Blogger Lisa relives her visit and stay in Swaziland

Posted on: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Blog Category: General

After her stay in Swaziland, Lisa Eldridge who runs ‘Girl About The Globe’, a travel resource website for solo female travellers promoting responsible and ethical travel, shared her experience. She had nothing but praises for our beautiful destination. This is what she shared with tens of thousands who follow her blog:

“If you’re thinking of travelling to Africa but unsure about going alone, then look no further than the Kingdom of Swaziland. Not only is it the safest county on the continent but with Swazis believing that greeting foreign guests is a way of gaining wisdom, it is definitely the friendliest.

The whole country is all about the people and their traditions but aside from traditional healers who can give you an intriguing insight into your future, this country is also known for its game parks and four of the big five. Head to Hlane Royal National Park to see lions, leopards, elephants and rhinos. Rhinos can also be spotted at the water hole in Ndlovu camp. Mahlindza water hole has two viewing places for bird-watching and other animals. A great way to see the animals is by foot or even a safari by horseback is a great way of getting up close and you may even catch a glimpse of Swaziland’s national bird: the Purple-crested Lourie.

There is so much to do here so instead of spending a few nights at the capital, Mbabane, head to Mlilwane, Swaziland’s oldest protected area and the most visited reserve which sits in a secluded sanctuary in the Ezulwini Valley. The country is teeming in tradition and staying in a traditional Swazi homestead watching traditional dancing performed by the men of the tribe is an absolute must. If you visit between August and September you are in for a treat as this is when the traditional Reed Dance takes place and young maidens come from all over the country to take part in this colourful festival.

But if adventure is more your thing, Swaziland certainly does not disappoint. There are great walking trails, unlimited nature and gorges and lots for those who prefer adrenalin sports such as canopy zip lines, whitewater rafting, abseiling, paragliding and caving. They even have their own Ayres Rock; Sibebe Rock which claims to be the second largest mound of exposed granite in the world. Arts and crafts are big here too, from mohair weaving, wax sculptures and soapstone carvers at the roadside, you’ll definitely not go home empty handed.

An impressive mountain park is Malolotja Nature Reserve with as much tranquility or adventure as you need. The views here are stunning from high mountains to the deep river valley and the best way to explore this last unspoilt mountain wilderness is by zip wire or a canopy tour that crosses the Majolomba River (or along the guided bike trails in you prefer the ground instead).

The best thing about Swaziland is that the country is untouched by mass tourism so you’ll really be able to feel like you’re travelling solo in some of the remote areas with just locals for company. However, if you do prefer the company of others then stick to the more popular towns.

With low crime levels and the freedom of a self-drive holiday, can there really be a friendlier country as the Kingdom of Swaziland - the perfect country for solo travellers.”

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