Destination Information for Swaziland
The landlocked country of Swaziland, bordering with South Africa and Mozambique, is one of the last absolute monarchies remaining in the world. It’s one of the smallest countries in Africa, and possibly one of the most underestimated. Several excellent game reserves and parks make this an excellent destination choice for tourists who want to explore a relatively safe and peaceful African country, known for the friendliness of its people.
Swaziland embraces its traditional culture, and sees this as an attraction for tourists. There are numerous events held annually celebrating the king, Mswati III, with traditional dress, music and dance. One of Africa’s biggest cultural events is the Umhlanga (Reed Dance) Festival, held at the royal compound at Ludzidzini. Another annual celebration is the Incwala, or Kingship Dance - a spectacular week-long event featuring Swazi men in full battle regalia.
Swaziland is considered to be one of the best places in Africa to see rhinos, and these, along with many other animals and birds, can be found in over 17 protected areas throughout the country. Most visitors to the country do so for the opportunity to get close to nature, and the varied landscape of mountains, rivers and grasslands makes this the ideal destination.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria in the eastern half of the country and anti-malarial medication is recommended. The western half of the country including the city of Mbabane, has low to no risk of malaria and anti-malarial medication is normally not advised. (See map above).
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.
There is no British embassy in Swaziland. Please contact the FCO for advice.