Rarely visited, even by its neighbours, in 2020 the destination could break out onto the mainstream travel circuit. Featured on Lonely Planet’s annual “Best in Travel” list, the guidebook publisher earmarks places that ought to be on our bucket lists - eSwatini ripe for the growing number of under tourists who want to wander without the crowds.
Timely news, Acacia Africa recently launched its Signature Tours & Safaris collection, the adventures combining choice locations in South Africa and Swaziland. Open-age and “family-friendly," the escorted group itineraries are suitable for parents with children from eight years. The six-day Kruger, Swazi & Wild Coast blends the kingdom's culture and its creative side - the trip stopping at the Ngwenya Glass factory (where travellers can witness first-hand the magical art of glassblowing) and Swazi Candles - eSwatini well known for its talented artists and artisans. Further highlights include Mbabane, the capital set in the cool highveld in the rugged Dlangeni Hills, and Piggs Peak, the tour passing through the former gold prospecting town - the lush mountain terrain more than deserving of a shout out on the ‘gram. Offering opportunities to sample a mix of South Africa’s best national parks and more intimate private game reserves, the Balule Private Game Reserve, Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Hluhluwe Game Reserve and iSimangaliso Wetland Park also feature on the itinerary. FROM £1,225pp (two sharing) including all highlights, transport, accommodation (three and four-star twin/double shared, with en-suite facilities), most meals, and services of a tour leader and driver. Starts Johannesburg - ends - Durban. Max. group size: eight. https://acacia-africa.com/tours/kruger-swazi-and-wild-coast-accommodated-20KSWC6A. Acacia Africa (020 7706 4700; acacia-africa.com) SATSA membership No. 1931, Atta membership no. 20151 and ABTA No. W4093 PROTECTED