Flights to Malkerns
Malkerns is a small rural area surrounded by farmland in western Swaziland. Though the place is quite small, there are several places for accommodations as tourists do tend to come through Malkerns as they are travelling across Swaziland.
Flights to Malkerns arrive at Swaziland’s main Matsapha Airport (airport code: MTS), which is about 13km away, in the city of Manzini. When coming from Johannesburg, you will basically have only one option for a flight to Malkerns, and that’s with South African Airways. They offer a non-stop flight to Malkerns that will take less than an hour. Alternatively, you could always rent a car and just drive the 325km to Malkerns.
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The Tourist Attractions of Malkerns:
Local Craft Shops
As a rural area, many residents sell hand-made crafts in Malkerns as a means of income. Several shops are filled with such items that make great souvenirs. Gone Rural, Swazi Candle’s and Boabob Batik are some of the better known ones. Just outside of town, the open-air Mahlanya market specializes in fruits and vegetables if you are shopping for something fresh to eat.
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Just to the north of Malkerns is the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, which is the most popular protected area in the country. Some parts of the park are open grassland, but you can also hike higher up the hilly slopes of Nyonyane Mountain for great views and new landscapes. The park extends across the river into the Mantenga Nature Reserve, and both areas have trails for hiking or horseback riding. There are also jeep trails in the lower portion of the park.
Ngwempisi Wilderness Area
Another nature park lies to the south of Malkerns, though it is a less-maintained area than the Mlilwane Park just mentioned. The central attraction of the park is the steep rocky river gorge that runs east to west through the middle. It’s a lovely and dramatic view, and quite a change from the surrounding areas.
The capital city is only a short drive to the north, and there you can find all the pleasures of the big city. Though there aren’t really any specific attractions in Mbabane, you can enjoy the busier atmosphere and find any additional supplies you perhaps could not find in Malkerns.
Malolotja National Park
And if you are heading north to Mbabane, it’s not much farther to the Malolotja National Park. Though the Mlilwane Park is closer, this area has far more wildlife to see. The landscape is mostly grassland with some low forest, and the animals are abundant. You will likely see wildebeest, zebra, leopard, small wild cats, and several species of antelope such as the reedbuck, hartebeest and oribi.
When Should You Visit?:
Most months are hot in Malkerns but you can plan your trip for the cooler season if you prefer more comfortable weather. It will be at least 28C (82F) during the daytime from December until early April. Then it dips to 22C (72F) in June and July which is better for most sightseeing. May and August are also very pleasant in Malkerns. Rain is not usually a problem, and it will be quite dry during the cooler months anyway.