Cheap flights from Swaziland

Swaziland belies its small size with a variety of attractions. It might seem like a misshapen pea compared to South Africa, but the little country has its distinct feel with the excellent range of wildlife parks and nature attractions. The culture is also fascinating to learn about, seeing that it has kept a separate identity from its bigger and more powerful neighbours from South Africa to Mozambique, with whom it partially shares its eastern half of the border.

An absolute monarchy, Swaziland goes along fairly well with a middle-income economy. There is room for improvement, but the situation is comparatively well off here unlike other nations. One reason for this is a reasonable approach to constitutional reforms, which bring more opportunities for the islands to develop. It also gets support as a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, as it was once occupied by the British between 1906 and 1968.

Where to go

Mbabane, one of the biggest cities in Swaziland, features a number of attractions. The most compelling, however, is its setting in the craggy Dlangeni Hills. Tourists can hike around the area, with Ezulwini and Malkerns Valleys just nearby. Good restaurants and accommodations can also be found in the city proper, making it a comfortable base before heading out for strenuous walking and other activities. About eight kilometres is Sibebe rock, an enormous granite dome visible in the surrounding countryside. It can be dangerous to climb, but the adventure can be thrilling as one goes up the steep rock faces. The view is also a delight, making it worth the hardy climb.

Those out the see more of the country can venture to Malolotja Nature Reserve, where one will find unspoilt and rugged surroundings. Around 200 kilometres of hiking trails and over 280 bird species can be found here, as well as other types of wildlife such as antelopes, zebras, elands, and wildebeest. Ngwempisi Gorge is also a prime destination with the Ngwempisi Hiking Trail, which runs through the Ntfungula Hills on the Mankayane-Vlelzizweni road.

South Africa, one of the greatest countries in this part of the world, features a colourful range of destinations. Johannesburg, its largest city, features Soweto or the 'South West Townships', which was once an area of forced habitation. Those going here will find the former homes of Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, which serve as living shrines to their memory. The Hector Pieterson Museum is also to be visited here, which shows how Sowetan life contributed to the independence struggle. From here, tourists can move on to Credo Mutwa Cultural Village, where a series of clay sculptures and buildings are shown to illustrate African folklore.

United Kingdom, the colonial power that occupied Swaziland and South Africa, makes a fascinating destination. London, despite its significance as one of the greatest cities in Europe, is not the only destination to think about visiting here. There is also Bristol, which was once a centre of heavy industry and is now a cultural hub in the region. One will find here the iconic Clifton suspension bridge and the SS Great Britain, one of the most famous steamships. The art and musical scene is also vibrant here, with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery being one of the city's most popular landmarks. This classic old Edwardian museum is full of exhibits featuring dinosaurs, Asian antiques, and Assyrian religious. There are also sections on French and Eastern Art, as well as the Bristol Boxkite, an early design of propeller-powered biplane.

How to get out

Travellers going out of the country to visit other parts of the world can leave through King Mswati III International Airport. Airlines serving here Airlink and Swaziland Airlink, which connect to Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport in South Africa. This port of entry in South Africa then offers flights to various countries, which puts various destinations within reach.

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