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Ezulwini valley spread out beneath the twin peaks of Sheba's Breasts, referred to in Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines is the main tourist location in Swaziland, with several hotels,...

Hlane Royal National Park is home to the largest herds of game in the Swazi Kingdom. In the vast bushveld expanse of eastern Swaziland where the hot, still sun of Africa beats on the dry...

Mbabane, situated at the northern end of the Ezulwini Valley, is the capital of Swaziland. The Mbabane Market has reasonably priced authentic crafts, including beadwork, stone and wood...

Mkhaya Game Reserve, named after the Acacia nigrescens tree, comprises of acacia-dominated thornveld in the south and broadleaf sandveld in the north. Unique, intimate encounters with...

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area, is a beautiful, secluded sanctuary situated in Swaziland’s “Valley of Heaven”, the Ezulwini Valley, in between Mbabane...

Piggs Peak is a town in north western Swaziland named after an early resident, William Pigg. It was founded around gold prospecting in 1884, but its main industry is now forestry....

The Kingdom of Swaziland, sometimes called Ngwane or Swatini, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, bordered to the north, south and west by South Africa, and to the east by Mozambique. The nation, as well as its people, are named after the 19th century king Mswati II.

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Swaziland is a small country, no more than 200 km north to south and 130 km east to west. The western half is mountainous, descending to a lowveld region to the east. The eastern border with Mozambique and South Africa is dominated by the escarpment of the Lebombo Mountains. The climate is temperate in the west, but may reach 40 degrees in summer in the lowveld. Rainfall occurs mainly in the summer and may reach 2 m in the west.

The area that Swaziland now covers has been continuously inhabited since prehistory. Today, the population is primarily ethnic Swazis whose language is siSwati, though English is spoken as a second language. The Swazi people descend from the southern Bantu who migrated from Central Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Anglo Boer war saw the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland make Swaziland a protectorate under its direct control. Swaziland gained independence in 1968. Swaziland is a member of the Southern African Development Community, the African Union, and the Commonwealth of Nations. The head of state is the king, who appoints the prime minister and a small number of representatives for both chambers of parliament. Elections are held every five years to determine the majority of the representatives. A new constitution was adopted in 2005.

Swaziland's economy is dominated by the service industry, manufacturing and agriculture. Some 75% of the population are employed in subsistence farming, and 60% of the population live on less than the equivalent of US$1.25 per day. Swaziland's main trading partner is South Africa, and its currency is pegged to the South African rand. Swaziland's economic growth and societal integrity is highly endangered by its disastrous HIV epidemic, to an extent where the United Nations Development Program has written that if it continues unabated, the "longer term existence of Swaziland as a country will be seriously threatened." The infection rate in the country is unprecedented and the highest in the world at 26.1% of adults and over 50% of adults in their 20s.

Climate: Swaziland has one of the most pleasant climates in the world and due to the countries’ four distinct regions, visitors will experience significant differences in temperature within a small area. With a mild summer and winter, the climate in Swaziland is mostly pleasant all year. Rain is more frequent from October to May, but with plenty of sunshine, low humidity and temperatures around 25°C (77°F). Winters can get quite cold at night but are relatively dry. Closer to Mozambique in the lowlands, conditions become more tropical. The three regions are sub-tropical and also have wet summers and dry winters. Here summer temperatures can become very high, while the winters are mild and very pleasant. The Highveld-region has a temperate climate of warm, wet summers and dry winters, when the temperature can rise quite sharply during the day but with cold nights. Snowfalls sometimes occur on the higher ground, but this is extremely rare.

Currency: Swaziland is part of the Rand Monetary Area. The currency, the Lilangeni (plural Emalangeni), is interchangeable with the South African Rand, but only the notes are considered legal tender throughout the Kingdom of Swaziland. Although South African Rands are accepted currency in Swaziland, Emalangeni are not accepted in South Africa; so do ensure to change your Emalangeni back to South African Rand before leaving the country. The commercial banks deal in foreign exchange and travellers’ cheques, while the major shops, hotels and service outlets accept international credit cards. One Lilangeni = One Rand.

Electricity: 220/240 volt AC, the plugs are three pin, but adaptors for two pin plugs are widely available.

Events: MTN Bushfire Festival - Backlit by fiery mountain sunsets across acres of pristine farmland, MTN BUSHFIRE is Swaziland’s internationally acclaimed three day music & arts festival that celebrates creative expression whilst promoting social responsibility, stimulating the economy, and drawing talent and tourists from across Africa and around the world.

Each year a multi-generational global community of up to 20,000 “bring their fire” to the scenic Malkerns Valley to experience an eclectic Pan-African and international line-up of live music, theatre, poetry, film, circus, dance and visual arts. A vibrant handcraft market, family-friendly performances & KidZone as well as the recently introduced interactive art and dialogue space, The Barn, combine to create a magically eclectic three day entertainment experience.

Gratuities / Tipping: As in most countries, tipping in Swaziland is a welcome gesture. You will find that a 10% tip in appreciation of pleasant, friendly and efficient service will be much appreciated.

Medical Care: There is good medical care available in Mbabane where there is a private hospital and both Manzini and Ezulwini have private clinics. There is a medical emergency team available (including a helicopter service) to take people to South African specialist hospitals. Most foreign health insurances are accepted but we recommend that you have a good travel insurance that includes medical care.

Language: Siswati and English are the official languages while English is the medium of instruction in all schools and is widely understood.

Visas / Travel Documents: All visitors to Swaziland require a valid passport or travel document. Visitors from the United Kingdom and most British Commonwealth countries, including African states, do not require visas. Do not proceed to Swaziland without establishing your visa status.

Border Post Times:

• Oshoek - Ngwenya 07h00 - 22h00
• Nerston - Sandlane 08h00 - 18h00
• Houdkop - Sicunusa 08h00 - 18h00
• Bothashoop - Gege 08h00 - 16h00
• Mahamba - Mahamba 07h00 - 22h00
• Onverwacht - Salitje 08h00 - 16h00
• Golela - Lavumisa 07h00 - 22h00
• Bordergate - Mananga 07h00 - 18h00
• Jeppe´s Reef - Matsamo 07h00 - 20h00
• Josefdal - Bulembu 08h00 - 16h00
• Namaacha - Lomahasha 07h00 - 20h00

Public Holidays:

• 1 January - New Years Day
• 14-17 April - Easter Holiday
• 25 April - National Flag Day
• 1 May - Workers Day
• 25 May - Ascension Day
• 22 July - King Sobhuza II’s Birthday
• Aug/Sept - Umhlanga Reed Dance
• 6 September - Independence Day
• 25 December - Christmas Day
• 26 December - Boxing Day
• Dec/Jan - Incwala Day

Capital: 
Mbabane
Population: 
1,185,000
Area: 
17,364 km²
Language: 
English, Siswati
Currency: 
Lilangeni - SZL / Rand - ZAR
Major Airports: 
Matsapha Manzini
Other: 
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Starting from R 487.50 p/p sharing | R 785.00 single | BB
Mantenga Lodge

Mantenga Lodge is located in the Ezulwini Valley situated among natural surroundings at the foot of Sheba’s Breasts Mountains (immortalized by Rider Haggards' “King...

Starting from R 780.00 p/p sharing | R 1,410.00 single | BB
Happy Valley Hotel

Happy Valley Hotel has a Mediterranean feel, with sumptuous gardens and enjoyable superb weather all year round. The hotel has 65 rooms, from garden rooms to luxury...

Starting from R 465.00 p/p sharing | R 650.00 single | SC
Bhubesi Camp

Bhubesi Camp is found in the northwest corner of the park and can be reached either by internal park roads from the main gate. The camp overlooks the Umbuluzana River,...

Starting from R 1,025.00 p/p sharing | BB
Phophonyane Falls Lodge

Phophonyane Falls Lodge: The water featured tropical gardens give privacy to the self-catering, fully furnished cottages and safari tents to ensure an atmosphere of...

Starting from R 1,120.00 p/p sharing | DBB
Reilly's Rock

Reilly's Rock, formally the home of Mickey Reilly, one of Swaziland’s earliest settlers and a highly entrepreneurial man, has remained in the family and has recently...

Starting from R 900.00 p/p sharing | R 1,450.00 single | BB
Lugogo Sun Hotel

Lugogo Sun Hotel consists of 199 Standard Twin Rooms and three Luxury Rooms. The Standard Twin Rooms have two double beds with an en-suite bathroom and shower. The...

Starting from R 550.00 p/p sharing | R 850.00 single | FI
Timbali Lodge

Timbali Lodge offers beautifully appointed spacious accommodation with en-suite bathrooms and fully serviced DSTV, mini-bar, ceiling fans, room service, air conditioning...