In Swaziland, the majority of transport is done by vehicle or minibus.
Kombis, or minibuses, are common, although they may be perplexing. These are tiny vans that, like comparable forms of transportation throughout the globe such as the jitney, matatu, or dolmus, collect as many passengers as possible while moving in a general direction. These vans are often driven by relatively young men in Swaziland, and most have helpers who estimate and collect fares, inquire about your route, and change money.
As of January 2008, prices vary from SZL5 for 5 minute rides to SZL10 for 30 minute journeys to SZL30 for longer trips. It’s very improbable that you’ll get overcharged.
Expect packed seats, loud radios, and sometimes erratic driving. If bigger Sprinter vans are available, they are a safer and quicker option.
Minibuses are frequently flagged down on major highways. Larger cities are often used as minibus hubs or linkages. Manzini, Mbabane, Pigg’s Peak, Nhlangano, Siteki, and Big Bend are also major centers. Finding the right bus may be difficult, so if you’re having trouble, inquire quietly. The front bumpers of kombis usually have destinations inscribed on them. Young guys will shout out the destinations and be helpful in directing you to the proper kombi at a bus station (or bus queue), but always double verify with the passengers. You will be encouraged to keep an eye on your things, since such locations, such as all bus terminals throughout the globe, have disproportionately higher crime rates. At night, stay clear from these bus stops.
Traveling after dark is very tough. The only other alternative is to take a cab. Keep a few of taxi driver’s phone numbers on hand if you’re staying in Mbabane or Manzini. Taxi drivers have a tendency to overcharge.