Hlane Royal National Park

Hlane Royal National Park 
Held in trust for the Nation by His Majesty King Mswati III.

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. Hlane, named by King Sobhuza II, with its adjacent dispersal areas covers 30 000 hectares of Swazi bushveld, dominated by ancient hardwood vegetation. 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.

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Hlane Royal National Park
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 Rover's 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.

Hlane Wildlife and Birds 
His people know the King of Swaziland as ‘iNgwenyama’, the Lion, and this very creature can be seen and heard at Hlane with its majestic stance and mighty roar.
Hlane supports four of the Big Five: Lion, leopard, elephant and rhino. Lion were reintroduced to Swaziland after an absence of 30 years on the 9th of February 1994. During the course of 1995, leopard and cheetah joined the lion at Hlane. A herd of young elephant were re-introduced to Hlane and are often seen close to Ndlovu Camp. These are significant events for the conservation of the Kingdom’s wildlife.

Fantastic sightings of white rhino can often be seen – especially at the waterhole at Ndlovu Camp. There are small populations of rhino, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, hyena, as well as large populations of zebra, wildebeest, impala, kudu, warthog, and duiker. Also to be seen are many smaller mammals, baboon, vervet monkey, ostrich, steenbok, nyala, bushbuck and waterbuck. Jackals and hyenas also play their very important role in the ecology of the park.

Bird life is prolific with large red-billed quelea nesting colonies during season and the densest populations of birds of prey in the Kingdom, including bateleur and martial eagle and no less than five vulture species. The nesting density for the white-backed vulture is the highest in the whole of Africa! The most southerly nesting colony of marabou stork is also found at Hlane.

Supporting Hlane’s abundant wildlife is the fascinatingly diverse fauna and flora, including some of Africa's finest Knobthorn (Acacia Nigrescens) parkland and prime Swazi bushveld, dominated by ancient hardwood vegetation in the form of giant Leadwoods and Tamboti's.