The Kingdom of Swaziland is a country in Southern Africa, almost entirely surrounded by South Africa. It also shares a small international border with Mozambique. The summer months are wet, while winters are cool and dry. The climate in the Highveld is moderate, while the eastern part of the country is swelteringly hot. Almost 100,000 of the country’s 1.18 million population live in the capital city of Mbabane. Get a car for hire in Swaziland so that you can explore Mbabane and other destinations such as Manzini and the royal capital of Lobamba.
You can enter Mbabane directly through South Africa or Mozambique, which is what most visitors do. You can take a flight in from Johannesburg to Manzini and then drive to Mbabane, or take a road trip by car or bus from Maputo to Mbabane. The capital is not a huge tourist destination, but you do have the opportunity to visit a few parks and nature reserves. Get a car for rent in Swaziland and plan to visit the Malolotja National Park and Hawane Nature Reserve near the border with South Africa. You can also visit the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary near Lobamba, between Mbabane and Manzini.
Manzini is also not big on attractions, but it is ideally located in the central part of the country, with an international airport and road access to all the other major destinations in the Swaziland. Matsapha Airport in Manzini offers flights to and from Johannesburg, Durban, Maputo, and Vilanculos. It takes less than half an hour on the MR3 to drive from Manzini to Mbabane or Lobamba.
Lobamba is the historic and royal capital of the Kingdom of Swaziland. The legislature and the royals are both located in Lobamba. If you are lucky, you might get to see the Reed dance for the King or the Queen Mother. Traditional tourist attractions include the Parliament building, Swazi National Museum, and the Embo State Palace.
Apart from the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and other parks and reserves in the vicinity of the capital, there are quite a few other choices for more thrilling African safaris. Book your car rental in Swaziland right now and plan a visit to the Hlane Royal National Park near Siteki. You can see everything from lions and elephants to zebras and all kinds of birds. There are a string of reserves and protected areas along the Mozambique border near Siteki. Other possible destinations which you can use as a gateway for a wildlife safari include Mhlume and Nhlangano.
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