Gap Year in Swaziland
Looking forward to experiencing something different during your gap year abroad? How about an adventure trip to explore Swaziland? A landlocked country in the southern part of Africa, Swaziland has a diverse natural beauty with stunning mountains and gorgeous valleys, gusty waterfalls, dense forests, and exotic wildlife roaming around the swamps and bushes. While South Africa gains more attention being a larger country, Swaziland has off late become quite popular among gap year students, since it's more affordable than the former and the festivities of the land are unmatchable to anywhere else. The people here are extremely warm and welcoming, and one can surely feel at home while exploring this tiny yet gorgeous nation.
GoDiscoverAbroad has some unique voluntour trips to turn Swaziland into a perfect adventurous hub, that'll open the doors of a completely new world. Whether you wish to trek up the hills, go for white water rafting at the Usutu River, learn the Swazi language or work with the community folks - we have it all for you. Now it's all on you to choose what you wish to do to make your journey more meaningful and set sail for Swaziland!
Travelers, interns, and volunteer workers need to acquire visa in order to enter and stay in Swaziland for a period not more than one month upon entry. If you want to extend your travels in Swaziland or your volunteering dates stretches beyond one month in Swaziland you will need to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit instead of an entry visa. Find more info on how to apply for your Swaziland Visa.
Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, our programs accommodate will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Swaziland, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccinations/ Immunization requirements and get the ones as suggested. The vaccines that we recommend for traveling in Swaziland are Hepatitis A&B, Malaria, Typhoid, Rabies. Yellow Fever Vaccination is necessary for the travelers visiting Zambia.
It is essential that you fly in on the scheduled project start dates and end dates to get the complimentary airport transfers, so book your flights accordingly. Many projects have different airports slated as pick-up points information about which will be included in your pre-departure kit. Your project coordinator will be picking you up, just keep your eyes peeled for a GoDiscoverAbroad Sign Card and a friendly face with a big smile on it!
We’re on toes, all the time when it comes to the safety of our volunteers. Upon arrival, we will give you a comprehensive talk on the do’s and don’ts around Swaziland. We provide 24/7 volunteer support and our program coordinators are also there to assist with in any case. As with traveling anywhere you just need to use common sense. We believe that your safety depends on you to a large extent, hence you need to be just a little cautious.
Not a chance! English is one of the 5 native languages in the Kingdom of Swaziland and it is also the official language of the country along with Swazi. Moreover, English is the medium of instruction in all state and private schools. Your coordinator will also be fluent in English and you will also be inducted into the common local language (a few essential words and phrases really!) in your orientation sessions. So, what language barrier, really?
You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Kenya. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 45-65 USD per week is more than sufficient. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Swaziland, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity.
The temperatures in Swaziland varies according to both the altitude and the season and you should be prepared to face temperatures ranging from 40-100 degrees Fahrenheit. The months of April-October are marked by cooler temperatures which call for warmer clothes while the months of October- May are hot and calls for the lightweight cotton fabrics. There’s rainfall during both summer and winter, so it’s a safe bet to pack in a good rain jacket. Also, the summer-winter months of November-March are excellent for game viewing, so do pack in light sweaters, scarves and other warm items cause the early and late night game drives can get quite chilly.