Cheap Flights to Swaziland

Officially the Kingdom of Swaziland but sometimes called kaNgwane or Eswatini, Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa. It is a sovereign state in Southern Africa, landlocked by Mozambique to the east and by South Africa everywhere else. It is divided into four administrative districts, namely Hhohho in the northwest, Lubombo in the east, Manzini in the central-west, and Shiselweni in the south. Swaziland is one of the last absolute monarchies in the world and one of the oldest in Africa, currently under the rule of King Mswati III. Though a small country, it contains several game parks and reserves, which are its main tourist attractions.

Malolotja Nature Reserve - The reserve occupies 4,447 acres of the north western border in Swaziland. Within the park's vicinity is the country's second highest mountain, Ngwenya Mountain, which stands at 1829 meters. It also contains Swaziland's highest falls, the Malolotja Falls, which drops at 90 meters. It is also home to over 280 species of birds, various species of antelope, zebras, wildebeest, and other animals. It also contains several rare endemic plants and wildflowers. Malolotja Nature Reserve, along with the Songimvelo Game Reserve in South Africa, makes up the Songimvelo-Malolotja Transboundary Protected Area or Peace Park.

Somhlolo National Stadium - The multi-purpose stadium is located in the capital city Lobamba, and is used mainly for football games. It has a standing capacity of 20,000.

Hlane Royal National Park - Hlane in Swazi languages means 'wilderness.' Once a private royal hunting ground, Hlane Royal National Park is now open to the public and is the country's largest park. White rhinos, elephants, and lions live in the protected area, along with impala, zebra, wildebeest, and other mammals, as well as a wide variety of bird species. It also contains the highest density of nesting white-backed vultures in the continent.

Incwala Kingship - The Festival of the First Fruits or the Incwala Kingship is a religious ritual in Swaziland that occurs from the latter half of December to January. It unites locals in an effort to gain their ancestors' blessings. The annual ceremony lasts eight weeks, but only occurs when there is a king: if there is no king, there is no ritual.

How to get around within Swaziland

The main options for travelling around Swaziland are by car or minibus. As in most countries, there is a car rental office stationed at the airport. Minibuses are actually small vans, called kombis; drivers fill the kombis with passengers before making a trip, and are often accompanied by assistants who collect the fares. You will find the routes and destination of each kombi written on the front bumpers, and the fare depends on where you boarded and where you'll get off. Should you be confused as to whether you're on the right vehicle and how much the fare is, you could always ask the assistant. Kombis can be hailed off the side of the road. There are also a few taxis available. Hitchhiking, while not entirely safe anywhere in the world, is a possible but preferably a last option.

How to get there

Matsapha Airport is the country's sole fully operational international airport and is situated 1km outside of Manzini. It connects Swaziland to Johannesburg with Airlink and Swaziland Airlink. 

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