​Expert Reviews – Hlane Royal NP

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Ariadne van Zandbergen   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: Dry season

Ariadne is a renowned African wildlife photographer whose work is featured in many well-known guidebooks and magazines.

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From King’s hunting ground to safe haven
Overall rating

This little park lacks true wilderness appeal: animals are kept in different drive-through areas and the road network is pretty limited. However, it is a great place to get up close to white rhinos. These large, primeval-looking beasts are so used to cars that nothing fazes them. This ensures you get to see behavior and interactions that are often more difficult to witness if animals are more wary. There are several very smooth rubbing posts around and we saw several rhinos using them to rid themselves of ticks and other parasites. We were lucky (or unlucky) enough to be in Hlane during the King’s annual visit to the park. This was obviously a big deal and while of cultural interest, it was quite disruptive.

Average Expert Rating

  • 3.4/5
  • Wildlife
  • Scenery
  • Bush Vibe
  • Birding

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