Swaziland, officially the Kingdom of Swaziland (/swɑːzᵻlænd/ or /swɑːzᵻlənd/; Swazi: Umbuso weSwatini; sometimes called kaNgwane or Eswatini), is a sovereign state in Southern Africa. It is neighboured by Mozambique to its east and by South Africa to its north, west and south. The country and its people take their names from Mswati II, the 19th-century king under whose rule Swazi territory was expanded and unified.
At no more than 200 kilometres (120mi) north to south and 130 kilometres (81mi) east to west, Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa. Despite its size, however, its climate and topography is diverse, ranging from a cool and mountainous highveld to a hot and dry lowveld. The population is primarily ethnic Swazis whose language is siSwati. They established their kingdom in the mid-18th century under the leadership of Ngwane III; the present boundaries were drawn up in 1881. After the Anglo-Boer War, Swaziland was a Britishprotectorate from 1903 until 1967. It regained its independence on 6 September 1968.
Sub-Tropical Christmas in Swaziland was always a loaded day in every sense. As a child, I alternated holidays between each of my parents after their acrimonious divorce in 1967 and the contrast was acute.