Hlane Royal National Park
Size: 22,000 ha / 220 km2
Species Numbers: *100 Mammals *199 Birds *110 Reptiles
Big Five: 4 of the big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino are present
* Abundant and diverse bird life, including the highest density of nesting white-backed vultures in Africa and has the southernmost nesting site of the marabou stork
* Ideal stopover en-route to/from Mozambique or Kruger National Park
* Stunning large open-air restaurant that overlooks a waterhole frequented by elephant and white rhino
Hlane Royal National Park, home to the largest herds of game in the Swaziland Kingdom, encompasses 22,000 hectares of Swazi bushveld dominated by ancient hardwood vegetation. A network of self-drive game-viewing roads crisscross the park’s flat terrain, weaving between the vast bushveld expanse and shallow pans which attract great herds of animals during the dry winter months.
'Hlane' means 'Wilderness' in siSwati and has two rest camps: Ndlovu and Bhubesi, which allow you to get back to nature. Ndlovu Camp is found immediately inside Hlane Royal National Park's main gate; and Bhubesi Camp, a completely self-catering pristine camp located 14km from Ndlovu. The reserve also offers one or two nights fully catered Ehlatsini Bush Trails which are ideal for bush fanatics!
Situated roughly 67km (approx. 1 hour) northeast of Manzini along the MR3 road on the Lubombo route between the Kruger National Park and KwaZulu-Natal.
* The park is in a malaria area so take the necessary precautions
* Guests booked at Bhubesi Camp must check in at Ndlovu Camp before driving through to Bhubesi
* The park gate is open between sunrise and sunset only (approximately 6am-6pm depending on season)
* There are full ranges of activities available from guided mountain bike trails to an Umphakatsi Visit to the neighbouring real Chief's Village