The Kingdom of eSwatini: Everything You Need to Know About Swaziland
Previously known as Swaziland, the Kingdom of ESwatini is a culturally rich and majestic country located between the northeastern part of South Africa and the southern side of Mozambique.
The new name Eswatini means “land of the Swazis” was made into effect on April 19, 2019, by King Mswati III. This country is a gem to many tourists but is often overlooked due to its proximity to South Africa on the west and Mozambique on the right.
With a population of just over 1,357,161 million, the Kingdom of Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa.
Eswatini (Swaziland) may not be a vast geographic location, but in the tiny kingdom, the diversity of things to do, places to stay, and culture, makes the country well worth a visit.
We have curated the ultimate travel guide that covers things to do, places to stay, culture, entry and exit requirements, packing list, national parks, and travel tips.
Capitals: Mbabane, Lobamba
Official languages: English, Swati (Swazi language), South African English
King: Mswati III
Currencies: Swazi lilangeni (pegged to the South African rand)
This is one of the friendliest countries with very low crime rates in the Southern Africa region. Ruled by King Mswati III since 1986, it is the only remaining monarchy in Africa and one of the world’s few monarchies to preserve its culture and heritage.
Mbabane is the capital city of Swaziland, and another main city is Lobamba. The country is rich in culture and traditional customs that any traveler would love to experience. There are various cultural activities that take place throughout the year at this Kingdom such as the famously known Umhlanga Reed dance.