Swaziland Transportation

  • A primary road in northern Swaziland
    A primary road in northern Swaziland
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Swaziland Transportation

  • Road toll

    Getting in from South Africa requires passport control and payment of 5 ZAR for road toll (as of August 2003). This is conveniently done at the local border office and doesn't take long.Nice drive trough the small country, mostly pastureland dotted with the typical houses.

  • Direct bus to Johannesburg airport

    This bus service is very convenient. We had to fly the same day in the afternoon, so knowing that the bus stops in the same airport in its way to Johannesburg, we prefered to spend the first half of that day in pleasant and safe Mbabane, Swaziland, than in dangerous Johannesburg.Everything worked out wonderfully and we reached the airport in...

  • Driving through Swaziland

    We found it easy to drive around Swaziland. The roads aren't as good as those in South Africa, they were still good enough. The main roads are paved two-lane roads with good signage. There were a few stretches of rough pavement, but these were the exception. As in South Africa, Swaziland drives on the left.The main thing to be aware of is that...

  • Long distance with minibus

    It's easy to move around in Swasiland. The bus stations has a lot of small private buses. Almost all of the minibuses are Toyota Hiace, packed with locals (and a few tourists). Like the rest of Africa.

  • Driving through

    We entered Swaziland via South Africa's R570, through Shongwe and Jeppe's Reef in South Africa (previously, from Tzaneen and Nelspruit) to Hhohho and Ngonini in Swaziland. We cruised south through Piggs Peak, Encaba and Forbes Reef, taking a right (west) to Motshane, getting back into South Africa on N17 through Oshoek, Hartbeeskop, and so on, to...

  • Buses from the border

    There're handful of minibuses (chapas) readily available at almost all the borders. And some of the borders also offer VIP buses, air-con 60-seater, a much more convenient way to travel. Like I crossed from Mozambique, the bus leaves every 1 or 2 hour -- travel time: 1.5 hours to Manzini at 100E (equal to ZAR) per person.I don't recommend riding...

  • Matsapha Int'l Airport

    Swaziland's only airport, and it's very small. Just off Manzini, the gate only open between 7am-7 pm or so. The national airline, Swazi Express, as co-operation flights with South African Airlines. Though most travellers coming to Swaziland on roads, there's a daily flight between Jo'burg and Manzini which is quite expensive.Swazi Visa is readily...

  • Driving in Swaziland

    The best way to see around the country is by self-drive. 'Imperials Car Rental', there's an outlet at Matsapha Int'l Airport. Or see more details/alternatives at the Swazi Trails, the one and only official tour agency in the Kingdom.But if you're not feeling like driving yourself, I've got someone to recommend.He's a cab driver based in Mbabane who...

  • Josefdal/Bulembu border crossing

    We entered Swaziland through the Josefdal/Bulembu border crossing south of Barberton. We had to drive 44 km on a terrible dirt road to the border and then 25km more to the next paved road in Swaziland. Unless you have a FWD I would not attempt this route in the rainy season. Needless to say this border crossing is very slow and quiet so they take...

  • Take the Car

    The rental car was fine for travelling through the country. The roads were nowhere nearly as good as those in SA, but they did the trick. The border crossings with SA were the usual confused affairs that I remember from my travels in Africa from 20 years before. You are never quite sure what pieces of paper are required in what order and which line...

  • The local bus to the boarder

    The best way to meet the locals is to take the local buses. It´s a fun way to travel. As in th erest of africa you shouldn´t be in a hurry since the buses go when they are full. It´s not expensive to take the buses so I really think it´s the best thing. But remember that they don´t have lots of space on this buses so you might have to sit with your...

  • In the parks

    To actually get around Swaziland, we actually had a renta car. We rented a car in Cape Town and were returning it in Johannesburg, and to enter into Swaziland and Lesotho, we had to get special permits when we rented the car. If you rent in South Africa and plan on going to either of these 2 countries, make sure you get the special permits when you...

  • good roads

    Roads in Swaziland are good in general. And when there is a detour it is well signposted....Our first detour was only 300 meters across the border.

  • roadtax

    When travelling by car and crossing the South African / Swaziland border you have to pay a roadtax. Don´t be alarmed, the tax was only 5 Elangeni, which can be payed in South African Rand as 1 Elangeni is 1 Rand. ( 5 Elangeni / Rand= €0,50 ). For this amount you will get a piece of paper with a offical stamp ! Tax may be raised now this is the...

  • Any of the MAjor Bus groups...

    Any of the MAjor Bus groups get you thereHire a car from South africa, Johannesburg Pretoria area or from Durban==these are the two International Air entry points.It is possible to get from Maputo to Swaziland but more difficult hiring in Maputo Maocambique

  • The best way to go to...

    The best way to go to Swaziland is probably normally by car, I think most people have the possibility to go there when they are visiting South Africa and e.g. the large Kruger National Park. From there it is not far and there is normally no restrictions in going there with your rental car.

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