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Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)

Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)

Small, but perfectly formed, Swaziland (now named Eswatini) has stunning, contrasting landscapes of mountain and flatland dotted with game rich wildlife reserves - just perfect for a walk on the wild side.

  • Renamed the Kingdom of Eswatini: 1968
  • Capital city: Mbabane
  • Population: 1.3 million (2015)
  • Size of country: 17,364 sq km
  • Currency: South African rand
  • Power supply: 220 - 240 volts
  • Sockets: British style square pin plugs
  • Language: Swazi and English
  • Time difference: GMT +1 hours
  • Visas: British nationals do not require a visa for a trip of 30 days or less.
  • Religion: Around 83% of the population is Christian, 15% follow traditional religions, 2% follow Islam, 0.5% follow the Bahá’í Faith and 0.2% follow Hinduism.
  • Popular dishes: The staple food in Swaziland is Sishwala, a thick porridge normally served with meat or vegetables.
  • Popular drinks: Swaziland’s most popular beer is Umcombotsi, a traditional brewed beer in Siswati.
  • Did you know: Swaziland became a member of the United Nations in 1968, whilst at the same time it also became the twenty-eighth member of the British Commonwealth.
  • FCDO advice: FCDO Travel Advice Eswatini
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