Swaziland Travel Overview
At a glance
Official language: English
Continent: South Africa
Swaziland is often “overlooked” by travelers in the region, but this tiny kingdom has a lot to offer.
According to Countryaah, Swaziland is a landlocked country in southern Africa. It borders Mozambique in the northern third and is enclosed in the south by South Africa. Swaziland is ruled by a king, making it one of the last absolute monarchies in the world.
The country is dominated by agriculture, which was not always the case as Swaziland used to be dependent on aid supplies. In addition to the beautiful flora, the country’s fauna is impressive. The area is home to the rare black nasal horns. A visit to one of the five national parks is definitely worth it.
Official language: English
Lilangeni (100 cents)
ISO 4217 code
SZL / 748
Geo coordinates: S -26 ° -31 ‘-21 ” E 31 ° 27’ 57.1″
Highest mountain: Emlembe (1,862 m)
Total area: 17,363 km²
Mainland: 17,203 km²
National border: 535 km
Dependency: Great Britain until 1968
UN member since: 1968
Other political affiliation: Commonwealth
Form of government: Absolute Monarchy
Export goods: Iron ore, sugar, wood
BSP: $ 2,186,000,000
GDP: $ 2,372,000,000
GDP purchasing power parity: $ 5,870,000,000
Economic growth: 1.6%
GDP share of agriculture: 10.8%
GDP share of industry: 52.4%
GDP share of services: 36.8%
Inflation rate: 3.4%
State budget revenue: $ 899,000,000
State budget expenditure: $ 10.3 billion
Export: $ 1,682,000,000
Import: $ 1,734,000,000
Gold and currency reserves: $ 334,000,000
Electricity consumption: 1,282 million KWh
Oil consumption: 3,800 million m³
Cultivation area: 11.07%
Bovine: 576,000 pieces
Residents in cities: 278.100
Average age: 18.6 years
0-14 years: 40.7%
15-64 years: 55.8%
> 65 years: 3.5%
Population growth: -0.23%
Birth rate: 27.41 / 1,000 residents
Death rate: 29.74 / 1,000 residents
Ratio men / women: 0.95
Fertility: 3.53 children / woman
Infant mortality: 71.85 ‰
Life expectancy men: 32.1 years
Life expectancy women: 33.17 years
Country codes and abbreviations
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: SZ
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: SWZ
ISO 3166 numeric: 748
Top Level Domain: sz
IOC country code: SWZ
UN / LOCODE: SZ
Telephone connections: 67,000
Cell Phones: 126,000
Internet users: 90,000
Railway lines: 301 km
Paved roads: 1,216 km
Number of doctors: 180
Daily food intake: 2,620 kcal / resident
HIV- infected people: 291,000
Last sovereign since: 1968
Main religious group: Christians
Prison inmates: 3,500
Armed forces (troop strength): 4,000
Defense Spending: $ 43.9 million
Arriving by plane
Swaziland’s national airline is called Airlink Swaziland (SA) (Internet: www.flyairlink.com) and flies between Manzini and Johannesburg. No direct flights from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
20 E. Children under 3 years of age and transit travelers are excluded from this.
Arrival by car
There are good road connections to South Africa, including Johannesburg, Durban and northern Zululand.
Bus: Tourist buses connect Natal and the Transvaal. Once a week there is a bus from Mbabane and Manzini to Johannesburg and twice a week from Mbabane to Maputo.
Border crossings from Swaziland to South Africa are between Oshoek – Ngwenya, Waverley – Lunatsi, Nerston – Sandlane, Houdkop – Sicunusa, Bothashoop – Gege, Mahamba – Mahamba, Onverwacht – Salitje, Golela – Lavumisa, Bordergate – Mananga, Jeppe’s Reef – Matsamo – Jossefdalamo Bulembu and between Namaacha – Lomahasha.
Arriving by train
A train connection between Durban and Maputo runs through Swaziland with a stop in Mpaka, 35 km east of Manzini. Departures from Durban twice a week (travel time 16 hours).
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On the way by car / bus
The road network is relatively good; however, many roads are narrow, winding, and dangerous. Left-hand traffic.
Long-distance buses connect the different parts of the country.
Rental cars are available at the airport, in Mbabane and Manzini. Minimum age: 23 years. Security deposit or credit card payment required.
Documentation: International driver’s license recommended.