It may be southern Africa’s smallest country, but the Kingdom of Swaziland is set to become the adventure capital of Africa in 2016. A burst of tour operators has introduced new Swaziland itineraries – many focused exclusively on the country for the first time.
There is a huge range of high-quality adventure activities on offer in the charming and beautiful Kingdom of Swaziland. The possibility to explore the varied scenery, whilst experiencing its unique African culture is what made UK tour operators get behind the landlocked country. Swaziland has so much to excite all travellers. Its compact size ensures visitors get to experience all of to best the country has to offer: Big Five wildlife, mountains and waterfalls, thrilling adventure activities and genuine African culture.
Explore, an adventure travel expert tour operator, recently launched its first dedicated Swaziland trip, and sales so far have vastly exceeded initial expectations. Out of 81 new trips that Explore has launched for 2016, the Kingdom of Swaziland is their best-selling long haul trip. This tour is 10-day journey through the last true monarchy of Africa and extra departure dates have been added to meet demand.
Explore is not the only one that has fallen in love with Swaziland; Tucan Travel has launched no less than 27 fantastic new tour combinations that visit Swaziland, ranging from 12 to 76 days in length and which are part of either their Overland Tours or Budget Expeditions range. Mountain House Holidays are also excited to launch their new Swaziland Adventure walking holiday.
In addition to the adventures already on offer, Swaziland specialist Sense Africa has started a brand new activity for the country, and one not normally associated with Africa – Nordic Walking! Working in partnership with Nordic Walking UK they have created an itinerary for beginner and intermediate walkers. Not only is the terrain ideal for Nordic Walkers, but Swaziland offers them the unique chance to walk safely amongst big game – this Africa at its best! As well as the adventure specialists, the world’’ oldest Tour Operator, Cox & Kings has also taken to Swaziland with a new holiday focused on a week in the Kingdom launched in 2015 and already selling well.
Highlights of a Swaziland Trip include coming face to face with rhino on walking safaris; hiking to Malolotja Falls, the highest waterfall in Swaziland, and enjoying the warm hospitality from the traditional mountain community of Shewula. Crocodiles, elephant and giraffe in Mkhaya Game Reserve are a spectacular sight and learning about the unique beliefs of local African doctors is always fascinating. There is also the chance to visit local craft markets and Ngwenya glass-blowing factory, as well as spending a night in a traditional Swazi beehive hut in Mlilwane.
Compiled By: Melissa Jane Cook. Source By: Swaziland Tourism.