Located conveniently in between South Africa and Mozambique, it is the smallest country in the southern hemisphere and one of the most relaxed. Colour, culture and vibrant tradition make Swaziland unique. Mountainous grandeur, lush forests, fertile valleys and the African Lowveld combine to take a visitor on a scenic tour of wonder through the “Switzerland of Africa”.
The wildlife reserves are superb and provide the opportunity for game viewing on horseback while bird viewing is excellent. Visitors here appreciate the warmth and friendliness of the Swazi people. Despite modernisation, the Swazi people have preserved their age-old customs and traditional ceremonies. It is well worth timing a visit to coincide with one of the spectacular royal ceremonies.
Access to Swaziland may be made through any of twelve border posts or the centrally located Matsapha airport with all four corners of the country accessible by tarred road. The capital Mbabane, and the industrial hub of Manzini are sophisticated business centers offering an upbeat alternative to the tranquillity and sense of timeless found in more outlying areas. Swaziland provides travellers with the ideal gateway between KwaZulu-Natal and the Kruger National Park, as well as between Johannesburg and Mozambique.
Points of Interest
Ngwenya glass factory is worth a visit. Specializing in hand-made glass ornaments made from recycled glass.
Swazi Candle factory is renowned throughout the world and has artists and craftsmen who produce unique candle designs.
The Phophoyane Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful places to stay and contains outstanding views and landscapes, most notably the Phophonyane River, on which is sited the 80 m high Phophonyane Falls.
Incwala or First Fruit Ceremony is a spectacular royal ceremonial event which is held in summer on a date chosen by Swazi astronomers.
The Umhlanga or Annual Reed Dance is performed annually by young maidens to pay homage to the Queen Mother. From among them the king chooses his next wife – an honour the girl cannot refuse
The Hlane National Royal Park is the largest wildlife reserve and home to the largest herds of game in the Kingdom and offers a wide range of activities – self-drive roads, Open Land Rover Game Drives, Lion or Rhino Tours,
Guided Mountain Bike Trails, Birding Walks and the Umphakatsi Visit to the neighbouring real Chief’s Village Mlilwane Wildlife is Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area and a beautiful, secluded sanctuary situated in the
Kingdom’s Ezulwini Valley, ‘Valley of Heavens’. Sanctuary visitors can also experience spending a night in a traditional, grass beehive huts.
Swaziland has a fairly temperate climate with hot summers and mild winters. October is the warmest month. Between December and April Swaziland receives plenty of rainfall and is when the countryside looks fresh and green.