They say that big things come in small packages, and if Swaziland isn’t the perfect example, then we don’t know what is. On offer in this beautiful Kingdom are breathtaking wildlife interaction opportunities, adrenaline activities found in rafting and mountain biking, a display of colorful and lively local culture and a natural landscape unrivaled by neighboring countries, the Kingdom of Swaziland is a real African Paradise! Taking a cheap flight to Swaziland will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, and the country might end up stealing your heart for good.
When is the best time to fly to Swaziland?
Swaziland’s peak tourism season falls in its winter time, which is between June and September. This is when a lot of tourists flock to the land-locked country between South Africa and Mozambique to be part of the celebrations of the Umhlanga Reed Dance Day. Umhlanga Reed Dance Day takes place in August and is closely followed by Independence Day (or Somhlolo as the locals refer to it). Be sure to book your flight tickets a few months in advance if you’re aiming at joining in on the party.
Swaziland’s wettest time of the year falls between the months of October and May, which is also when the country experiences its summer. Cheap flights to Swaziland can often be found during this time of the year since this is when the country sees a decline in tourist activity. Keep in mind that Incwala Day, which is the Swazi New Year, falls in December or January, depending on the lunar cycle, and may well influence the prices on flights to Swaziland during the off tourist season.
When is the best time to book a flight to Swaziland?
If you’re looking at visiting Swaziland during their peak tourism season, go ahead and book your flight tickets as far along in advance as possible. You may find that by booking your flights during the months of July or August will provide you with the best opportunity of landing cheap deals on flights and accommodation. Regardless of when you plan on visiting Swaziland, being flexible and comparing flight deals on offer from various airlines remains your best bet for finding the cheapest flights to and from Swaziland.
Airlines such as South African Airways, SA Express, and British Airways are your main options when it comes to finding and booking a cheap flight to Swaziland. Keep in mind that some airlines, such as SAA might offer you great onboard comfort in the form of in-flight snacks and drinks, which may add even more value to the price of your flight ticket. Go ahead and compare what offerings are available from all of these airlines before settling down and making use of a particular carrier.
How to get from the airport to the city center?
Upon your arrival at the Matsapha International Airport, just north of Manzini, making your way into the city center is very quick and easy seeing to the fact that Swaziland is such a small country. You can inquire with the resort or lodge you are staying with to find out whether or not they offer a free shuttle service from the airport, or you can choose to make use of the taxis parked outside of the arrival terminals at the airport.
Swaziland insider information
Also known as the “Valley of Heaven,” tourists should consider visiting the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in the Ezulwini Valley. For those up for some challenging hiking, you could brave the climb to the Rock of Execution and reap the rewards of the breathtaking scenery up there. Behind the Nyonyane Mountains, try heading over to the Matenga Waterfall and into the Usushwana Valley to see the indigenous giraffes, hippos, wildebeest, crocodiles, and African antelope along the range of hiking trails.
If you’re visiting Swaziland during the Incwala ceremony time, head over to the Embo State Palace to see the royal family and the lively Umhlanga dance being performed at the Royal Kraal in Lobamba.
Every traveler who wants to submerge themselves into Swazi culture has to see the Swazi Cultural Village, a living museum portraying traditional Swazi life. You can catch a glimpse of the Sibhaca and Umhlanga dances being performed (twice a day) among the 16 beehive huts in the village.
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