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Swaziland is home to one of the three remaining monarchs in Africa. It’s resistance to the Boers, the British and the Zulus has resulted in a strong sense of national pride and a flourishing local culture that is just waiting to be explored. A Swaziland adventure tour captures the true spirit of this small, picturesque and proudly independent nation.

Swaziland has a relaxed ambience that is characteristic of most small African countries, and nowhere is this truer than at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Mlilwane, meaning ‘Little Fire’, was named after the many lightning strikes that start fires in the region, and was the country’s first protected area. Ted Reilly created this sanctuary in the aptly-named ‘Valley of Heaven’, the Ezulwini Valley in the 1950s. Since then, tourists have been enjoying game walks and drives, mountain biking and horse-riding in the sanctuary, and these will be an experience not to be missed on your Swaziland adventure tour. Swaziland has an excellent selection of high-quality handicrafts that, coupled with the stunning panoramas and the lively traditional culture, will leave a lasting memory of your Swaziland adventure tour.

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Route: Pretoria to Livingstone
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Route: Zanzibar to Livingstone
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Route: Cape Town to Livingstone
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Route: Nairobi to Livingstone
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Route: Pretoria to Cape Town
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Route: Pretoria to Cape Town
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Route: Nairobi to Livingstone
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BXASC
Route: Cape Town to Cape Town
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Route: Livingstone to Livingstone
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Route: Pretoria to Pretoria
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Swaziland Travel Guide

Swaziland Travel Guide

Brief history

The Swazi settlers were originally known as the Ngwane and were originally based on the banks of the Pongola River. Under the rule of Sobhuza I in the 1700s, they established in the capital of Zombodze which is in heart of the Swaziland we know today. The country’s name formed from one of the greatest fighting kings of the time, Mswati II. In 1903 after the Anglo-Boer war Swaziland became a British protectorate. From this, Swaziland was split into European and non-European areas. In 1963, Britain accepted proposals for democratic self government in Swaziland a and full independence followed in 1968.

Geography and weather

Swaziland is a small country, landlocked and bordered by South Africa, and Mozambique. It is divided into 4 climatic regions: Highveld, Middleveld, Lowveld and Lubombo plateau. Opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere the seasons include December being mid-summer and June mid-winter. Typically, rain falls mostly during the summer months, as tropical thunderstorms.

Visit www.worldclimate.com to get an idea of what the weather will be like on your tour.

Visas

Currently EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens do not need a visa to enter Swaziland. It is your own responsibility to check all visa requirements before travelling and obtain them in advance as required. For many nationalities visas can be obtained on the borders however you should contact the embassy for further information.

Visa services like www.travcour.com can be very helpful.

Money

Please note: It can be very difficult to obtain US dollars in Africa, even in major cities like Cape Town. Many places will not accept any notes that are marked, torn or older than the year 2002, and you may have difficulty exchanging these notes elsewhere in Africa, so please check your cash carefully at the point of purchase.

The monetary unit in Swaziland is the Swazi Lilangeni but the South African rand is also accepted in some places . For up-to-date exchange rates with your own currency visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.

In general, Visa is the only credit card that will work everywhere in Africa. Master Card, AMEX and Cirrus will work in some countries but not in others.

We recommend that you bring cash in US dollars only. When changing money, it is a good idea if at all possible, to get small denomination notes and coins in the local currency as often there is a lack of change when you are making purchases and no-one in Africa ever seems to have change.

Please note that it is not possible to withdraw US dollars from ATMs in Africa, only local currency.

Tipping

A small tip for your guides appropriate and welcomed. The suggested amount is between US$3 to US$5.

Local transport

Taxis are recommended for local journeys but they are rarely metered so you must negotiate your price before you get in. Your tour leader will be able to advise on what the fare should cost so that you have an idea of what you should be paying beforehand.

Security

Crime is not a great problem in Swaziland, but you should still be careful and not become complacent. Don’t walk around lonely back streets, especially on your own, don’t wear expensive looking jewellery or a classy watch and don’t carry a wallet in your back pocket. Don’t carry your camera openly; always have it in a small day pack which is firmly attached to your body, preferably in the front in crowded places. Always wear a money belt or leave your valuables, including your passport, in the hotel security box.

Photography

Caution should be taken when taking photos in and around the city. Locals should always be asked prior to taking a photo and it is not uncommon for them to ask for a small donation. Never take photos of police, military personal or buildings. The same goes for any government buildings, banks, post offices or the railway station.

Local food and drink

Most meals are included when camping and lunch is usually included on travelling days in the truck. When staying in hotels or hostels, all meals are at your own expense.

Staple dishes in Swaziland include the use of maize generally with a base of goat meat. Markets and street cafes often serve stew or curries with meat, maize and corn on the cob.

If you are a strict vegetarian you may experience a distinct lack of variety in the food available, especially in small towns. You might find that you are eating a lot of omelettes and other egg dishes. Our tour leaders will do their best to provide interesting vegetarian alternatives when arranging group meals in the campsite, but your patience and understanding is requested.

All drinks such as water, soft or alcoholic drinks are at your own expense at all times. The following is a guideline for drinks bought at the campsites that we use. If bought from shops in the street, prices are likely to be cheaper, but in restaurants and hotels can sometimes be more than double the prices specified below. You should be wary of drinking the local tap water. Bottled water, carbonated soft drinks and fruit juices are widely available and are generally safe to drink. Please note however that fruit juices are sometimes made with un-boiled tap water and could upset your stomach. There are various brands of beers found in Swaziland including Castle, Sibebe, Miller Black label and several different types of cider as well. All of the campsites / hostels that we use have bars or serve alcoholic drinks. Beware imported spirit prices as they are very expensive so always ask for the local equivalent spirit if you want to remain within your budget!

Time Difference

GMT/UTC +3. For other time differences please visit www.timeanddate.com

Voltage

230 volts. Sockets are either 2 or 3 pin, and round or flat, but often electricity is provided by generator and can be erratic.

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