Swaziland Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Swaziland

Where is it?: It is located on the eastern part of Mozambique and on the western portion of South Africa.

Why do people go here?: People go there to experience a climate that is all in one. Swaziland is one of the not so many nations where climate varies in just short distances. For example, the center of Swaziland is typically hot, but when you move 40 kilometers you will experience a cold climate.

What are the main entry points?: Ngwenya is the major entry point to Swaziland.

Currency used: Lilangeni (SZL)

Country Code for Phones: 268

Area codes for Major Cities: No area codes required.

Other Phone Tips: Mobile phone works best in Swaziland since the connection is good. However, the roaming cost of foreign SIMs can expensive.

Religion: Christianity 82.70%, Islam (0.95%), the Bahá’í Faith (0.5%), and Hinduism (0.15%)

Population: 1.2 million

Ethnic Breakdown: African 97%, Europeans 3%

Government: Absolute Monarchy

Languages: English, SiSwati

Travel Information

Major Cities: Bremersdorp, Hlatikulu, Maneini, Manzini, Piggs Peak,Siteki, Stegi

Attractions: Lobamba attractions, Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Usutu Forest, Mkhaya Nature Reserve

Accomodation: Swaziland Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Swaziland Tourism Authority P.O. Box A1030
Swazi Plaza, Mbabane, Swaziland; Tel: +268 4049693/75; Fax: +268 4049683; E-mail: info@tourismauthority.org.sz; Web Site: http://www.welcometoswaziland.com

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Piggs Peak Mountains, Mt. Emlembe

Health Issues: HIV, AIDS, cholera, rabies

Tips for Visiting

When to go: The best time to go to Swaziland is between May to June or October, but don’t forget to bring with you something warm.

Common Phrases: Hello – Sawubona; How are you? – Unjani?; I am fine. – Ngikhona; I am fine, thank you. – Ngikhona ngiyabonga; Goodbye – Sala kahle; Good luck – Inhlanhla lenhle; What are you doing? – Wentani?; What is the time? – Ngicela sikhatsi?; Where are you going? – Uya kuphi?

Specific Events/Holidays: Festival of the First Fruits, Reed Dance, Swaziland Airshow

Getting Around: Many people who travel to Swaziland use either car or minibuses called kombis.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Swaziland is the Matsapha International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Swaziland travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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