Fly To Manzini, Swaziland
Manzini is Swaziland’s second biggest city, and has the country’s only international airport. This makes it a popular entry point for tourists looking to explore Swaziland’s wonderful national parks, fascinating local cultures and exquisite, mountainous scenery.
While the town itself isn’t exactly packed with attractions, it does make an excellent base from which to explore the country, and has a good selection of hotels, restaurants and shops – everything you need to make your stay comfortable.
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Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Manzini, Swaziland. You’ll just need to make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African High Commission to Swaziland is situated in Mbabane. The New Mall, 2nd Floor, Dr Sishayi Road, Mbabane. Phone: + 268 2404 4651 / + 268 2404 4652 / + 268 2404 4653 / + 268 2404 4654.
See and do
Manzini may be an industrial and commercial centre for Swaziland, with decent infrastructure and comfortable accommodations, but there’s not all that much to see or do in the town itself. It does have some excellent conference facilities, in the form of the luxurious George Hotel which caters for up to 200 attendees. For more exciting activities you’ll need to look a little outside Manzini’s centre.
Thankfully, some of Swaziland’s most popular attractions are within an hour’s drive of Manzini. Ezulwini Valley, with its spectacular scenery and the popular Swazi Candles and House on Fire Complex is less than 25kms away. Pick up one or two of the beautifully waxed animal figurines from Swazi Candles as colourful Swaziland souvenirs.
The Hlane Royal National Park is not too much further from Manzini at 65kms away, and has wonderful guided safari walking tours, allowing you to get up close and personal with some of Africa’s big game favourites.
While downtown Manzini is small enough to walk around, you’ll want to find transport to take you further afield. If you’re not renting a car, you’ll need to use the local, 15-passenger minibuses, or grab a taxi. The taxis have no meters, so ask what the fare will be before you set off. Transport is usually quite affordable, but not well organised.
Matsapha Airport – MTS
Food and beverage: There is a small snack shop at the airport that serves coffee.
Currency Exchange: There is no foreign exchange office at Matsapha Airport. You can use South African Rands without a problem, or visit a bank in Manzini.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost within the airport can be reported to security.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Summerfield Botanical Garden, and Park Hotel.
Car Hire: Europcar, Argus Carhire.