Wildlife & Animals – 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.

Hlane’s flagship species include lion, elephant, white rhino, giraffe and hippo with good populations of zebra, blue wildebeest and warthog. The most common antelope is impala and they roam around in large herds. Other antelope often seen include greater kudu, nyala and waterbuck. Common duiker and bushbuck can be found in the thickets. Hyena are often heard at night, but rarely seen.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
ZebraCommon
LionOccasional
LeopardVery Rare
HyenaRare

Wildlife Highlights

Lions are kept in a large, separate enclosure and can be seen on a guided game drive. This means that sightings are pretty much guaranteed. Another highlight is the rhino drive, one of the activities on offer. Here, the focus is on the white rhino, with the opportunity to disembark the vehicle and approach a rhino on foot.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Hlane offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year. Many flagship species are kept in large enclosures, which makes viewing them almost guaranteed. The dry months of June to September, when vegetation is thin, are best to see the smaller creatures. August to September is a recommended time as temperatures are higher than in mid-winter and the animals are concentrated around water sources, making for excellent wildlife watching.

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