Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve


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Fifty shades of green

Written on: January 14, 2014   |   I visited in August 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, particularly love the landscape and the lush, green vegetation.

There is a sense of wildness and danger here. It’s a different kind of bush. An almost jungle-like, primordial wilderness that comes alive after the rain. It is well-stocked with Big Five animals, other game and many, many bird species. There is something invigorating and exciting about an early morning game drive in Hluhluwe. Umfolozi is the southern section of the park – more open grassland, even easier game sightings. We saw lion, elephant, loads of antelope and impala as well as leopard. The highlight of our trip was seeing black rhino, an increasingly rare sight on the continent these days.

The park accommodation is rustic but adequate, clean and not too pricey. I’ve heard some people complain about the service but I hardly notice the people when I visit a game reserve. I’m not there for the people, quite frankly. I’m there for the animals, for the nature and the wildness. And Hluhluwe Umfolozi has lots of these – and then some. It is the region’s top game reserve and any visitor will see why right away.
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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: 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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