Swaziland

Description:
Swaziland is a small developing nation in Southern Africa. Several well-developed facilities for tourism are available. The capital is Mbabane. Swaziland is a small country, no more than 200 km north to south and 130 km east to west. The western half is mountainous, descending to a lowveld region to the east. The eastern border with Mozambique and South Africa is dominated by the escarpment of the Lebombo Mountains.

Location:
Southern Africa, between Mozambique and South Africa

Reasons for Visiting Swaziland:
– The Culture and The people – Swaziland is the last remaining absolute Monarchy in Africa.
– Sport – Swaziland is famous for its Swazi-sun golf course.
– Enroute – With the new highways linking Swaziland, South Africa and Mozambique, many tourists are finding it impossible to travel through Swaziland without at least an overnight stay.
– Wildlife and Scenery – Beautiful game parks, Exquisite Game Lodges, Game drives, Safaris, breath taking scenery are a few things nature lovers will enjoy.

Swaziland Entry and Visa Requirements:
– A valid acceptable passport or travel document good for a sufficient period to cover your intended stay.
– A valid visa, if required.
– Sufficient funds.
– A return or onward ticket.
– At least two blank pages in your passport.

Population:
1, 167, 834

Climate:
Spring: September – October
Summer: November – March
Autumn: April – May
Winter: June – August
Best Time to Visit:
The weather in Swaziland is very friendly; the best time to visit Swaziland is in Spring which starts in September
Language:
Local Language – SISwati
Official Language – English

Religion:
82.70% Christian
0.95% Islam
0.5% Bahai
0.15% Hindu

Currency:
Lilangeni (SZL)

Tipping:
Follow standard tipping rules for 10% to 15% for excellent service.

Social Customs:
English is widely spoken, and casual dress is the norm, although top-end hotels, restaurants and casinos may have higher dress standards. Don’t photograph the Royal Palace or military or police buildings, and ask before taking someone’s picture or before setting up camp in the countryside near a village – just check with the village Chief first.