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Hlane National park is the largest national park in Swaziland. The park was formerly a private game reserve set aside for the royal family. The park was named after the lush wilderness which is what defines the park’s habitat.
The park protects an area of 30,000ha of Swaziland bushveld in eastern part of Swaziland. Other parts of the park are covered in leadwood, tambuti and shallow water pans. the shallow water pans attract animals especially during the dry season.
Hlane game reserve is located 67km north east of Mazini. There is a highway crossing through the park Manzini Lomahasha highway while the park gate is located 4km south of Simuye town.
There are several mammals in the park and they include lion, white rhino, crocodiles, wildebeest, impala, elephant, leopard, zebra, cheetah, buffalo, wild boar, giraffe and other species of antelopes.
Different species of birds are resident and others recorded as migrants to the park. Some of the notable species include martial eagles, white headed vulture, long crested eagles, bateleurs, marabou stork and cape vultures…to mention a few.
Guided walking safaris, mountain biking trails and 4×4 game-viewing are highlights, whilst almost all areas of the park are accessible by ordinary self-drive sedan during the dry season.
The park is open 6am to 6pm although prior booking is recommended.
There is accommodation in the park with 2 camps and lodges. Ndlovu Rest camp (meaning elephant” in siSwati) offers tented accommodation with restaurant and game viewing deck. There is also a set of self-catering cottages and camp at Bhubesi (“lion” in siSwati)-18km from Ndlovo camp.
Food and supplies can be bought from Simunye shopping centre. Although not as well stocked as the city supermarkets, the supermarket here can provide a lot of the
All activity departures are coordinated from the main gate reception. Activities can be pre-booked in advance.