Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa. It is also one of the last absolute monarchies in the World! But what is more important is that just on the edge of South Africa lays very friendly and peaceful country. Just in few hours from Johannesburg you enter the place which feels much more safe and pleasant.
There are a few ways to get into Swaziland. The easiest would be to get a rental car as you at the same time solve the question of going around the Swaziland. I didn’t have a car, so I have to go with a bus. There is a company called TransMagnific which operates a number of busses during the day from different places in South Africa to Swaziland. Even though there are mixed reviews for the company on TripAdvisor my trip was all good. And the last option would be to take a regular bus from the bus station, but they mostly operate on unpredictable schedules.
What to do there?
The main thing to do is obviously visiting one or more of the natural parks like Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Hlane Royal National Park, Malolotja Nature Reserve and others.
I went to Mantenga Nature Reserve, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, small villages in between and Mbabane on my way back. The first park one offers nice hike opportunities, while the second one allows you to rent a bike and ride around or just hike around the wildlife. It is all safe as there are no dangerous animals in the park, but you can see for example zebras as close as they will allow you 🙂
City Life in Swaziland
On my way between the parks and on the way back I visited small villages of Lobamba and Ezulwini and a few hours in the capital — Mbabane. It also gives you idea of the local life and culture. And even though it is not something extremely spectacular it is still pretty interesting experience.