Best Time to Visit – Hlane Royal NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored the Swaziland section of Lonely Planet's 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan researched and wrote about Swaziland for Lonely Planet.

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Hlane offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year. Many of the flagship species are kept in large drive-through enclosures, making them easy to find. However, the best wildlife viewing is during the dry winter months, from May to September. The bush thins out and animals gather around waterholes and rivers. Conditions tend to improve as winter progresses, and September is particularly lovely.

Best Time May to September (Dry season)
High Season December to January and July to August (It never gets very busy)
Low Season April to mid-June and September to November (Low season rates may apply)
Best Weather April to May and September to October (Mild weather and little rain)
Worst Weather June to August (Chilly mornings and nights) and December to February (Hot and humid)

May to September Dry Season – Winter

  • Wildlife viewing is at its best
  • Sunny skies and no rain
  • Mild daytime temperatures and low humidity
  • It is very dry and dusty
  • Early morning game drives in open vehicles are cold

October to April Wet Season – Summer

  • The scenery is green and fresh
  • There are many baby animals, and the wildlife is in good condition
  • Birding is excellent, and migratory birds are present
  • Wildlife viewing is not as good as during the Dry season
  • It is hot and humid in the middle of the day

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to Go to Swaziland by Major Park

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  • Hlane Royal National Park
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    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
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    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
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    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD

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