Perched on a mountain-top in Sidwashini, about a 10-15 minute drive from the Swazi capital of Mbabane, is a small gathering of colourful houses and buildings. That’s Waterford Kamhlaba. Originally designed by renowned architect Amancio (Pancho) Guedes, Waterford has grown as much in physical size as it has in student numbers.
Our diversity is reflected in the over 600 students from 60 different countries currently on our campus. Eighty percent of those students come from the African continent from diverse social and economic backgrounds.
The campus has exceptional sports, arts and learning facilities. It is also home to an incredible blend of indigenous flora and fauna. Hiking trails up the school’s peak provide an incredible view of Swaziland’s picturesque landscape. Waterford has a bus service that allows students to shop and socialise in the capital city, Mbabane, twice a week.
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The Waterford community is highly influenced by the social, historical and cultural context of Swaziland. The ‘one world’ (‘Kamhlaba’) that exists at the top of this Swazi mountain is that of international integration within a Swazi setting. Students are encouraged to explore the country and its culture and many Waterford alumni (both Swazi and otherwise) return here after university to work or settle.
Swaziland can be accessed through several border entry points from South Africa or Mozambique, and by air from South Africa (OR Tambo International Airport to King Mswati III International Airport - Sikhuphe)
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Travelling from Oshoek/Ngwenya (the nearest road border post from Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa. The journey should take you approximately four hours): Head southeast down the highway (MR3) towards Mbabane for about 20 kilometres. At Junction 9 take the off-ramp and turn right under the bridge – Waterford Kamhlaba is then sign-posted.
From Maputo, Mozambique (two entry points, Lomahasha and Mhlumeni border posts. The journey should take you approximately 2 hours from Maputo): Drive to Manzini, and take the highway to Mbabane (MR3). Drive up to Sidwashini off-ramp (Junction 9) and take left then right (follow Waterford Kamhlaba sign post).
Travelling from King Mswati III (KM III) International Airport: There are three daily flights from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport to KM III. An airport shuttle is available to from KM III to Mbabane’s Galp Filling Station Bus Stop. From there you can take a taxi or arrange a rental car. Connect to the Mbabane-Manzini Highway and head northwest towards Ngwenya Border Post. At Junction 9 take the off ramp and turn left – Waterford Kamhlaba is then signposted.
Visa and passport controls
Citizens of Commonwealth countries generally do not require a visa to visit Swaziland. However, it is advisable that you ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport and visa (where applicable).
Important information for applying for a South African Visa
Many visitors to Swaziland require a Visa to enter South Africa, even if it’s just in transit. Please verify if you require one. If you are travelling with children, you should have the correct documentation to cross the South African border. Information on Visa and other immigration requirements can be found on the South African Department of Home Affairs website.