Swaziland, a landlocked kingdom between Mozambique and South Africa, is a tiny country with a diverse geography and captivating culture. Although its widest point is just 120 miles, Swaziland features high mountains in its Northeastern region, arid lowlands in its Eastern area, rain forest in the Northwestern counties, and a couple of major cities in its heartland. Stay at hotels in Swaziland to explore one of the last monarchies in sub-Saharan Africa with rich wildlife reserves always within reach.
Swaziland's capital, Mbabane, is in the central region just north of the Ezulwini Valley. Mbabane hotels are quite plentiful, include family-friendly options, and give you easy access to sights like the Indingilizi Gallery, which showcases Swazi art and handicrafts. Another major Swaziland city is Manzini, known as "The Hub" and home to the country's only commercial airport.
In the Ezulwini Valley is Lobamba, Swaziland's royal homeland for some 200 years. Here you can see the hexagonal, brass-domed Parliament building and the National Museum of Swaziland with exhibits of the country's past kings, cultural treasures, and natural history. Outside the museum, you can see the historical recreation of a traditional homestead. Also in this valley are country lodges and spa resorts ideal for a romantic getaway and the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, the most-visited reserve in Swaziland. Concierges at higher-end Swaziland hotels can arrange guided tours, including hikes, game drives, and horseback excursions here. The grasslands and wetlands of the Southern section of the sanctuary are home to hippos, crocodiles, and zebras. The largest park in Swaziland is the Hlane Royal National Park, once a private, royal hunting ground. Explore its hardwood forests and look out for elephants, lions, and endangered white rhinos, as well as birds of prey.
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