Expat guide to Swaziland, the healthcare, education, expat clubs & more



Swaziland is a super small Kingdom completely landlocked by South Africa. If you’re stationed as an expatriate there you will be amazed at some of the scenery, the African bush and the animals. The cultural experience will be one of the best ones. We have some information that will help you settle into Swaziland. 


Expat Clubs

There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Swaziland and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com.

International Schools 

Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa

Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa is a remarkable and pioneering secondary school based in Mbabane, Swaziland. For almost 50 years it has provided exceptional opportunities for academic achievement, personal growth and leadership development for students from across southern Africa and beyond.

Curriculum: IB

Tel: (+268) 2422 0866/7/8

Website: www.waterford.sz

Montessori International School

Our school was established in 1995 in Mbabane. It is fully equipped with authentic learning areas: Practical Life, Math, Sensorial, Language, Cultural, and Art. The school has 7 trained teachers, and an assistant. It serves children age18 months- 6 years. There are at present 70 students registered at school, from over 10 different countries around the world.

Address: 444 Featerstone street Mbabane

Tel: (+268) 404 8647

Email: [email protected] 

Website: www.montessori.ac.sz

Sifundzani School

Sifundzani High School is a fifteen-year-old co-educational multi-faith but Christian-based independent school situated about 5km from the 29 years-old primary school campus, along the Fonteyn Road in the city of Mbabane in Swaziland.

Tel: +268 404 1157

Email: [email protected]  / [email protected]

Website: www.sifundzanihigh.ac.sz

Usutu Forests Primary

Usutu Forests Primary School intends to offer an education which caters for the total development of the child. The school believes in the acceptance and appreciation of individuals of every culture, creed, sex and race and values the right to education for all. We believe that change is a constant factor of life and that education should develop personal values and thinking process that will enable intelligent participation in a changing world.

Address: Jabula Crescent, Mhlambanyatsi

Tel: (00268) 24674134

Fax: (00268) 24674192

Website: www.usutuprimary.ac.za

Local News in English

Newstime Africa

Newstime Africa was founded to bridge the information gap that existed around news coverage on Africa, and provide a balanced medium for Africans to get their news from one authoritative source. With the introduction of the print publication: the Newstime Africa Magazine, Newstime Africa is poised to reach Africans around the world in unprecedented ways, enabling them to keep abreast with news and events happening across the region.

Website: www.newstimeafrica.com

Swazi Observer

The Swazi Observer Newspaper Group was established in 1981 and is 100% owned by Tibiyo Taka Ngwane, a Swazi Nation company that is a major player in the Economic development of the country with investments in all the sectors of the economy.

Website: www.observer.org.sz

Country Information 

Location: Africa

Capital City: Mbabane

Other Important Cities: Lobamba

Currency: English, Swati

Language: Dutch

Calling Code: +268

Internet TLD: .sz

Electricity: 230V 50Hz

Emergency Numbers:    999


Country Information


Embassy Information

Are you looking for an embassy in Swaziland? We used this website useful when searching for our local embassies...


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

The Swazi Ministry of Home affairs has detailed visa information for all expatriates.

Click here for the visa application form www.gov.sz/images/visa.pdf

Lick here for the residence permit application form www.gov.sz/images/residence.pdf

Documents required:

Temporal Residence Permit Requirements

Business person- PART II

1.    Complete Application Form (Form 3)

2.    Memorandum of Association

3.    Two Passport photos

4.    Covering Letter of Application

5.    Original Police Clearance From Country of origin

6.    Lease Agreement

7.    Medical Certificate

8.    Certificate of Incorporation Form J.& Form C

9.    Passport Copy

N.B. All documents are to be certified

Employees PART I

1.    Complete Application Form (Form 3)

2.    Two Passport Size Photos

3.    Covering Letter of Application From Employer

4.    Proof of Advert of post (Full Page)

5.    Original Police Clearance from Country Of Origin (Internationally Recognised)

6.    Qualification Certificates (Copies)

7.    Medical  Certificate

8.    Certificate of  Incorporation Form J.& Form C

Special Pass

1.    Complete Application Form (Form10)

2.    Copy of Recent Appeal

3.    Application Letter

4.    Two photos

5.    Passport Copy



1.    Complete Application Form (Form 6)

2.    Copy of Residence Status documents (Guardian)

3.    Two Passport Size Photos

4.    Covering Letter of Application from Guardian

5.    Copy of Marriage Certificate

6.    Police Clearance from Country of Origin (Above 18 years )

7.    Medical Certificate

8.    Passport Copy

N.B. All copies to be certified



1.    Complete Application Form (Form 10)

2.    Two Passport Size Photos

3.    Letter From School/Institution

4.    Support Letter From Ministry of Education

5.    Police Clearance from Country of Origin (Above 18 years)

6.    Medical Certificate

7.    Passport Copy

N.B. All copies to be certified

Visitor’s Pass

1.    Complete Application Form (FORM 10)

2.    Two Passport Size Photos

3.    Letter of Application from Host

4.    Residence Status Document of Host e.g. Temporary Residence Permit

5.    Medical Certificate

6.    Passport Copy

N.B. All Copies to be Certificate


It is more expensive to live in the city centre, than outside of it. A one bedroom Apartment in the city centre is around 3000 South African Rand (ZAR), and a 3 bed apartment will cost 6000ZAR.

Real estate agencies

Pam Golding | www.pamgolding.co.za/real-estate/swaziland/property-sales-rentals

Remax | www.remax.co.za/Property-in-Swaziland

Driving License

Expats can drive legally using their home country’s driving license or an international driving permit.

For more information on driving in Swaziland visit www.driverabroad.com/countries/driving-in-africa/swaziland


Swaziland does not have the best healthcare and it is advisable to go to nearby South Africa for treatment. More than 50% of the Swazi adult population in HIV positive and life expectancy is not very high.

There are total number of 6 Government Hospitals and 2 Mission Hospitals in Swaziland,  3 of which are Referral Hospitals, according to the Ministry of Health.

Referral Hospitals:  Mbabane Government Hospital, Psychiatric Government Hospital and TB Hospital

Others are:  Hlathikhulu Government Hospita( Shiselweni region), Mankayane Government Hospital (Manzini Region), Pigg’s Peak Government Hospital (Hhohho region)

Mission Hospitals: Good Shepherd Mission Hospital (Lubombo region), Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital (Manzini region)


Good Shepard Hospital

The Good Shepherd Hospital Board is led by Mr GN Duke. Its aims to ensure that professional standards are maintained in the Hospital through appointing senior staff, reviewing hospital budgets and policies, and ensuring appropriate governance is in place.

Address: Maphunwane Road, Siteki, L300

Tel: +268 23 434 133

Website: www.gsh.org.sz

Hlatikulu Government Hospital

Address: Manzini, M200

Tel: +268 0268 221 7611 1

Mankayane Government Hospital

Address: Mankayane, M206

Tel: +268 0268 253 8831 1

Mbabane Government Hospital

Address: Hospital Hill, Mbabane, H100

Tel: +268 24 042 111

Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital

Address: Dr David Hynd Road, Manzini, M200

Tel: +268 25 052 211