The lush and hilly Kingdom of Swaziland, now officially known as eSwatini, is Africa's last absolute monarchy, bordering Mozambique in the southeast. This little but scenically lovely country is a hiker's paradise, with green peaks, rivers, ravines, rolling valleys, and waterfalls. The major attraction here is nature reserves, and while only a few of them are home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino), they all provide an intimate game-viewing experience, lush mountain scenery, and a diverse range of species.
Swaziland is also proud of its unique culture, traditions, and festivals. Travelers are welcome to attend Incwala, a spectacular three-week kingship ritual held in December and January, and Umhlanga, a vibrant Reed Dance celebration held in the last week of August or the first week of September. Our list of top Swaziland attractions might help you find more things to do.