Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in the world, and it's capital city is Mbabane. Swaziland is a great year round travel destination, but if you want to experience the wildlife, the best time to visit is during the dry season - one of its climate season, the other being the rainy season - drives animals to the water holes and you’ll be more likely to see them. The majority of the population are the Swazi ethnic group with a mix of Zulus and white Africans while Christianity is predominately practised here. Popular local dishes eaten here include : porridge, goat meat, pap, beans and grilled chicken. SiSwat and English are it's official languages.
The King Mswati-III International Airport is the main international airport for flights that travel to Swaziland. There are no plane, train or boat connections for getting around the cities, the only means of transportation is by using minibuses, cars or taxis. This country is a relatively safe place for travellers to visit with a reduced crime rate. However, it is advised to stay around places where people are and don't try hitchhiking.
The festivals celebrated in Swaziland are the Bushfire Music Festival, Marula Festival, Reed Dance Ceremony, Simunye Country Fair and Incwala Ceremony.
There are a lot of fascinating places to see while exploring Swaziland, some of them include:
Mbuluzi Game Reserve: a private conservancy which houses herds of giraffe, zebra, nyala, impala, kudu, and over 300 species of birds. The park offers clearly marked walking paths, self-driving trails, lookout points, hiking, and bird hides.
Hlane Royal National Park: this is the largest of Swaziland game parks and home to four of the Big Five: elephant, lion, rhino, and leopard. The park also supports healthy populations of giraffe, hippo, crocodile, zebra, as well bird species.
Mkhaya Game Reserve: this is a fantastic safari destination for day tours and overnight stays. Resident wildlife includes black and white rhino, giraffe, sable antelope, and buffalo.
National Museum: the small and modest National Museum in Lobamba hosts fascinating exhibits on the history, culture, and nature of Swaziland. The displays include examples of traditional dress as well as a few exhibits on the native wildlife and dioramas with typical highveld and lowveld habitats. Outside the Museum, visitors can explore a recreation of a Swazi kraal (village) with thatched huts. This is a great place for visitors to get a general feel of the country and its customs.
There are over 10,000 hotels and apartments to stay in Swaziland, so you will be spoiled for choice especially when in Mbabane.
Common Questions Travellers Ask About Swaziland
Is a VISA required to visit Swaziland?
All foreign visitors that travel to Swaziland need a valid passport. Most foreign tourists do not require a visa to travel to Swaziland.
What currency is used in Swaziland?
South African Rand and Swazi lilangeni is the currency used here.
Is Swaziland safe to visit?
Swaziland is a safe country to visit but it is advised to avoid walking in downtown Mbabane and Manzini after dark.
Is the tap water safe to drink?
The tap water is safe but it is best to drink bottled water or purify the water before drinking
Is it safe for women travellers?
Women travellers are unlikely to encounter any problem while travelling around Swaziland. It is recommended that women should not accept lifts from strangers or walk around town alone after dark.
What are the mobile network operators and internet service providers in Swaziland?
There are over 2 mobile network operators and about 0 internet service providers in Swaziland. You can checkout the
list of network operators in Swaziland
and also details about each of them.
How do I travel out of Swaziland?
For Swazis looking to travel out of the country. You can check out the list of destinations, how to
Get Visa to those countries, their
Visa Free Countries for Swazi passport holders