Despite its size, Swaziland is a diverse country which offers visitors exciting experiences.
The Kingdom of Swaziland, as it is officially known, is the smallest country in Africa, at no more than 200 kilometres north to south and 130 kilometres east to west. As Swaziland is an easy drive or flight from Johannesburg, this makes it the perfect holiday destination. Here are some things to know about this incredible nation.
- Driving time from Johannesburg to Swaziland is approximately four hours, or a one-hour flight.
- Although no visas are required for South African passport holders, a valid passport is necessary.
- South African Rands are accepted at the border posts and a fee will need to be paid for the type of vehicle you are driving.
- The border posts operate on different opening and closing times, so be sure to confirm the times of the border post you will be entering.
- Swaziland is a year-round destination; however, the temperatures are similar to the South Africa’s highveld climate, with the rainy season in the summer months and winter being drier and cooler.
- The unit of currency in Swaziland is the Lilangeni [plural: Emalangeni (E)] which is fixed to the rand (1 Rand = 1 Lilangeni). South African Rands are accepted everywhere in the kingdom and there’s no need to change them. In fact, some outside tourist areas will only accept the South African notes.
- If catering for yourself, experiencing local markets and stalls is a great way to pick up cheap good-quality food and taste local delicacies and dishes.
- The local means of transportation is by foot, often covering large distances, or bus or kombi (taxi). For a short two-week stay, often the best way to see Swaziland is by hiring a car.
- Swaziland is such a small country (equivalent in size the UK’s Wales) that attractions are within easy reach of one another.
The stunning landscapes of mountains and valleys, forests and plains, wildlife reserves across the country, as well as its rich culture and friendly people, add up to all that’s best about Africa in a small, accessible package.
Source: Swaziland Tourism. Image: Pixabay