The landlocked and independent kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland), one of Africa’s best kept secrets, is surrounded on the north and south by South Africa, and by Mozambique on the east. This small and personable country reveals mountainous grandeur, lush forests and fertile valleys.
Eswatini changed its name from Swaziland to mark 50 years since independence from British rule, and it is one of the world’s last absolute monarchies. Daily life is heavily influenced by cultural traditions. Known for being especially friendly and laid-back, the people are committed to preserving their culture in the face of modernization, with festivals such as the Incwala ceremony and Umhlanga ceremony still taking place, and national dresses regularly being worn.
The diverse landscapes mean that Eswatini is home to the Big Five and dozens of exotic African wildlife species. Many of the nation’s nine designated wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, or nature reserves border each other, therefore providing some of Africa’s most accessible wildlife viewing opportunities. Mkhaya National Park is popular for those in search of the endangered black rhino.
A Rail Journey to Victoria Falls
A great rail journey through southern Africa, this tour carries you in luxury aboard the Rovos Rail, and includes sumptuously scenic excursions, and safaris in renowned national parks, on its route from Pretoria to Zimbabwe’s iconic Victoria Falls Hotel