Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve

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Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal

The Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park is the only park under formal conservation in KwaZulu Natal where the Big Five occur. Established in 1895, this is the oldest game park in South Africa along with nearby St Lucia Reserve. Set in the heart of Zululand this is the oldest game reserve in Africa, where Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws.

Today, Africa's 'Big Five' (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros) stalk the flourishing savannah. Game viewing is the principal attraction in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. Viewing hides overlook pans and waterholes enabling one to observe the wildlife at close range.

As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s and 60s, the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. Other areas of focus for which Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve is famous include wilderness trails which originated in Umfolozi in the 1950s and its renowned Game Capture unit upgraded into the Centenary Capture Centre, a bench mark for animal capture and sustainable utilisation throughout Africa. The Park covers some 96 000 hectares and contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora.

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Reserve is characterised by hilly topography and the northern section of the game reserve is noted for its wide variety of both birdlife and wildlife.

Apart from game viewing drives there are self guided auto trails which provide information on both the management and natural history of the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi game reserve. Guided walks can be especially rewarding in the early morning and late afternoon.

There is a 40 seater boat on Hluhluwe dam which takes visitors on guided trips twice a day. The trips are conducted by an experienced community guide and visitors can see an excellent range of birds and animals within the park while the Zulu culture is covered in the community areas outside.

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve

Game Lodges in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve

Emdoneni Lodge & Game Farm

Emdoneni Lodge offers guests intimate and comfortable accommodation in the form of luxury Chalets & Rondavels. The Lodge offers a dinner, bed & breakfast rate that enables guests to sample the delights of true ...

Hluhluwe River Lodge

The lodge runs scheduled game drives to the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park every morning and evening and offers a variety of adventure activities including horse trails, mountain bike trails, a riverboat birding tour and self-guided walks. The coastal and marine ....

Malala Lodge

Situated on a 300-acre private estate in the Bushlands area, 10km south of Hluhluwe, between the Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Game Reserve, Mkuze Game Reserve, Sodwana Bay and St. Lucia ....

Bonamanzi Game Park

The great thing about Bonamanzi is, besides the game drives you are able to do guided walking safaris as well as unguided walks as there are well laid out trails for the adventurous. The rangers at ....

Rhino River Lodge

All our activities are led by an experienced game ranger in an open 4x4 vehicle. Common sightings at Rhino River Lodge include white rhino, buffalo, giraffe and zebra as well as a myriad of plains ....

Bushlands Game Lodge

Within 300 acres of bush and game and 300,000 acres of National Parks, you will find Bushlands Game Lodge. Experience a magical safari retreat where the wild run free. Designed to blend seamlessly with ....

Makhasa Game Reserve and Lodge

Makhasa is a 2000ha community owned wildlife reserve situated in the heart of Maputuland. Makhasa lies adjacent to Phinda reserve within close proximity to Mkhuze and Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserves. Easily ....

Ubizane Wildlife Reserve

Ubizane, Zulu for ‘the place of calling’ is situated a mere 2½ hour’s drive from Durban and is on the access road to Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park. This 1200 hectare reserve boasts an array of wildlife, which includes white rhino, giraffe, zebra and majority of antelope, as well as over 450 bird species...

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Accommodation nearby

For accommodation outside of the reserve, see these towns:
• Eshowe accommodation • Mtunzini accommodation • Paulpietersburg accommodation
• Pongola accommodation • Pongolapoort accommodation
• Richards Bay accommodation • Rorkes Drift accommodation • Vryheid accommodation

Or to see all towns bordering the reserve at once see Zululand Accommodation.

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Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal
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