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The tiny Kingdom of Swaziland is a sovereign state lying within South Africa and bordered to the east by Mozambique. Ruled by a monarchy through royal succession, the current King Mswati III is head of state. The country is just over 17000km² in size with a diverse terrain of flat bushveld, sub-tropical forests and mountainous regions.
The average age in Swaziland is a very young 21 and their citizens pride themselves in their attire; brightly coloured material adorned with beadwork, feathers and skins.
The roads between the main towns are tarred with a few gravelled sections. Lesser roads may require a 4x4 vehicle.
Annual temperatures average around 17° peaking at 28° in mid-summer.
Swaziland’s currency is the Lilangeni (plural is Emalangeni), its value the same as that of the South African Rand and both currencies are in circulation.
The friendly, welcoming Swazi people fiercely protect their culture and sacred ceremonies which have changed little over the years. These rich traditions, along with the country’s scenic splendour and multitude of wildlife, attracts visitors from all over the world.
Things to do
Although the country itself is small (equivalent size of Wales in the UK) and the road network fairly good, many of the attractions are spread throughout Swaziland.
Swaziland has 17 wildlife protected areas and the Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve in the east offers safari tours of the Big 5 (elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino).
The Swazi people are experts in weaving, considering that their traditional domed huts consist purely of grass rope weave. If you’re in Mbabane or Manzini, visit the busy Swazi Craft Markets and purchase a woven basket to carry your curios.
The Royal Swazi Spa in Mbabane has both a casino and wellness centre.
Visit the Mantenga Cultural Village & Nature Reserve south of Mbabane for a living cultural experience and the chance... Show more
For those who are a little adventurous and enjoy the company of other travellers, you can decide to stay at a Backpackers. Often having to share a room with others as well as costs, it is incredibly inexpensive. Often the best choice for those who may be just passing through or will be occupied for the majority of their day. It comes with the most basic amenities and is often formed as part of a bar or similar establishment. Not recommended for those who want privacy, this is best suited for those who wouldn’t mind meeting various other interesting travellers.