Eswatini Mini Guide
The country is the longest established monarchy in Africa and is bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. Most of its economic activity is tied to that of South Africa including its exchange rate. Subsistence agriculture is the way of life here giving most people few opportunities to climb out of the raging poverty that sweeps the country.
How Easy is it to get to Eswatini?
Economically tied to South Africa, it won’t be a surprise to learn that the only international flight to Eswatini is from Johannesburg
. Johannesburg’s extensive connections around the world make getting to Swaziland relatively easy as long as you’re prepared to make that connection. Once in Eswatini, a hire car, preferably a 4x4 is the best way to travel around.
What Should I see or do in Eswatini?
There is little beyond the natural highlights of the country to excite the tourist but for many, that is plenty. It has a range of scenery with mountains in the west on the border with South Africa which descend to vast plains where you’ll find the safari animals you may have come in search of. There, you’ll find several game parks with the best being the Hlane Royal National Park or the Maguga Dam where the reservoir behind it attracts many animals and birds. The reserves are less crowded than those of South Africa giving you a greater chance of seeing what you’ve come for.
- The Kingdom of Swaziland is sometimes known as Ngwane or Swatini officially renamed to Eswatini in 2018
- It’s sandwiched between South Africa to the west and Mozambique to the east
- 60% of the country’s people live below the UN defined poverty line
- Subsistence farming is the main economic activity and marijuana is a major crop
- The country has the lowest life expectancy in the world with an average age at death of 32 years
Swaziland may be a small country but there’s plenty of opportunities to explore one of the lesser visited countries in Southern Africa. Consider hiring a car in Swaziland from Matsapha International Airport when you arrive. You can pre-book it online today and ensure that your choice of car is waiting for you, cleaned and fully maintained when you arrive. It saves the hassle of getting taxis or lugging your suitcases onto a bus. It’ll also give you the freedom to go where you want, when you want.