Welcome to the Kingdom of Swaziland - a Royal Experience.
Swaziland - a tiny country with a big heart and warm, friendly people: a
kingdom which embraces and upholds its unique and ancient traditions,
carefully guarding and faithfully celebrating them. These are just some of
the aspects that make this such a special place to visit.
The Swazi people comprise a single ethnic group made up of several
clans (similar to the Scots), who are united under one monarch. They are
peaceful, friendly and kind, and visitors are ensured of a warm welcome
that they will always remember. Good manners, taking time to greet each
other correctly and enquiring after their wellbeing are an integral part of the
Swazi character. If, as a tourist, you learn a few basic phrases, you will be
rewarded with appreciative smiles and great respect. (See phrases on page
48.) You may find that some Swazis do not make eye contact but this is a
sign of respect, not bad manners.
In compiling Swaziland Discovery we hope to give you diverse ideas of
how you can enjoy the many special features of our country, which for the
purposes of this guide, is divided into its four regions, each with a dedicated
chapter and map. These regions are clearly defined on the centre spread
map, which will help you to find your way around.
We wish you a memorable time as you explore our kingdom, within whose
small area a wealth of experiences await your discovery. We have so much
to offer and invite you to share the beauty and rich heritage of our country
and people, who are justifiably proud of their unique legacy.
Several Nature Reserves throughout Swaziland protect a vast variety of
animals, birds and flora. From the magnificent “big five” to amusing
warthogs, gentle antelope and reptiles, Swaziland is home to virtually all
the wild animals of Africa. Our bird life is second to none with hundreds of
species to thrill ornithologists, while our varied indigenous trees and flora
will fascinate any nature lover.
The tour options within our nature reserves include self-drive, sometimes
with a mandatory guide, tours in the reserves’ own 4 x 4 vehicles and
guided horse, mountain biking and walking trails, all with due deference to
ecological issues and conservation.