Eswatini is a small Kingdom bordering on South Africa and Mozambique, so small that doing a tour in only Eswatini is not possible, as it takes only about 3 days to see this country completely.
We normally do it as part of our South Africa tour, driving through it in two to three days and continuing out into South Africa again.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN ESWATINI PHOPHONYANE FALLS
We arrive in Eswatini and visit the Phophonyane Falls Eco Reserve in the northern part of the country. We stop for lunch and then do a short hike up to the falls.
This small 600ha nature reserve is a network of trails winding through the forests, crossing little streams and culminating at the Phophonyane Falls where we see exposed, some of the worlds’ oldest rocks dated at 3.55 billion years ago
A truly small paradise with hidden pools, lush green forests and abundant birdlife.
Accommodation: Phophonyane Eco Lodge or similar on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
DAY 2 – PHOPHONYANE FALLS – MALKERNS VALLEY
We continue south today visiting en route, the Ngwenya Glass Factory, at the Ngwenya Arts and Crafts Village. Ngwenya is famous for its recycled glass ornaments, serving bowls and sculptures.
Ngwenya Glass was started in 1979 by Swedish Aid, and for a while was run entirely by the Swazi people. It however closed its doors in 1985, but was reopened in 1987 by the Prettejohn family, who have really taken it to a different level.
Each piece is handmade and mouth blown. People from all over Eswatini collect glass and bring it to the factory and are paid per kilo for clean glass.
After visiting this factory we continue south to Malkerns Valley were we visit the Swazi Candle Factory, and many of the art and craft shops, markets and stalls in the area.
Accommodation: Malandelas Guest House or similar on a bed and breakfast basis
DAY 3 – MALKERNS VALLEY – CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
After breakfast in the beautiful garden setting at Malandelas, we spend the day visiting cultural sites; a private Swazi homestead, Mantenga Cultural village, Mantenga Falls, Sibebe Rock- the second largest exposed granite dome in the world, Swaziland National Museum, and the Manzini Main Market.
Accommodation: Malandelas Guest House or similar on a bed and breakfast basis.
We continue our journey south today to the Pongola border post with South Africa and leave this beautiful small Kingdom.