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Hlane is a the Kingdom's largest protected area and together with its neighbouring parks makes up the vast bushveld expanse known as the Lubombo Conservancy. Here in eastern Swaziland the hot, still rhythm of Africa beats on as it has for thousands of years. However, it is a modern day conservation success story that has seen this area survive competing land-use claims - sugar farming, mining and cattle-ranching. The fact that the roar of the lion, symbol of the Swazi King, now reverberates across the lowveld again - is a fascinating story, which will keep you enthralled. Visit Hlane, see the displays, read the park's history and enjoy the tale of two wise Swazi Kings, who've entrusted this park for the Swazi Nation, their children and their children's children.

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. Hlane, named by King Sobhuza II, extends for 30,000 hectares and is home to lion, elephant, white rhino, leopard, giraffe, hippo, crocodile and a wealth of smaller species. Birdlife is abundant and includes the highest density of nesting white backed vultures in Africa.

Guided walking safaris, mountain biking trails and 4x4 game-viewing are highlights, whilst almost all areas of the park are accessible by ordinary self-drive sedan during the dry season.

Hlane consists of a main restcamp called Ndlovu ("elephant" in siSwati), a series of self-catering cottages at a site called Bhubesi ("lion" in siSwati) and some remote 4x4 campsites.

A hot tip from your local connection: wake up before dawn at Ndlovu Camp, pack a picnic breakfast and drive out to Mahlindza Waterhole (4km). Sip a hot coffee in the bird hide whilst the mist over the waterhole clears, then sit quietly whilst herds of game emerge blinking in the early sunlight. It's so quiet you can hear drinking.

Another hot tip from your local connection: visit the same waterhole at sunset, but use the viewing area to the east of the waterhole. Catch a classic image of a hippo waving its jaws in the air whilst silhouetted against golden ripples of a setting sun.

Hlane Royal National Park is situated in the east of Swaziland and is part of the vast Lubombo Conservancy area. Hlane is crossed by the main routes south from the Kruger National Park and west from Maputo, Mozambique.

 

GPS coordinates for Hlane National Park are:    26°15'39.24"S and 31°52'46.62"E.

Please read our detailed directions on how to reach Hlane Royal National Park below:

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Hotel Address: Hlane Royal National Park , Simunye

Getting there

DIRECTIONS FROM JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG TO HLANE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK

Head towards Witbank on the N12 or N4. Pass Witbank and Middleburg, and take the R33 turn-off towards Carolina. On exiting Carolina stay with the R33 which turns right straight after the railway line. 41km further on turn left at the T-junction towards Warburton on the N17. This road leads directly to the Oshoek border post. Continue on this road (MR3)which leads to Mbabane. Continue straight on the MR3, Mbabane/Manzini highway. Travel for approximately 35 kms before you will reach Manzini. Travel straight through Manzini, do not take any turn-off's, this road (MR3) leads straight towards Simunye/Hlane. As you exit Manzini, you have approximately 70 km before you will reach the turn-off to Ndlovu Camp, Hlane Royal National Park on your left. Soon after you have taken this turn, you will reach the main gate.

OPTIONAL ROUTE - Head towards Witbank on the N12 or N4. Pass Witbank and Middelburg. Instead of taking the R33 to Carolina, continue on the N4 past Nelspruit and Malelane towards Komatipoort. At Komatipoort take the R571 towards the Mananga border post. Follow the MR24 from the border past Tshaneni and Mhlume. After about 45 kms you will reach a t-junction, turn right onto the MR3, which leads past the Simunye Sugar Estate. Once you've turned right, travel for approximately 30 kms before you will see the turn-off to Ndlovu Camp, Hlane Royal National Park, on your right.



DIRECTIONS FROM DURBAN, KWA-ZULU NATAL TO HLANE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK

Take the N2 North towards Pongola. 20 Kilometres before Pongola, turn right towards the Golela border post. Follow the MR8 into Swaziland towards Big Bend. Shortly after Big Bend, take the MR16 towards Siteki. Travel on this road until you reach a t-junction where you will turn onto the MR7 for a short while which will bring you to another t-junction. Turn right onto the MR3 towards Hlane. Travel for approximately 25 kms before you will reach the turn-off to Hlane Royal National Park on your left. Soon after you have taken this turn, you will reach the main gate.



DIRECTIONS FROM NELSPRUIT, MPUMALANGA TO HLANE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK

From Nelspruit, follow the N4 in an easterly direction. Take the R570 turn-off right after Malelane. This road leads directly to Jeppes Reef border post. Follow MR1 road through Pigg's Peak. Approximately 50km past Pigg's Peak you will reach a T-junction where you turn left onto the MR3 towards Mbabane. ontinue on the Mbabane/Manzini highway. Travel for about 35 kms before you reach Manzini. Travel straight through Manzini, do not take any turn-off's, this road leads straight towards Simunye/Hlane. As you exit Manzini, you have approximately 70 km before you will reach the turn-off to Hlane Royal National Park on your left. Soon after you have taken this turn, you will reach the main gate.

OPTIONAL ROUTE - Head towards Komatipoort on the N4. At Komatipoort take the R571 towards the Mananga border post. Follow the MR24 from the border past Tshaneni and Mhlume. After about 45 kms you will reach a t-junction, turn right onto the MR3, which leads past the Simunye Sugar Estate. Once you've turned right, travel for approximately 30 kms before you will see the turn-off to Ndlovu Camp, Hlane Royal National Park, on your right

 

DIRECTIONS FROM MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE TO HLANE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK

Depart Maputo on the EN2 past Matola and Boane. Approximately 5km after Boane turn left onto the EN5, passing the quarry on your right. A further 16.5km onwards turn left onto the road to Goba. Continue straight with this road to enter Swaziland at the Goba/Mhlumeni border post. From the border take the MR7 to Siteki and continue with it past Siteki and down the mountain to its junction with the MR3. Turn right here towards Simunye. This main road (MR3) road leads straight into Hlane Royal National Park which you will reach after 9.3km. Enter the park and stay on the main road until after another 6km turn left onto a dirt road that leads to the park reception area.