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eSwatini (Swaziland)

Why visit eSwatini (Swaziland)?

eSwatini (previously known as Swaziland) is situated in south-eastern Africa near the Indian Ocean but land-locked by South Africa and Mozambique. It’s famous for its rich cultural heritage and very colourful ceremonies, which attract visitors from around the world.
Reasons to visit eSwatini include:

  • Visit some of the many cultural villages and museums or stay in a traditional reed hut. 
  • Shop for products made from soapstone, wood, clay and raffia plus fashion items and gold and silver in craft centres such as the one at Mantenga. 
  • Buy some of the famous hand-crafted candles at Malkerns Valley or visit the Ngwenya Glass factory
  • Visit in September to see the Reed Dance ceremony, when girls dressed in traditional clothing carry reeds and dance before the royal household. 
  • Or visit in December of January for the spectacular, six-day Incwala (First Fruits) Ceremony. 
  • Explore eSwatini’s gorgeous mountain scenery with many lakes, waterfalls and rivers. 
  • Visit one of the wildlife and nature reserves including Mkhaya, which is famous for its rhino conservation project. 132 species of mammal and 500 bird species have been recorded here. 

When to visit eSwatini (Swaziland)?

The climate here is temperate with high temperatures and rain storms from November to February then cooling with little rain through the winter months. The highlands reach 1800m above sea level and the lowveld areas are usually quite hot.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time:

There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.

Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.


Visas are not required for British passport holders.


No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.



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