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General Traveler Information
ABOUT SWAZILAND (“Kingdom of Eswatini”)
Swaziland (also known as “Eswatini”), is a beautiful landlocked country in Southern Africa bordered by Mozambique and South Africa. Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa but it boasts with culture, tradition and heritage, beautiful landscapes, magnificent mountain scenery, African bushveld, unique rock formations, rivers, waterfalls and gorges, grasslands, savannas and rain forests. Spectacular features of Swaziland will include the Lobamba Village, Ezulwini Valley, various Game and Nature Reserves, the Swaziland Festival, the National Museum, the Ngwenya Glass Factory, Sibebe Rock, Pine Valley, Malolotja Falls and the Mantenga Cultural Village. Swaziland consists of a spectacular landscape of mountains, valleys, forests and plains filled with 507 bird species and wildlife that includes the Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo), Black Wildebeest, Grey Rhebok, Blesbok, Impala, Eland, Zebras, Warthogs, Hippos, Crocodiles, Giraffes, Hyenas and many more. Tourist attractions for Swaziland will include the beautiful National Parks, Nature Reserves, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Game Reserves, The Incwala Kingship, the Malolotja Falls, Sibebe Rock, Mantenga Cultural Village, World’s Oldest Mine at Ngwenya and the Swaziland National Museum. Activities to do in Swaziland will include Hiking, Safaris, River Rafting, Tree Top Canopy Tours, Cycling, Game Viewing and Game Drives, Horse Riding, Abseiling, Caving, Quad Biking and much more.
The Swaziland flag consists of 5 horizontal stripes, two blue stripes at the top and bottom of the flag and a yellow edged red stripe in the middle of the flag. In the center of the red stripe is a large black and white Nguni Shield covering two spears and a staff decorated with feather tassels. The red in the flag represents past battles, the blue in the flag represents peace and stability and the yellow in the flag represents the resources of Swaziland. The central focus of the flag, the Nguni shield and two spears symbolizes protection from the country’s enemies. Mbabane is the capital city of Swaziland and Lobamba is the royal and legislative capital city of Swaziland. Swaziland’s official language is English and the primary language is Siswati (also known as Swazi). Swaziland is ruled by tradition where the king reigns along with his mother (also known as Queen-Mother). The people in Swaziland are very warm, welcoming and friendly but tourists are advised to under no circumstances ever, insult King Mswati III or the royal family of Eswatini as activism is brutally dispersed and there have been several reports of people being injured or shot from doing that. Its also advisable to not attend any of the political demonstrations that happen occasionally. Swaziland is one of the safest countries in Africa as crime is low, however tourists are advised to not wander alone after dark and always be aware of their surroundings and take the normal and usual travel precautions when travelling to any destination.
Majority of Swaziland religion is Christian and the country has a rich culture of music, dance and singing and important traditions such as cattle ownership and the consultation of traditional healers (sangoma) forms a vital part of the Swazi people’s lifestyle. Music, dance and singing are an integral part of everyday activities in Swaziland and the most important cultural event is the Incwala Ceremony also known as the “First Fruits Ceremony” or the “Kingship Ceremony” where the king tastes the new harvest. The most well-known cultural event is the annual Umhlanga Reed Dance where unmarried and childless girls cut reeds and present them to the queen mother and then dance. There are traditional ceremonies and festivals with traditional attire and dancing throughout the year in Swaziland. Swaziland has a well-heeled tradition of skills and creativity and a wide range of arts and crafts are produced around the country. Arts and crafts that are very popular with tourists includes the finest handicrafts, creative basket ware in vibrant colours, wood and stone carvings, glassware, exquisite candles, batik items and jewellery.
When you are packing your clothes for your holiday in Swaziland, remember that modesty in dress is encouraged. Women can wear skirts or dresses that covers the knees and when attending a festival or event where the king is present, a skirt is a must. Sleeves should cover the elbows for both men and women. Pants and shorts are acceptable for men and women in tourist places. Clothing choices will depend on the time of the year you visit Swaziland but it’s advisable to pack casual and comfortable clothes. Please note that it is very important to avoid camouflage or military clothing as it is illegal in many African countries. There is a relaxed dress code in restaurants and shorts or pants are acceptable for men and women. When going on safari, its best to wear colors like beige and brown instead of bright or light colors. The standard Swaziland time is GMT+2.
There are a variety of Hotels, Lodges, Safari Camps, Camping Sites, Guest Houses, Royal Villas and Chalets available for accommodation in Swaziland that caters for all budgets. Many hotels require the tourist’s passport when checking in, so have it handy to save yourself some time. Overall Swaziland is a great destination to go on holiday and there are many things to see and do.
To view all types of available accommodation in Swaziland such as Backpackers, Bed and Breakfast, Cabins/Chalets, Camp Sites, Caravan/RV Sites, Cottages, Dormitories, Gameparks/Reserves, Hotels, Lodges, Motels, Tented Accommodation, Villa and to make booking reservations, use our mobile app or visit our booking page on the following link https://www.chilikutiafrica.com/bookings/
BANKING & CURRENCY
The currency used in Swaziland is the Lilangeni (plural: “emalangeni”) and its tied to the South African Rand at 1:1. The South African Rand is also accepted as legal tender although coins are not accepted. You can click on the link for the current rate check www.xe.com. It is important to note that most vendors in Swaziland will take South African Rand but no South African Vendors will take Emalangeni. Tourists are advised to exchange Emalangeni back into their own currency before leaving Swaziland. There are 5 main commercial banks and various foreign exchange bureaux that operate in Swaziland. Travellers’ cheques and foreign currency can be changed at banks, bureaux de change, and authorised hotels. Automatic teller machines (ATM’s) accept foreign visa cards and are widely available in larger towns and cities. Most hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and safari companies throughout the country accepts Travelers Cheques and Major credit cards such as American Express, MasterCard and Visa. Cultural sites and community art and craft outlets only accepts cash and shops and fuel service stations in remote areas may also only accept cash. Banking hours Monday to Friday are from 9:00am to 15:30pm and from 08:30am to 11:00am on Saturdays.
Swaziland cuisine is largely determined by the seasons and the geographical region, and are highly influenced by South African and Portuguese flavours. Traditional and staple foods in Swaziland includes Sorghum and Maize Porridge (Sishwala) that is mostly served with goat meat stew and vegetables. Emasi (sour milk) is a delicacy and is popular with ground mealies and sorghum. Dried and cooked meats such as antelope are also widely available. South African cuisine such as Braai (barbecues) meat, mealie bread and Corn on the Cob are also widely available. Swaziland’s own chili production with Black Mamba Chili is a must have with stews. Vegetables and Fruits such as Green Beans, Avocado, Spinach, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Beets, Onions, Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Peanuts, Lettuce, Cabbage, Pineapple, Citrus Fruits, Sugarcane and many more are available in Swaziland. There are various soft drinks and Alcoholic beverages such as Beer, Spirits and Wines available at reasonable prices in Swaziland and the famous Swazi Beer is a must try. It is advised to rather drink bottled water than tap water in Swaziland.
EMBASSIES & CONSULATES
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Swaziland has 7 beautiful National Reserves, 4 frontier conservation areas and 3 Wildlife or Game Reserves. Nature Reserves, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Parks and Game Reserves to go and visit while in Swaziland would include: Hlane Royal National Park, The Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, The Mbuluzi Game Reserve, The Malolotja Nature Reserve, The Phophonyane Falls Nature Reserve, The Mantenga Nature Reserve and The Mkhaya Game Reserve. Game Viewing is at its best during the winter dry season (mid-April to mid-October) as most of the animals will be near rivers, pools and waterholes. Game drives are recommended in the early mornings and late afternoons. For your own safety it is always advised to approach big game with caution and don’t make any unnecessary movement or noise and be prepared to drive on quickly if warning signs appear for example if an elephant turns head-on to you and flaps its ears. Always try to keep down-wind and remember any wild animal can be dangerous if startled, irritated or cornered. Never cut off a wild animal’s line of retreat, no matter what the circumstances.
Hlane Royal National Park
The 22000-hectare Hlane Royal National Park (also known as the “place where Lions roar”) with its evocative scenes of extraordinary natural beauty, is Swaziland’s largest protected area and home to the largest herds of game in Swaziland. Hlane means “Wilderness” in siSwati and the Hlane Royal National Park with its 1000 year old hardwood vegetation and shallow pans boasts with wildlife such as over 300 bird species, Elephants, Lions, White Rhinos, Leopards, Spotted Hyenas, Giraffes, Zebras, Hippos, Crocodiles, Antelopes, Impalas, Kudus, Wildebeest, Nyala, Bush Buck, Waterbuck and many more. Accommodation at the Hlane Royal National Park includes various Camps, Campsites, Tented Lodges and Self-catering Cottages. Activities to do at the Hlane Royal National Park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Bird Walks, Safaris, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Picnics and many more. The best time to visit the Hlane Royal National Park is determined by personal taste as game viewing depends on season, water and food availability. Game Viewing is at its best during the winter dry season (mid-April to mid-October) as most of the animals will be near rivers, pools and waterholes.
Mkhaya Game Reserve
The Mkhaya private Game Reserve, Swaziland’s most exclusive safari retreat is a sanctuary for endangered species and is located between Manzini and Big Bend. Mkhaya Game Reserve is named after the Acacia Nigrescens Tree and was originally set up as a breeding program for endangered species such as the Black Rhino, Roan and Sable. The Mkhaya Game Reserve offers unique, intimate encounters with wildlife including Black Rhinos, White Rhinos, Giraffes, Zebras, Hippos, Warthogs, Buffalos, Roan, Sable, Tsessebe, Antelope, Wildebeest, Kudu, Impala, Nyala, Suni, Leopards, Ostrich, Vervet Monkeys, Eland, Spotted Hyenas, Elephants, Crocodiles, Bushbabies and many more. Birldlife in the Mkhaya Game Reserve includes Fiery-necked Nightjars, Narina Trogon, Pink-Throated Twinspot, Crested Guineafowl and many more. Accommodation in the reserve consists of Chalets, Camps and Cottages. Activities to do in the reserve will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bush Walks, Bird Watching and many more.
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
The 4250-hectare Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary with its wild, mysterious beauty, Nyonyane mountain and grassy plains is located in the lush Ezulwini Valley between Mbabane and Manzini. The Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary was setup by Ted Reilly in 1961 to help save the kingdom’s wildlife before they were hunted out, and today Mlilwane is Swaziland’s best-known pioneer conservation and nature reserve. Wildlife in the reserve includes Zebras, Blesbok, Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Warthogs, Kudu, Nyala, Roan, Oribi, Hippos, Vervet Monkeys, Baboons, Bushbabies, Crocodiles and many more. For Accommodation, the reserve offers Self-catering Cottages, Beehive Huts, Rest Camps, Backpackers Lodge and the Reilly’s Rock Family Home. Activities to do in the reserve will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Self-drives, Swimming, Safaris, Walking Trails, Mountain Biking, Horse-Riding, Bird Watching and many more.
Mbuluzi Game Reserve
The Mbuluzi Game Reserve named after the majestic Mbuluzi River, is a bushveld paradise that lies in the foothills of the Lubombo mountains located in the north eastern lowveld of Swaziland. The Mbuluzi Game Reserve forms part of the 60,000 ha Lubombo Conservancy and wildlife in the reserve includes Leopards, Hyenas, Vervet Monkeys, Vhacma Baboons, Crocodiles, Warthogs, Impala, Nyala, Bush Bucks, Waterbucks, Blue Wildebeest, Kudu, Duikers, Hippos, Bushpigs, Cape Clawless Otters, Red Duikers, Zebras, Giraffes and many more. Accommodation in the reserve consists out of Lodges and a Campsite. Activities to do at the reserve will include Game Drives, Bird Watching, Bush Walks, Walk with Giraffe, Hiking and many more.
Malolotja Nature Reserve
The picturesque 18 000-hectare Malolotja Nature Reserve with its unspoilt mountain wilderness, Afro-montane forest, wetlands, grasslands, granite boulders, thick riverine scrub, bushveld, river and waterfalls is situated in the North West corner of Swaziland. The majestic Malolotja Falls, the Ngwenya Mountain and the Ngwenya Mine forms part of this beautiful nature reserve and wildlife in the reserve includes Zebras, Wildebeest, Reedbuck, Blesbok, Red Hartebeest, Oribi, Leopards, Servals, Aardwolf, Jackals, Bushpigs, Natal Ghost Frog, Plaintive Rain Frog, Gray’s Stream Frog and Bird Species like Louries, Sunbirds, Sugarbirds, Blue Cranes, Swallows, Bald Ibises, Orange Ground Thrush, Brown Robin, Bush Blackcap, Chorister Robin-Chat, Blue Swallow, White-Starred Robin, Grey Cuchoo-Shrike, Narina Trogon, Knysna Lourie, Stanley’s Bustard and many more. Accommodation in the reserve consists of Self-Catering Units and Campsites. Activities to do in the park includes Game Drives, Game Viewing, Walking Trails, Hiking, Bird Watching and many more.
Swaziland has state-owned and private hospitals, practices and facilities available. Swaziland has one of the highest incidences of AIDS in the world, thus its important to exercise regular universal precautions when dealing with any bodily fluid and wear rubber gloves when dressing other adults and children’s cuts. There is a risk for Malaria in the eastern areas of Swaziland close to Mozambique and South Africa as well as the Lubombo district and the eastern half of Hhohho, Mazini and Shiselweni districts thus it’s advisable to take the relevant precautions, prophylactics and to seek medical advice before travelling to these areas in Swaziland. There has been Cholera outbreaks in Swaziland thus travelers should avoid drinking contaminated water or eating in unsafe restaurants especially if you have a sensitive stomach. It is advisable to rather drink bottled water in Swaziland. There is a variety of infectious diseases present in Swaziland such as Diarrhea, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid fever, Cholera, Yellow Fever, Malaria and Rabies. It is extremely important to visit your doctor ideally 4-6 weeks before your trip to get your vaccines or medicines you may need. These health tips are just a guideline; thus, we recommend that you always seek up to date advice from your doctor before travelling to any destination.
Vaccines and Medicines:
For your own health and safety, it is best to check the vaccines and medicines list for the country you are traveling to and visit your doctor (ideally 4-6 weeks) before your planned vacation or trip to get vaccines or medicines you may require. It is best to ensure that you are up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. You can ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from any country other than the U.S. Some vaccines like Yellow Fever is a compulsory vaccine and also a legal requirement in many African countries, and you will be refused entry if you don’t have proof of the vaccine with you, thus it is always good practice to check with the embassy of your chosen destination to find out what vaccines are compulsory. Some vaccines may also be required for your travel, for a full list of medical requirements, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
- Infants (6 through 11 months old): 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as the first dose in the routine childhood vaccination series.
- People 12 months old or older, with no evidence of immunityor no written documentation of any doses: 2 doses of MMR vaccine before travel. The 2 doses must be given 28 days apart.
- People 12 months old or older who have written documentation of 1 dose and no other evidence of immunity: 1 additional dose before travel, at least 28 days after the previous dose
CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Eswatini, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
When traveling in Eswatini, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling. Areas of Eswatini with risk of malaria: Present in eastern areas bordering Mozambique and South Africa, including all of Lubombo district and the eastern half of Hhohho, Manzini, and Shiselweni districts. See more detailed information about malaria in Eswatini.
You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Eswatini. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Eswatini, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:
- Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
- People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
- People who are taking long trips or moving to Eswatini
- Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.
There is no risk of yellow fever in Eswatini. The government of Eswatini requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does notinclude the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.
For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for Eswatini. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.
Note: Yellow fever vaccine availability in the United States is currently limited. If you need to be vaccinated before your trip, you may need to travel some distance and schedule your appointment well in advance. Find the clinic nearest you.
Stay Healthy and Safe during your Travels
Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Eswatini, so your behaviors are important.
Eat and drink safely:
Unclean food and water can cause travelers’ diarrhea and other diseases. Reduce your risk by sticking to safe food and water habits.
Food that is cooked and served hot
Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
Pasteurized dairy products
Food served at room temperature
Food from street vendors
Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
Unpasteurized dairy products
”Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)
Bottled water that is sealed
Water that has been disinfected
Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
Hot coffee or tea
Tap or well water
Ice made with tap or well water
Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
Talk with your doctor about taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs with you on your trip in case you get sick.
Prevent bug bites:
Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in Eswatini. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.
What can I do to prevent bug bites?
- Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
- Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
- Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
- Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
- Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.
Schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection that can be spread in fresh water, is found in Eswatini. Avoid swimming in fresh, unchlorinated water, such as lakes, ponds, or rivers. For more information on how to stay safe during your travel to Swaziland (Eswatini), please see the following page: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/eswatini
Healthy Travel Packing List for Swaziland
Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Eswatini (Swaziland) for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.
Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?
It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.
Travel Health Notices
There are no notices currently in effect for Swaziland (Eswatini).
After Your Trip
If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic. Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling. If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.
Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history. For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel.
The Key to staying safe and healthy while visiting Swaziland is to: Get Vaccinated, Take Antimalarial Medication, Eat and Drink Safely, Prevent Bug Bites, Keep away from animals, Reduce your exposure to germs, Avoid sharing body fluids and Avoid non-sterile medical or cosmetic equipment.
You can travel to Swaziland by commercial flight or by road. Swaziland has various airports with paved and unpaved runways. Swaziland has 1 international airport namely King Mswati III International Airport (also known as Sikhuphe International Airport) and the national airline is Eswatini Airlink. Swaziland has narrow gauge and gauge Railways and Roadways are in various conditions (paved and unpaved). Majority of the major and main roads in Swaziland are tarred and provide good driving conditions while Four-wheel drive is recommended when travelling in the national parks, reserves and in remote areas. Major tourist centres, airports and hotels offer Car and four-wheel drive rental services. Public transport in Swaziland is available via taxis and minibuses that will travel almost anywhere in Swaziland.
The Swaziland communication infrastructure caters for cell phones, landline/public telephones, fax, internet connections, international roaming, radio, television and postal services. There are two mobile phone networks in Swaziland namely MTN Swazi and Eswatini Mobile and tourists can buy sim cards in most supermarkets and service stations. Coverage is fair to good in most parts of the country, internet speed tends to be slow at times and all major towns in Swaziland are network covered. The international dialling code for Swaziland is +268. Data rates are reasonable, but it is always best to do downloads and updates when Wi-Fi is available to save on data costs. Swaziland has its own national television station called Swazi Television (Swazi TV) and Multichoice DSTV based in South Africa, broadcasts to the whole of Africa. Swaziland’s radio station is Radio Eswatini and broadcasts are done in both English and Swazi. There are postal services and courier companies operational in Swaziland.
Electricity supply in Swaziland is 230 volts running at 50Hz and the plug type used in Swaziland is South African Type – M plugs. There are supermarkets, regional chain stores and shopping centres available in all major towns of Swaziland and all basic commodities can be easily purchased. Shopping hours are usually on Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 18:00pm, 09:00am to 15:00pm on Saturdays and from 09:00am to 13:00pm on Sundays. There are 24-hour convenience shops at most of the fuel service stations. There are local arts and crafts such as handicrafts, creative basket ware in vibrant colours, wood and stone carvings, glassware, exquisite candles, batik items and jewellery for sale to tourists all over Swaziland. There aren’t many opportunities for bargaining/haggling in Swaziland but some street souvenir sellers allow it. Service charges are not normally included in bills and giving a 10% of the total bill as a tip is customary.
Please note that when traveling on Swaziland Roads, driving is on the left-hand lane of the road. All road traffic signs in Swaziland are in English. Majority of the major and main roads in Swaziland are tarred, in fair condition, and provide good driving conditions. Four-wheel drive is required when travelling on gravel roads in the rainy season, or when travelling in the national parks, reserves and in remote areas. Major tourist centres, airports and hotels offer Car and Four-wheel drive rental services. The speed limits for Swaziland are listed as: 60km/h in towns and villages and 120 km/h (75 mph) outside built-up areas. It is against the law to use a cellular phone whilst driving in Swaziland and you will be liable for a fine, thus earphones and hands free devices are recommended. There are various checkpoints throughout Swaziland and foreign drivers must have a passport, valid driver’s license, international driving permit (South African citizens don’t need one), vehicle registration documents, valid temporary vehicle import papers (obtained at the border) and third party liability insurance certificate (compulsory) present, to produce to the police if stopped at one of the checkpoints. Drive carefully and when in doubt, obey any law that may apply. One should have triangles, high viability vests and at least on fire extinguisher per vehicle. In Swaziland it is law to wear seat belts and an international drivers’ license is required other than for SADC countries.
Fuel is available throughout the country, but rather fill up your vehicle when you get the chance to prevent getting stranded without fuel. It is advised to use toilets that are available at fuel stations when you stop to fill up your vehicle, as the next toilet might be very far from your current stop. Remember to take toilet paper with you as some toilets might not have toilet paper available. Be careful of wildlife and domestic animals, unlicensed and unroadworthy vehicles and local people walking on the roads especially when driving at night in Swaziland as there won’t be street lights in remote destinations. Stay on the established tracks in the national parks and stay below the 40km/h speed limit for the safety of wildlife and yourselves.
While on vacation in Swaziland you can visit the beautiful Nature Reserves, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Parks and Game Reserves, The Ngwenya Glass Village, Maguga Dam, Nsangwini, Nhlangano, Malkerns Valley, The Lobamba Village, Ezulwini Valley, The National Museum, Sibebe Rock, Pine Valley, Malolotja Falls, The various Swaziland Festivals, The Mantenga Cultural Village and many more. Activities to do in Swaziland include Hiking, Mountain Climbing, River Rafting, Tree Top Canopy Tours, Various Safaris, Abseiling, Game Viewing and Game Drives, Bird Watching, Horse Back Rides and much more.
Must see attractions in Swaziland would include:
Lying just north of Mbabane in Swaziland is Sibebe Rock, the worlds largest granite dome rock. Sibebe Rock is an immense 3-Billion-year-old volcanic slab that rises to a height of 1,488m covering an area of approximately 16,500-hectare. Sibebe is a batholith that welled up through the earth’s crust in one great molten bubble before cooling to form a massif of sheer granite. The area surrounding and covering Sibebe Rock is a panorama of wild flowers, boulders, grassy hillside and forested clefts that break up the bare rock into discontinuous outcrops. Following the hiking trails to the top of Sibebe Rock is a remarkable experience that includes sights of caves, waterfalls, hidden pockets of indigenous forest, meadows and beautiful flowers. Wondering the trails that’s been marked out across the span is a magical experience that provides peace, solitude and magnificent vistas across the Manzini region all the way to the Lubombo mountains. Sibebe Rock is a must-see attraction for every tourist visiting Swaziland.
Malolotja Falls and Nature Reserve
The mystifying and captivating Malolotja Falls and Nature Reserve is an 18,000-hectare protected area in the Northwest of Swaziland. The name Malolotja means “river with many rapids and waterfalls” in Swazi. The mesmerising Malolotja Nature Reserve is divided by the Malolotja River which forms a series of waterfalls including the country’s highest cascades, the Malolotja falls. The best features of the nature reserve are the picturesque landscapes, wildflowers, riverine forest and the exceptional hiking trails. Malolotja is Swaziland’s largest highveld reserve and transfrontier park and the Mololotja Falls is the highest waterfall in Swaziland tumbling through a steep sided gorge to meet the Nkomati River 900m below. There are various animals including Rock Hyraxes, Eland, Zebra, various Bird Species and many more that roam the reserve. Activities to do in the area includes Malolotja Canopy Tours, Swimming, Hiking Trails, Game Viewing and much more.
The Mantenga Cultural Village and Nature Reserve
The intriguing Mantenga Cultural Village is situated in the Mantenga Nature Reserve on Cultural Village Road in the Ezulwini Valley in Swaziland. The Swazi Cultural Village is a living museum of old traditions and it represents the classical Swazi lifestyle during the 1850’s. The Mantenga Cultural Village helps tourists to discover the Swazi culture and the local natural environment. Tourists can learn about the ancient history, diet, customs, family structure and culture of Swaziland and its people while being entertained with traditional singing and dances by the Swazi people. There are tour guides that shows tourists the huts and village life of the Swazi people. The Mantenga Nature reserve is beautiful and there are plenty of hiking trials and picnic spots available and a hike to the majestic Mantenga Waterfall is a must. Activities to do in the area includes White-water Rafting, Adventure Caving, Game Watching, Swazi Trails and Activities, Guided Tours and much more.
Current News within Swaziland
Regional Swaziland news provided by allAfrica.com
Swaziland online news
Driving in Swaziland
Radio Eswatini is the state-owned radio station in Swaziland. The radio station broadcasts in English and in Swazi.
Useful Environmental and Nature Links
Swaziland conservation and protecting ecosystems in Africa.
Swaziland Elephant conservation.
Eswatini National Trust Commission
The Eswatini National Trust Commission helps to conserve Swaziland’s Natural and Cultural Heritage.
USEFUL PHRASES IN SWAZILAND
A collection of useful phrases in Swazi, a Bantu language spoken in Swaziland and South Africa. Translations have been kindly supplied by Simon Ager at Omniglot.
Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Hello (General greeting)||Sawubona (sg – Do you see me?)
Sanibonani (pl – Do you see me all?)
Yebo (reply = yes)
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Unjani? (sg)
|Reply to ‘How are you?’||Ngikhona, wena ke? (sg)
Sikhona, nine ke? (pl)
Ngiyaphila, wena ke? (sg)
Siyaphila, nine ke? (pl)
|Long time no see|
|What’s your name?||Ngubani ligama lakho?|
|My name is …||Ligama lami ngu …|
|Where are you from?|
|I’m from …|
|Pleased to meet you||Ngiyajabula kukwati|
|Kusile sihlobo sami|
|Lishonile sihlobo sami|
|Good night||Busuku lobuhle
|Sala kahle (sg – stay well)
Salani kahle (pl)
Hamba kahle (sg – go well)
|Good luck!||Inhlanhla lenhle!|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|Ube neluhambo loluphephile! (sg)
Nibe neluhambo loluphephile! (pl)
|I don’t know||Angati|
|I don’t understand||Angiva|
|Please speak more slowly||Shano kancane, ngiyacela|
|Please say that again||Ngicela uphindze|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?||Uyasati yini singisi?|
|Do you speak Swazi?||Uyasati yini siSwati?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to ‘Do you speak …?’)
|Speak to me in Swazi|
|How do you say … in Swazi?|
|Excuse me||Ngicela uphindze angikeva
|How much is this?||Kubita malini loku?
|Reply to thank you||Wamukelekile|
|Where’s the toilet / bathroom?||Iphi indlu lencane?
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|I miss you|
|I love you||Ngiyakutsandza|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!||Ngiyekele!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas greetings||Khisimusi lomuhle|
|New Year greetings||Jaboolani Unyaka Lomusha|
|Birthday greetings||Lusuku lwekutalwa loluhle|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.
© Simon Ager Omniglot
Please be aware that the information noted below is applicable to tourist visas only. If you’re planning on working, studying, volunteering or living in Swaziland, you’ll need a different type of visa altogether that requires additional documentation and must be applied for in advance. Pleaes note that Visa requirements can change at anytime, this is just a guide. A full list of which nationalities do and don’t require visas to enter Eswatini is available on the Ministry of Home Affairs website: click here
For nationalities that DO require visas to visit Eswatini, these visas can NOT be obtained on arrival at any Eswatini border post, but must be organised in advance from one of Eswatini’s Missions Abroad.
You can contact your embassy for more information or see the following links: http://www.thekingdomofeswatini.com/visa-guide/, http://www.gov.sz/index.php/services-sp-22242747/visa or
Visa free entry is available for passport holders from:
The following passport holders need to arrange a visa before entering the country:
Passports & Visas Information
A full passport valid for at least three months is required for entry into Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). For tourist visits, visas are NOT required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, the USA, Japan, most European Union countries and certain other countries. Tourist or business travellers are allowed to visit Eswatini for up to 30 days. Following this you can apply for a further 30-day extension at the Ministry of Home Affairs. If staying for longer than 60 days, you will need to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit (TRP).
VISAS REQUIREMENTS WHEN ENTERING THE KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND
A visa is a permit issued to people from specified countries intending to enter the Kingdom of Swaziland for holiday purposes other than work related intentions. This means that the visa is only used for tourists, volunteers, interns and business visitors.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A SWAZI VISA
They are dealt with in the Ministry of Home Affairs Visa & Citizenship department or alternatively with the country’s foreign missions and Swaziland representative in your country or the nearest one to you.
VISA UPON ARRIVAL
This is done after the host or tourist made an undertaking to the Chief Immigration Officer that the tourist would not be able to make a visa application prior to his/her travel to the Kingdom of Swaziland.
REQUIREMENTS FOR VISA APPLICATION (MBABANE)
Completed Visa application form
Cover Letter from host/tourist
Valid passport-with at least three months before reaching the date of expiry.
Proof of Residence by host (A copy of Temporal Residence Permit)
VISA FEES IN THE KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND
Single entry (3 months): E80. 00
Multiple entry ( 3 months): E300.00
Multiple entry (6 months): E700.00
Multiple entry (9 months): E1000.00
Multiple entry (12 months): E1300.00
NB! If you are traveling with minor children to or from South Africa or even if your travels are just “in transit” through South Africa, then please read the following guidelines on the link below.
Swaziland has a climate that ranges from tropical to temperate depending on which part of the country you visit, as the lowland areas feel tropical and the higher altitudes and highveld regions have cooler temperatures with clouds and mist. In general Swaziland is a year-round destination that caters for different tourist activities and events in each season. The wet, rainy summer season in Swaziland falls between October and March and the temperatures are warm and pleasant. Summer temperatures in the lowveld can reach up to 42°C (108°F). The dry winter season in Swaziland begins in May and ends in August and is characterized by sunny, warm days with clear skies and cold nights where temperatures can drop below freezing point in some areas. The in-between periods (April/early May and September/early October) are still dry and the days are cooler than in summer and the nights are warmer than in winter. Visitors are advised to pack gloves and extra layers of clothing for the winter evenings. The best visiting times for Game Viewing in Swaziland are during the dry months (April – October) as the lack of water forces wildlife to be close to rivers and waterholes making them easier to spot, and thus resulting in game viewing at its best during this time. For updated current weather reports, check the Swaziland Met Service on the following link http://www.swazimet.gov.sz/
WHAT! NEED TO KNOW MORE?
If you would like more general information on Swaziland, you can visit any of the following links below: