The Kingdom of Swaziland
Swaziland is a landlocked country located in the north east of South Africa, bordered to the north-east by Mozambique. Click here for an interactive map.
Getting there and around
From South Africa:
The cheapest, quickest and easiest option, through not the most preferable, is to take a minibus. Running everyday to and from Jo’burg and Durban costs R60, and from Nelspruit for R45.
The Baz Bus also runs through Swaziland, and will drop you at your chosen accommodation or the pick up point. The Baz however, is not a direct route and takes three times as long.
Take a minibus to or from Maputo for R45. If you are heading toward Maputo, the driver will drop you at a hostel for a small fee.
Within Swaziland, travelling around is relatively simple and safe. Buses and minibuses link most destinations, and hitching is commonplace and easy. Although the majority of Swazis speak both Siswati and English, it helps to know the exact pronunciation of your destination in advance.
Swaziland web sites
Good websites for information on Swaziland are few and far between, these are a selection of the best:
A few statistics…
Area: 17,363 sq. km (6,704 sq. miles)
Population: 1 million
Official Languages: Siswati & English
Climate: Four topographical and climate areas. Warm and wet summers with temperatures up to 33°C. Dry winters that can reach a low of ï¿½4.5°C Spring and Autumn.
Time Zone: GMT +2 Hours
Statistics from SIPA