masih pukul 8. Kami langsung masuk dan proses imigrasi dan custom sangat cepat dan ramah sewaktu exit Afrika Selatan, kemudian masuk Swaziland, pelayanan sangat ramah dan welcome. Staff imigrasi bahkan sempat bercanda dengan kami. Terakhir ada pengecekan dari polisi dan kelihatanya akan turun hujan karena gerumuh guntur mulai terdengar. Sang polisi melihat kami sudah letih, dia sangat kaget ketika dapati kendaraan kami datang dari Indonesia dan akhirnya ditawarkanlah pos polisi perbatasan untuk kami bisa tidur semalam dan kami pun langsung meng-iya-kan tawaran tersebut karena mulai turun hujan. Malam itu nyamuk silih berganti menggigit tangan dan leher, belum lagi pos polisi ribut dengan orang yang melapor karena pertengkaran dalam pesta dekat border. Dan kamipun tidak bisa tidur nyenyak karena kondisi tersebut.

Keesokan harinya langit begitu cerah, burung-burung mulai berkicau, waktu masih jam 4.30 pagi matahari mulai muncul, rupanya kalau summer siang hari lebih panjang dari malam hari disini. Kami lanjut berkendara kearah Manzini, jalan begitu sepi dan hanya terlihat savana. Tak lama kemudian mulai terlihat aktivitas masyarakat di desa-desa kecil, kebanyakan anak-anak lagi menunggu bus ke sekolah. Hari ini sangat cerah dan semakin siang udara semakin panas. Kamipun istirahat di salah satu supermarket di desa kecil 40 km sebelum Manzini ( kota terbesar kedua di Swaziland). Hawa panas membuat kami malas bergerak hingga menunggu sore hari, namun lagi-lagi awan tebal menyelimuti daerah tersebut.

Kami meminta izin kepada pemilik supermarket untuk bisa kemping di lokasi tersebut karena tanahnya luas. Namun Ibu Naora (si pemilik supermarket) malah menawarkan kami kamar di rumahnya yang berjarak 100meter dari supermarket tersebut. Kami menunggu sampai toko tutup (jam 6 sore) lalu bersama sama kami menuju rumahnya. Kami terkejut ketika melihat rumahnya sangat luas dan memiliki banyak bilik ciri khas rumah tradisional Swaziland. Kami disambut baik keluarga tersebut karena mengetahui kami datang dari jauh dengan sepeda motor. Malamnya kami makan bersama di bangunan berbentuk silinder atau disebut ‘roundville’ sebagai tempat bersantai sekaligus pertemuan keluarga. Kami dihidangkan makan malam ‘Braai’ atau Daging Bakar ciri khas masakan Swaziland. Kami sangat menikmati suasana tersebut sambil bercerita (bahasa yang digunakan disini Bahasa Inggris yang sebagai bahasa utama negara Swaziland) mengenai Indonesia.

Beruntung kami tidak kemping karena malam itu ada badai angin sehingga terdengar gerumuh angin kencang disela sela bangunan dan pepohonan. Keluarga ini sangat senang dengan kehadiran kita karena mendengar cerita perjalanan kita. Lewat pengalaman ini kami yakin dengan melakukan hal positif akan selalu mendapat hal yang positif juga.

Salam adventure dari Swaziland. 

 

English Version :

 

Day 21 | Km: 974 | Manzini, Swaziland

 

Our adventure continued towards the East, from Pietermaritzburg we chose rural roads through the vast sugarcane plantation area and the expanse of green hills, only we were riding motorbikes here, during the trip none of the motorbikes we met, only mini buses passed or in the direction of our path. Along the way the community had seen us from a distance riding a bright red motorbike and waving with a big smile. And after 2 hours of riding, we also enter the toll road leading east until the toll road ends at Richard Bay about 300 km riding on the toll road (the motorbike can enter the toll in South Africa and will be charged).

 

In the afternoon and we continued to drive to the Swaziland border in Golela, we passed several Game Reserve aka Conservation Parks. We were lucky to be able to watch a group of African Elephants eating and only about 20 meters from the road, my pub spontaneously stopped and watched the moment of this move from close range, very close. This is an amazing experience.

 

riding leisurely towards the Golela border because I was more curious when passing through the conservation area, if we were observant, we could see a collection of mouse deer, giraffes, bufallo and Ostrich from the road. Finally we arrived at the border almost dark. We planned to look for a campsite near the border but it was zero because only the Lodge was available at an expensive rate. Finally we went back to the village near the border and took a short break thinking about going forward or staying on the border because we didn't know whether next to Swaziland would find a campsite after the border or not, it was dark, we finally decided to go to Swaziland. Border here operates until 10 pm, so it doesn't matter when it's 8 o'clock. We go straight in and the immigration and custom process is very fast and friendly when leaving South Africa, then entering Swaziland, the service is very friendly and welcome. Immigration staff even joked with us. Lastly there was a check from the police and it seemed that it was going to rain because the murmur of thunder began to be heard. The police officer saw that we were tired, he was very surprised to find our vehicle coming from Indonesia and finally offered a border police post for us to sleep overnight and we immediately offered the offer because it started to rain. That night mosquitoes took turns biting their hands and neck, not to mention the noisy police post with the person come and go and also because of a fight at a party near the border. And we can't sleep well because of these conditions.

 

The next day the sky was so bright, the birds began to chirp, when it was 4.30 in the morning the sun began to appear, apparently if the daytime afternoon was longer than night here. We continued driving towards Manzini, the road was so quiet and only visible savanna. Shortly afterwards, community activities in small villages began to appear, most of the children were waiting for the bus to go to school. Today is very bright and the more air is getting hotter. We also take a break in one of the supermarkets in the small village 40 km before Manzini (the second largest city in Swaziland). The heat made us lazy to move until we waited for the afternoon, but again a thick cloud enveloped the area.

 

We ask permission from the supermarket owner to be able to camp at this location because the land is large.

But Ms. Naora (the supermarket owner) offered us a room in her house that was 100 meters from the supermarket. We wait until the shop closes (6:00 p.m.) then together we go to his house. We were surprised to see his house was very spacious and had many booths typical of traditional Swaziland houses. We were welcomed by the family because we knew we had come from a distance by motorcycle. That night we ate together in a cylindrical building or called 'roundville' as a place to relax as well as family gatherings. We were served a 'Braai' or Meat Grill dinner characteristic of Swaziland cuisine. We really enjoyed the atmosphere while telling stories (the language used here is English which is the main language of the country of Swaziland) regarding Indonesia.

 

Luckily we did not camp because that night there was a windstorm so that there was a roar of strong winds between the buildings and trees. This family is very happy with our presence because they hear the story of our journey. Through this experience we believe that doing positive things will always get positive things too.

 

Greeting adventure from Swaziland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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