eSwatini is Africa’s last absolute monarchy. Despite its size, it is definitely amongst the most beautiful places in Africa.
With an incredibly beautiful, extraordinary landscape and friendly people, it is easy to feel at home whenever you’re in the Southern African nation.
Bordered by Mozambique to its northeast and South Africa to its north, west and south, the climate and topography of the nation are diverse.
Nature reserves are the top attractions in eSwatini as the country boasts of some of the wildest animals in the world, including, lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and rhinos.
From natural occurrences to man-made landmarks, eSwatini is one of the most exciting countries to visit in Africa.
As the country celebrates its independence today, here are five major tourist sites you should visit:
An attractive site for miners, this beautiful landscape represents the heartland of the old Swaziland gold rush. Located in-between the hills of the North, it is still an untapped zone for mineral wealth. It has become a great place for hiking and it is laced with some interesting craft markets and nice homestays.
For travellers heading to the Kruger National Park who intend to make the perfect stopover, Piggs Peak is the ideal location.
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary is one of the country’s first conservation areas and one of its popular game reserve. Surrounded by a mountain of birds, the wildlife sanctuary has now grown to 4, 560 hectares of wilderness.
Established by Ted and Elizabeth Reily, who turned their farm at Mlilwane into a game reserve, it was supported by King Sobhuza II.
Known as “The Valley of Heaven”, the valley lasts for about 30 kilometers and is bound to the east by the Mdzimba hills.
Lobamba, the historical capital of eSwantini, is located in what is also known as the Royal Valley. Despite the urban developments in the valley, the landscape still has some “soft green hills and plains-game grazing in the lush lands below.”
Mbabane Tourist Market
For tourists who love their souvenirs, the Mbabane tourist market is definitely the place to be. The cool-climate capital is packed with stalls that produce fresh produce, pottery, hand-made baskets, masks, traditional fabrics, soapstone carvings, and beaded jewellery.
Just along the stretch is the Swazi’s crafts, the market focuses on crafts such as baskets, jewellery, and textiles.
Located north of Mbabane, the Sibebe Rock is one of Southern Africa’s most impressive geographical features. The volcanic slab, perceived to be three-billion-year-old, rises to 1,488m and covers some 16,500ha and is the world’s largest granite dome.
Sibebe’s granite slopes and hidden forest clefts give decent clear trails leading to caves and waterfalls.