Take a safari with Tim Brown Tours into the Big 5 game reserve of Hluhluwe Imfolozi the oldest national park in Africa!

Hluhluwe Imfolozi 3 day safari tour including Cheetah interaction, a World heritage site where we will view Hippos from a boat and the rest of the time looking for the Big 5 as well as other amazing animals in the oldest game reserve is Africa!

Safari tour package:
A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Price per person*:
$460 - $850
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
3 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
Night drive safaris Night drive Cultural safaris Cultural Boating safaris Boating
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia 3 Day/2 Night Safari/Tour


Day 1: Pick up 7am from Accommodation Durban and Surrounds.

2.5 Hours Drive where your guide will educate you on the history of the area.
Arrive at Emdoneni for an endangered Cat rehabilitation centre Tour, includes interaction with Cheetah.

20 min drive to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve Gate.

Guide will enter with you and take a slow game drive to the camp, Hilltop and educate you on what is around you, animals etc

Arrive at camp approx 13:00 for lunch

Your guide will assist with check in and show you your room also discussing if you will take the optional extra of a night drive which begins at 17:00 - 20:00. (R300 pp)
If not you can go with your guide after lunch for a 2-3 hours closed vehicle game drive.
Bookings for the open vehicle do need to be made as early as possible so as to be sure of space; it is with a camps vehicle and other clients.

Dinner after game drive.

Day 2: Early morning game drive roughly 6am for 3 hours again either open vehicle option or with the guide in closed vehicle.

Return for buffet breakfast approx 9:15

Middle of day to yourselves - There is a self guided bush walk within the camp and a swimming pool.

Lunch at 13:30 (with or with out guide)

Optional extra of a night drive which begins at 17:00 - 20:00. (R300 pp)
If not you can go with your guide after lunch for a 2-3 hours closed vehicle game drive.
Bookings for the open vehicle do need to be made as early as possible so as to be sure of space; it is with a camps vehicle and other clients.

Dinner after game drive.

Day 3:

7am Breakfast, check out and game drive for approx 2 hours.

Depart camp and head to Lake St Lucia for the boat cruise.
St Lucia will be a 2 hour boat cruise on the world heritage site of Lake St Lucia in Isimangeliso Wetland Park, viewing Hippos and crocodiles its well worth the experience.
If the weather is foul we will try a estuary board walk instead.

After that Lunch and return approx 3 hours to Durban.

Arrive Durban King Shaka International or Durban City at Approx 18:00

Includes: Accommodation at Hilltop camp Hluhluwe in Chalet, Breakfast and dinner, Conservation Levies, Pick up and Drop off from your hotel, Guide for duration and all closed vehicle game drives, St Lucia boat tour(2 hours), Cat rehabilitation Tour.

Day 1: Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve 3 day Safari Tour:


After your guide collects you from your Durban Hotel/B&B or Guest house he will take you on a educational 2.5 – 3 hours drive to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve – The oldest game reserve in Africa established in 1895. Points of interest like the History of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa are covered as well as different population group and how the came to be in South Africa. There is special focus on the Zulu Nation the major Black African tribe in the area as well as the different crops we come across on route to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game reserve.

Before we get to the game reserve we will make am hour and 15 minute stop at a Cat rehabilitation center outside Hluhluwe. This is an amazing place where there are trying to get the Cat back to the wild. There are 4 Species of Cat the Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African wild cat. We get to interact with them all. The cheetah being the most special as it is a large an intimidating cat. Always good for a new Facebook profile picture!



Me at Emdoneni Cat rehab center




After we are done at the Cat rehab center we take 20 minutes to reach Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game reserve and Memorial Gate. Upon entering game viewing begins immediately and your guide will talk you through the different animal behavior you may encounter. Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve has the highest population of White Rhino in the World for the area of 960 Square Kilometers. Projects in the 1950′s and 1960′s brought back this large prehistoric looking herbivore from extinction!

We will stop for lunch at either Hilltop camp and Check in before deciding what time to go back out to look of animals. There is also an option of and evening open vehicle game drive from 5pm -8pm. This focuses on Nocturnal animals.

After lunch your Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari Tour continues and we could encounter any of the Big 5 – The 5 most dangerous animals to hunt of foot : Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard! There are also Giraffe, Zebra and a wide range of antelope species to keep you interested. You guide will be able to inform you of different tracks and signs as you make your way through the African Bush on this Special Safari Experience.

Once we are back its either the optional evening to night drive for a rest and dinner.

Dinner will be at the Hilltop camp restaurant, a traditional buffet will be laid out. This will add to your bush experience especially if the lodge is busy as the staff get up and sing and dance in a traditional Zulu way.


Hluhluwe Imfolozi 3 Day Safari Tour



Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Safari Tour


Day 2: Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve 3 day Safari Tour


At your guides discretion – After enjoying a buffet breakfast, we head out for a game drive. Leaving Hilltop camp we have the opportunity to see any one of the Big 5 and a variety of Antelope, Giraffe and Zebra. We make our way towards the Umfolozi side of the reserve, where sightings of Lion, Hyena and Black Rhino are more common. The above itinerary can be changed depending on what you may or may not have seen.

The open vehicle game drive is an option that can be taken at 5pm – 8pm at night where the guide will use a spotlight to find animals after dusk. This gives you more chance for finding the Cats as the Lion and Leopard are Nocturnal.

Dinner is at the Hilltop camp restaurant, a hot and cold buffet with a variety of traditional African and international dishes. There is also a lovely bar at the restaurant which you can have a drink at chatting about the days adventures. Amarula cream on crushed ice is one you have to try!


Hluhluwe 3 day safari tour


Day 3: Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve 3 day Safari Tour

A final buffet breakfast is followed by a game drive with your safari guide. This is a final chance to find what we have not or a chance to recap on what we have seen. We will then make our way out of Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve and onto the St Lucia Estuary-Isimangeliso Wetland park, for a boat cruise along the Estuary. Here we will have the opportunity to see, Crocodile, Hippo, Fish Eagles, King Fishers as well as Monitor Lizzards. A perfect opportunity for photographers to capture the beauty of South Africa’s 1st World Heritage Site!

After we are finished with the Boat cruise it is time for some Lunch in St Lucia town before heading back to Durban feeling really satisfied!

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  • Hilltop camp, Hluhluwe game reserve

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Since: Feb 2010

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