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Pick-up info: This tour/activity departs from the Swazi Trails office in Ezulwini. Free pick-up's are offered from nearby lodges and hotels, when logistically possible.  Pick-up's and drop-off's further afield may attract an additional charge. All pick-up's must be specifically pre-arranged in advance by "Special Request".

This Swaziland Safari offered by Swazi Trails, is an ideal way to explore Hlane Royal National Park, home to populations of lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, hippo, crocodile, hyena and many other species of wildlife. The Hlane Game Parks is Swaziland's largest conservation area at over 30 000ha. Hlane is held in trust for the Swazi Nation by His Majesty King Mswati III. 

A network of game-viewing roads criss-cross the game reserve's flat terrain, weaving between 1,000-year old hardwood vegetation and past shallow pans which attract great herds of animals during the dry winter months.

Swazi Trails have been running day tours to Hlane Royal National Park since 1987 and are well acquainted with the best ways to get value out of this high-quality game-viewing sanctuary.

  • Pickup location: 

    Pick-up info: This tour/activity departs from the Swazi Trails office in Ezulwini. Free pick-up's are offered from nearby lodges and hotels, when logistically possible.  Pick-up's and drop-off's further afield may attract an additional charge. All pick-up's must be specifically pre-arranged in advance by "Special Request".

  • Drop-off location: 

    Tours return to the Swazi Trails office at the Mantenga Craft Centre, Ezulwini. There is safe parking for vehicles. A hotel or lodge drop off  in the Ezulwini, Mbabane and Manzini areas can be arranged at an additional charge.

    Free drop offs are often provided when logistically possible, especially for larger groups or for participants accommodated in the direction of the tour departure.

     

  • Pickup time: (7.00 AM - 7.30 AM)
  • Drop-off time: (5.00 PM - 5.30 PM)

Itinerary

Hlane Royal National Park is approximately 1.5 hours from Ezulwini/Mbabane. During the transfer your driver will point out many interesting features as the tour crosses Swaziland from west to east. On arrival at Hlane our recommended itinerary kicks off with a 2.5 hour guided walk to see game up close on foot. This is undertaken under the guidance of a Hlane park ranger. A variety of antelope can be seen, giraffe, warthog and more.

A picnic lunch is then enjoyed at Mahlindza Waterhole in a viewing hide overlooking the water hole.

This full day of game-viewing concludes with an open vehicle tour of the big game areas lion, where again regular close game-viewing and photographic opportunities exist for lion, elephant, hippo, white rhino and more. This tour lasts for approximately 2.5 hours and is undertaken with a game-drive vehicle supplied by the park.

Thereafter Swazi Trails provide a return transfer to Ezulwini, with optional drop-offs in Manzini, Malkerns or Mbabane.

Map

Map of Swaziland showing location of Swazi Trails offices

Cancellation Policy

For Swazi Trails operated services, cancellations made 21 days or more in advance of arrival, will incur an administration fee of no more than 10% of the value of the amount paid. If cancelled within 14-20 days, 25% of the total price is forfeited, if within 7-13 days, 50% of the total price is forfeited, if within 0-6 days, 100% of the total price is forfeited.

Children policy

The policy at Hlane Royal National Park is that children under the age of 13 years may not participate in the guided walks for safety reasons. Similarly children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on open vehicle game drives.

For families whose younger members are unable to participate in all game-viewing activities, Swazi Trails are happy to entertain these children in the Ndlovu Camp area from where all trips depart. The camp in fact has some very interesting interpretive trails, displays and wildlife activities and is ideal for this purpose.  

Swazi Trails pricing policy sees children under the age of 13 years paying 50% of the adult price, provided that they are accompanied by two full-paying adults.

Participant Guidelines

Tick repellent and sun protection cream is advisable, with good walking shoes highly recommended.

Other Disclosures

Swazi Trails use air-conditioned Hyundai H1 or Toyota Quantum vehicles for the transfer to Hlane. An 8 - 10 seater open safari vehicle is used for game viewing within the reserve. Protective netting is provided on the sides of this vehicle.

Park might be inaccessible on some occasions due to heavy rain. Full refund will be given in this event, for tours we are forced to cancel in advance.

The picnic lunch comprises of a chicken/mayo filled breadroll, a cheese & tomato filled breadroll, an apple, a chocolate, bottled water, a soda and a beer (for those that prefer). There is the option of various lunch menu items at the Ndlovu Camp restaurant which can be bought at the travellers on cost. Some travellers who skip breakfast like to use our picnic lunch packets as a breakfast snack pack and then top-up with a lunch at the park. Just advise your guide if this is your preference.