what to do in swaziland
If you’re asking yourself “what to do in Swaziland?”, or “things to do in Swaziland?” ……. Well look no further- here’s a quick overview of various activities, attractions and adventures on offer in the Kingdom.
Arts and Craft Shopping
Swaziland’s art and crafts are one of their greatest attractions. Well renowned brands such as Swazi Candles, Ngwenya Glass, Gone Rural, Rosecraft, Coral Stephens, Baobab Batik, Tintsaba, Imvelo Eswatini, Eswatini Kitchen, Swazi Secrets, Quazi Design, Golden Hands and Amarasti. (to name a few…..). Of course you can access all these shops by self- drive, taxi or a full day guided tour “Swaziland’s Highlights”. Or if you only have a couple of hours theres a choice between a Northern highlights tour and a Southern highlights tour.
Swaziland has the most incredible game reserves, Hlane Royal National Park is Swaziland’s largest conservation area at over 30 000ha. Hlane is home to populations of lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah, rhino, hippo, crocodile, hyena and many other species of wildlife. Accommodation at Hlane varies from camping, bed and breakfast to self catering cottages. Activities at Hlane include game drives and a guided game walk. One can self drive or alternatively take a guided Safari Full day tour to Hlane with Swazi Trails, which includes a game walk and game drive.
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Ezulwini Valley invites visitors to explore the southern portion of the Sanctuary by foot, vehicle, on horseback and on mountain bikes. You can rent your own mountin bike or go on a guided MTB trail. Mlilwane also has the option of game viewing by horseback- Swazi Trails has a guided adventure tour including a horseback safari. Or, for the not so adventurous Swazi Trails provides a guided Sun downer Game drive in Mlilwane. Accommodation at Mlilwane varies from a traditional experience of sleeping in a bee-hive hut to self catering cottages.
Mkhaya is essentially Swaziland’s Refuge for Endangered Species, it is especially famous for its protection of White and Black Rhino. Swazi Trails runs a Full day trip to Mkhaya, including game drives in open Land Rovers, a delicious bush camp lunch. Accommodation at Mkhaya is semi-open stone and thatch cottages that bring you closer to nature- an awesome experience .
Adventure and Activities
Swaziland is heaven for an active individual who has a love for the outdoors and nature. We are definitely not short on ideas under this category! Swazi Trails provides a number of thrilling and challenging adventures and activities. White water rafting on the Great Usutu river is our number one adventure in Swaziland! Options are A full day White water rafting- including lunch, or a Half day rafting option of a quick trip down to the river for rafting session. In the winter months, we offer a White Water Abseiling Tubing Combo.
Adventure caving is another highlight, it provides the amateur explorer the unique opportunity of navigating the Gobholo Cave system. You’ll be presented with headlamps, battery packs, muddy passages, bats and lots of total blackness….. Swazi Trails offers two options- Adventure caving during the day and Evening adventure caving option includes a soak in a hot-spring and a yummy pizza after wards.
MTB trails is a great way to see Swaziland! Swazi Trails offers a number of trails: Safari MTB Trail in neighboring Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Cultural MTB Trail in and around Ezulwini Valley- visiting rural areas where everyday Swazi life can be observed, Houses of Parliament, National Museum & traditional singing and dancing. Or…..you could be treated to a full day combing the two- Mountain biking culture and safari combo.
Quad-biking is another great way to appreciate Swaziland’s scenery whilst at the same time feeding the adrenaline fed spirit of an adventurer. Swazi Trails offers offers 8km of meandering and interconnecting quad track called “The Devil’s Cauldron Quad Trail” . Swazi Trails offers two guided options of The Devils Cauldron 1hr and The Devils Cauldron 2hr trail.
Swaziland’s newest adrenaline adventure is a Canopy Tour that runs in and above the Majolomba River Gorge in Malalotja Nature Reserve. This area for canopy tours was recently rated as one of the best in Southern Africa and the only way to explore this gorge is from the air!
Fancy a day on a Houseboat? Maguga Dam houseboat sleeps 4 people and is an awesome opportunity for some quiet time and relaxation. The dam is 100m deep and home to abundant fish, some ‘monster” bass all for catching. The boat is on a self catering basis-well equipped with gas stove, fridge and oven. Other amenities include a hot water shower, TV/ DVD and an on-board fishfinder.
Culture and History
Swaziland is rich in culture and Swazi people are very proud of their heritage. This tiny landlocked Kingdom is one of the last monarch states in Africa. There are two main royal ceremonies annually, The Umhlanga Reed Dance and Incwala Ceremony- both celebrating the Swazi culture and its traditions. Swazi Trails offers many guided cultural tours covering all aspects of Swazi traditions and way of life.