Swaziland Maputo

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Feb 9th, 2003, 08:33 PM
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Swaziland Maputo

We shall hire a car and travel to Kruger NP. While there we would like to drive for an overnight stay to Swaziland and/or Maputo. This will be our first trip to Africa and is limited in time. Do we need a visa to go to Swaziland? If so, should we organize this from here in Australia? Which would be the more interesting, Swazi or Maputo: We do not speak Portuguese. Would it be possible to see both in a 2-day, one night quick tour? How do you make a booking for Mkhaya, re the half day safari and possibly one night's accommodation? What is the cost of overnight accommodation? How long does it take to travel between Mkhaya and Kruger National Park? Can you do a tour in Swazi that will explain a little about the country, the people, the king and government, etc, etc.? Cheers.
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Feb 19th, 2003, 05:49 AM
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Hi, I'm not very knowledgeable about Mozambique, but we just got back from 2 weeks in south Africa, including a one-night stopover in Swaziland. We drove down from Kruger park (Berg-en-Dal camp) over the border at Jeppe's Reef. It took about an hour (not driving fast) to get from the gate (Malelane) to the border.

The border formalities were fairly brief - just got our passports stamped and filled out an arrivals form, and paid 5 rand road tax. We have EU passports, but I assume the formalities are the same for other passport holders...

We drove to Phophonyane Lodge, just north of Pigg's Peak, where we spent the night. Their website (www.phophonyane.co.sz) does not do the place justice. The place was magical - one of the highlights of our entire holiday. A beautiful lodge set in a lush valley, with stunning tropical plants, pools, waterfalls, and the sound of bubbling water all around you. Very comfortable accommodation in chalets with their own garden and patio, beautiful open dining "hut" overlooking the valley, with excellent a la carte meals. Gorgeous big swimming pool. We only spent one night but wished we'd been able to spend more - it was extremely reasonable.

We then drove from Pigg's Peak through Mbabane, Manzini and Big Bend, to the border post at Golela. In all, around a 4 hour drive (taking it easy).
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