Travel Guide

Swaziland Calendar

All activities in Swaziland are available year-round, but here are a few ideas of what to try out each month. Also take a look at this page for more details on specific events happening in the country this year, including Swaziland's famed Festivals.

January 

Start off in and around Swailand’s tourism heart, the Ezulwini Valley, for an introduction to the country - visit to the Mantenga Cultural Village and explore Mlilwane Sanctuary – by vehicle, on foot, by bike or on horseback.

February

It’s Festival time! The Marula Festival celebrates the harvest of the Marula fruit – and try a drink or two!

March

It’s pretty warm in the lowveld, so head up to the highlands of Malolotja to visit the World’s Oldest mine at Ngwenya and experience the thrilling Tree Top Canopy Tour.

April

Take some time to investigate Swaziland’s vast array of internationally renowned handicrafts, produced by socially responsible, community focused organisations – see the artisans in action and do some shopping!

May

One of the biggest and certainly the best performing arts festival in Southern Africa is Swaziland’s Bushfire. A feast for all senses and a worthy modern addition to the traditional festival calendar.

June

Make the most of the dry season winter months to try out White Water Rafting while the Usutu River is likely to be flowing more gently (or try this in January for a more challenging experience!)

July

Take part in the Sibebe Survivor to trek up and down the world’s Largest Granite dome – Sibebe Rock. The views from the top are stupendous.

August

Swaziland’s Umhlanga Reed Dance is one of the most breathtaking sights on the continent – tens of thousands of brightly dressed girls dancing for the King and Queen mother! The scale and spectacle can only be truly appreciated firsthand.

September

With vegetation low, track Mkhaya’s famed rhino on foot for the most thrilling safari experience possible.

October

Before the temperatures rise, visit Swaziland’s biggest national Park, Hlane, for a chance to see lion (and more rhino, of course).

November

Pay a visit to Shewula to learn about Swazi life - a wonderful community tourism project on the Lubombo Mountains, with views back across the whole country.

December

End the year with a visit to Swaziland’s most important and sacred Festival – the Incwala Festival.