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Pickup info

This tour departs from the Swazi Trails office in Ezulwini. Free pick-up's are offered from nearby lodges and hotels, when logistically possible.  Pick-up's and drop-off's further afield may attract an additional charge. All pick-up's must be specifically pre-arranged in advance by "Special Request".

This is the most popular sight-seeing or highlights tour operating by Swazi Trails. In a short space of 4 hours you will see many of Swaziland's art and craft attractions, view some local scenery, get to hear about Swazi history and see traditional Swazi culture and dancing

Your professional driver-guide will answer any burning questions that you may have and endeavour to help you get the very best of the time available. The tour focuses on a fairly tight area to the south of the Ezulwini Valley, encompassing Mantenga, Lobamba and Malkerns.  The diversity of this tour and the number of stops its makes contribute to its popularity.

This tour runs in the morning or afternoon on a daily basis. For more info read the full itinerary below. To get an advance glimpse of what to expect, see our photo gallery.

Another similar option is the Northern Highlights tour which heads north of Mbabane. If you would like to link and Northern and Southern Highlights Tour into a full day, then try the Swaziland Highlights tour.

  • Pickup location: 

    This tour departs from the Swazi Trails office in Ezulwini. Free pick-up's are offered from nearby lodges and hotels, when logistically possible.  Pick-up's and drop-off's further afield may attract an additional charge. All pick-up's must be specifically pre-arranged in advance by "Special Request".

  • Drop-off location: 

    A free drop off  is generally offered to lodges and hotels in the Ezulwini Valley, Mantenga, Mlilwane, Manzini and Malkerns areas of Swaziland.  Pick up's and drop-off's further afield may attract an additional charge.

  • Pickup time: (9.00 AM - 1.00 PM)
  • Drop-off time: (1.00 PM - 5.00 PM)

Itinerary

Swaziland's Ezulwini "Valley of Heaven" is home to extensive roadside markets and is the starting point for this excursion. Heading southwards below the towering Mdzimba Mountains the tour passes the Somhlolo National Stadium, the Houses of Parliament, King Sobhuza II Memorial Park and National Museum, where issues of interest are discussed (note: time does not allow stops here)

Thereafter the Malkerns Valley area with its pineapple and sugarcane fields, is the backdrop to art and craft attractions of House-on-Fire (off-the-wall sculpture), Gone Rural (woven grass-ware), Baobab Batik(cloth-based designs) and many other local handcrafts. Swazi Candles is the highlight of this area and one of the Kingdom's most famous exports. See local craftsmen creating candles in hundreds of unique shapes right before your eyes.

 

Lobamba, the traditional and political heart of Swaziland, is the suitable point for a description of the historical journey that the Swazi Nation has followed up until today's times, when it exists as one of the last remaining ruling monarchies in the world.  Ludzidzini, home to the Queen Mother and site of the annual Incwala, Umhlanga and Lutsango ceremonies is viewed from a distance.

 

Then its onwards to Mantenga Nature Reserve, in a scenic valley framed by the imposing Rock of Execution to the south and the shapely Sheba's Breasts pinnacles to the north. Witin this valley at the foot of the 30-metre high Mantenga Waterfall is the lively Swazi Cultural Village. This 19th century replica of a typical Swazi homestead is another photographic highlight of this tour. First a 30-min guided tour of the village in undertaken and thereafter a 45min traditional dancing display is a non-stop, foot-stomping introduction to the Swazi love for music and dance. With the drumbeats still echoing in your ears, this tour makes a final stop in the inspiring surroundings of Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre, renowned for its talented artists in residence.

 

 

Map

Map of Swaziland showing the location of Swazi Trails offices

Cancellation Policy

For Swazi Trails operated services, cancellations made 21 days or more in advance of arrival, will incur an administration fee of no more than 10% of the value of the amount paid. If cancelled within 14-20 days, 25% of the total price is forfeited, if within 7-13 days, 50% of the total price is forfeited, if within 0-6 days, 100% of the total price is forfeited.

Children policy

Children under 13 years are afforded a 50% discount on the adult rate, provided that there are at least two full-paying adults on the trip, or one adult with two children.

Participant Guidelines

Offering a modest tip to the dancers at the Swazi Cultural Village is encouraged. ZAR 10.00 or ZAR 20.00 is quite acceptable.

 

Other Disclosures

This tour may be varied on certain days of the week to suit the logistics of pick-up and drop-off points.