Constitutional monarchy. Gained independence from the UK in 1968.
Head of state:
King Mswati III since 1986.
Head of government:
Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini since 2008.
230 volts AC, 50Hz. South African-style plugs with two circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin are in use.
Snuggled between Mozambique and South Africa, tiny Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa. It is also one of its gems. Largely free of the racial tensions of its large neighbour, and ingrained with a strong sense of national pride, the country is emblazoned with a rich cultural heritage.
If you're here during the Incwala or Umhlanga festivals this will probably be the highlight of your trip to Africa. The friendly, laid-back people are perhaps the country's greatest draw, and despite their own hardships take pride in their hospitality.
The country's protected nature reserves and parks are characterised by some of the most beautiful landscapes in southern Africa. There are myriad opportunities for wildlife watching and the experience is far more low-key than in the large parks of nearby South Africa. It's also one of the best places in southern Africa to spot the elusive and near-extinct black rhino in the wild.
Last updated: 01 October 2014
The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
There’s no British High Commission in Swaziland. If you need emergency consular assistance you should contact the British High Commission in Pretoria.
Most visits are trouble-free. Crime levels are relatively low for the southern Africa region, but you should take sensible precautions.
You should avoid rallies, demonstrations and gatherings as these can be dispersed forcefully by the police.