The Kingdom of Swaziland – A Winter Wonderland Getaway

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It may be time to put the swimming costumes and suntan lotion away as winter approaches Southern Africa; but in Swaziland there is no short supply of activities to keep you busy and warm during the colder months. The climate in Swaziland is moderate throughout the year and visitors will find the Kingdom’s winter days perfect for a long weekend, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Cosy up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate at Foresters Arms Luxury Country Lodge, situated a short distance from Swaziland’s Capital, Mbabane. Idyllically set, this lodge has all the warmth and charm of a European inspired getaway and is centrally located for all of the Kingdom’s top activities and adventures. Enjoy their infamous Sunday feast with a plethora of locals, South Africans on a day trip to the Kingdom, and international guests.

Situated in the Ezulwini Valley, Mantenga Nature Reserve, which directly translated from iSiswati means Valley of Heaven, is a must-see during your Swaziland winter holiday. Visitors can admire the reserve’s exquisite surroundings such as the majestic Mantenga Waterfall or partake in some of Swaziland’s key cultural activities. Take a visit to Mantenga Cultural Village where you can learn to dance like a local and explore a traditional Swaziland village.

Visitors can also explore Swaziland’s only Botanical gardens at Summerfields Luxury Resorts situated in the Nokwane valley. Enjoy a delicious meal whilst admiring the spectacular surroundings and don’t forget the bird watching.

Enjoy a scenic day hike through the Malolotja Nature Reserve or enjoy the adventurous side of the Kingdom by exploring its natural beauty by water. White-water rafting is Swaziland’s top adventure sport and during winter, equipped with right gear, the rapids are moderate and enjoyable and will add a little excitement to your winter vacation.

Take a day trip to Nsangwini Rock Art, where one can visit bushman paintings which date back over 4000 years. On your way there, stop off for some lunch at Maguga Lodge which overlooks the vast and spectacular Maguga Dam.

Swaziland provides the perfect winter getaway for the adventurous or those who want pure relaxation.

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