I have travelled to many parts of the world,including Europe, SE Asia, New Zealand and the US. In South Africa my favourite type of holiday is to visit timeshare resorts on or near Game Reserves, and I have been doing this on an annual basis for over 25 years. I ha...
Written on: April 23, 2013
I visited in February 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 do-it-yourself safaris, as the roads are generally good and you do not need a 4 X 4 to get yourself around, although I would still recommend a guided game drive at least once during your visit, as the skilled rangers have the latest info on sightings, and can take you directly to where the action is. Hilltop Camp is one of the most popular rest camps - try to book one of the self-catering units if you can - they have a great view out over the plains and are generally nicer than the bungalows with shared facilities and kitchens. You do not have to do your own cooking -the restaurant is very pleasant and serves a good buffet, or you can barbecue on your patio. If you are travelling in a crowd, (6 or 8 people) do try and book the Munyawaneni Bush Lodge - this is luxury, African Style, but still affordable. The camp is set off in a private location on a river bank. (Be warned though, there are no fences to keep the animals out!!) There are four double bedrooms linked to the main Boma by walkways and you will have your own cook and game guide! On our last visit we witnessed a baby warthog being taken by a crocodile right outside the boma. Perhaps not what everyone would choose to see, but this is Nature after all! It is very hot in Summer! Try to visit from April to October to avoid the worst of the heat and check if Malaria meds are required.
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...
A place I have never been to...a dish I have never come across ...a view that leaves me speechless. Colours in new combinations, the sound of temple bells on the crisp morning air. Sigh. Love discovering new places or new ways to old places. Taking a different road. ...
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...
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...