Swaziland is known for its many attractions jam-packed in a small area. Among the top activities within the country include cultural activities, events, safaris, outdoor and adventure activities, birdwatching, in addition to various sports, as well as shopping.
When in Swaziland the cultural activities to be experienced include homestead visits, community tourism, handicrafts, and volunteer work. Swaziland events in addition, happen all year round starting with the Marula festival, the King’s Birthday, Simunye Country Fair, MTN Bushfire, Imvelo, Umhlanga or Reed Dance, and Incwala. For safari seekers, game parks and nature reserves provide with an approximate 130 species of mammals for traditional African big game viewing. Top parks include Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve. As a whole, Swaziland also offers travelling group activities such as walks, treks, horseback riding, 4x4 trips, quad biking, boating, caving, canopy tours, tubing, abseiling, fishing, and whitewater rafting, in addition to many. When the trip is done, a good amount of souvenir shopping can be done by the Ezulwini Craft market, Lonhlupeko Craft Market, Mantenga Craft Centre, along with Yebo Contemporary Art Gallery & Shop.
The airport that serves Swaziland, Matsapha Airport, only has flights to and from Johannesburg, South Africa, via Airlink and Swaziland Airlink. These flights fly through Johannesburg’s O. R. Tambo International Airport. Other short haul destinations from Johannesburg, South Africa include Nelspruit, South Africa via Airlink; Mauritius, via Air Mauritius, Antananarivo, Madagascar via Air Madagascar; and Cape Town, South Africa via South African Airways. For less than six hours, these destinations can be reached from O.R. Tambo International Airport.
Currently, the Swaziland territory’s main airport, Matsapha Airport, does not operate long haul flights. To get to destinations out of the immediate perimeter of the country, it is recommended to fly to O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa and from there get to long haul destinations such as Tel Aviv, Israel via El Al; Hong Kong, China via Cathay Pacific; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates via Etihad Airways; Frankfurt, Germany via Lufthansa; Sydney, Australia via Qantas; Zürich, Switzerland via Swiss International Air Lines; and Changi, Singapore via Singapore Airlines. To get to these destinations would require flights that take more or less a minimum of eight hours, to a maximum of 13 hours, depending on the destination, airline, and flight schedule.
How to get out
Although Swaziland is served by numerous airfields such as Tambuti Airfield, Ubombo Ranches Airfield, Piggs Peak Airfield, Tambankulu Airfield, and Tshaneni Airfield, to name a few, the country’s international airports are the Matsapha Airport and the King Mswati III International Airport. Currently, the only airport that operates flights to and from Swaziland is the Matsapha Airport with its flights to Johannesburg, South Africa, via O. R. Tambo International Airport, with flights provided by Airlink and Swaziland Airlink.