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Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.

It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Eswatini highly recommends an International Driving Permit.

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The Top Destinations in Eswatini

Then Swaziland, now Eswatini, is a landlocked nation in the Southern African region, between Mozambique and South Africa. Tourists who travel overland would sometimes overlook this hidden beauty because of its size and geographical location. Don’t make the same mistake, or you’ll miss out on one of the best African escapades you could ever dream about. Eswatini flaunts one of the most scenic views you could sight in Southern Africa, as well as impressive nature parks and reserves.

If you cannot stand squeezing your way through a crowded bus, or kombi, then a rental vehicle solves this problem for you. To rent a car, you need to first secure an International Driving Permit in Eswatini. It’s a direct translation of your native driver’s license, which explains to the local authorities of the country you visit that you’re driving in there legally. To learn more on how to obtain your International Driving Permit in Eswatini, read further below. But for now, discover the top must-see destinations in the country, so you’d know the best spots to go once you set off.

Lobamba

One of Eswatini’s capital cities, Lobamba, sits in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley and is dubbed as its cultural center. It’s also a royal city as it’s home to Eswatini’s monarchy. Explore the facade of Lobamba Royal Village with the Royal Kraal. You can tour the Parliament building and dig more into the country’s history and culture by visiting the National Museum. You can check out the Somhlolo Stadium, where major cultural events, ceremonies, sports, and concerts are held.

Driving directions from King Mswati III International Airport:

  • From King Mswati III International Airport, continue to MR3.
  • Follow MR3 to Lobamba, then exit from MR3.
  • Drive to your destination.

Driving directions from Matsapha Airport:

  • From Matsapha Airport, get on MR3 in Matsapha from 1st St.
  • Follow MR3 to Lobamba, then exit from MR3.
  • Drive to your destination.

Driving directions from Nelspruit Airport, South Africa:

  • From Nelspruit Airport, South Africa, take Hermansburg Rd and Dr Enos Mabuza Dr to Madiba Dr/R40 in Nelspruit.
  • Continue on R40, then drive from R38, R541, N17 and MR3 to Lobamba, Eswatini.
  • Exit from MR3, then drive to your destination.

The town offers a laid-back vibe, and driving to Lobamba is painless. Always carry your native driver’s license and International Driver's Permit in the Eswatini region. To get an International Driver's Permit for Eswatini, the website page about our IDP inquiries is up to help you process your International Driver's Permit in the Eswatini region. Secure your International Driver's Permit for Eswatini today if you plan on traveling soon.

If you’re driving with a US license, you may think you don’t need an International Driver's Permit in Eswatini. English is one of the country’s official languages, yet even American drivers are still required to obtain an International Driver's Permit in Eswatini. Officers ask for this document at checkpoints and borders.

Mbabane

Also, one of Eswatini’s two capital cities, Mbabane, is a literal cool place to visit. The Swazi Market is popular among tourists who love to shop for souvenirs. You’ll see the locals’ artistic side through handcrafted goods such as pottery, stone carvings, beaded jewelry, baskets, textiles, and traditional fabrics. Explore the north in the Pine Valley, and pass by the scenic route in the Umbeluzi River, where you’ll see impressive waterfalls.

Driving directions from King Mswati III International Airport:

  • From King Mswati III International Airport, continue to MR3.
  • Follow MR3 to Emathuneni Rd in Mbabane.
  • Exit from MR3.
  • Take Mhlambanyatsi Rd/MR19 and Gwamile Street to Mantsholo St.

Driving directions from at Matsapha Airport:

  • From Matsapha Airport, get on MR3 in Matsapha from 1st St.
  • Follow MR3 to Emathuneni Rd in Mbabane.
  • Exit from MR3.
  • Take Mhlambanyatsi Rd/MR19 and Gwamile Street to Mantsholo St.

Driving directions from Nelspruit Airport, South Africa:

  • From Nelspruit Airport, South Africa, take Hermansburg Rd and Dr Enos Mabuza Dr to Madiba Dr/R40 in Nelspruit.
  • Continue on R40, then take R38, R541, and N17 to Mbangweni Avenue in Mbabane, Eswatini.
  • Exit from MR3.
  • Take Ncoboza Rd to Mantsholo Rd.

To drive to Mbabane, always carry your native driver’s license along with your International Driver's Permit in Eswatini districts. Getting the country without an International Driver's Permit, Eswatini officers may fine you for driving illegally. You can get an International Driver's Permit for Eswatini today by clicking the “Click to Start Application” button in the upper right corner of our page. To know what documents you need to apply for an International Driver's Permit for Eswatini, our website page for our live chat is up to assist you.

It’s fast and easy to secure an international driver’s licence for Eswatini. An office under our company does not exist, but you can always apply online, wherever you are in the world. We offer shipping worldwide, even when you’re in Eswatini. In order for them to ship your International Driver's Permit for Eswatini, the zip code of your location in the country must be provided.

Mbuluzi Game Reserve

Getting around this reserve must be taken with caution as the Mlawula River within the area is filled with crocodiles. You can rent tents and lodges overnight and go on a wildlife safari, getting up close with a giraffe, jackal, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, and nyala. During the night, you can spot hyena, genets, servals, and honey badgers, under the peaceful night sky. Birding is also fascinating as 300 species are sheltered here, including the strikingly beautiful Narina trogon.

Driving directions from Mswati III International Airport:

  • From King Mswati III International Airport, head north.
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit.
  • Turn left onto MR3, then turn right.
  • Destination will be on the left.

Driving directions from Matsapha Airport:

  • From Matsapha Airport, get on MR3 in Matsapha from Police College Rd.
  • Follow MR3 to Lubombo Region, then turn right.
  • Destination will be on the left.

Driving directions from Nelspruit Airport, South Africa:

  • From Nelspruit Airport, South Africa, take Hermansburg Rd to Madiba Dr/Provincial P9/2 Rd/R40 in Nelspruit 312-Jt, Nelspruit.
  • Turn left onto Madiba Dr/Provincial P9/2 Rd/R40.
  • Continue to follow Provincial P9/2 Rd/R40.
  • Continue to R538.
  • Take N4 to D797.
  • Continue on D797 to R571.
  • Continue on R571, the drive from MR24 to Lubombo Region, Eswatini
  • Turn left; destination will be on the left.

To drive to Mbuluzi Game Reserve, you need an IDP or international driver’s licence for Eswatini. Officers check this, especially when you cross borders. To secure an international driver’s licence in Eswatini, the website page for our IDP price is where you’ll see the detailed affordable price range in varying validity. Driving with an International Driver's Permit in Eswatini districts makes getting around the country hassle-free.

For inquiries on International Driver's Permit for Eswatini, contact numbers and customer service hotlines are found on our website. An international driver’s licence in Eswatini, or Swaziland as others may call it, is an essential document that you need to carry with you while driving. With your International Driver's Permit for Eswatini, English-speaking authorities at the borders would understand that you’re crossing borders legally, especially if you don’t speak the language.

Hlane Royal National Park

The 22,000-hectare wilderness of Hlane National Park is a wildlife safari haven as it’s home to elephants, lions, and rhinos. You can explore the area to see the mammals, and spot birds from different species, including white-backed vultures of the African continent. The fun doesn’t stop at seeing the wildlife; you can also go mountain hiking, and visit a cultural Swazi village nearby. Accommodations within the area are open to tourists who wish to stay overnight.

Driving directions fom King Mswati III International Airport:

  • From King Mswati III International Airport, head north.
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit.
  • Turn left onto MR3.
  • Turn left.

Driving directions from Matsapha Airport:

  • From Matsapha Airport, get on MR3 in Matsapha from Police College Rd.
  • Follow MR3 to Lubombo Region.
  • Turn left.

Driving directions from Nelspruit Airport, South Africa:

  • From Nelspruit Airport, South Africa, take Hermansburg Rd to Samora Machel Dr/R104 in West Acres, Nelspruit.
  • Take N4 and R570 to D797.
  • Continue on D797 to R571.
  • Follow R571, MR24 and MR3 to Lubombo Region, Eswatini.
  • Turn right.

To get to the national park, always carry your native driver's license and international driver’s licence for Eswatini region while driving as it’s the law’s requirement. We serve foreign drivers with their international driver’s licence for Eswatini. Website page of our live support is up to assist with processing your International Driver's Permit in Eswatini. Contact their number on our website to find out about the steps for your application.

We offer the worldwide express shipment for International Driver's Permit in Eswatini. Zip code of your location must be provided to avoid delays. If you encounter issues with your International Driver's Permit for Eswatini, address it with customer service, and they will resolve it for you immediately.

Mlawula Nature Reserve

This scenic nature reserve offers a transitional journey as it stretches from Lowveld up into the Lebombo Mountains, where you can pass by different sceneries from dry savanna to green valleys and riverine forests. Within Mlawla, you’ll see 60 animal species including kudu, impala, wildebeest, and tortoises. Over 350 bird species also thrive here, and different varieties of plants. You can safely wander the hiking trails here as there are no roaming lions and elephants to scare you.

Driving directions from King Mswati III International Airport:

  • From King Mswati III International Airport, head north.
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit.
  • Turn left onto MR3.
  • Turn right.
  • Destination will be on the right.

Driving directions from Matsapha Airport:

  • From Matsapha Airport, get on MR3 in Matsapha from Police College Rd.
  • Follow MR3 to Lubombo Region.
  • Drive to your destination.

Driving directions from Nelspruit Airport, South Africa:

  • From Nelspruit Airport, South Africa, take Hermansburg Rd to Samora Machel Dr/R104 in West Acres, Nelspruit.
  • Take N4 and R570 to D797.
  • Continue on D797 to R571.
  • Continue on R571, then drive from MR24 to Lubombo Region, Eswatini.
  • Drive to your destination.

Getting to Mlawula Nature Reserve is easy; ensure you have your native driver’s licence and international driver’s licence. Districts you pass through at border crossings have checkpoints where they’d inspect your car and ask for your international driver’s licence in Eswatini or Swaziland. To get your international driver’s licence in Eswatini, contact the number on our contact page to help you with processing your IDP.

If you’re already in the country and decide you want to drive to get around, you can always do your application online through a completed form. Just provide us your native driver’s licence and a passport-sized photo of yourself.

Important Road Rules

Some minor roads in Eswatini are poorly-maintained, but the quality of your road adventure does not solely depend on the road condition, it’s also determined by your obedience to traffic laws, which only aims to protect drivers from any possible accidents inflicted by negligence of the road rules. Eswatini has a simple set of rules you can follow, even as a foreign driver. Below are some of the most important driving rules in the country.

Always carry your native driver’s license and IDP

Two of the most important driving documents to carry while accessing Eswatini’s public roads are your native driver’s license and IDP. With an international driver's licence for Eswatini, districts that are not accessible by public transportations are easily reachable with self-driven cars. It’s a direct translation of your native driver’s license into twelve widely spoken languages, most commonly understood by local officers.

An IDP from the International Drivers Association is affordable, which comes with different validity durations. At $49, you can get a one-year validity, $54 gives you a two-year validity, and $59 gives you a three-year validity. To start your application for an international driver’s licence for Eswatini, contact the number found on, our contact page.

Don’t go beyond indicated speed limits

Eswatini’s traffic law limits speed on public roads to 80 km/h on open roads, 60 km/h in towns, and 120 km/h on the highways. Reasonable speeding is only valid if you’re driving an ambulance or an emergency or rescue vehicle. Otherwise, going beyond the indicated speed limits will get you fined for violating the road rule. Be careful accessing remote areas as pedestrians tend to cross the road without warning.

Follow blood alcohol content limit

Or don’t drink at all; if you do, you must not have more than 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood in your system. The law prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol, as this could cause drivers to be more aggressive at driving or neglectful of driving rules. Drunk driving has been one of the leading causes of traffic accidents, which sometimes result in deaths. Don’t drink and drive, and make the road a safe and friendly zone for you and your fellow drivers.

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