Safety & Security – Swaziland

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored the Swaziland section of Lonely Planet's 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan researched and wrote about Swaziland for Lonely Planet.

Swaziland is, overall, a safe country to visit in our opinion. All the more so if your visit is primarily an organized safari or tour. More than half a million tourists visit Swaziland every year and most visits are trouble free.

Many tourists visit Swaziland and South Africa together. South Africa has a high level of crime. Johannesburg and Durban in particular are crime hotspots. Unaccompanied walking around the city and driving at night is not recommended. An overnight stay at a reputable hotel or an organized visit is fine. Swaziland’s cities are very small and safe in comparison, but tourists should be extra careful when visiting one of the vibrant, busy markets as pickpockets are common.

As for all traveling abroad and in wildlife areas, we do advise these basic safety precautions:

Governments’ Travel Advice

Please use the links below for governments' travel advice on Swaziland.

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