Swaziland expeditions

Swaziland at a glance

Population: 1.4 million

Terrain: Mountains, savannah, rolling hills

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Ideas for your students' expedition to Swaziland

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Swaziland.

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Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:

Project

Build a classroom

In 2012, over a seven-week period, World Challenge, in partnership with All Out Africa, built a new classroom at Langeni Neighbourhood Care Points (NCP) where, in the absence of a room, the children took their lessons under a tree. Seven schools worked on the project, with the first team digging the foundations, and the last team applying the final coat of paint. News and images of the finished classroom were sent to the participating schools and even attracted TV news coverage in Swaziland! The orphaned and vulnerable children (OVCs) at the NCP had a new classroom to move into, teams felt a great sense of reward and the project was a resounding success. 

Trekking

Explore Swaziland's most spectacular gorge

4 Days 

Teams can spend up to four days exploring the Ngwempisi Gorge - an impressive 500m deep rugged granite gorge in southern Swaziland. You'll get the chance to stay at 'Rock Lodge' which is built into the rocks and spectacularly located high above the gorge with incredible panoramic views. 

4 Days 

Project

Swaziland projects

There are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the Swazi way of life during the project phase. World Challenge works closely with our partner All Out Africa's charitable foundation arm at both Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs) and schools in the region. NCPs are a Unicef initiative started in 2001 in a bid to support the growing number of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVCs) in Swaziland by providing day care centres for OVCs where they primarily receive food, basic education and healthcare. There are an estimated 120,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in Swaziland which is 15% of the total population of the country.  

In-Country Agent

Rols Thorne/All Out Africa
 
Swaziland was a new destination for World Challenge in 2012 and our In-Country Agent, All Out Africa, has had a great first year. As a travel company, it runs volunteer projects and tours in southern Africa, and Rols, the Director, is the main contact. All Out Africa is extremely efficient and will do anything to help teams out.

Factfile

Languages spoken: Siswati, English 
 
Time zone: GMT +1  
 
Interesting fact: The current King’s father was the late King Sobhuza II. His nominal reign of 82 years, nine months is the longest precisely dated monarchical reign on record and the world's longest documented reign of any monarch since antiquity. He had 70 wives, 210 children and 1000 grandchildren at the time of his death.

Swaziland & Mozambique projects

Work on a local community project or take part in an international marine conservation project off Mozambique's stunning coastline.

Project

Marine conservation project (Swaziland & Mozambique combination only)

Teams will have the unique opportunity to join a marine research project in Mozambique for a few days. This will involve joining boat launches to snorkel with marine life in the open ocean. The aim of the project is to take underwater photographs to identify whale sharks and other marine species as well as recording ecological information. Teams will also spend some time working with a local community doing much needed building and maintenance work at a local school. 

Acclimatisation

Set up camp in one of the country's national parks

2-5 Days

To get acclimatised to Swaziland’s climate and culture, you embark on a trek around the Malolotja Nature Reserve, one of the most impressive areas of protected wildlife in southern Africa and managed by the Swaziland National Trust Commission on behalf of the Swazi King!  

2-5 Days

Get used to the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush.

Rest & Relaxation

Go on safari

Swaziland protects a vast variety of animals, birds and flora. From the rarely spotted but magnificent Big Five to cheeky warthogs, gentle antelope and reptiles, Swaziland is home to virtually all the wild animals of Africa. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife in one of Swaziland's reserves.

Rest & Relaxation

Forest zip-wiring

The Malolotja Canopy Tour consists of 11 elevated forest platforms, 10 zip-wire slides and a 50m-long suspension bridge that crosses the Majolomba River. 

In partnership with All Out Africa, World Challenge sent teams from 16 UK schools to Swaziland during July and August 2013. During the project phase of their expedition, they helped build a 50,000 litre water reservoir and a much needed flush toilet block for 55 orphaned children at an orphan day care centre in the Ezulwini Valley. Watch the video to find out more about the impact of the project, both on the local community and on the Challengers.

Swaziland project   

Celebrate your achievements at the project site
A tiny country with a large heart, Swaziland is brimming with ancient tradition and ceremony as well as stunning scenery and excellent game reserves. A perfect introduction to Africa.
Caroline, our Swaziland Expedition Planning Manager

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Mountains, savannah, rolling hills