Swaziland, located in Southern Africa, is home to the siSwati-speaking Swazi nation. It was a British protectorate from 1906 until its full independence in 1968. It is a small landlocked kingdom of less than one million people, bordered by South Africa on three sides and Mozambique to the east.
The Swazi people have a rich cultural heritage and those living in remote rural areas tend to follow very traditional ways of life. Many others have accepted western lifestyles while they still adhere to many of their traditions.
Known as the "mountain kingdom" Swaziland remains one of the world’s few absolute monarchies. King Mswati III, educated at one of Britain’s elite colleges, regularly appears in the country’s sacred festivities, adorned in the leopard skins of his office, participating in ritual dance and ceremonies. The country spans a choice portion of Southern Africa’s highveld's descent into the eastern lowveld and is blessed with easily accessible areas of great natural beauty.
It is a very popular destination with South African hikers because of the natural beauty of the Swaziland's nature reserves and the country's close proximity to Gauteng. More commercial, but very popular, tourist attractions include Swazi Candles, Mantenga Craft Centre, Mantenga Swazi Cultural Village and the Ngwenya Glass Works.-->
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.
Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .
The 5 Day Wildlife Experience Scheduled Tour, starts in Johannesburg and ends in Durban. It includes the Makalali Private Game Reserve, the Panorama Route, The Kruger National Park, The Mthethomusha Game Reserve, a game drive and walk in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and a boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary.
Highlights: Makalali Private Game Reserve , Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Mthethomusha Game Reserve , Swaziland , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , St. Lucia Estuary & Lake .
The Hlane Royal National Park of Swaziland lies in the East of the country and is under the protection of King Mswati III. The Reserve covers 22 000 ha of Swazi bushveld, dominated by ancient hardwood vegetation. It is home to elephant, lion, white rhino, giraffe and a large variety of other animals.
The town Big Bend in the east of Swaziland derives it's name from the big bend in the Great Usuthu River where it meets the Lebombo Mountains. Tourist attractions close to Big Bend include a number of game reserves, cultural activities, sport and adventure activities.