I could not decide if I wanted to see elephants, white rhinos, or lions the most during my visit to Hlane Royal National Park. We ended up seeing them all with excellent viewing opportunities. I have a new appreciation for lions and rhinos now, but I still love the elephants the most. You can check out my photos of the lions here.
There were no infant elephants in the group we saw during our sunrise game drive, but the males we saw were curious and kept approaching closer and closer to the vehicle as they browsed for food. Eventually, the eldest bull charged us and we reversed real fast.
Yes, an elephant could flip the safari jeep, and yes, our driver said it had happened to him. Now that would be quite the story.
If you go:
Transportation from Manzini to Lomahasha or Simunye: E30-E35 (The khumbi will drop you at the gate and it is a short walk to the toll booth and then another short walk to the camp.)
Park entrance fee: E30 per walk in
Campsite per person: E105 (Huts start at about E450 per person sharing.)
Dinner: E100 (We took breakfast and lunch. Braai grates are available.)
Sunrise/sunset game drive: E335
Rhino drive: E240
Bird watching walking tour: E200
Stay tuned for rhino photos in the next few days!