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Pickup info

Pick-up info: This tour/activity 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".

The Swazi Trails Taste of Swaziland tour is a distinctly different tour. It is alive living and changing from day to day. This tour is not directed from the office, its led from the field.  Where you go and what you decide do is up to you and your private driver-guide. This tour is constantly tailor-made to meet specific requests on a daily basis. This is the guided tour to book when want to access a once-off or annual occasion like a national ceremony, a traditional wedding or on lucky occasions a public appearances by His Majesty the King.

You will find your Swazi Trails guide resourceful and enthusiastic.  He or she will be passionate about doing something a little different and exploring off-the-beaten track.

If you are interested in bathing in a hot spring with locals, need to track down a relative in a long-forgotten cemetery or simply want to explore one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities then this is the way to do it.

This booking tab is for a Full Day Tour, if you would prefer a Half Day Tour, then click here - Taste of Swaziland - Half Day Tour.

 

See the itinerary tab further below for more detail on the types of experiences that are targeted on this Swaziland tour.

 

 

  • Pickup location: 

    Pick-up info: This tour/activity 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: 

    For the Taste of Swaziland Tour - a free drop off is generally offered to lodges and hotels in the Ezulwini Valley and surrounding areas. 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

The guide's brief is to provide as many interesting and interactive experiences as possible:

Buy fruit, muffin or mielie-bead snacks at a local market, taste Swazi food, taste Swazi beer or Maganu (Marula wine in season), visit Swazi homesteads, see how food is prepared in homesteads and lend a hand to mill the staple maizemeal, collect water from the river, herd cattle or goats with Swazi herd boys, till fields with a span of oxen, weed maize fields, attend a church service (Sundays), watch a local soccer match, listen in on a community meeting (mostly Saturdays), visit a Swazi school, watch the daily tasks of washing clothing in the river... and experience Swaziland as it happens every day.

Not everything mentioned above is possible to do in day, but the idea is to make use of as many ad hoc opportunities for cultural interaction as possible. Experiences will differ from tour to tour as many different homesteads are visited on a random basis. Experiences will also vary with the day of the week and the season of year. On Sundays, most people are attending church and there is little commercial or agricultural activity. In spring, fields are being ploughed, summer is planting and then weeding season and after harvesting in autumn there is little activity in the fields until the following spring. The guide will use his or her discretion on where to go and at what time in the day.  On overcast or cold days, he may choose options that are more suitable, whilst on hot summer days he will keep walking to a minimum.

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

This tour requires participation and interaction and starts with your relationship with your private guide. Your guide will need input on what you are most interested in seeing, doing or experiencing. He, or she, will also require your understanding if in his or her opinion your special requests are either not possible or inappropriate.

 

This tour can be diverted to stops at various national tourism highlights, however its particular focus is on off-the-beaten track communities. However, if your time is limited and you don't want to miss Swaziland's famous attractions, then you'd be best advised to try one of the highlights tours:

Southern Highlights

Northern Highlights

Swaziland Highlights

Other Disclosures

This Taste of Swaziland tour runs largely as a private tour, however on rare occasions separate groups may be asked to combine under the guidance of one guide.

Maximum group size per guide is limited to 13 persons.

Lunch is for own account. Discuss with the guide the type of lunch you are keen on experiencing and the guide will source a suitable venue for you.