Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve


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Zebras at Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
Zebras at Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
About Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve
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Parks total area:
960 km² (370 miles²)
Year established:
1895
Anti-malarial:
Recommended
Park wildlife:
  • Big five
  • A haven for rhinos—black, hook-lipped and white, square-lipped
  • Zululand culture
  • Stone age settlements
  • Oldest established game reserve in Africa

On the east coast of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, 450 km (280 miles) north of Durban, is Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest established park in Africa. Located on 960 km² (370 miles²) of Zululand between the two Umfolozi RiversMfolozi emnyama and Mfolozi emhlophe—Hluhluwe Umfolozi boasts mountains, rolling savannah and stone age settlements.

The park is the oldest game reserve in Africa, established in 1895; its history includes protection of the white rhino through “Project Rhino” in the 1950s and ‘60s, and it has since been known for its efforts in rhinoceros conservation. Today, Hluhluwe Umfolozi retains the largest population of white rhino and remains a haven for black, hook-lipped and white, square-lipped rhino as well as the rest of the big five—lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo. Game viewing is popular in the park as a result, where crocodile, lion, cheetah, hyena, blue wildebeest, jackal, giraffe, zebra and a host of pigs, baboons, monkeys and reptiles also meander and speed. More than 300 bird species flit within the reserve, particularly near its floodplains.

Visitors can walk wilderness trails—self-directed and guided alike—tool around on self-guided driving trails (no off-road or night driving) and take guided boat tours on the Hluhluwe dam.

When to visit Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve    

The winter dry season, from May to August, is pleasantly temperate. Rain falls from September to April, up to 1,000 mm (39 inches) annually.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 18, 2014   |   Visited: Aug 2014.
I speak to a lot of tourists who didn't realize how 'rustic' Hluhluwe-umfolozi is and didn't come prepared and therefore didn't enjoy it as much.
The density of carnivores in this park is insane, it's not a busy as Kruger and it really is a beautiful area.
There is only one restaurant (Hilltop camp) but I will 100% recommend staying at Mpila, although no restaur... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 14, 2014   |   Visited: Aug 2012.
Some people say that if you've seen one game park you've seen them all. Not true! Each game reserve has its own personality and distinct character that will make it simultaneously attractive to some and unattractive to others. While some may criticise Hluhluwe Umfolozi for being small, for instance (compared to the Kruger National Park), I on the other hand, partic... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Aug 25, 2013   |   Visited: May 2013.
I've been lucky to visit Hluhluwe and Umflozi a few times in 2013 and absolutely loved every visit. In addition to having the full big 5, this park has some truly spectacular landscapes and is, by SA standards, fairly quiet and easy to navigate.

Hluhluwe, the northern half of the park, is certainly the more beautiful half. The landscape becomes quite hilly and t... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Apr 23, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2009.
The Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve in Northern Natal has a reputation (in South Africa) as a great location to choose if you want to see Elephant and Rhino; of course, they have all of the Big 5, but there are really large herds of elephant and you are sure to see quite a few. We saw a large herd of at least 40 ellies on several occasions. It is a great park for d... read more
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Safari suitability: 9 / 10
Rhinos galore, the big five and a host of other beasts!
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