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Swaziland essential info

Smiling Swaziland is southern Africa in miniature, a traditional kingdom with mountains and savannah, wildlife and time-honoured culture

Swaziland – Vital Statistics

  • Capital of Swaziland: Mbabane
  • Population of Swaziland: 1.3 million
  • Languages in Swaziland: English, siSwati
  • Time in Swaziland: GMT +2
  • International dialling code in Swaziland: +268
  • Voltage in Swaziland: 230V 50Hz
  • Visa information for Swaziland: Not required for UK Nationals. Other nationalities should check for Visa information
  • Money in Swaziland: Lilangeni, plural emalangeni, (E) South African rands are accepted in most places. Mbabane is the only place to have ATMs that accept foreign cards. Travellers cheques can be exchanged in most banks.
  • Swaziland travel advice: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Swaziland tourist board: Swaziland
  • When to go to Swaziland

    The climate varies according to altitude, but summer (October to March) is hot and wet, while winter is mild and dry, with occasional frost at higher altitudes.

    Swaziland international airport

    Matsapha International (MTS) is 5km northwest of Manzini.

    Getting around in Swaziland

    The roads are generally good, driving is on the left and distances are small so hiring a car is a good option. There are few signposts once you are off the main roads but people are helpful if you need directions. Buses and minibuses are plentiful and cheap, but standards of driving can be rather scary.

    Swaziland accommodation

    There is a good and varied range of accommodation in Swaziland as it has so many visitors from South Africa. Recommended places to stay include The Foresters Arms Hotel in the highlands, 27km from Mbabne, Reillys Rock Hilltop Lodge, Phophonyane Falls Lodge and Malandela’s B&B in Malkerns.

    Swaziland food & drink

    Traditional Swazi food is meat served with pap (maize) although international cuisine, including good curry, is widely available. The quality of meat, fish and vegetables is generally good. South African wine is widely available and excellent value.

    Health & safety in Swaziland

    Malaria is found in the low-lying areas of eastern Swaziland in the wetter summer months (November to April). Bilharzia is found in stagnating sections of some rivers. The water is safe to drink. Unfortunately Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV/AIDs in the world – and consequently the lowest life expectancy.

    As for crime Swaziland is generally very safe and friendly, but take the usual commonsense precautions against petty theft and muggings.

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