Swaziland, a small, landlocked monarchy in southern Africa, is known for its wilderness reserves and festivals showcasing traditional Swazi culture. Marking its northeastern border with Mozambique and stretching down to South Africa, the Lebombo Mountains serve as a dramatic backdrop for Mlawula Nature Reserve’s many hiking trails. Nearby Hlane Royal National Park is home to diverse wildlife including lions, hippos and elephants.
Capitals: Lobamba, Mbabane
King: Mswati III
Population: 1.25 million (2013) World Bank
Life expectancy: 48.85 years (2012) World Bank
Currencies: Swazi lilangeni, South African rand