Small Package, Good Things – Swaziland
Rainbow Tours offers tailormade trips to Swaziland. A seven-night itinerary, including Mkhaya Game Reserve and Shewula Mountain Camp, costs from £2,150pp, including flights, accommodation, transfers, all meals and game drives.
Getting there: There are no direct UK-Swaziland flights. South African Airways flies to Manzini in Swaziland via Johannesburg. Total flying time is 12-13 hours.
Getting around: Public buses in Swaziland are often uncomfortable and unreliable. Roads are generally good so renting a car is an option. Avis and Europcar have offices at the international airport.
Cost of travel: Swaziland is good value. Expect to pay around SZL17 (£1) for a beer, SZL4 (25p) for a coffee and SZL85-100 (£5-6) for a main course in a good restaurant.
Luxurious Stone Camp is the only accommodation within Mkhaya Game Reserve. The cottages are open, so you can drift off to the sounds of the bush. There’s no electricity — charge batteries before arrival. Doubles from ZAR1,775 (£107), including meals.
The seven rondavel huts at Shewula Mountain Camp are basic but cosy, with hot water and panoramic views. Twins from ZAR760 (£46), including meals.
Near Manzini, Willows Lodge is a lovely B&B with 14 rooms set amid sugarcane fields and Malkerns farmland. B&B doubles from ZAR800 (£48).
Food & drink: Traditional Swazi dishes centre on malze: mealie pap (bland-tasting maize porridge) is a staple, eaten with sugar for breakfast, and vegetables and meat for dinner. Other favourites include stewed pumpkins, soup of jugo beans, pen-peri chicken and meat stews.