Close to South Africa, Swaziland is known for its adventure tourism. Picture: The Kingdom of Swaziland.

South Africans who want to travel to Swaziland will be glad to know that the country is only a road trip away.

Travel time from Johannesburg and Durban to Swaziland takes around 5 hours while a drive from Cape Town is 18 hours. The country offers an authentic Swazi culture. Here are some facts of the country you should know:

1: Swaziland is the smallest country in Africa. It is around 17,364 square kilometers and around 200 kilometres. It is slightly smaller than the state of Massachusetts

2: Swaziland has its own currency called the lilangeni, however it has the same fixed rates as the South African rand. Most businesses will accept either currency as payment.

3: Swaziland has two capital cities, Mbabne  and Lobamba. Mbabne is the officially recognised capital. It is also known as the administrative capital while Lobamba is the royal and legislative capital.

4: The kingdom of Swaziland gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1968.

5: Swaziland is also known as Ngwane.