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“A waterhole of note”

Hlane Royal National Park
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We stayed in the Self catering rondavel, which was neat, clean and very reasonable.
We looked onto a waterhole, frequented by impala, nyala, hippo, Rhino and elephant. In essence we need not have gone on game drives. But we did a self drive and saw most antelope, wildebeest and giraffe. We also did a game drive through the establishment the guide was Johannes (Jo) who was very knowledgeable and he spotted lion and we were approx. 3 metres away from a lion and lioness, mating. What an experience. The staff were friendly and helpful. The restaurant was limited in choice. All in all the experience was wonderful.

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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Comfortable dining room overlooking a water hole, visited by so many animals you hardly need to leave the camp. A further water hole a short drive away is even better for the number of animanls. The rooms are comfortable and there is also the possibility to camp and self cater (there is quite a large supermarket 15 minutes down the road)

2  Thank szpilling
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights after we visited Kruger Park. We stayed in the bhubesi camp, about half an hour drive from the main ndlovu camp. Bhubesi camp is really lovely, a quiet place overlooking a little river with nice spacious stone houses.
The Rhino's here are not to miss, its almost a challenge not to see a rhino here.
But our dissappointment came when we went on a game drive. They took us to the lion compound which is fenced off from the rest. We were driving along the fence as one male lion and 3 lionesses came running (!) past us. Although this was a nice sighting, it made us wonder why they were running and why we drove of in the opposite direction... Sitting in the back of the vehicle we saw the lions running to a spot at the fence where they were being fed by some guys on a tractor from behind the fence. When I asked the guide about this he said he didnt know what was happening... but we drove of quickly, and after a detour we drove back to the fence, where we found the lions with parts of some antilope.
We were stunned... if we want to see lions being fed by humans, we will go to the Zoo... When asking the guide, he said the lions caught a weak animal... Yeah right...

So I recommend this park for the antilopes and rhino's and birds... But for real, unspoilt lions please go to a bigger park where they can roam freely, like Kruger!

5  Thank DrPepper247
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

Hlane is great value, and you see a lot of wildlife compared to many other parks. We saw hippos, elephants, lots of antelopes, giraffes, zebras, wild boar and rhinos. It was a real bargain compared to Kenya, where they try to screw foreigners for every last shilling - you only pay 10 rand more than locals. The park is not particularly beautiful compared to others I've visited, but I saw a lot more animals and we had the freedom to go wherever we wanted. There aren't that many tourists at Hlane, so you feel like you get it all to yourself. The only possible negative is that we didn't bother reading the information about the elephants and got chased by an irate bull that we were watching, so I'd recommend actually reading the advice before you get charged by one! But that was our fault not the park - this would have been five stars if it had been as beautiful as some of the others that I've visited, but in terms of what you see and value for money, it's fantastic.

3  Thank SkyetravellerLondon
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

A good park to observe rhino's. Acessible for every budget. A real friendly management and staff. Must do !!

2  Thank Safari-gids
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