The 10 best places to visit in Swaziland


In the north west of the country is the Nsangwini Rock Shelter, famous for the largest example of San rock art in the country. Still remarkably clear, some of these ancient etchings have been dated at 4,000 years old.

10. Nsangwini Rock Art


Built in 2016 in the city of Manzini within Jubilee Park is the statue of King Somhlolo, one of the early Swazi Kings, sometimes known as King Sobhuza. It is said that he had a vision of white men visiting the Swazi shores, a vision in which he was advised to choose the book, denoting intellect, over the white man's money. Made from bronze and standing 3.5 metres (11.5 ft) high it is the tallest statue in Swaziland.

9. King Somhlolo Statue


Opened in 2001, a stone's throw from the Nsangwini Rock Shelter in the north of the country is the Maguga Dam. At 115 metres (377 ft) high with an impressive 181 metre (594 ft) labyrinth spillway it is the single largest works project to ever be undertaken in Swaziland.

8. Maguga Dam


South of the capital, Mbabane, is the Ngwempisi Wilderness Area, considered one of the most ruggedly beautiful areas in Swaziland. With hills ranging from 50 metres (164 ft) right up to 800 metres (2,624 ft) above sea level the area has become a favourite among hikers.

Pictured is the Ngwempisi Gorge.

7. Ngwempisi Wilderness Area


Just north of the capital, Mbabane, is the Sibebe Rock, the second largest freestanding monolithic rock in the world after Ayers Rock in Australia. Another favourite among hikers, the trail to the summit will take visitors around 2.5 hours to climb, offering views from 350 metres (1,148 ft) above the valley of the Mbuluzi River.

6. Sibebe Rock


North of the capital, Mbabane, the Malolotja Nature Reserve is the largest protected area in the country, considered by many as one of the most impressive mountain parks in southern Africa, and the last unspoiled mountain wilderness in Swaziland. From grassland to scrubland to pristine forests the reserve holds the Malolotja Falls, the countries highest waterfall. it is also home to the Ngwenya Mountain, at 1,829 metres (6,000 ft) above sea level it is the countries second highest peak.

Pictured is what is known as the 'Potholes'.

5. Malolotja Nature Reserve


North west of the capital, Mbabane, close to the border with South Africa is the Ngwenya Mine, dating back an astonishing 43,000 years it is regarded to be the worlds oldest mine. Only accessible as part of a guided tour, visitors will be met with great views over the dramatic man made mining pits.

4. Ngwenya Mine


South of the capital, Mbabane, is a 4 kilometre wide sliver of grasslands, mountains and forests known as Mlilwayne Wildlife Sanctuary. Within the Ezulwini Valley, meaning Valley Of Heaven, is an array of wonderful wildlife, these include hippo, crocodile, zebra, wilderbeast, warthog, honeybadger and a whole heap more. Due to the lack of any dangerous animals visitors are able to explore this beautiful landscape without requiring any guides.

3. Mlilwayne Wildlife Sanctuary


In the east of the country running around 800 kilometres (497 miles) in length is the Lubombo Mountains, a narrow mountain range that stretches far beyond Swaziland's borders into both neighbouring Mozambique and South Africa. Relatively low lying with a peak of 776 metres (2,546 ft) above sea level, this landscape of mountains, large valleys and sporadic forests makes for one of the most naturally beautiful areas in Swaziland.

2. Lubombo Mountains


In the north east of the country is a large area of protected land known as the Hlane Royal National Park, conserving some of the most important  animal species on the planet. With an abundance of wildlife that include hundreds of reptile and bird species and a whole host of mammals, the parks flagship occupants include the lion, hippo, giraffe, elephant and white rhino.

1. Hlane Royal National Park

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