Swaziland, Africa, is nestled between the nations of South Africa and Mozambique. It is the Southern Hemisphere's smallest country and home to just more than 1.4 million people. With an area of about 6,500 sq mi/17,000 sq km, on a map, Swaziland appears as only a tiny drop in the expanse of southern Africa.

However, to overlook this small, landlocked little nation would be to miss experiencing a rich traditional culture, abundant exotic wildlife, and wonderfully varied and picturesque terrains. Travel in Swaziland is relatively simple—you can tour the whole country in one day—and Swaziland is easily accessible from neighboring South Africa.

After a day spent watching zebras and wildebeests in a Swaziland game reserve, travelers can sip cappuccino in a Western-style shopping mall or stroll among locals in one of the excellent craft markets. Vibrant traditional culture is a highlight too—as one of the few remaining monarchies in Africa, heritage is deeply engrained in all aspects of Swazi life and is reflected in traditional dress, festivals and ceremonies.

This personable, relaxed country is worth a visit and can be easily combined with numerous other attractions in the region, such as Kruger National Park in South Africa or the southern beaches of Mozambique.

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