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In The Area: Hluhluwe

Set in the heart of Zululand, the oldest game reserve in Africa where Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws, where today the “big five” of African legend stalk the verdant savannah. Established in 1895, game viewing is the prime attraction. Viewing hides overlook waterholes enabling visitors to see animals at close range.

As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s and 60s, the Park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. Other areas of focus for which Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is famed include wilderness trails which originated in Imfolozi in the 1950s and its renowned Game Capture unit recently upgraded into the Centenary Capture Centre, a bench mark for animal capture and sustainable utilization throughout Africa. The Park covers some 96 000 ha and contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora. Hluhluwe is characterised by hilly topography, and this northern section of the park is noted for its wide variety of both bird and animal life. Apart from game-viewing drives, there are two self-guided auto trails which provide information on both the management and natural history of the reserve.

Guided walks are also available, particularly rewarding in the early morning and late afternoon.

Guided Walks – no children

Game Drives – no children

A daily conservation levy of R120.00 per adult per day and R45.00 per child per day is payable. Children < 3 years no charge. This replaces the park permit fee at this park. South African and SADC residents who provide proof of identity will be charged half price per day.

Gate Opening and Closing Times:

Summer (November to February) 05h00 to 19h00

Winter (March to October) 06h00 to 18h00

Camp Telephone Number: (035) 562 0848

Website: www.kznwildlife.com


Auto trails in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park are designed for the convenience of visitors who wish to discover the secrets of the bushveld from seclusion of their own vehicle.


The Imfolozi section of the park has three self-guided foot trails, at Emoyeni Mpila, Enkulu and Masinda Ncane. Guide books are available to help visitors interpret the many points of interest along these trails.


Short day walks of approximately two hours are conducted from Mpila and Hilltop Camps under the supervision of an experienced field ranger. These walks may be booked at Reception in both camps.


Several sites with ablution and barbecue facilities are situated throughout the park.


Open vehicle drives provide unique opportunities of viewing game.

Booking is at Reception on a first come first serve basis.


From Shayamoya travel on the N2 South for approx. 90km. Take the Hluhluwe off ramp. Turn right over the highway and continue for 13km to the Reserve entrance.