In spite of being the smallest country in Southern Africa, the tiny landlocked kingdom of Swaziland (now Eswatini) offers plenty of opportunities for adventure seekers.
A geological fault runs from the Drakensberg Mountains north through the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe, forms the Great Rift Valley and eventually peters out in Turkey.
Swaziland lies on the edge of the escarpment. Forming the eastern border with Mozambique, the Great Usutu river rushes across the country through canyons of the Lubombo Mountains. Here white water paddlers hold on tight as they race through the impressive scenery.
Mbabane, the capital, is located on a highveld. Here, the Swazi heritage is engrained in all aspects of the rich culture of Swazi life. Just outside the capital is the granite mountain of Sibebe. Hiking in the solitude of this monolith gives you incredible views and the opportunity to explore caves, swimming holes and waterfalls.
Between Mbabane and the Ezulwini Valley, the Gobholo caves give insight into the secret world of cave exploration. This vast granite system remains largely unexplored. The adventurous come here to light up their headlight beams and walk, climb, crawl, slither and scramble beneath the surface into a series of waver-eroded chambers with only bats and other cave creatures for company.
The Ezulwini Valley is a smorgasbord of adventure activities. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland’s oldest protected area and the Hlane Royal National Park in the eastern part of the country are both teeming with wildlife and can be explored by foot, mountain bike or vehicle. Perhaps the most exciting way to view wildlife is from the back of a horse. A horse safari will bring you up close and personal with wildlife as your horse may amble right up to zebras and wildebeests. Add to this the tranquility of a horse back ride and you will find it hard to beat this adventure.
A rich culture with friendly people that make you feel welcome and safe. Add to this, a stunning landscape of mountains and valleys, forests and plains and to top it all, wildlife reserves that are home to Africa’s Big Five. This is the tiny country of Swaziland in a nutshell!