Top 10 things to do in Swaziland
Swaziland Adventures – Mantenga Nature Reserve
Situated in the Ezulwini Valley, which directly translated from iSiswati means Valley of Heaven, is a must-see during a visit to the Kingdom of Swaziland. Stay at Mantega Lodge where you can admire the reserve’s exquisite surroundings such as the majestic Mantenga Waterfall. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to partake in some of Swaziland’s key cultural activities. Take a visit to Mantenga Cultural Village where you can learn to dance like a local and explore a traditional Swaziland village.
Swaziland Adventures: Canopy Tours, Malalotja Nature Reserve
Malolotaja Nature Reserve is home to Swaziland’s first and only Tree Top Canopy Tour. This is located in the Sihlotswane Gorge, where one 50m suspension bridge and 11 wooden platforms have been ingeniously affixed to the steep sides. Participants descend the gorge by ziplining down on a steel cable from platform to platform high above over the forest canopy and Majolomba River. Some lines are more than 300m long.
Swaziland Adventures – White River Rafting, Swazi Trails
Trips are run by Swazi Trails on the Bulungapoort section of the Usutu River, between Sidvokodvo and Siphofaneni, in the centre of Swaziland. This is a remote and inspiring stretch of river. Its brown waters thunder through clefts and gorges, alternating with calmer stretches of bush and grazing land. You can expect fine views of rural Swaziland, with imposing rock formations, riverbank community life and a fair amount of wildlife.
Exquisitely crafted candles come from the Swazi Candle Factory, near Malkerns where craftsmen work their magic with coloured wax. This craft market is not only the location for Swazi Candles but also features a number of other arts and crafts shops like Baobab Batik (where wax is used to make patterns on fabrics used for clothing and other items), Rosecraft (hand-woven mohair items are for sale), Kwazi Swazi (various memorabilia and books are for sale) and Amarasti and Swazi Creations where locally produced bags, baskets and pillowcases are sold.
Swaziland Adventures – Sunday Lunch at Foresters Arms
Cosy up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate at Foresters Arms Luxury Country Lodge, situated a short distance from Swaziland’s Capital, Mbabane. Idyllically set, this lodge has all the warmth and charm of a European inspired getaway and is centrally located for all of the Kingdom’s top activities and adventures. Enjoy their infamous Sunday feast with a plethora of locals, South Africans on a day trip and international guest
Swaziland Adventures – Hiking/Caving & 4×4 Trails
What better way to explore Swaziland’s many and varied highlands, forests, and reserves than on foot. There are paths and trails in many locations across the country allowing for hikes from a couple of hours to many days in duration, and give access to places and views that are inaccessible by vehicle.
Those who want to get beneath the surface of Swaziland – literally – could try Caving, run by Swazi Trails. It explores a unique cave system formed by the Kophola River that flows underground between Msunduza and Kophola Mountains, just off the Malagwane Hill between Mbabane and theEzulwini Valley.
Whenever a lodge or hotel in Swaziland offers a tour of a more rural area, or reserve, it will be by 4×4 due to the nature of the roads and tracks. For dedicated off-road enthusiasts, there are also several unofficial 4×4 routes around Swaziland that give wonderful opportunities to see the less accessible parts of the country. All off-road driving must follow standard environmental guidelines.
The camp has been in operation since 2000 and is ideal for cultural tourists, families, nature lovers, backpackers and those simply looking for a getaway from the bustle of city life. While at the camp, guests will be enamored with the cultural music and dance, dazzled by the gorgeous sunsets, relaxed by the spectacular nature walks, and challenged by a mountain bike trip around the plateau.
Swaziland Adventures – Nsangwini Rock Art and Maguga Dam for lunch
The Nsangwini Rock Shelter is the largest example of San art in the country and is said to provide the most comprehensive display in Swaziland. 4000 years ago, the San people used this Highveld area for spiritual rituals and for recording iconic moments in their lives through etchings on the ancient rocks. The paintings are remarkably clear and informative interpretations are given by members of the Nsangwini community, who manage and maintain the site.
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