Ad­ven­ture, ad­ven­ture, ad­ven­ture

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In Swazi­land, the ad­ven­tur­ous pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less!

Swazi Trails, a pop­u­lar lo­cal tour com­pany, kindly took me ad­ven­ture caving and quad bik­ing and the ex­pe­ri­ence was sub­lime.

The ad­ven­ture caving was pretty stren­u­ous and started off with a 45-minute hike, but our guide’s morale-boost­ing at­ti­tude got us through.

He also took loads of pic­tures be­cause we couldn’t take our phones into the cave, en­sur­ing that our mem­o­ries were cap­tured.

Be pre­pared to crawl, climb and slide through holes and cracks, but you’ll feel like a cham­pion by the end. As if the caving ex­pe­ri­ence wasn’t fun enough, Swazi Trails took us to a lo­cal hot springs af­ter­wards.

They sup­plied us with boxes of pizza – we got to choose our piz­zas be­fore the tour – while we swam and hung out with lo­cals.

Tip: Ad­ven­ture caving is a messy af­fair – bring clothes that you don’t mind get­ting dirty. Also bring your swim­suit and a towel. Even if you can’t swim (like me), you’ll have a lot of fun in the hot spring.

But Swazi Trails will in­form you on all the deets. Dur­ing my quad bik­ing ad­ven­ture, I drove through parts of Swazi­land that I wouldn’t have ven­tured into by foot. I drove through dirt trails, laughed with kids and waved at the aun­ties and un­cles, while tak­ing in moun­tain views along the way.

My guide went above and be­yond his role, quickly trans­form­ing into my pho­tog­ra­pher and videog­ra­pher as well. Even though it was my first time on a quad bike, I left feel­ing like a pro.

Swazi Trails or­gan­ises nu­mer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties for you to take part in, in­clud­ing white wa­ter rafting, canopy tours and the fa­mous Sibebe Rock hike. It’s the steep­est hike in the world and you have to walk side­ways to com­plete it!

If you look RE­ALLY closely, you will see lil ol’ me. The pic­ture re­ally doesn’t do Sibebe Rock jus­tice. To give you some per­spec­tive, I nearly fell when climb­ing to this part of the rock… How­ever, Swazi Trails will take you up a dif­fer­ent route. If you love ad­ven­ture, waste no time head­ing to Swazi­land. I al­ready have a list of all of the ac­tiv­i­ties I plan to do with Swazi Trails when I re­turn.

KEEP­ING FIT: I prob­a­bly lost two dress sizes dur­ing my caving ex­pe­ri­ence. En­durance is re­quired!

LOVELY: If your tour guide doesn’t take your photos and videos for you, is he re­ally your guide?

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