This beautiful and tranquil private reserve near Lobamba was Swaziland’s first protected area, created by conservationist Ted Reilly on his family farm in the 1950s. Reilly later opened Mkhaya Game Reserve and supervised the establishment of Hlane Royal National Park.
The unvarnished grandeur of South Africa is on display in this comprehensive exploration of one of the continent’s most diverse and fascinating destinations. Africa’s incredible culture and wildlife is at a premium on this tour—from the coastal shores of Tsitsikamma to extensive game drives in Addo Elephant National Park and the famed Kruger.
Runs a range of adventure trips and activities throughout Swaziland, plus to Kruger and Mozambique. Highly recommended is the half-day cultural tour through Lobamba, including an unscripted ‘what-you-see-is-what-you-get’ wander through the local village (per person R250; no minimum numbers).
Mbabane’s top choice for good cuisine and a buzzing ambience; located within the Serendipity Health complex; you’ll need to drive here. It’s worth the trip for a massive menu including great salads and meat dishes; breakfasts are served until 6pm, such is its popularity.
Based in the Mantenga Craft Centre in Ezulwini Valley, this is one of the country’s major activity companies, and the place to go to for caving, rafting, hikes and general cultural and highlights tours.
German and Austrian-Swiss cuisine are the incongruous highlights at this long-standing and dated, but smart, place. It has an impressive wine cellar. It’s at the upper end of Ezulwini Valley.
For a taste of rural Swazi life – including a visit to Lobamba, a school and family – or game park visits, a good contact is local, French-speaking Mandla Masuku of Ekhaya Cultural Tours.
It’s not the size of the Taj Mahal, but it’s certainly got the atmosphere. As well as great-value curries, the usual grills and burgers add a touch of the international.
For a taste of rural Swazi life, a good contact is local, French-speaking Myxo Mdluli , based near Manzini.
A small and relaxed coffee shop serving reasonable coffee and snacks, and located in the middle of the Mall.
Nightspots in Ezulwini includeWinners Action Bar at the casino at Royal Swazi Spa.
Car rental is available from Imperial Europe .