Eswatini

The endlessly enchanting Kingdom of Eswatini, once known as Swaziland, is a place offering everything a visitor could want; wildlife, mountain biking, hiking, and the opportunity to get to know a vibrant culture that has steadfastly stuck to its ancient traditions. The country also has the most incredible laid back African vibe which most of its neighbours have long since forgotten

Eswatini Highlights

Formerly known as Swaziland, Eswatini is one of the last African countries that stays true to the African vibe. That is, Eswatini celebrates the pure joy of slow living. That being said, the country has a hugely rewarding selection of things to see at do.

Bird and wildlife watching, mountain biking along some of the most exciting, heart-thumping trails, white river rafting on unrelenting, foaming rapids, and a culture that still celebrates its customs the traditional way, Eswatini is one of a kind destination!

Some of the biggest herds of wildlife live in the Hlane Royal National Park, making it the most popular safari destination in Eswatini. The park has a rich cultural heritage which it shares with the world by offering game walks, self-drive safaris and guided game drives.

The park guests may be lucky enough to see marabou stork, lion, elephant, giraffe and all kinds of other wildlife.  We have created exciting itineraries for international guests looking to explore the Hlane National Park.

Situated in the heart of the spectacular Ezulwini Valley, surrounded by mountains and with the Usuthu Forest and its towering green trees attracting the eye, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is a pioneering conservation area borne from a multi-purpose farm.

The sanctuary is home to an extensive list of endangered species as well as traditional beehive accommodation, set up deep within a secluded wooded area!

Also within the Ezulwini Valley are two eye-catching mountains affectionately named Sheba’s Breasts. These rock formations have two hiking trails, taking around 2 – 3 hours to complete, and the views from above are simply breathtaking. Visible from quite a distance, Sheba’s Breasts are named after the fabled Queen of Sheba.

Legend says she hailed from Ethiopia and her beauty was so enchanting that she seduced King Solomon. Legend also says that these rocks are the site of King Solomon’s mines.

In the same area where Sheba’s Breast can be viewed is the historically significant Nyonyane Mountain. It was once home to ancient bushmen tribes and remains the final resting place of Swazi Royalty.

Execution Rock, an exposed peak of granite, is a part of the Nyonyane Mountain and has a few tales of its own. It is said that those accused of witchcraft were once forced to walk off the edge of the rock to their deaths.  Today, Execution Rock is a popular hiking destination not to be missed. 

Those adventurers wanting to indulge in a little exploration should most definitely add trips to Sheba’s Breast and Execution Rock to their travel itineraries.

A memorable place to go hiking, Malolotja Nature Reserve has undulating terrain that will keep hikers on their toes and in some places present them with a challenge.

The Komati River cuts a gorge through the park, which features small waterfalls which guests can stop to admire while taking a break from their hike. Around 280 wildlife species live in the reserve, and hikers can  may be lucky to see wildebeest, zebra, and eland.

Taking a break from all of the natural attractions, guests can visit the Swazi Candle centre where they can visit the workshop to see the artisans at work or visit the Sambane Tea Garden for a bite to eat. 

Creating an array of traditional candles and paraffin wax, Swazi Candles currently exports to 20 countries.

Exquisite handmade glass homeware, tableware and sculptures, made from 100% recycled glass, can be bought during a stop at the Ngwenya Glass Factory. The factory is set in manicured, indigenous gardens, with the rolling hills of eSwatini in the background.

How to Get There

There is only one international airport in Swaziland and that is King Mswati III International Airport in Manzini.

Many guests also choose to fly to South Africa and then either drive to eSwatini, taking in the South African attractions along the way, or fly from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Manzini or another smaller airports.

Best Time of the Year to Visit

Eswatini is a great place to visit all year round, although the summer months (October to April) can be a little too warm for those wanting to hike. The summer months also bring heavy rains.

The absolute best time of the year to visit is from May to September. These are the winter months but they tend to be warm, and the drier conditions make for fantastic animal viewing.

Lesotho

The mountains are calling all of those who travel to Lesotho. This obscure but utterly unique landlocked country is an adventurer’s paradise, with twisting mountain roads, exquisite mountain trails, and the only place in Africa which can proudly claim to have the highest restaurant. Lesotho is an alpine nation, where the easiest way to get to some places is on the back of a donkey. With a head literally in the clouds, a holiday here has the power to change perspectives and enlighten the imagination.

Lesotho Highlights

The landlocked mountain nation of Lesotho is easily accessible from South Africa and although it is a small nation, it is one of the most beautiful.

Lesotho is often overlooked as a travel destination but with pony trekking along snowy mountain paths, 4 x 4 trails to test the nerves and endurance, and the warm Basotho people whose company is always welcoming, Lesotho has a lot to offer those travellers who are looking to enjoy an experience well away from the tourist hotspots.

While those of a steady disposition, and nerves of steel, can tackle the notorious Sani Pass and its rugged twists and turns on their own, those who want to experience the adrenaline rush but not from behind the wheel can do so with one of the many day tours offered.

The Sani Pass begins in South Africa, at an altitude of 1544m and winds its way up a steep mountain road, finally reaching a summit of 2876m. And once at the top, a steadying beverage awaits at Africa’s Highest Pub. The Sani Pass is truly a once in a lifetime adventure.

A visit to Lesotho is simply not complete unless pony trekking is included on the itinerary and the areas around Malealea village in central Lesotho is the one place where this interesting mode of transport can be experienced. 

Guests can look forward to the best views, great hospitality and a truly authentic cultural experience!

How to Get There

Most flights to Lesotho include a stopover in Johannesburg.

From there, connecting flights to Moshoeshoe International in Maseru will take guests into the country.

Best Time of the Year to Visit

Both the summer and the winter months are characterised by extreme temperatures. Snow is common in the winter, and it transforms the country into an African ski resort of sorts.

The best time of the year to visit Lesotho is between October and November and March and April.

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