The Usutu Forest in Swaziland epitomises the overwhelming beauty and magnificent spectacles of nature that this wonderful African country has been blessed with. Settled on a vast area of nearly 65 000 ha, making it one of the largest planted forests in the world, Usutu Forest is mainly pine, embodying tranquillity and the purity of nature. Visitors travelling south from Mbabane via Mhlambanyatsi to Bunya can treat themselves to panoramic scenery and any bird-watching opportunities that will inevitably come their way.
Along the route through Usutu Forest, travellers will find many mini roadside markets selling a variety of Swazi and African handiwork and crafts; this has been proven to be the ideal way to learn about this amazing country and its fascinating history and traditions. Often times, those coming from outside of Swaziland find themselves intrigued by the stories that are told by the sellers of the ornate and classic items. While Usutu Forest is ideal for taking drives, marvelling at magnificent scenery and learning about the Swazi countryside, the forest also has easy access to a number of incredible tourist attractions on offer. These include Big Bend, Ezulwini, and Simunye.
Usutu is also surrounded by the country’s major game reserves like Hlane Game Sanctuary and Mlilwane Nature Reserve, as well as Piggs Peak, which is home to the popular Piggs Peak Casino. If you are looking for a way to escape the congestion of modern day life and need to re-energize your batteries, why not escape it all with a drive through Usutu Forest.