Hlane is a the Kingdom of Swaziland's largest protected area and together with its neighbouring parks makes up the vast bushveld expanse known as the Lubombo Conservancy. Hlane means ‘wilderness’ and it is a modern day conservation success story that has seen this area survive competing land-use claims - sugar farming, mining and cattle-ranching. It belongs to the king, who holds it in trust for the nation and keeps part of the land as a royal "Butimba" hunting reserve.
It is an immense flat lowland thick with 1,000-year-old hardwood trees like knobthorn, leadwood and tambuti with some grasslands and shallow pans. A network of self-drive game-viewing roads criss-cross the park's flat terrain, weaving between the 1000 year old hardwood vegetation and shallow pans, which attract great herds of animals during the dry winter months. Hlane, named by King Sobhuza II, extends for 30,000 hectares and is home to lion, elephant, white rhino, leopard, giraffe, hippo and crocodile. Great herds of wildebeest, zebra and impala are attracted to the waterholes during the dry winter months. Birdlife is abundant and includes the highest density of nesting white backed vultures in Africa.
It is home to the most southerly nesting colony of Marabou Stork, and nesting pairs of many different varieties of eagles and vultures grace the skies above Hlane. Hlane has the highest density of raptors in Swaziland.
Hlane is only an hour from Manzini on the Lubombo route between the Kruger Park and KwaZulu-Natal.