Swaziland is a small country in the east of South Africa and bordered by Mozambique. It is the homeland of the Swazi nation, one of the most colourful and traditional peoples in Africa, still ruled by their King. Swaziland is a country of beautiful natural scenery, from the highveld in the west to the lowveld of the east. It is home to a number of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, known for their picturesque and exciting walking safaris. Explore in depth highlights of Swaziland.

Travel Information for Swaziland
Time zone:GMT +2 (Central Africa time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:English, SiSwati
Currency: lilangeni (SZL)

1 = SZL16.22, $1 = SZL14.53, £1 = SZL19.33

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.szInternational Dialling Code:    268

For help planning your trip to Swaziland including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Swaziland trip planning page.

Further information on Swaziland

Discover more about Swaziland - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of swaziland

Total area: 17,363 sq km (160 sq km under water)

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Neighbours (border lengths): Mozambique (105km), South Africa (430km)

Climate: Climate varies from tropical to near temperate depending on altitude.

Highest mountain: Emlembe (1,862m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Swaziland from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 140/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 91/179
Press FreedomDifficult situation 153/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 69/174
Overall Ranking:    165/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Kingdom of Swaziland     Status: Independent Country

Population: 1,419,623 (rank: 150/196)     Density: 81.7 people/sq km (rank: 97/196)

Ethnic groups: African 97%, European 3%

Religions: Zionist 40% (a blend of Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship), Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 10%, other (includes Anglican, Bahai, Methodist, Mormon, Jewish) 30%

GDP (PPP): $6.26 billion       GDP per capita: $5,700 (rank: 125/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.