Things to see and do in Swaziland
Swaziland Tourism AuthorityAddress: , Swazi Plaza, Mbabane, PO Box A1030
Telephone: (40) 49693.
Attractions in Swaziland
Drive around the lush and magnificent countryside - some of the finest in Southern Africa - including the verdant Ezulwini Valley, a miracle of nature, and the fertile Malkerns Valley, known for its scenic drive.
Poke around the handicraft stalls amidst the hustle and bustle of Manzini's vibrant market. This is probably Swaziland's best place for crafts at bargain prices, so come prepared to negotiate.
Ngwenya Glass Factory
Admire the exquisite detail on adorable products at the Ngwenya Glass Factory. Many are in the shape of African animals and birds, are made from recycled glass and are produced by highly skilled workers, who can be watched in action.
Check out the rich cultural offerings at Lobamba, in the heart of the Ezulwini Valley. They include the royals' Embo State Palace, the National Museum, which has a traditional beehive village beside it, and a museum devoted to King Sobhuza, a revered Swazi king.
Attend colourful Swazi festivals full of African dancing and singing that draw the nation together. During the Incwala, the king gives his people permission to eat the first crops of the season (December/January). Or in August/ September, see the Umhlanga (Reed Dance).
Discover true African wilderness at the rugged Malolotja Nature Reserve. There are hiking trails galore, ranging from after-lunch strolls to week-long treks, and 280 species of bird have been recorded here.
Mlawula Nature Reserve
Throw a fishing line in at Mlawula Nature Reserve and admire the varied species of antelopes and birds. This is where the Lebombo Mountains meet with the surrounding lowveld.
Hike the magnificent countryside. There are plenty of options including the ascent to Malolotsha Falls at Piggs Peak; Sibebe Mountain, a huge granite outcrop that provides a scenic spot for a picnic; and the climb up Emlembe, Swaziland's highest peak.
Hot mineral springs
Soak those weary bones in the 'cuddle puddle', one of the many hot mineral springs around the country. This one is situated in the Ezulwini Valley.
Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Organise any number of activities in the beautiful and serene Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, including mountain biking, horseriding and game walks - where you have a chance of spotting giraffe, warthog, antelope, hippos and eagles.
Go game-spotting on a wildlife drive, organised through Big Game Parks (www.biggame.co.sz). Mkhaya Game Reserve is a top private reserve where you may spot the elusive black rhino; and in Hlane Royal National Park look out for lion, elephant and plenty of antelope.
Fizz down the Usutu River on a white-water rafting trip (www.swazitrails.co.sz). The rapids through Bulungu Gorge give a thrilling ride and you'll need to negotiate a 10m (33ft) waterfall. Away from the rapids you can also float lazily down the river checking out the 'flat dogs' in the water.