Hlane is ideal for: Guided Game Drives/Self-drive • Camping • Overlanders • Self-catering • Bird Watching • Stop-over en-route to/from Mozambique or Kruger National Park • Day Outings • Stunning Restaurant
Welcome to Hlane Royal National Park
Hlane Royal National Park, home to the largest herds of game in the Kingdom, encompasses 22,000 hectares of Swazi bushveld dominated by ancient hardwood vegetation. Home to Lion, Elephant, White Rhino, Giraffe and a whole host of other species, Hlane is also blessed with an abundant and diverse bird life, including the highest density of nesting white backed vultures in Africa.
'Hlane' means 'Wilderness' in siSwati and has two rest camps: Ndlovu and Bhubesi, which allow you to get back to nature.
Ndlovu is found immediately inside Hlane Royal National Park's main gate, easily accessible via the well-maintained tar Simunye road and offers a wide range of accommodation including camping, rondavels and self-catering cottages - all located near to a large open-air restaurant which overlooks a waterhole frequented by Elephant and White Rhino. It is romantically lit by candle and lanterns at night where the absence of electricity makes for an authentic stay in the bush.
Bhubesi is located 14km from Ndlovu Camp and can be accessed by self-driving through the parks internal roads. The camp encapsulates six self-contained and self-catering beautiful stone cottages with all the comforts of home, including electricity, in a pristine riverine setting.
Guests at both camps along with day visitors can take advantage of a wide range of activities - self-drive roads, Open Land Rover Game Drives, Lion or Rhino Tours, Guided Mountain Bike Trails, Birding Walks and the Umphakatsi Visit to the neighbouring real Chief's Village which all depart from the activity centre at Ndlovu Camp. Hlane also offers one or two night fully-catered Ehlatsini Bush Trails - ideal for bush fanatics!
Essential Information: Please note gates are open from Sunrise to Sunset.
Accommodation at Hlane
Camping at Ndlovu Camp
Ndlovu Camp offers a great-value and spacious camping ground with ample grass and tree coverage.
Ndlovu Camp - Wisteria Village En-suite Hut (Rondavel)
Wisteria Village encapsulates 14 twin en-suite Huts (Rondavels) close to a wonderful open air restaurant overlooking a waterhole frequented by game such as elephants and white rhino. Bedding & towels are provided. R/only & B&B rates available.
Ndlovu Camp - Self-Catering Double Cottage
Ndlovu Camp offers two self-catering (gas) double cottages (1 double bed in each) close to a waterhole frequented by game such as elephants and white rhino. Bedding & towels are provided. R/only rates available.
Ndlovu Camp - Self-Catering Group Cottage
Ndlovu Camp offers two self-catering (gas) group cottages (two twin rooms and two double rooms) close to a waterhole frequented by white rhino and elephant. Bedding & towels provided. R/Only rates available.
Ndlovu Camp - Self-Catering Family Cottage 'Big Hut'
Ndlovu Camp offers one self-catering family cottage (two double rooms and four singles) known as 'The Big Hut'. Bedding and towels are provided. R/only rate available.
Bhubesi Camp - Self-Catering Family Cottage
Bhubesi Camp encapsulates six beautiful self-contained & self-catering stone cottages with electricity, in a pristine & private riverine setting. Prior check-in at Ndlovu Camp by Hlane Entrance required (Bhubesi is approx. 14km from Ndlovu).
Activities at Hlane
Umphakatsi Cultural Experience (2.5hr)
Visit a real Chief's village for an authentic insight into Swazi culture.
Sunrise/Sunset Game Drive (2.5hr)
Capture beautiful photos of Hlane's flora and fauna on a Sunrise/Sunset Game Drive.
Midday Game Drive (2.5hr)
Enjoy a Swazi-guided Midday Game Drive to explore Hlane and its residents.
Rhino Game Drive (1.5hr)
Due to popular demand, Big Game Parks has launched this new Rhino Drive at Hlane Royal National Park. Highly recommended - book today to avoid disappointment.
Guided Birding Walk (2.5hr)
Enjoy an expert Swazi-guided Bird Walk through Hlane Royal National Park.
Guided Mountain Bike Trail (2.5hr)
Enjoy a Guided Mountain Bike Trail at Hlane Royal National Park. Includes bottled water and guide service.
Ehlatsini Catered Bush Trail (1 night)
This one night, fully-catered Sundwini fly camp offers guests the opportunity to get back to nature in Hlane, coming into contact with a wide variety of game under the expert guidance of a Swazi guide. Seasonal 1 April - 30 September.
Ehlatsini Catered Bush Trail (2 nights)
This two night, fully-catered Sundwini fly camp offers guests the opportunity to get back to nature in Hlane, coming into contact with a wide variety of game under the expert guidance of a Swazi guide. Seasonal 1 April - 30 September.
Dining at Hlane
Ndlovu Restaurant offers a wide range of dishes to suit every palate.
Prefer to cater for yourself? No problem, Hlane offers numerous self-catering accommodation options with cooking facilities to enable you to do just that. Just visiting for the day? Make use of the Braai facilities on site.
Special Occasion Cakes
Order your home-made Special Occasion cakes for collection and payment at Hlane Royal National Park gate today.
Hlane Gallery (click to expand)
Directions for Hlane
Directions from Lavumisa/Golela Border
Directions from Mahamba Border
Directions from Matsamo/Jeppe's Reef Border
Directions from Mkhaya Game Reserve
Directions from Sandlane/Nerston Border
Directions from Mbabane
Directions from Lomahasha/Namaacha Border
Directions from Mananga Border
Directions from Mhlumeni/Goba Border
Directions from Oshoek/Ngwenya Border
Directions from Emahlatini (Houtkop)/Sicunusa
Directions to Bhubesi Camp (via Public Road)
Reviews at Hlane
Becky & Jeetoo - on 02 October 2012
To everyone at Hlane, I was in the Canterbury Gold Duke of Edinburgh group that visited a few weeks ago. I just wanted to thank you very much for the effort everyone made during our visit. I really enjoyed every moment of our stay, and Hlane and all the people there will always hold a special place in my heart. I hope everything continues to go well and hopefully I can visit again someday. Thanks again
Toddy Landry - on 07 February 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Mkhaya and would steer others towards the reserve without hesitation. We actually spent time in all 3 reserves - Mlilwane, Hlane and Mkhaya. Each reserve offered a different sort of experience and we were thoroughly impressed by all three and by Swaziland as a whole.
Nqobile Siyaya - Swaziland on 04 January 2012
Hlane is so refreshing and has beautiful views!
Krappie Stoltz - SA on 20 August 2012
Beter and not so crowded as Kruger. The staff and managers are BRILLIANT. We must thank them and will be back end of August.
NOMBUSO NGIDI - SOUTH AFRICA on 30 July 2012
HLANE IS THE PARK THAT I LIKE TO VISIT WITH MY FRIENDS.
Andre Alleida van Wyk - SA on 05 May 2012
We spend the most beautiful 6 days at Hlane . Service was exellent and friendly. Thanks Hlane Managers for your amazing input about the park. We thoroughly enjoyed your stories!!! We will definitely be back soon.
Damien Mac Innes - South Africa on 11 April 2012
I have just spent my 4th year at Hlane reserve and every time I go I am amazed and extremely surprised by the amazing level of service from all the staff at the reserve, I only camp there and every need I have is sorted out better than I could expect. I would like to compliment the staff for the amazing time we have had at Hlane. So, thank you to everyone at Hlane and cant wait to see you all again.
Adina Golombeck - SA on 10 April 2012
We stayed in a chalet which was clean, well equipped and well serviced - I think, someone lighting oil lamps when it gets dark! Watching the hippos in the waterhole next to the camp is the perfect way to spice up your sundowner. A really recommendable place! Great for a stopover on the way to Mozambique.
Khethukulunga Msibi - Swaziland on 05 April 2012
I loved how close our cottage was to the watering hole at Ndlovu camp. To wake up and see the elephants, rhinos and hippos about 50 metres away and the sound of the roaring lions all night long was a thrill.
Nomsa Thabethe - South Africa on 02 April 2012
Hlane Royal National Park was excellent!
Wuthrid Neria - Switzerland on 31 January 2012
We enjoyed our stay and the staff were very friendly.
Gabriele Auer - Germany on 30 January 2012
Staff very nice and friendly
Neil Grobler - South Africa on 23 December 2011
Thanks to Napoleon for a super day, we will return and bring friends.
Chris Underwood - Swaziland on 12 December 2011
Very good been coming since 1992!
G Oliemai - Holland on 01 December 2011
It has been my third visit I will return
Forrester - South Africa on 29 November 2011
Very nice staff, we always stop here and love it.
Mr Justin B - New Zealand on 19 March 2011
Its was fantastic. Such a great place to relax for a few days. Everyone was very pleasant and having the various animals so close was special.
Mr Andrew N. - United States on 13 September 2010
Really liked the Ndlovu Camp. It was a perfect Africa experience, especially with the oil lamps.
Mrs Yolanda B. - Spain and Canary Islands on 01 June 2010
Very nice place, very quiet and the place wonderful.