I’ve already written about my hilarious and heartwarming visit to the Umphakatsi Cultural Experience while staying at the lovely Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. While we visited with the women and children at the village, everyone in my group was, effectively, “adopted” by one or two of the kids who took a shine to us. This little girl and I didn’t share enough of each other’s languages to even exchange names, but we spent the morning singing and dancing as if we had been friends for years.

When I got home and started working with the thousands of images I took while there, I couldn’t stop looking at my little friend’s eyes. After some digital experimentation, I got it to this the point, and it immediately became one of my favourite photos of the trip. Swaziland Mlilwane cultural village