Why Visit Swaziland?
The Kingdom of Swaziland is a land-locked country in Southern Africa, bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. The country is the oldest monarchy in Africa. With game reserves, endless unspoiled landscapes and plenty to see and do, Swaziland offers a fascinating travel destination.
Swaziland is a country offering an authentic African culture, diverse scenery, interactive game parks and amazing outdoor activity, with a wide variety of accommodation ranging from camping and backpackers to top end establishments renown for their comfort and service.
Swaziland honours ancient cultural traditions, which bring unity and solidarity to the nation. These are sacred affairs, however by their nature, the Swazi people welcome visitors to most of these events, given certain traditions are respected. These include woman wearing skirts, no hats and restricted photography in certain areas, gender-specific zones, among others.
Highlights & Places in Swaziland
- Hlane Royal National Park
- Mkhaya Game Reserve
- Malolotja Nature Reserve
- Mlawula Nature Reserve
- Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
- Ngwenya Glass Village
- Malkerns Valley
With such a plethora of game reserves, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, it is no surprise that safaris and game viewing are among the top things to do in Swaziland. The largest of the country’s reserves is Hlane Royal National Park, however there are many other smaller parks that offer a premier safari experience. Birding is also excellent in Swaziland, with a large number of endemic and migratory species to be seen across the various habitats found within the country.
Golf and spa resorts are also found in abundance in Swaziland. These offer the perfect getaway for those who wish to take some time out to enjoy the peace and quiet on these unique golf courses that boast the best views from the greens in Africa. Cultural tours are another popular activity, with plenty of places such as Ngwenya Glass Village or Malkerns Valley to visit. Those who wish to explore another side to Swaziland can pay a visit to Piggs Peak, which is a premier casino destination that offers a range of casino games along with quality craft and Phophonyane Falls Eco Lodge and nature reserve.
Best Time to Visit Swaziland
Swaziland average temperatures range from 17°C to 37°C.
When to Go
Swaziland is a year-round travel destination, with mild weather most of the year round. Summers run from November to February, and are typically hot and wet producing lush scenery. Autumn runs from March to May, bringing occasional rain showers and cooler weather, during which time the grass turns golden. Winter runs from June to July, with warm, mild days and cooler nights. Spring runs from September to October, with mild weather. The Ncwala ceremony celebrates the beginning of the rainy season in late December or early January, while the Umhlanga (Reed Dance) occurs in late August or early September.
Getting There & Getting Around
Getting To Swaziland
Swaziland is primarily a self-drive destination, with many international tourists opting for predesigned itineraries or tours booked through Tour Operators. Matsapha Airport offers international flights from OR Tambo international Airport (JHB,SA) only, while there are also excellent roads for entry via South Africa or Mozambique. Limited bus routes are also on offer for travel from major destinations in South Africa or from Maputo.
Getting Around Swaziland
Car travel offers the most convenient way to get around Swaziland, while minibus taxis are also found in abundance. Mini Bus taxis are generally safe (personal), but their driving is sometimes sketchy. The roads are generally fairly good, but may be less so in the more rural areas.
Swaziland Tips : Know Before You Go
ATMs/Currency/Money: there are banks and ATMs across Swaziland’s various towns, with a few shops and restaurants accepting credit and debit cards.
Internet Availability: there are internet shops in some towns, and many accommodation venues have internet access. The country’s infrastructure is not world-class, so experiences problems frequently, especially during summer and thunderstorms.
Drinking Water: tap water is safe to drink in the larger cities, and most tourism establishments and bottled water is readily available.
Hospitals & Medical: there are hospitals, doctors, dentists and other healthcare providers in Mbabane and Manzini, with limited healthcare options in smaller towns. Only reputable hospitals should be used.
Visa Requirements: Visa requirements should be confirmed at the time of enquiry.
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From the Mhlumeni Border Post in Swaziland it is about an 80 kilometre drive to Komatipoort.
Should be about an hour and a half, depending on the time spent at border control.
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