A guide to an Eswatini Solocation

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Solocations are fast becoming the new normal in the travel world as more and more people are jumping onto the trend and exploring the globe on their own, one stamp and flight at a time. Solocation, the urban term for a solo vacation, has taken many millennials by storm. As the gram fills up with more snaps of wanderlust bitten souls, it’s so hard to resist planning your own. Here’s a cool guide on where to go and what to do in Eswatini for your own Solocation.

Explore Eswatini’s North West

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Not as lauded as the Valley but still just as stunning, Eswatini’s North West is our most underrated feature. As you travel out of Mbabane and climb up onto the MR1, you’re greeted by the most majestic views. Of these views is the world oldest Mountain range, Emlembe. The picturesque blue-green range creates a brilliant backdrop for all the other exciting gems hidden in the north. Make a stopover at the Malolotja nature reserve and get caught up in its scenic landscape. Malolotja is home to a vibrant bird population, fascinating game and green woodland. If that’s not enough, get your adrenaline running as you zip line through trees with the Malolotja canopy tour, an experience that ranks far up in Eswatini’s adventure activities. Other great things to see and do in the North West include the Phophonyane falls, Nsangwini Rock paintings and a culture tour at the Matsamo Cultural village.

Take a Safari game drive

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Your best pick for traditional game viewing would be somewhere between Mkhaya Game reserve and the Hlane Royal National Park. Here you’re sure to see a variety of animals, from the towering giraffe to the endangered Rhino. Interestingly so, Mkhaya happens to be the only place on the entire continent where both black and white rhino can be found.  Even more reason to jot it down on your list. The parks also house diverse species of antelope and have great picnicking spots too.

Try Swazi traditional food

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If you happen to be a foodie looking for a new thrill, you need to try some Swazi cuisine. The country’s food scene is an eclectic mix of the different cultures that can be found here, ranging from China town meals, Mozambican dishes, to continental cuisine to name a few. However, traditional Swazi food is a must for any adventurer. Edladleni Restaurant has been the go-to place for those in search for what makes the Swazi’s tick. Here, you can try your pallete at Pap and ligusha or dive right to the deep end with a savoury free range chicken.

Hike the world‘s second largest rock

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Absolutely unbelievable how the world’s second largest exposed rock is found in a country as tiny as Eswatini. Sibebe, which stands at 1488 m, is a gruelling hike but a proud feat when conquered.

Go white water rafting

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Paddle across thunderous waters on the Usuthu River, as you navigate gorges and soft rocks. If this sounds like fun, then white water rafting is the last thing to check off your list. Swazi trails, the country’s leading adventure tour operator, offers exciting white water rafting experiences.  Super safe, and tailored to suit river conditions, this activity is one for the books.

Read MoreSolocations are fast becoming the new normal in the travel world as more and more people are jumping onto the trend and exploring the globe on their own, one stamp and flight at a time. Solocation, the urban term for a solo vacation, has taken many millennials by storm. As the gram fills up with more snaps of wanderlust bitten souls, it’s so hard to resist planning your own. Here’s a cool guide on where to go and what to do in Eswatini for your own Solocation. Explore Eswatini’s North West Not as lauded as the Valley but still just as stunning, Eswatini’s North West is our most underrated feature. As you travel out of Mbabane and climb up onto the MR1, you’re greeted by the most majestic views. Of these views is the world oldest Mountain range, Emlembe. The picturesque blue-green range creates a brilliant backdrop for all the other exciting gems hidden in the north. Make a stopover at the Malolotja nature reserve and get caught up in its scenic landscape. Malolotja is home to a vibrant bird population, fascinating game and green woodland. If that’s not enough, get your adrenaline running as you zip line through trees with the Malolotja canopy tour, an experience that ranks far up in Eswatini’s adventure activities. Other great things to see and do in the North West include the Phophonyane falls, Nsangwini Rock paintings and a culture tour at the Matsamo Cultural village. Take a Safari game drive Your best pick…

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