Small Package, Good Things – Swaziland
Languages: English, siSwazi, local dialects
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); www.times.co.sz -Times of Swaziland newspaper