Useful Swaziland Travel Information | Sense Africa

Country Info

Clothing

Casual clothing is recommended and acceptable throughout the country.  Natural coloured clothing, such as green and beige, not only keeps you cool but also will not startle wildlife.  In the evenings the temperature may well drop, especially in the winter months (May to September), and a fleece or other  warmer clothing maybe necessary. During June, July and August, temperatures will drop and the nights can be chilly so bring a woolly hat and thermals!  It is advisable to bring a lightweight waterproof for African downpours!

Drinking Water
Water is generally safe to drink in Eswatini (Swaziland).  We will ensure that you are aware of places where water is drinkable.

Languages

Siswati and English are the official languages.  English is used in all schools and is widely understood – which helps with project work when conversing with builders.  Proceedings in Parliament are in both languages (!).

Currency and Cash

Lilangeni (singular) or Emalangeni (plural) and cents is the currency of Eswatini (Swaziland).  It tied to the South African Rand and both Rand and Emalangeni are in circulation in Swaziland. It is best to get Rand to take with you.

Emalangeni are not accepted outside Swaziland and it is advisable to change any leftover Emalangeni into Rand, which can then be later changed back into sterling.  All acceptable credit cards can be used (VISA being the best).  PIN cards are acceptable in cash machines if they carry the VISA logo.  We advise guests to get Rand out in the UK, before departure, to avoid hassles in Eswatini.

Souvenirs to take home

There are a number of craft markets where locally made souvenirs such as drums, wooden boxes, animal statues and soap stone carvings can be bought.  They are excellent presents although do be careful of the weight!  Please try not to buy endangered wooden carvings made out of threatened species such as ebony.  If in doubt please ask.  Other local crafts include Swazi candles and Ngwenya glass wear, both of which are only sculpted in Eswatini, and are very unique presents. We will make sure you get the chance to visit these two craft markets.

Photography

If you wish to photograph a homestead or an individual, he/she should ask permission or consult your leader.  Please be subtle and aware when taking photos.  The photographing of the Royal Palace, the Royal Family, uninformed police, army personnel vehicles or aircraft is prohibited in Swaziland.

Business Hours

Office and shop hrs are 08h00 – 13h00 & 14h00 – 1700 Mon to Fri.
Banks are 08h30 – 14h30 Mon to Fri, some are open Sat am.
Post offices are 08h00 – 16h00 Mon to Fri & 08h00 – 11h00 on Sat.

Buying necessities
There are opportunities to buy forgotten items from chemists, supermarkets and a variety of shops along the way.

Communications
Mobile phones can be used in Eswatini if you have arranged for international roaming from your provider before departure.  Please be aware that calling from Eswatini can be expensive so we recommend texting, just so people know that you are having such a great time.

Local Time

Swaziland is at GMT +2 hours.  The United Kingdom is one or two hours behind Eswatini, depending on UK “summer time”.

Electricity

Electric current is supplied at 220 volts AC 50Hz and 15 amp three round-pin wall sockets are used. These are round pins with the top one being slightly thicker than the bottom two, if you are unsure then please get in touch.

Passports and Visas

All visitors require valid passports and travel documents.  European nationals do not require visas.  A one-month visa is automatically given on entry into Swaziland.