Swaziland/South Africa Trans-border
Did you know?
The establishment of Lubombo will facilitate the ancient natural migration of elephants along the Futi System and Rio Maputo floodplains.
Swaziland is tiny - 193km by 145km, one million souls - and is tucked in between the mega-nodes of South Africa's Mpumalanga Province, KwaZulu Natal and Mozambique. But it's a stand-out state, packed full of stunning mountain scenery, winding rivers, friendly smiles, fascinating culture and great wildlife.
A Swaziland - South Africa trans-border trip involves everything from forest lodges to mountain cabins to plush casino resorts to quiet time spent at a reserve waterhole.
‘The Swaziland trans-border route from Maputo through to Mpumalanga is the traveller's road', says a lodge owner near Piggs Peak. 'It's the adventurous, slightly longer alternative to the N4.'
Head south to Malolotja Nature Reserve, a majestic and misty mountain park with very old rock formations. One day, Malolotja will join with Songimvelo Reserve in a trans-border project with Swaziland and South Africa.
The Royal Swazi Sun gleams in the Ezulweni Valley sunlight, surrounded by forests, a vast rolling golf course and purple blossoms in all its British Colonial splendour.
Near the back of Bob Forrester's guide on Swaziland you'll find a section called ‘Handcraft Route'. Follow it. Mantenga Cultural Market is a forest-shrouded complex of low buildings selling pottery, sculptures, fabrics and adventure tours.
On the Manzini road, turn off to House On Fire, a community craft- and entertainment centre of huge interest. It's the most imaginative, eclectic, bohemian setup in Swaziland. They sell great local crafts - doubly-appealing because they're so unusual - and promote local music in their amphitheatre out back.
Spend a while at the Hlane Reserve waterhole near the eastern Swazi border to digest all of this. Your last stop on the South African - Swaziland trans-border route is the Bulembu border post, as you begin the winding journey down the mountain slopes into South Africa.
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Who to contact
Swazi Plaza Tourism Information Office
Tel: +268 404 2531/ 409 0112
Fax: +268 404 2531
P.O. Box A1030