Serene and beautiful, Swaziland is renowned for its beauty and peaceful environment. Travellers are drawn to the land for many reasons: Its natural diversity, its breath-taking vistas,and its famously friendly locals. King Mswati III presides over the land, which is imbued with a strong African identity and informed by traditional values.

Exploring the country reveals a juxtaposition of game-rich expanses and bustling villages. The former provides excellent wildlife and photographic opportunities for visitors, while the latter, arts and crafts, fresh vegetable markets and traditional medicine are defining features. Natural attractions in Swaziland include its waterfalls and lush, forested ravines. The country is also well-known for its hand-crafted candles and Ngwenya glass sculptures.

Swaziland has a fascinating history and landscape. The Kingdom of Swaziland is a land-locked country, bordered by Mozambique in the east and South Africa on the other sides. It has a subtropical climate, with average summer temperatures of 15–25 degrees Celsius, and average winter temperatures of 15-19 degrees Celsius. Rainfall at higher altitudes varies from 1,000 to 1,600mm annually, while in the lower areas, it averages 500 to 600mm annually. The country’s highest point is Emlembe at 1,862m, and the lowest is the Great Usuthu River at 21m. The Swazi landscape boasts a variety of habitats and many types of flora and fauna.



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