The Kingdom of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is a small, landlocked nation within South Africa, and well-worth a visit. Spend a few days there for an authentic, immersive experience, ideally during the southern winter between March and October. Eswatini is a country of many hills, plains, and mountains, which are ideal for hiking, mountain biking, or rafting.
This small country offers an appealing range of activities, like going on a 4x4 safari through Mkhaya Game Reserve (in the east) to observe wild animals, including black rhinoceroses, as well as plants. For a unique experience, you can also go on a horseback or mountain bike safari in the heart of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. If you're looking for an even more high-octane adventure, go rafting on the Great Usutu River. Meanwhile, avid walkers can choose from the many hiking trails leading through the untamed Malolotja Nature Reserve, in the country's northwest.
The country's roads are in good condition, making it easy to travel and fall in love with the beautiful landscapes as you drive. Eswatini also offers a selection of lovely accommodation where you can spend the night surrounded by nature. How about sleeping in a traditional beehive hut, in the heart of Milwane reserve?
The Kingdom of Eswatini is also renowned for its wealth of culture. With ceremonies and festivities (like the famous "reed dance" and the Marula Festival) taking place all year long.
Explore traditional craft markets along the roads of Malkerns Valley or Ezulwini valley. You can meet local craftspeople and discover a wide selection of objects and souvenirs: woven cloths, wooden sculptures, tapestries, candles, and more.
Stay in a Swazi village and immerse yourself in the culture by participating in various activities, like planting or harvesting vegetables in a garden or taking a cooking class. These are great opportunities to spend authentic moments of cultural exchange with the locals and contribute to the development of the local economy.