Previously known as Swaziland, eSwatini is the last absolute monarchy in Africa. Its renowned culture and tradition, untouched nature and offbeat vibe are the reason why people visit this tiny country landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique. eSwatini’s abundant wildlife and ecotourism potential also draw visitors.
Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve are the two major wildlife-watching destinations in the country. Apart from its wildlife safaris, the country’s largest protected area, Hlane Royal National Park also hosts plenty of activities ranging from overnight bush trails to mountain biking. Mkhaya Game Reserve is known for its large population of rhinos, both black and white.
In the north-western region of eSwatini lies the Malolotja Nature Reserve – 44,000 acres of highland wilderness. Though the reserve misses out on big cats that tourists are often fascinated by, you are likely to spot zebras, wildebeest and antelope along with excellent bird watching opportunities in its rugged terrain.
Located just a few kilometres from Mbabane – Eswatini’s administrative capital, lies the country’s legislative capital, Lobamba and another widely visited spot – Ezulwini Valley. It is a great place to base yourself in the country because of its serene environment. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Mantenga Nature Reserve and Mantenga Cultural Village are some of the places that can be visited from Lobamba. eSwatini is also home to the world’s second-largest monolith – Sibebe Rock – which can easily be accessed from Mbabane.
eSwatini is one of the few countries in the world with little modern-day developments, which makes it an exciting destination for nature lovers.
Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve are the two major wildlife-watching destinations in eSwatini.