Small Package, Good Things – Swaziland

Swaziland footnotes

Vital statistics:

Capital: Mbabane


An aerial view of Mbabane – Swaziland

Population:1.4 million

Languages: English, siSwazi, local dialects

Time: GMT+2

International dialling code: +268

Visas: Not required by UK nationals

Money: Swazi lilangeni (SZL), currently around SZL16 to the UK£. South African rand (ZAR) also accepted. ATMs available in bigger cities.

When to go

January, February, Mars, November, December: hottest and wettest months; not ideal for hiking and rafting

April, May, June, July: cooler(as low as 6°C; chilly at nights in highlands)

August, September, October: Best time; mild temperatures; full waterholes, so game easier to spot.

Health & safety: High risk of malaria in lower-lying eastern Swaziland. Crime-wise, it’s safer than South Africa, but take care in bigger cities.

Further reading & information:Swaziland (Bradt, 2012); South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland (Lonely Planet, 2012); -Times of Swaziland newspaper

Planning guides: Swaziland guide

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