Lions in Africa

Hlane National Park, Swaziland

Swaziland, a small country surrounded by South Africa and Mozambique is a quick getaway from South Africa. Not requiring any visas upon arrival, Swaziland is the perfect place for someone that wants to get out of SA for a bit and see something different. Swaziland is a much less developed country than its neighbor but it has some beautiful game viewing. I visited Hlane National Park in Oct 2014, and finally got to cross seeing white rhinos (and I must have seen twenty of them) off the list!

Sunrise from our camp

Sunrise from our camp

Setting out on our game drive
Setting out on our game drive
Seeing our first animal of the drive
Seeing our first animal of the drive
And the pride of lions shortly after...
And the pride of lions shortly after…

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Do lions ever get old?
Do lions ever get old?
If they do, it's fine. Elephants right around the corner.
If they do, it’s fine. Elephants right around the corner.

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This elephant didn't like us getting so close and warned us accordingly.
This elephant didn’t like us getting so close and warned us accordingly.
And rhinos too
And rhinos too
And giraffes
And giraffes
Our overland truck that would eventually take us to Mozambique.
Hanging out near over Nomad overland truck on our “Discover Mozambique” overland tour. We would head into Mozambique after this safari.
The watering hole at this game reserve is the best thing as it's right in the campsite and animals come to this daily to cool off.
The watering hole at this game reserve is the best thing as it’s right in the campsite and animals come to this daily to cool off.
White rhinos are what this park in Swaziland is known for. There are large numbers in this place and is actually the first time I've ever seen a white rhino.
White rhinos are what this park in Swaziland is known for. There are large numbers in this place and is actually the first time I’ve ever seen a white rhino.

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Elephants decided to come later and join the watering hole party.
Elephants decided to come later and join the watering hole party.
Elephants and white rhinos hanging out!
Elephants and white rhinos hanging out!
Getting some selfies taken. Later, we got a bit too close to a bull elephant grazing, thinking the "electric" fences would actually protect us at all, and he ended up charging us. Might have been the scariest moment in my life!
Getting some selfies taken. Later, we got a bit too close to a bull elephant grazing, thinking the “electric” fences would actually protect us at all, and he ended up charging us. Might have been the scariest moment in my life!
Sibebe, Swaziland's national beer.
Sibebe, Swaziland’s national beer.
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Johnny
Johnny

I'm a dual Canadian-American from NYC that moved to South Africa for work and ended up traveling all through the continent. I'm currently living the expat life in Frankfurt, Germany and traveling the world as much as I can. I'm a bit obsessed with scuba diving, churning credit cards so I never pay to fly, and eating the most questionable of foods in the most peculiar of places. My bucket list is the world, and some day I might make it there.

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  1. Swaziland is an awesome place for travel and camping. Thank you very much for sharing this awesome place and nature.