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Best Hiking Trails in eSwatini

Overview

Until very recently eSwatini, a small kingdom in South Africa, was known as Swaziland.  While it doesn’t compare to its neighbour Lesotho for heights, the western part of this country is mountainous while the eastern part is hilly.  The main places for hiking in eSwatini include Malolotja Nature Reserve, Emblembe, Ngwempisi Wilderness, Sibebe Rock and Mahamba Gorge.  The best months to hike in eSwatini are April to September.  Read on for more information on where and when to hike in eSwatini. 

Capital: Mbabane

When To Hike in eSwatini?

April – September
October – March: Rainy

Climate: In the mountainous part of eSwatini, the climate is temperate, with altitude a determining factor in temperature (although there aren’t such great heights in this country).  June – Aug may be a bit cold at times although they’re the driest months.

 

eSwatini Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: Should have a guide to navigate the trails.

Transportation required: Vehicle required to access many of the trails

Where to stay in eSwatini for hiking:

  • Mbabane
  • Nduma
  • Bulembu

Top Places to Hike in eSwatini

The western part of this country is mountainous. Highest Mountain: Emlembe (1862 m). The map highlights the main spots for hiking.

Filter out hiking places of eSwatini by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

Sibebe Rock

  • 2nd largest granite dome (after Uluru in Australia)

Ngwempisi Wilderness

Emlembe

  • Hiking the highest peak in eSwatini
  • Share border with South Africa

Malolotja Nature Reserve

eSwatini's Long Distance Trails

  • Multi-day treks can be organized in various areas, such as the Malolotja Nature Reserve

eSwatini's Walking & Hiking Resources

eSwatini Hiking Books: No hiking specific books

  • Lonely Planet South Africa, Lesotho and eSwatini, by James Bainbridge, Robert Balkovich, Jean-Bernard Carillet, 2022, Lonely Planet Global Limited 

 

Best Hiking Trails in eSwatini:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices, as there are no published guidebooks:

  • Emlembe Mountain – shared with South Africa, in the uKhahlamba mountains
  • Malolotja Nature Reserve trails
  • Ngwempisi Wilderness trails
  • Mahamba Gorge trails

 

Easy Hiking Trails in eSwatini:

  • Sibebe Rock

 

eSwatini Hiking Websites:

 

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eSwatini Official Tourism Site:  

 

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What Else To Do

  • Umhlanga (reed) festival

Other Important Points

  • Many sites may still refer to ‘Swaziland’