Travel Guide

Further Facts

Time

Swaziland time is GMT+1.

Public Holidays

 

2016

2017

New Year’s Day

1 Jan

1 Jan

Good Friday

25 Mar

14 Apr

Easter Monday

28 Mar

17 Apr

King’s Birthday

19 Apr

19 Apr

Flag Day

25 Apr

25 Apr

Labour Day

1 May

1 May

Ascension Day

5 May

25 May

King Sobhuza's Birthday

22 Jul

22 Jul

Umhlanga Reed Dance

23 - 29 Aug

Aug/Sep T.B.C

Independence Day

6 Sep

6 Sep

Christmas Day

25 Dec

25 Dec

Boxing Day

26 Dec

26 Dec

Incwala (First Fruit Cermony)

Dec/Jan T.B.C

Dec/Jan T.B.C

If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the next Monday becomes a holiday. Muslim festivals may also be celebrated in some areas.

Electricity

220 / 240 volt AC

Communications

The telephone system is reasonably reliable, though mobiles can often be easier to get through to than landlines. Sim cards for local mobile phone networks are widely available and relatively cheap and easy to use. Most hotels and offices are readily reached by e-mail. The postal system tends to be slow. International courier DHL operates in Swaziland.

TV & Radio

There is a national TV station, though its primary output is news. In addition, many city centre hotels receive international satellite channels. There are English language radio broadcasts.

Photography

Any camera equipment is best brought into the country and care should be taken to avoid its exposure to extremes of heat. Most Swazi’s will not mind being photographed but it is common courtesy to ask permission first.

Tipping

About 10% of your restaurant bill and about E5.00 per suitcase for porters. Tips are also appreciated at garages

Commercial Hours

Commercial hours are generally 08h30 to 17h00 on weekdays and 08h30 to 13h00 on Saturdays. Many supermarkets are open on Sundays, as are video hire outlets. Liquor may not be sold at retail outlets on Sundays.

Post Offices

Most postal services are available throughout the country and are open from 08h30 to 16h00 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays.

Religion

Swaziland is predominantly Christian, with Zionists being the largest denomination. There are mosques for the Muslim faith but at ppresent, no official place of worship for people of the Jewish religion.

Language Guide

A few key Swazi phrases.

Hello.................Sawubona
Thank you........Ngiyabonga (I),
Goodbye..........Hamba kahle (go well)
Goodbye..........Sala kahle (stay well)
How are you?..Kunjani?
I am well..........Ngikhona
Yes...................Yebo
No.....................Cha