Swaziland Travel Guide
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Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) is easily incorporated in a South African holiday. It offers some outstanding wildlife viewing in low-key parks, stunning scenery and traditional cultures. Mkhaya Game Reserve and Hlane Royal National Park are excellent places to see many flagship animals.
Rates (USD) $61 to $311 pp/day
Best Time To Go May to September (Dry season)
High Season December to January and July to August (It never gets very busy)
Size 17,364km² / 6,704mi²
Pros & Cons
- Easily accessible wildlife viewing
- Self-drive package or custom safaris
- Gorgeous scenery
- Traditional cultures
- Family friendly and many affordable accommodation options
- Small parks with fenced animal enclosures lack wilderness appeal
- Not many upmarket accommodation options in the parks
Eswatini has a good variety of wildlife with all of the Big Five present. The parks are quite small but well managed. Some animals are kept in large drive-through enclosures which makes viewing easy. Lion, white rhino and elephant are all easily seen in Hlane. A good variety of antelope species can be seen in different environments, including tsessebe, eland and sable.
Best Time To Visit
Eswatini can be visited throughout the year. Wildlife viewing tends to be a bit better during the Dry winter months when vegetation is thin and animals come to drink at predictable sources. However, the parks are quite small and many animals are kept in large enclosures which makes viewing easy at any time. April to May and September to October are transition months and offer lovely weather conditions with mild temperatures but little rain.