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Swaziland, officially the Kingdom of Swaziland, is the smallest country in the Southern Hemisphere. This sovereign state covers no more than 200 kilometres north to south and 130 kilometres east to west of Africa. It is also the last absolute monarchy in Africa. Despite its size, Swaziland boasts of rich culture, beautiful landscapes, welcoming people, and wildlife reserves.
What to see & do
Hlane Royal National Park - Hlane Royal National Park is located approximately 67 kilometres northeast of Manzini. It was formerly a private royal hunting ground before being opened to the public. It is the largest protected area and the largest park in the country, and is home to several significant animals: the white rhino, elephant, and lion. Other animals present in Hlane Royal National Park include white-backed vultures, long-crested eagles, wildebeest, and impala.
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - This sanctuary is the country's oldest protected area. Popular activities in the park include guided and self-guided hiking, game drives, mountain biking, and horseback riding. It has three areas for accommodating visitors: a rest camp that features traditional Swazi round huts and self-catering units, Sondzela Backpackers providing accommodation within the park for international travellers, and Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge.
Traditional Arts and Crafts - Swaziland's traditional arts and crafts are colourful and impressive, and they make wonderful souvenirs. There's so much to choose from; carvings made from wood or stone, tableware, animal figurines, and other materials made through glass blowing, baskets woven from grass, traditional Swazi jewellery, and so much more. These can be bought from handicraft stalls and in markets all over the country.
Mantenga Reserve - In the 725-hectare protected area of the Mantenga Reserve are the Mantenga Falls, the largest and best-known falls in Swaziland. The reserve is also home to a number of medium-sized animals, such as leopards, baboons, otters, bushpig, and many bird species. The area can be explored by visitors on foot, on mountain bikes, or by car. The reserve also houses the Mantenga Cultural Village, a living museum featuring old traditions and classical Swazi lifestyle during the 1850s. The village is home to the Mantenga Cultural Group, Swaziland’s group of cultural performers who have performed in international events all over the world.
How to get around within Swaziland
The most common way of travelling in Swaziland is by car or minibus. Minibuses in Swaziland are called kombis. The drivers fill up the kombis with as many passengers as they can, even picking up travellers along the way if there's enough space. Minibuses can be flagged down on the main roads, but seats are usually crowded.
For more flexibility and independence in terms of travelling, it is recommended to hire a car instead. There are also a number of tour companies in Swaziland; availing of their service will make your stay more organised, and the transportation can be arranged.
How to get there
Matsapha Airport is Swaziland's only international airport. It is located near the city of Manzini in the Manzini District. Although the new King Mswati-III International Airport was supposed to replace Matsapha Airport, the latter airport is still preferred. Matsapha Airport is served by Airlink and Swaziland Airlink, both of which operate to and from O. R. Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg.

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