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TRAVEL ADVICE & FAQS SWAZILAND

Is Swaziland a good family destination?

Malawi is an excellent family destination with warm hearted friendly people and most game lodges catering for children with a variety of fun activities such as cycling, horse riding exploring on foot and learning about the local culture. We can advise you on the best options to suit you and your family.

What is the best way to travel around Swaziland ?

Swaziland is dwarfed by its giant neighbour, South Africa. Access into Mbabane ( the capital city )  from Johannesburg can be by road or air. It is a well suited destination for a self -drive tour either from Kruger Park to Kwazulu Natal or vice versa and of course is often included in our guided journeys of South Africa.

Can you tell me about my passport and visa requirements ?

International visitors require a valid passport together with onward travel documents. All passport holders should verify with their relevant consulate concerning visa entry requirements. If you are extending your journey to other countries, please establish entry requirements for those countries as well.

What is the weather like in Swaziland ?

The dry season (Winter) lasts from mid-April to mid-October, with an average temperature of 20°C (the days being sunny and the nights chilly). The rainy season begins at the end of October, lasting through to March. During the dry seasons expect hot days when the sun is out, but temperatures can drop quickly at night with extra layers needed at all year round. Variations in temperature are also dependent on the altitude of the different regions with temperatures of up to 40 degree having been recorded in some areas.

Can I use my credit card ?

Credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops but not for the purchase of petrol.

What currency must I bring with ?

The unit of currency in Swaziland is the Lilangeni – plural Emalangeni (E) – which is fixed to the rand (1 Rand = 1 Lilangeni). South African Rands are accepted everywhere .

What are Swaziland’s banks opening hours ?

Standard Bank, First National and Nedbank have branches in all the main centres. Opening hours are generally 8.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, and until 1pm on Saturdays.

Can I use my electric hairdryer and shaver in Swaziland ?

Supply is based on the 220/240 volts system, using “British type” square bayonet three-pin plugs. Various safari camps and lodges may not have 220 volts and may operate on solar powered 12-volt electricity. Remember to bring spare batteries to have charged at the lodge while out on safari or an activity.

Are there any health precautions I need to be aware of ?

It is wise to be up to date on tetanus, polio and diphtheria (now given as an all-in-one vaccine), and hepatitis A. We also recommend anti-malarial precautions, due to the high risk of malaria in Swaziland. Please consult your local doctor for up to date advice.

Do the local people speak English in Swaziland ?

While English is an official language, here are few Swazi phrases to practise:

Hello……………..Sawubona
Thank you……..Ngiyabonga (I),
Goodbye……….Hamba kahle (go well)
Goodbye……….Sala kahle (stay well)
How are you?..Kunjani?
I am well……….Ngikhona
Yes……………….Yebo
No…………………Cha

How much should I tip my guide ?

If not included, it is customary to tip 10% to taxi drivers, waitresses, waiters, stewards and delivery persons. On safari, approximately US$ 10.00 – 25.00 per person per day, or more if service is above average ( see safari primer for more details )

Do you have any safety tips for me ?

Swaziland is considered a safe country for; however it’s sensible to take the same precautions in the main towns as you would in any of the world’s metropolitan areas.