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Swaziland

Located between Mozambique and South Africa. Swaziland also known as Eswatini is a landlocked country of 6,074 square miles (17,360 square kilometres) therefore the smallest country in the Southern Hemisphere. However, there’s nothing small about its natural beauty, outstanding wilderness reserves and warm-hearted people.

The largest of Swaziland’s game reserves, Hlane Royal National Park is home to the Big 5. Swaziland is famous for its excellent craftsmen and is home to several craft markets and shopping attractions. Visit Ngwenya Glass, which is regarded as Africa’s most prestigious glass factory.

There’s plenty of adventure. eSwatini is made for adventurers who enjoy adrenaline-inducing activities – caving, white-water rafting or abseiling to name just a few. If you want to get your heart racing, an epic zip-lining canopy tour at Malolotja Nature Reserve in northwest eSwatini is sure to do it

Despite the wildlife and adventures, a major attraction for the visit to Swaziland is the casinos located at the Royal Swazi Spa complex, in the heart of the Ezulwini Valley, between Mbabane and Manzini.

Popular destinations

  • Hlane Royal National Park
  • Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mkhaya Game Reserve
  • Swazi Market

Best time to travel to Swaziland

As with all Southern Hemisphere countries, seasons are opposite to that of the majority of Europe and North America in the Northern Hemisphere. Generally speaking, rain falls mostly during the summer months, often in the form of thunderstorms typical of tropical environments, although Eswatini can vary from tropical to temperate.

Even though Eswatini (Swaziland) and its rich culture is a year-round treat, the rainy season is mid-October to mid-April which is also the Swazi summer when the landscape turned green by the rains and hot sun.

The dry season (Winter) lasts from mid-April to mid-October, with an average temperature of 20°C (the days being sunny and the nights chilly). During that period expect hot days when the sun is out, but temperatures can drop quickly at night with extra layers needed at all year round.

If your reason for visiting is wildlife, the best time to visit Eswatini is during the dry winter months: May to September and dry winter conditions bring animals to the water holes.

The Best time to visit Swaziland is from mi-April to mi-October.

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