Hlane Royal National Park
In the vast bushveld expanse of eastern Swaziland where the hot, still sun of Africa beats on the dry but life-giving soils as it has for thousands of years, and the rumbling roars of the lions are heard in the cool dusky evenings, lies Swaziland's largest protected area, Hlane Royal National Park. Home to the largest herds of game in the Kingdom at Ndlovu Camp, there is an open-air restaurant and a game-viewing deck where one can sit back and enjoy the view of the animal life at the waterhole, a perfect place for sundowners, tasty meals and relaxation.
Try your hand at tracking the spoor of water buck or even elephant or rhino... probably the most exiting activity at Hlane is the guided walking safari with a Swazi field guide, and an inquisitive ostrich or two often accompany you! These are conducted from Ndlovu camp and often bring the walker into close contact with elephant and white rhino as well as a variety of other game. Hlane is home to lion, elephant and white rhino, with an abundant and diverse bird life, including the highest density of nesting white backed vultures in Africa. A network of self-drive game-viewing roads criss-cross the park's flat terrain, weaving between the 1000 year old hardwood vegetation and shallow pans which attract great herds of animals during the dry winter months. Guided walking safaris, mountain biking and game drives in Hlane's open Land Rovers are also available. Head for the bush and experience the sights and sounds of Hlane against the roar of Hlane's magnificent lions, the symbol of royalty and the pride of Swaziland.
We offer 2 camp site the Ndlovu Camp and the Bhubesi Camp.
The Ndlovu Camp is found immediately inside the main gate off the main tarred Simunye road through Hlane. The camp overlooks a waterhole, which, especially in winter, attracts a wide diversity of game including white rhino, elephant and giraffe. The camp is protected from big game by a three-strand electric cordon, which although not stopping smaller game movement, does keep the larger animals at bay. The camp is open has no electricity and is reminiscent of the old Kruger National Park rest camps, with abundant bird life and a relaxed communal atmosphere. Ndlovu Camp has thatched family rondavels, and smaller cottages all equipped for self-catering but with the option of a large open air restaurant providing delectable bushevled cuisine for groups and individuals.
Bhubesi Camp is found in the northwest corner of the park and can be reached either by internal park roads from the main gate. The camp overlooks the Umbuluzana River, with its reed beds and dense riverine vegetation and is private. Bhubesi Camp has six self-contained stone cottages with all the comfort of home, including electricity, in a pristine riverine setting.