Kingdom of Swaziland Day Tour

Kingdom of Swaziland (Ezulwini Valley) Day Tour:  Guided Full Day Tour in luxury air-conditioned vehicle

Tour Highlights

  • Watch the glassblowers at work at the now world famous Ngwenya Glass Project
  • Visit a Traditional Swazi Cultural Village where you will get to enjoy a unique dancing performance
  • See handmade candles being made at the Swazi Candle Factory (unique African gift to take home)
  • Enjoy the Spectacular Scenery and meet the friendly people of Eswatini!
  • A light lunch is included in the Tour price (drinks own account)

Tour Overview

Eswatini is a small landlocked country in Southern Africa bordering South Africa and Mozambique, with a population of 1.2 million.  The country, inhabited primarily by Bantu-speaking Swazi people, is named after the 19th-century king Mswati II, from whom the people also take their name.  

On 19 April 2018, King Mswati III announced that the Kingdom of Swaziland had renamed itself the Kingdom of Eswatini to mark the 50th anniversary of Swazi independence. The new name, Eswatini, means "land of the Swazis" in the Swazi language.

Tour ends back in Malalane at about five or six depending on how busy the border is.  There is water on the vehicle.  Eswatini is known for a strong presence in the handcrafts industry.  The products are unique and reflect the culture of Eswatini, ranging from housewares, to artistic decorations, to complex glass, stone, or wood artwork.  If you want to buy anything in Eswatini ask your guide to help you barter, the vendors will see you as a tourist and try and get the most out of you.

What to expect

This Swaziland Day Tour departs from Malalane town at 07h30 and travels to the Jeppes Reef border post which is approximately 30 minutes away.  At the border it’s time to go through the process of getting passports stamped.  South African citizens as well as most International guests do not require a VISA. 

On our way to the Ezulwini Valley, where most of the attractions that we will be visiting is located, we will take the scenic route past the Maguga Dam to the newly completed MR3 Highway which leads to the capitol, Mbabane.  A short detour will be made to stop at the famous Ngwenya Glass factory where the glass blowers can be viewed at work, numerous arts and crafts shops await, and clean restrooms are available.

Return to the MR3 Highway and proceed towards Mbabane where we take the ring road around the outskirts of town to the Ezulwini Valley, roughly translated as Heavenly Valley...home to the well known Shebas Breasts Mountain Peaks and Execution Rock!

Depending on the size of the group and the day of the week, expect to see any of the following:  King Sobuza II Memorial Park, Swazi Candle factory complex, local market, Mantenga arts and crafts, Baobab Batik, House on Fire complex, Guava Gallery, Mantenga Cultural Village.

A lunch stop (included - drinks for own account) will be made during the course of the day at a local restaurant.  The Ezulwini Valley offers not only spectacular scenery and amazing arts and crafts, but also friendly people, interesting history and great food!

Guests will return to South Africa late afternoon.

Important Information

Departure point:  Malelane town (guests staying further afield are encouraged to contact us to discuss the possibility and additional costs if applicable of arranging return transport from their establishments)

Return details:  Malelane town (guests staying further afield are encouraged to contact us to discuss the possibility and additional costs if applicable of arranging return transport from their establishments)

Departure time:  07h30

Duration:  10+ Hours (Please note this is a long day!)

Inclusions  

Mineral water, services of fully qualified and registered Tour Guide, round trip transport from Malelane town (terms & conditions apply)

Exclusions

VISAS fees, border taxes, all meals and refreshments, optional extras, expenses of personal nature, tips and gratuities (it is customary in South Africa to tip your guide/waiter, a general rule of thumb is to tip 10% of your excursion/meal price per person if you were satisfied with the services received)

Notes

PASSPORTS ESSENTIAL!  Most International visitors do not need a VISA to enter Eswatini, however please note VISAS are not issued at the border so please check with us at the time of booking to ensure your country appears on the list of countries whose citizens don’t require a VISA to enter Swaziland. South Africans don't need a VISA.

Additional information

Our DAY TOURS are conducted in luxury air-conditioned vehicles using reputable third party operators with all required permutations and insurances in place
Subject to availability at the time of booking
Min 2, Max 12 participants per vehicle
Families travelling with children under the age of 8 years old will need to book a private vehicle and guide for the day, please contact us for rates and availability.  No children under the age of 8 allowed on Shared Tours.
A 25% non refundable deposit required to secure a booking, the balance is payable no later than 14 days prior to arrival, bookings made less than 14 days before departure will be required to pay full amount at time of booking
Tour reconfirmation required the day before the Safari, please refer to voucher for further details

Cancellation policy

Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.  Cancellation 30 days prior to arrival date and/or commencement of Safari/Tour/Activity - deposit plus 25% of total bill;  14 to 29 days - deposit plus 50% of total bill;  0 to 13 days - 100% of total bill.

 

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