Swaziland located in Southern Africa is the smallest country in the southern hemisphere. The entire country measures 17,363 square kilometres and slightly smaller than New Jersey. Swaziland shares borders with South Africa and Mozambique. The capital is Mbabane and the population is just over 1.3 million.
Swaziland: Climate and Landscape
The climate in Swaziland is moderate ranging from subtropical to temperate depending on altitude. The months of June to September are cool and dry while October to May is often warm and wet.
Places to Visit in Swaziland
Visitors to Swaziland can enjoy game drives through the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and watch tame birds and wildlife freely wandering through campgrounds. The casinos located at the Royal Swazi Sun Hotel tucked in the Ezulwini valley are also a major attraction. Tourists can also enjoy scenic drives such as one to piggs peak, North of Swaziland among other activities. On the drive, the Malolotja National park is on the west and for those ready to venture a good walk, tourist can see the Malolotja falls, the highest in Swaziland. Tourists can also visit various sites and view Bushman paintings made in caves.
Swaziland: People and Language
The officials languages used in Swaziland are English as siSwati. The population of Swaziland is 97% African and 3% European.
Other Facts from Swaziland
Swaziland’s government is based on a monarchy ruled by a King. Nearly 60% of the nation held by the Crown. The country’s literacy rate is relatively high at 81.6%. The country is very fertile with 10% of the land being arable. Among the natural resources in Swaziland, include asbestos, coal, clay cassiterite, hydropower, timber, quarry stone, talc and small deposits of gold and diamonds. The industries in the country include mining, wood pulp, sugar, soft drink manufacture ad textile.