A Kingdom of Riches
Swaziland—one of the smallest countries in Africa, a landlocked kingdom neighboured by Mozambique to its east and South Africa to its north, west and south—can be described as Africa in a nutshell.
The country might be small, but has so much to offer when it comes to activities, culture, wildlife and handicrafts, as well as a striking landscape that will take you by surprise.
The north-western highveld is a land of hills, waterfalls and ancient rock and is home to the country’s capital, Mbabane. The Malolotja Nature Reserve which is found here is a hiker’s paradise and adrenalin junkies’ playground where guests have the opportunity to criss-cross a gorge on a canopy tour.
The middleveld offers cultural inspiration in the country’s agricultural and cultural heartland. Here, craft markets such as the Swazi Candles and Malandela’s complex can be visited while the Mantenga Cultural Village offers a glimpse into a mid-19th Century Swazi Village. Lobamba is the legislative capital city where Parliament and the residence of the Queen Mother are to be found. For some insight into the country’s royal history, pay a visit to the King Sobhuza 11 Memorial Park.
The hotter, dry lowveld houses some of the country’s major game reserves such as Mkhaya Game Reserve where guests leave their vehicles behind to join a game drive to the camp, spending a night in a semi-open chalet, falling asleep to the sounds of nature.
Swaziland is very often a passing-through stop between South Africa’s Kruger National Park and KwaZulu-Natal, but for a country packed with all these riches, why not stay another day to explore all the beauty this kingdom has to offer?