Swaziland is a tiny tiny country, but when it comes to finding things to do in Swaziland – the options are truly endless! This small but adorable country offers fresh experiences, and open welcome to all who are ready to embrace a slightly different Africa!

#1: Discover Rhinos in Swaziland!

Rhino rest in the Hlane Royal National Park Swaziland

This beautiful country has perhaps one of the best reputations when it comes to Rhino conservation and protection, with very very few incidents of poaching. This is perhaps down to their shoot to kill policy when it comes to rangers fighting off poachers. Hlane Royal National park must be on your list of things to do in Swaziland – where this picture was taken. You can also see both white and black Rhino in Mkhaya Game Reserve.

For accommodation in Hlane Royal National Park (pronounced ‘clarn-ee’) click here >

#2: Visit one of the many craft markets

Arts and crafts in SwazilandSwaziland is full of roar creative and craft talent. There are markets around almost every corner, with hand made sculptures, hand-blown glass vases, and great keep-sakes and memories to take home. You can see a full list of arts & craft outlets on the Swaziland Tourism Website.

#3: Go Zip-wiring

Malolotja Nature Reserve

In the Northwest of the country is the rolling expanse of Malolotja Nature Reserve. Here Zebra race around followed by Antelope, and gentle mist rises from lushHavanaa style grasses. Malolotja Canopy tours have rigged a series of long stretches of cable across wide gorges, allowing you to zip across at up to 40mph. Not one for those who don’t like heights but a truly great experience! More info here.

#4: Visit Mantenga Culture Village

Mantenga Cultural Village

Mantenga Cultural Village is located half way between Mbabane and Manzini, in the Ezulwini valley. To be honest the whole set-up is quite tourist focused, but the Swazi’s are so proud of their cultural heritage and traditions, and here you can see why. Experience traditional song and dance, speak to the locals and emerse your self in some Swazi energy!

#5: Horse ride or bike in a really Safari reserve

Mlilwane Nature Reserve

This is perhaps one of my favourite pictures I’ve ever taken – but most importantly Mlilwane Nature Reserve must be on your list of things to do in Swaziland. What they lack in big game (there are quite a lot of hippo but nothing else in terms of large mammals) they make up for in the opportunity to explore Africa entirely on foot. Here you can head out on a trek, amongst Zebra and antelope, or saddle up and ride through some of the most exciting landscapes in Sub-saharan Africa. Many stay here for three or four days at least (click here for accommodation in Mlilwane): eating food from the camp fire in the evening, playing with the local warthogs who call the camp their home, and just be ‘at one with nature’ – as much as I hate that saying!


Swaziland Resources

Accommodation:

If you’re looking for a tour operator to organise your trip, I would recommend Responsible Travel >

Guides:

Read my guide to Swaziland here >

      

The Bradt guide above was actually written by a close friend of mine, Mike Unwin, and I would certainly recommend it!