Though South Africa may be plagued with various problems such as poverty, it’s among the countries that provide an extraordinary and close encounters with nature through its lush surroundings and excellent wildlife reserves. Swaziland, though smallest of the African countries, is no exception. Besides its captivating scenery and wealth of animals, the country is also known for the friendliness of the locals, an additional reason to visit the place and see what it can offer.
Here are some of the things you can do while in the country:
See the animals at Hlane Royal National Park
Former royal hunting grounds, this park treats visitors to wonderful sights of different animals including white rhinos, elephants, antelopes and lions. An abundant bird life can be observed here too, and species include white-backed vultures, Long-crested eagles, marabou stork and more. You can explore the park in various ways: guided walking trails, two-hour wildlife day drives, mountain bike hire, and cultural village tour with dance performances – all with a corresponding fee. Camp sites are also available within the park for people who want to spend the night.
Go shopping at the Manzini Market
During Thursdays, a visit to this colorful market is a must as it explodes with colors and bustles to life. You can find various items here, from jewelry to exquisite wood carvings and even herbal medicines. You can also ask the locals to custom-make a dress for you here, and you can even get a traditional dress here, one with real animal skins and spears.
Bask in the beauty of nature at Usutu Forest
Soak up sweeping views of this vast forest and enjoy the tranquility it offers. Here, you’ll find rolling hills covered with lush vegetation as well as different species of birds. Near the forest are mini roadside markets where you can buy various Swazi and African handicrafts.
Go white water rafting in the Usutu River
If you want a dose of adrenaline on your vacation, head to the Usutu River and and brave through its waves for that extraordinary adventure. The rough waters not only take you to an exhilarating ride but a scenic one as well.
Have you visited Swaziland? Tell us about your extraordinary experiences there!