This small but immensely beautiful country is home to one of Africa’s last remaining monarchs. Tradition is important here and Swazis celebrate their country and their customs with pride. Match that with some outstanding wildlife spotting and Swaziland is an absolute winner.
Swaziland Tours & Travel
Articles on Swaziland
At a glance
|Capital city:||Mbabane (administrative, population 100,000); Lobamba (royal, population 5,800)|
|Time zone:||(GMT+02:00) Windhoek|
|Electricity:||Type M (see D)|
Best time to visit Swaziland
While the Highveld remains cool and rain is common all year round, the lowlands are warmer and drier. Winter (from June to August) is the best time to visit. Rain is most prevalent from October to May but this can still be a pleasant time to visit as temperatures are mild and there’s plenty of sunshine.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Swazi Experiences
1. Walking Safari
Take wildlife spotting to a whole new level with a walking safari through Hlane Royal National Park. Spot rhinos, giraffes and vultures. You may even encounter lions… from a safe distance of course.
Once a year, tens of thousands of young Swazi girls travel to the Queen Mother’s royal village. There they cut reeds to present to her before performing traditional dances.
3. Village Life
Get a taste of all things traditional at a Swazi cultural village. Explore domed grass houses, learn Swazi songs, try out some dance moves and help celebrate a culture that is being kept alive by passionate locals.
4. Incwala Ceremony
Catch a glimpse of the king at the annual Incwala ceremony. Celebrating the first fruits of the season, the ceremony includes a dance by the king and his regiments in their spectacular warrior dress.
5. Eat Street
Take your tastebuds on a tour of Swaziland’s street food. Mingle with locals over stewed or grilled meat, stamped mealies and corn roasted on the cob.
FAQs on Swaziland
Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand don't currently require a visa for Swaziland for a stay of up to 2 months. UK and Irish nationals do require a visa but can obtain it free of charge on arrival.
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 10 SZL
Simple meal = 100 SZL
Three-course meal = 140 SZL
Short taxi ride = 40 SZL
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Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
Apr 19 King Mswati III’s Birthday
Apr 25 National Flag Day
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Ascension Day
Jul 22 King Father’s Birthday
Aug 1 Umhlanga/Reed Dance Day
Sep 6 Somhlolo Day (Independence Day)
Dec 1 Incwala Ceremony
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to:
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Swaziland Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Swaziland
1. Be considerate of Swaziland’s customs, traditions, religions and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
9. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
10. Avoid purchasing products harvested from endangered animals.
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