The Kingdom of Swaziland – a Royal experience
The Kingdom of Swaziland, lies almost surrounded by South Africa. From the north, south and west. With Mozambique to the east. But it provides a fascinating cultural and wildlife experience. A undoubtedly beautiful, peaceful and relatively prosperous African country.
It is a small country but with several ecological zones. From rain forest in the northwest to savannah grassland in the dry eastern parts. The western edge of the kingdom is heavily forested with deep gorges, lush valleys. And fast flowing rivers and waterfalls. From Mbabane, you descend to the grassland plateau containing many tropical fruit farms. This is where the majority of people live. If you are taking a tour through South Africa from the Kruger to KwaZulu Natal, you may well travel through this mountainous country. Enjoy its gentle undulating landscape dotted with Swazi villages. And take in some game viewing at the scenic Mkhaya and Mlilwane reserves.
The Swazis have a well-developed sense of their own culture. And are open-minded and friendly in their outlook. They are renowned craftsmen. And you can buy terrific examples of basket ware, colourful fabrics, carvings, and Mother of Pearl in friendly markets and roadside stalls.
Despite being the smallest country in the Southern hemisphere. Swaziland more than makes up for its lack of size with a hugely diverse range of attractions and activities. White-water rafting is on offer for the adventurous. Whilst others will prefer a mellow round of golf, mountain biking, game-viewing or a gentle horse ride through the Mlilwane Game Reserve. We recommend a two night stay in Swaziland. As the driving is fairly slow (with many villages to drive through and pedestrians walking by the road). And so an overnight stay doesn’t give you much time to relax. Most of our clients stay at one of the lodges in the Ezulwini valley. Which lies in the centre of this tiny country. We recommend Reilly’s Rock Lodge, with its sense of history and tranquil ambience. Or perhaps the Royal Swazi Sun if you prefer more of a resort feel…