March 25th, 2012
Unless you’re in Swaziland… then please go chasing waterfalls.
One of my major struggles here in The Swaz is the lack of appreciation for beautiful things. Yes the nature of Swaziland is breathtaking, but the lack of beautiful designs, architecture, art, landscaping, anything aesthetically pleasing really is a bit of a downer for me. I just want to marvel at something.
Well I finally found something to marvel at … a waterfall!!
Another PCV lives about an hours trek to an amazing waterfall. Of course this also means there are mountains to marvel at as well. It was amazing. Myself and some fellow PCVS spent the better part of Sunday morning soaking in the sight and sounds of cascading water. It’s a popular spot for Swazis to come to also, but thankfully it was Sunday and they were all at church so we had the spot all to ourselves.
The waterfall is also a religious site for Jericho’s, a religion originating in Swaziland, and they hold a pilgrimage here every year. Remnants of their last visit were evident in candle wax dripped over rock and trees, wherever a suitable candlestick holder was found. They also believe it is where the seven headed snake lives, however the snake never made an appearance while we were there. Aside from bugs and a frog, the only wildlife we saw was a village chicken looking very out of place struggling to climb the boulders.