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 on your Swaziland Day Tour:
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.
Departure point: Nelspruit*/Malelane (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: Nelspruit*/Malelane (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!)
Notes: *Swaziland Day Tour from Nelspruit possible for groups of 4 or more
Mineral water, services of fully qualified and registered Tour Guide, round trip transport from Malelane town (terms & conditions apply)
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)
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.
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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