The Kingdom of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is a picturesque Southern African country rich in culture, wildlife, safaris and gorgeous landscape.This cultural spectacle is neatly tucked away between the crevices of South Africa and Mozambique. And while it is one of the smallest countries in Africa, Eswatini is evidence of the expression “dynamite comes in small packages” as the country is packed with activities and adventure. This land of mystery and wonder can be paired with a visit to South Africa, as it borders the famous Kruger National Park. While this is a great addition to a long list of reasons why you should visit Eswatini, the country also houses its own parks including the Hlane Royal National Park, which features some of the Big Five among other large mammals as well as 300 species of birds. The country allows you to explore further into its natural splendour with activities such as white water rafting down Swaziland’s Great Usutu River or hiking and mountain biking on the country’s mountainous terrain. Located in the Ezulwini Valley, south of the town of Mbabane, the Mlilwane Sanctuary is an ideal stopover to live an authentic experience and enjoy many activities.
As the last monarchy in Africa, Eswatini is a great place to explore African customs and traditions. The royal family wear flamboyant outfits that allow you to spot them in a public setting. The local community partakes in cultural festivals where they dance before the king. In case you miss out on this magnificent display of culture, the Mantenga village offers the opportunity to witness the fine artistry of traditional singing and dancing. Eswatini is known for its craftsmanship. Visiting the most prestigious glass factory in Africa, known as Ngwenya Glass, will allow you to explore the glass blowing process in the country’s very own workshops. After taking home a signature piece or two, you will not fall short of witnessing the artistic phenomenon that is the Kingdom of Eswatini.

Why travel to Eswatini?

While South Africa’s game parks offer a similarly impressive display of wildlife as that which is seen in Eswatini, the concentration of rhinos make this country’s game parks particularly impressive with a variation of both black and white rhinos. Among the 300 different species of birds that are featured in parks such as The Mbuluzi Game Reserve is a colony of white-backed vultures which are an endangered species. The cherry on top is that in the Kingdom of Eswatini, you will find the second-largest exposed granite dome in the world (after Uluru in Australia), known as Sibebe Rock which is over three billion years old. Witnessing this elegant natural wonder is an experience you will never forget.With its subtropical climate and its summer rains you can treat yourself to a tour to Eswatini all year round. If you are a big game viewer, May to September would be the best time to visit as the conditions are dry and bring animals to water holes. If you are hoping to see beautiful green landscapes however, the best time to visit would be between October and April.

Commitment to sustainable tourism

Eswatini, being a developing country, features a population that is living in poverty. For that reason, the country offers travelers an opportunity to stay and participate in community projects that can include staying in hutted accommodation in a way that allows you to experience the deep authenticity of the local community. Owners of accommodation as well as tour operators in Eswatini recognise the importance of ensuring that local communities benefit from tourism either in the form of employment of locals or promotion of ecotourism through the facilitation of operations that have minimal impacts on the environment. All this is done with the end goal of maintaining the country’s cultural sites and natural habitats.

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