An increasing number of Tour Operators have added exclusive Swaziland itineraries to their product offering in recent times as Southern Africa’s smallest country really starts getting noticed.
As well as the huge range of adventure activities on offer in this fascinating Kingdom, the opportunity to explore its beautiful and varied scenery whilst experiencing unique African culture and close wildlife encounters, are just some of the great reasons why tour operators fall in love with Swaziland.
Explore, an Adventure Travel Expert Tour Operator launched its first dedicated Swaziland trip at the end of 2015, and sales way exceeded expectations! Out of 81 new trips that Explore launched for 2016, the Kingdom of Swaziland was their best-selling long haul trip. This tour consists of a 10-day journey through the last true monarchy of Africa, and additional departure dates have been added to meet demand.
The first clients and members of Explore management team have recently returned from the company’s first successful trip to Southern Africa’s tiniest nation. Sarah Fowler, Head of Marketing at Explore said, “This was my first Explore trip, and it more than lived up to my expectations. Swaziland may be a small country, but there is so much to see and do that I could happily have spent twice as long there – however 8 days is the perfect amount of time to really get under the skin of the country and learn all about the fascinating culture.”
Swaziland has a diverse range of attractions and activities. Stunning landscapes of mountains and valleys, forests and plains; plus wildlife reserves across the country that are home to The Big Five, gives visitors all that’s best about Africa in a welcoming country. Add to that Swaziland’s offer of rich culture and music festivals and you have the perfect combination for one of the “best sellers” of 2016 for Explore in the UK.
Sarah also said, “The two main highlights for me on the trip were the wildlife and the accommodation we stayed in. We were able to get so close to the animals – At Mkhaya we saw no fewer than 8 white rhino and a herd of giraffe on our first game drive.
Every day I though the holiday had peaked, and every day it surprised me with an exciting new twist. I couldn’t recommend this trip strongly enough – whether you’re a first time Explorer like myself, or a travel veteran, it will no disappoint.”
Another large UK adventure operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays – experts in guided walking and adventures across the globe – has just launched a brand new holiday including 7 days in Swaziland, with tours due to start in 2017. The 17-day tour taking in Swaziland combined with South Africa makes an unforgettable experience for adventure and wildlife lovers. Some of the highlights of the Swaziland experience include, walking in Malolotja Nature Reserve, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and the ancient Sibebe Rock.
Kelly White from Swaziland Tourism said “Its no surprise that Swaziland is seeing an increase in operators’ offerings. Its compact size and variety of landscape, wildlife and unique culture mean even in a short period holiday-makers can have the full, genuine Africa experience in a welcoming and beautiful country”.