Swaziland

Currency: Swazi lilangeni (SZL)

Official Languages: Swazi and English

Visa: Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand don’t currently require a visa for Swaziland for a stay of up to 2 months. UK and Irish nationals do require a visa but can obtain it free of charge on arrival.

Independence:
From U.K. 6 September 1968

Religion:
Zionist 40% (a blend of Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship), Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 10%, other 30% (includes Anglican, Baha’i, Methodist, Mormon, Jewish)

Souvenirs:
Swazi bead work, jewelry, glass

Agriculture Products: Sugarcane, cotton, corn, tobacco, rice, citrus, pineapples, sorghum, peanuts;, cattle, goats, sheep

Industries: Coal, forestry, sugar, soft drink concentrates, textiles and apparel

Best Time to visit:
While the Highveld remains cool and rain is common all year round, the lowlands are warmer and drier. Winter (from June to August) is the best time to visit. Rain is most prevalent from October to May but this can still be a pleasant time to visit as temperatures are mild and there’s plenty of sunshine.

Area: 17,364 km2

Population: 1,5millions (2015, estimated)

Density: 68.2/km2

MaTakaTaka Top 5 places to visit:
1. Hlane Royal National Park
2. Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary
3. Ezulvini Valley
4. Swazi craft market
5. Reed dance