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Hlane Royal National Park

Hlane Royal National Park is located in the Kingdom of Swaziland, an independent country in the north-east of South Africa. Hlane Royal National Park covers an area of ​​22 000 hectares and consists mainly of Bushveld with some very old trees. The park includes lions, elephants, white rhinos, giraffes, jackals, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, zebras, monkeys and several types of antelope; it also has a variety of bird species.

In the park there are two camps: Ndlovu and Bhubesi. Ndlovu is located at the entrance of the park and consists of various accommodations such as camping, rondavels and self-catering cottages. There is also an open-air restaurant where you can eat a snack while you look out over a waterhole where elephants and rhinos regularly come to drink. In the evening, the camp is lit by lanterns and candles as there is no electricity. It is an authentic stay in the bush. Bhubesi is 14 kilometres away and has 6 self-catering stone cottages that are fully furnished and equipped with electricity.

Whether you spend the night in the park or whether you are a day visitor going to the park, various activities are offered from Ndlovu. You can explore the park with your own car on the existing paths, or you can take a game drive in an open Land Rover with a knowledgeable guide. You can also take a mountain bike tour along with a Swazi guide to find the animals in the park (2.5 hours) or guided stroll to spot particular birds (1.5 hours). Game drives are at sunrise, sunset or in the afternoon which takes 2.5 hours and are open to children from 6 years.

For those in good shape and those who want an adventure in the bush, there is the Ehlatsini Bush Trail of 1 or 2 nights. You walk with an experienced Swazi guide by the Greater Hlane Park which includes zebras, kudu, giraffe, nyala, wildebeest and a variety of birds in the beautiful African savannah. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but you have to arrange your own snacks and water, and you will need to bring it. You should bring a sleeping bag and pillow and keep in mind that there are no toilet facilities, so camping really.

An activity of a different nature is a visit to a nearby authentic Swazi village to learn about their lifestyle and customs. In Hlane Umphakatsi (chief-Village) For example, you can see how the women mill flour and weave with grasses, and you can also get to know the music and dance of the Swazis. An excursion takes 2.5 hours and is for all ages, which you can book through Ndlovu Camp.

Your holiday begins at South Africa Specialist.