Backpacking in Swaziland: Staying at Swaziland Backpackers in Matsapha, Malkerns Valley

Backpacking in Swaziland: Staying at Swaziland Backpackers in Malkerns Valley

Backpacking in Swaziland: Staying at Swaziland Backpackers in Malkerns Valley

I’ve been going through all my old travel memories recently as I aim to get a book on my journeys released soon and I literally can’t believe the amount of unwritten articles I have on here. So here is my post on my time at Swaziland Backpackers, which is the perfect place to stay when backpacking through this small and often neglected country. First up, I crossed the border from South Africa to Swaziland.

Posing with the Swaziland flag

Posing with the Swaziland flag

I stayed three nights in Swaziland backpackers and this was enough time to relax, tour the sights of the country and meet a few fellow backpackers, here are five cool things about staying in Swaziland Backpackers.

The country of Swaziland

The country of Swaziland

1. Red Bus Tour of the Country
Sean the owner of Swaziland Backpackers runs a crazy one day bus tour of the country. While obviously this is rushed, it does mean you get to see some of the most important sights in the country. On the tour we visited the Swazi Candles Factory, Ezulwini Market, Gone Rural Handicrafts Centre and the crazy House on Fire nightclub.

safari africa swaziland ezulwini

In Ezulwini Market in Swaziland in 2011.

2. Swimming Pool
Here in remote Swaziland countryside is a swimming pool to lounge in or to sit by. I took some extra suncream and passed the time by reading, writing blogs and planning.

The awesome pool by Swaziland Backpackers

The awesome pool by Swaziland Backpackers

3. The Lunar Lounge
When the sun sinks and the moon rises, this is the place to drink and chat travel. The LUnar Lounge is the downstairs bar in Swaziland Backpackers. I met a load of cool travel buddies here and we often whipped out the guitars and drums and pumped out Roll With It or the Lion Sleeps Tonight.

The Lunar Lounge

The Lunar Lounge

Party time with my travel buddies in the Lunar Lounge

Party time with my travel buddies in the Lunar Lounge

4. Ease of Border Crossing
This might not be for the most hardcore backpackers amongst you, I admit. But if you sign up for the Baz Bus which is a partner of Swaziland Backpackers, it eases the border crossings for you and you can get dropped off right outside Swaziland Backpackers! I chose this option to save time and hassle. You can do it alone of course, but it is more hassle.

Jonny Blair flying the Northern Ireland flag at Lavumisa Swaziland

Arrival in Swaziland – gosh that was easy! Flying my Northern Ireland flag!

5. Relaxation
The upstairs lounge has mattresses to chill in, there is a pool table, there are nightly bonfires and music, the swimming pool, the local pub Sundowners and just a general relaxing place to stay. Here are some photos of my time here including my first ever Sibebe Beer (Swazi’s own).

Relaxing with a Sibebe

Relaxing with a Sibebe

Map of the region

Map of the region

Dinner at Swaziland backpackers

Dinner at Swaziland backpackers

My dorm

My dorm

The balcony

The balcony

Campfire at night

Campfire at night

Countryside view

Countryside view

Pool table

Pool table

Guestbook

Guestbook

Posing with the Swaziland flag

Posing with the Swaziland flag

Entrance

Entrance

Nearby villages

Nearby villages

If you ever end up in Swaziland, please try and stay at the Swaziland Backpackers – Sean is the English guy that runs it. The only negative thing is that they don’t have a website, internet, wifi or even emails. This is the address: MR103, Matsapha, Swaziland

And here are my videos from Swaziland Backpackers:

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About Jonny Blair

I'm Jonny Blair, a travelling Northern Irishman. Since leaving my hometown a decade ago I have managed to visit over 100 countries and over 600 towns or cities across all 7 continents. Along the way I have worked in countless jobs! Join my journey on Don't Stop Living - a lifestyle of travel as I provide you with tips and inspiration to live your travel dreams! Safe travels! Follow me on Jonny Blair Google Plus
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