SWAZILAND TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION TO SWAZILAND

Eswatini, officially the Kingdom of Eswatini and also known as Swaziland, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Eswatini, one of the last absolute monarchies (Umbuso weSwatini) in the world, is one of the smallest countries in Africa and has a well-earned reputation for friendliness in Southern Africa. It also contains several large game parks and reserves, which are sponsored by the government and are popular tourist destinations.

 

Deep purple mountain peaks dressed in a cloak of fine grey mist look down on rolling Savannah and the deep valley of Ezulwini, mighty rivers crash and explode their way down gorges and waterfalls flash silver in a tiny landlocked country in southern Africa.

 

Pretty as a picture and as exotic as any fantasy, Swaziland is Africa epitomised. This is where you can meet people that are warm, friendly and hospitable enough to make complete strangers feel at home, you can watch nimble fingers weave magic out of ordinary threads and see a hunk of wood transform into a smooth, shiny bowl.

SWAZILAND COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Eswatini (Swaziland) has resumed commercial flights. travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours prior to arrival, are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days. Entry restrictions: Eswatini (Swaziland) has resumed commercial flights. Entry requirements: travellers must present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours prior to entry. Quarantine requirements: travellers without a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours before arrival are subject to a PCR test upon arrival at their own expense. travellers are subject to medical screening and quarantine or isolation for 14 days. There are currently 298 active cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Eswatini and 121 deaths as of Nov 29 2020 https://sz. usembassy. gov/covid-19-information/https://www. gov. uk/foreign-travel-advice/eswatini/entry-requirements

 
 

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SWAZILAND QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Mbabane; Lobamba is the royal and legislative capital

  • Government: Commonwealth monarchy

  • Currency: Lilangeni (SZL), plural Emalangeni

  • Area: 17,363 km²

  • Population: 1,136 million (2018)

  • Language: English & siSwati (official)

  • Religion: Zionist 40%, Roman Catholic 20%, Traditional beliefs 15%

  • Electricity: 230V, 50Hz (type M plug)

 

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SWAZILAND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 19 April, King’s Birthday
  • 25 April, Flag Day
  • 1 May, Workers’ Day
  • 22 July, King Father’s Birthday
  • 6 September, Independence Day
  • 26 December, Boxing Day

Also, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Ascension, Umhlanga Day, and Imcwala Day

 
 

SWAZILAND WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Swaziland has a subtropical climate with wet, hot summers (approximately 75% of annual rainfall occurs from October to March) and cold dry winters (April-September). Swaziland lies at the transition lines of major climatic zones, being influenced by air masses from different origins, such as equatorial convergence zone (summer rains), subtropical eastern continental moist maritime (onshore flow with occasional cyclones), dry continental tropical and marine west Mediterranean (winter rains, with rare snow). The country’s agro-ecological zones result in differentiated climatic conditions across its diverse topography and ecosystems, ranging from sub-humid and temperate in the highvelds to semi-arid and warm in the lowvelds.

 

SPORT & ACTIVITIES

HIKING & CYCLING IN SWAZILAND

You can enjoy outdoor activities in Swaziland throughout the year, depending on the altitude of where you are. The dry season from June to August makes it easier to spot wildlife.

 
 

HEALTH RISKS IN SWAZILAND

Be aware of possible health risks in 

Swaziland

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

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