Swaziland might be small, but it is far from insignificant! This landlocked country boasts stunning scenery and awesome adventures.
Whether you are seeking adventure, breath-taking scenery or a well-deserved break, there is something for you in Swaziland. Here are 10 things to do in Swaziland:
- Ngwenya Glass is situated in the region of Mbabane and is known for giving back to the community of Swaziland by encouraging everyone to send their recycled glass to Ngwenya, who then pays the community for their recycled glass. The factory is operated by locals who create beautiful glass sculptures in all shapes and sizes.
- Just a few kilometres from Ngwenya Glass is Ngwenya Old Mine, one of the oldest mines in the world also located in Mbabane. A tour guide will take you to Lion Cavern, where you can learn about the history of the mine and enjoy the views of what was an active iron mine 43 000 years ago.
- The National Museum is a great place to visit if it is your first time in Swaziland. Find out what tools they used, what they wore and what they used to eat. It is a wonderful way to soak up the local culture.
- King Sobhuza 11 Memorial Park in the region of Lombamba, Ezulwini Valley offers you the opportunity to learn more about the King’s life. Find out how he received his name and how he stood up against his tribe to ensure that he got the best education possible to make himself a better king.
- Mantenga Cultural Village is another great visit for those looking for the rich traditions of the Swaziland culture and is situated in the region of Ezulwini. Your experience starts off with traditional singing, followed by traditional dances from both men and women in traditional outfits. After the dances, the youth are taken on a different tour to adults, both taken around the village to view traditional huts and Swazi traditions.
- House on Fire, although an unusual name, captures the local arts and culture of Swaziland and is situated in Malkerns, Manzini. Famous for the annual MTN Bushfire music and arts festival, visitors will see unique arts and crafts, and taste the heavenly cuisine at the restaurant.
- Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is situated among the lush vegetation and high mountains of Ezulwini Valley, where wildlife roam free. Appreciate nature by mountain biking, cycling, walking, game driving or horse riding among buck, wildebeest and zebra. Enjoy a relaxing lunch overlooking a scenic dam, with buck roaming amongst you.
- Sibebe Rock is one of the largest granite rocks in the world, located just 10 kilometres outside of Mbabane. The adventurous can hike to the top of this majestic rock. The hike is not for the faint-hearted, however, and is a full-day excursion, so don’t forget your water bottle, sunscreen and hat.
- Malolotja Nature Reserve is surrounded by untouched mountains of Hhohho Mbabane, where you can find many bird species. This reserve offers bird watching, hikes, mountain biking, fishing and the very sought-after canopy tour. The canopy tour consists of 12 slides through the mountains and is perfect for team building or family activities.
- Hlane Royal National Park is the place to go if you are looking for one of the Big Five. Go on a game drive in search of elephants, rhinos, lions, giraffes and many other species. Hlane also offers self-catering rondavels for those looking for a family getaway.
Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: Swaziland Tourism.