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    COUNTRY INFORMATION

    by georeiser Updated Jun 20, 2010

    Favorite thing: COUNTRY INFORMATION:
    Visa: No visa. Free entry.
    Mobil phone: Good roaming, but expensive.
    ATM: Yes, in the cities. It works and gives normal rate.
    Recommended language: English.
    Infrastructure: Manzini is OK and Mbabane is good.
    Friendliness by the people: Funny people. But some suspiciousness against white people.
    Attention by Police/military: No bad experience. But Swasiland is no democracy.
    Crime: Generally OK. Some theft.
    Rainy period: December, January and February.
    Price level: Cheap. Same as Mozambique.
    Airport departure tax: The country has no intl. airport.

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    Your Embassy/Consulate in Swaziland

    by junecorlett Written Jun 18, 2009

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    Favorite thing: China; 404 4740/1
    Cyprus Consulate; 40402650
    Danish/Norwegian; 404 3547
    Finnish Consulate; 416 2912
    Freanch Consulate; 404 3667
    German Liason Office; 404 3174
    Italian Consulate; 404 4371
    Mozambique; 404 3700
    Portugal Consulate; 404 6780
    Singapore High Commission; 404 2661
    South Africa; 404 4651
    USA; 404 6441

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    Using mobil phone in Swasiland

    by georeiser Written Dec 1, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The mobile phone works great in the cities in Swasiland (October 2008). The connection is good. But the roaming price for a foreign SIM card is expensive.

    You can purchase a MTN starter pack for your cell phone for around E60. This sim card can generally go into most cell phones. From there you can purchase airtime as needed. You can text back to some countries using this sim card. The country code is +268.

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    Lilangeni, the currency of Swasiland

    by georeiser Written Dec 1, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Swaziland uses the Lilangeni. This is pegged to the South African Rand. You can use Rand notes here, but make sure you have changed all Emalangeni back into Rand before you leave Swaziland, as you cannot change this local currency once outside the country.

    Lilangeni, the Swasiland currency
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    The Mhlumeni border post

    by georeiser Updated Dec 1, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The Mhlumeni border post, between Mocambique and Swasiland is easy to pass.

    All passengers had to get of the minibuss and walk into the Mocambique border office to get a stamp in the passport for leaving the country. Then walk 100 meters over to the Swasiland border office to get an entry stamp in the passport. There is no arrival card to fill and no money to pay. The minibuss passed the border, and was waiting for us just outside the building.

    Swasiland border office Outside the border office On the road right after the Swasiland border
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    The people of Swasiland

    by georeiser Updated Dec 1, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The first thing I noticed when I sat in the minibus from Mocambique to Swasiland was the local people beside me. They were going back from Maputo to Manzini, the largest city in Swasiland. The passengers were talking and laughing all the time. It was really fun to be with them.

    I noticed a quite difference between the more modest Mocambiqan people and the people from Swasiland.

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    Money in Swaziland

    by MikeAtSea Written Jun 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Kingdom has got its own currency - the Swazi Emalangeni. The currency is en-par with the South African Rand, which is also accepted everywhere in the country.
    Be reminded that if you do get your hands on local currency, try and spend it in the country, since you will battle to exchange it back into anything else later; even in South Africa!!

    Swazi Emalangeni
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  • SOS childvillage

    by Bumble-Bee Written Mar 30, 2004

    Fondest memory: One of the days I spent in Swaziland I went to SOS childvillage and that is my best memory from swaziland. I spent a couple of hours playing with these wonderful children. They have had it hard in life but they are still having fun and smiling =) It was a great day and I wish that I could have stayed with them longer.

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    Weather is an important factor

    by wadekorzan Written Jan 12, 2004

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    Favorite thing: October can be unbearable hot and so I don't think this is the best ime to come. Temperatures are often over 40 C, so it is too hot to enjoy and also the animals are difficult to see as they are hiding in the shade. Rainy season is in summer between December and May, and when it rains, it pours!!!! In June and July, it can be VERY cold...so think carefully about the time of year you'll be going! We went in April, and it was perfect weather!!!!

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    Tourist information office

    by wadekorzan Written Jan 12, 2004

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    Favorite thing: There is a decent tourist information office right in Mbabane, the 2nd largest city in Swaziland. There's a good chance you may be entering Swaziland here, so if you do, it's a good place to stop. Mbabane has about 50,000 inhabitants but is a fairly easy city to manage. You can also change money there at the Barclays bank, make international phone calls (from the post office), and pick up guide books at the bookstore called Websters.

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    Milwane, making a new roof

    by sachara Updated Sep 4, 2003

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    Favorite thing: At the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary Main Camp we saw how the craftsmen made a new roof of natural materials on one of the cottages.
    We liked to look at the skills of the men and the methods they used.
    But more I should like to see how they make the traditional beehives once.

    making a new roof

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    HIS MAJESTY, KING SOBHUZA II

    by zindara Updated May 29, 2003

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    Fondest memory: Wherever you go in Swaziland you will find pictures of him, statues, memorials, stories and legend about him. The wealthier the man and the higher his status, the more wives he usually has. King Sobhuza II had over 100 wives and 600 children. Sobhuza believed in peace, he was against violence, he believed in Unity and in education...

    During his rule, he had to negotiate Swaziland’s independence from Britan. He managed to do that without bloodshed and Swaziland became independent in 1968. He worked hard to make a non-racial society and made Swaziland a member of the United Nations.

    He died in 1982 when he was 82 years old (the longest reigning monarch in the world). He is now an ancestor, and thus, he is adored and is believed to guard the country from the Mbilaneni mountains with the other kingdoms of the past.

    Sobhuza II
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    sugarcane harvest

    by tompt Written Mar 26, 2003

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    Fondest memory:
    Driving along Swaziland you will encounter large truck loaded with sugarcane. As they are not closed truck, now and then the sugarcane fall of the truck. Beside the road you can often see when you come near a sugarmill. This trucks are waiting at a sugarmill to get unloaded.

    harvested sugarcane

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    Carvings

    by Bwana_Brown Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Have a look around the country, especially out of Mbabane. We enjoyed stopping in smaller centres along the highway where the atmosphere seemed more relaxed. Many places have great carvings for sale, such as these giraffes. Be prepared to bargain for a good price as it is customary - in this case I could not fit it into my suitcase so left empty-handed.

    Giraffe Carvings
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    Crossing the border

    by ATLC Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Crossing the border into the kingdom of Swaziland too quite a long time. Extensive checks at the border and multiple stamps in passport. Which I thought was really cool.

    The customs guy saw me wear a red Aids ribbon, made of Swahili beads and promptly shoved a paper under my nose. I was supposed to give a donation for the fight against Aids and put my name on the list.
    I did both...

    Fondest memory: For all the exotic days I spent in this part of the world, I liked the freshly baked breads and cakes at breakfast best.

    It was also very enjoyable to talk with the local people which was very easy to do.

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