Swaziland has excellent farming and ranching land, and 80% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture. Sugarcane is grown on plantations, mainly for export. Other important crops are cotton, corn, tobacco, rice, citrus fruits, pineapples, sorghum, and peanuts. Cattle and goats are raised in large numbers. The pine and eucalyptus forests of the high veld yield timber and wood pulp. The country has several nature reserves, and tourism is being developed.
Coal mining and stone quarrying are important; Swaziland’s other mineral resources include asbestos, clay, cassiterite (tin ore), gold, and diamonds. Industry consists chiefly of food processing and the manufacture of soft drink concentrates, textiles and apparel, and consumer goods. The country’s chief exports are soft drink concentrates, sugar, wood pulp, cotton yarn, refrigerators, citrus, and canned fruit. Imports include motor vehicles, machinery, transportation equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products, and chemicals.
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Country Population: 1,032,000
Country Capital: Lobamba (Royal and Legislative) & Mbabane (Administrative)
Swaziland’s Top 10
1. Discover amazing Wildlife in any one of the many Game Parks
2. View elephant swimming from the Boat cruise on Lake Jozini
3. Visit a local Zulu homestead
4. Pamper yourself with an Africology Body Ritual in the Spa
5. Hike to the top of Ghost Mountain learn about the Battle of Tshaneni and view the Spectacular Scenery
6. Enjoy a sundowner from the top of the Lebombo cliffs watching the sunset across the valley and mountains in the distance
7. Learn to Stick Fight with Local Zulu Boys
8. Explore Mkhuze Game Reserve on foot
9. Go back to School. Attend a class at Mtwazi Combined School
10. Seek out some of the 143 species of Birds in this Birding Mecca