A tiny country between South Africa and Mozambique, 60% of the population lives on less than a euro a day, and it has the highest rate of HIV infection in the world – 26.1% of adults. Despite this, it has enjoyed remarkable stability since achieving independence from Britain in 1968. remains a very safe country to visit and is easy to cross into from South Africa.

It is one of the few remaining absolute monarchies. Mbabane in the northeast is the capital but nearby Lobamba is the legislative capital. There are several excellent reserves such as Mlawula Nature Reserve, which straddles savannah and forest. The beautiful Lubombo Mountains offer excellent hiking.


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Why you should go:

You are a devoted monarchist.

Why you shouldn't:

You require regular blood transfusions.

Map of Swaziland