Swaziland’s Big Game Parks give us 10 great reasons to visit the country’s Hlane Royal National Park. Encompassing 22,000 hectares dominated by ancient hardwood vegetation, Hlane is home to the largest herds of game in the Kingdom of Swaziland, including Lion, Elephant, Rhino and Giraffe – as well as abundant bird life.
Find out more about this hidden gem below:
1. Pristine, unspoiled natural area. The name ‘Hlane’ in siSwati means ‘Wilderness’, Big Game Parks have done well to preserve Hlane and keep it, exactly that, a beautiful wilderness.
2. Perfect getaway from stressed urban living- Hlane offers two peaceful camps, Bhubesi and Ndlovu which are both tucked away from the ‘hustle and bustle’ of everyday life.
3. With family and group cottages at both Ndlovu and Bhubesi-Hlane is the ideal park to spend quality time with family and loved ones.
4. Situated 55 KM away from the Goba border post- making Hlane a great place to take a break either on your way to or from Mozambique.
5. If it’s a taste of Swazi culture you’re after then Hlane is a must- home to some of the best traditional dancers in Swaziland, you don’t want to miss out on this experience!
6. Host to the annual Marula Festival-a festival of “fruits fit for the king!”
7. The Royal Hunt (Butimba)- A cultural event culminating the hunting season in Swaziland whereby the King and Regiments hunt antelope using traditional weapons.
8. Home of the Swazi Lions- Hlane is the only place within Swaziland to view these magnificent animals.
9. Hlane is also host 4 to the big 5- having Lions, Elephants, Rhino and Leopard. The only park within Swaziland where you will get to see them all!
10. For the bird and nature enthusiasts, Hlane hosts the southernmost nesting site of the marabou stork- a sight in itself to behold.