Swaziland is a sovereign nation in Southern AfricaMozambique neighbors to the east and South Africa borders to the north, west, and south. This monarch country has one of the smallest land areas in Africa. However, it is best known for the friendliness of its people. The official languages are English and Swati. Also, regarding religious issues, 70% of the population practice Zionism, the mixture of Christianity and traditional beliefs.

The government funds and protects several game parks and reserves. These parks are the country’s main tourist attractions. Swaziland has four administrative regions. Hhohho is the northwest region. Lubombo is the eastern region. Manzini is the central region. Lastly, Shiselweni is the southern region. Lobamba is the country’s royal and legislative district. While Mbabane is the administrative capital. Lobamba and Mbabane are both the official capitals of the country. Also, they are only 15.3 km apart from each other.

The official currency is Lilangeni. The approximate exchange rate is E14 for US$1. Credit cards are accepted in hotels, large shops, and restaurants. There is a number of ATMs available. However, only a few of them accept international cards. On the other hand, traveler’s cheques are widely accepted. Several banks exchange them, but you should take them in Euros, Pounds Sterling or US Dollars, to avoid additional charges.

As for electricity, Swaziland uses type M sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 230 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

The country is small. Consequently, it is an underrated safari powerhouse. It offers visitors a wide variety of adventures such as wildlife sightseeing, rafting, mountain biking, local traditions, and trekking.

Renting a car is the best way to explore the country. Roads are in reasonable condition, although there isn’t much street lighting. Cars here drive on the left side of the road.

If you plan to visit, make sure to tour the Mkhaya Game Reserve, Hlane Royal National Park, and Malolotja Canopy tours. Also, visit the Mlawula Nature Reserve, Mantenga Nature Reserve, and Siteki. Lastly, you must plan a trip to the Mlilwane Game Reserve and the Maguga Dam. 

August 15, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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