Currency

Swazi lilangeni (plural emalangeni, E)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than E1000

  • Campsite in a nature reserve: E130
  • Hostel dorm bed: from E160
  • Main in a budget restaurant: less than E75
  • Hour-long shared-taxi ride: E50

Midrange: E1000–1800

  • Double room in a standard hotel: E700–1400
  • Main in a midrange restaurant: E75–150
  • Guided wildlife drive: E350
  • Non-shared taxi from Mbabane to Ezulwini: E150–180

Top end: More than E1800

  • Double room in a high-end hotel: over E1400
  • Main in a top-end restaurant: over E150
  • Car hire per day: E300
  • Full-day cultural tour: from E950

Bargaining

Friendly haggling is common in the markets, though in all other instances you are expected to pay the stated price.

Money

ATMs are common throughout eSwatini. Cards might not be accepted in rural spots so keep a small stash of cash handy.

Cash

eSwatini's currency is the lilangeni (plural emalangeni, E), divided into 100 cents. It is fixed at a value equal to the South African rand. Rand are accepted everywhere, though you will invariably be given emalangeni in change.

Moneychangers

  • FNB and Nedbank change cash and travellers cheques – their rates are similar, but commissions vary.
  • Most banks ask to see the purchase receipt when cashing travellers cheques.
  • Nedbank, FNB and Standard Bank have branches in Mbabane, Manzini, Matsapha and around the country.

Tipping

  • Restaurants Wages are low in eSwatini, and tipping is expected – 10% to 15%.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1E10.57
CanadaC$1E10.94
Europe€1E16.47
Japan¥100E12.46
NZNZ$1E9.52
South AfricaZAR1E1
UK£1E18.45
USUS$1E13.97

For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com