Dates: 23rd September 2009 to 28th September 2009
Swaziland miles = 408 miles (653 kms)
Trip miles = 17161 miles (27458 kms)
Swaziland at 17,400 km2 (UK 243,000 km2) is slightly smaller than Wales. It has a population of 1,185,000 (UK 62,000,000) and a population density of per 68.2 km2 (UK 255 per km2).
A landlocked Kingdom bordered by: Mozambique to the east for 105 kms; and South Africa for 430 kms.
Low point = 21 metres at Great Usutu River in the south-eastern corner as it flows to create the South African & Mozambique border: High point = 1,862 metres at Emlembe in the Drakensberg Mountains in the north-western corner.
Capital – Mbabane
English & siSwati
Entry issues: Passports with 6 months remaining after entry date.
Visas not required by UK Nationals for stays up to 2 months.
Very relaxed border crossing but does have a meat and fruit control point & further road checks.
Vehicle issues: Carnet de Passage required. Photo driving licence or international licence required. Drive on left. Insurance, third party, included in fuel costs. Fuel tax cost = 50E or 50 Rand.
Petrol and Diesel widely available at most towns and large villages. All garages are cash only, all attended and usually with a screen washer – small tip usual. As with all of Africa, will squeeze as much in as possible, usually leading to spills!
Average cost of diesel = £0.52
Banks; ATMs; Credit Cards
ATMs mainly available in the larger towns and although we only made withdrawals on one day one card was rejected. Credit cards accepted in the larger supermarkets in the larger towns but these were very few and very far between.
Telephones: International dialling code +268. Fairly good mobile coverage in towns and along major routes. Only Swaziland MTN available: from shops.
Time (UTC = Coordinated Universal Time, equal to GMT) = UTC+02
Currency & UK£ rate at time of visit
Lilangeni (plural Emalangeni (E)) and RSA Rand
£1 = E13.55: 100 E = £7.00