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Hlane Royal National Park

The Hlane Royal National Park of Swaziland lies in the East of the country and is under the protection of King Mswati III. The Reserve covers 22 000 ha of Swazi bushveld, dominated by ancient hardwood vegetation. It is home to elephant, lion, white rhino, giraffe and many other animals. Hlane also boasts a large variety of birds, including the highest density of nesting white backed vultures in Africa.

The name “Hlane” in the local siSwati language means “wilderness.” There are two camps, Ndlovu and Bhubesi.

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.

Bhubesi is located 14 km from Ndlovu Camp. The camp offers six self-contained and self-catering beautiful stone cottages with all the comforts of home.

Guests at both camps along with day visitors can take advantage of a wide range of activities - self-drive roads in the dry season, open Land Rover game drives, lion or rhino tours, guided mountain bike trails and birding walks.

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Hlane Royal National Park attractions

Members of the Swazi Royal Family, indicated by red feathers in their head dress, at the annual reed dance ceremony.


Swaziland, located in Southern Africa, is home to the siSwati-speaking Swazi nation. It was a British protectorate from 1906 until its full independence in 1968. It is a small landlocked kingdom of less than one million people, bordered by South Africa on three sides and Mozambique to the east.

Looking down the Lusutfu River in Swaziland near Big Bend, which gets its name from a major 90-degree turn in the course of the River.

Big Bend

The town Big Bend in the east of Swaziland derives it's name from the big bend in the Great Usuthu River where it meets the Lebombo Mountains. Tourist attractions close to Big Bend include a number of game reserves, cultural activities, sport and adventure activities.

View of the main centre and restaurant at Nisela Safaris, enroute between Big Bend and Swaziland's most southern border post with South Africa.

Nisela Safari Lodge

Nisela Safari Lodge is situated in the Lowveld near the southeastern border of Swaziland. It is right next to the main road from the Golela/Lavumisa Border post to Big Bend and Mbabane. This makes it an ideal stop over with a restaurant offering good refreshment facilities.