Established in 1895, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest game park in Africa and is the only under formal conservation in KwaZulu Natal where the Big 5 occur.
Set in the heart of Zululand, the game reserve offers visitors activities - from self guided walks, auto-trails, game drives as well as picnic sites. Viewing hides overlook pans and waterholes enabling visitors to see animals at close range.
Accommodation at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
Accommodation, managed by KwaZulu Natal Wildlife, within the Game Reserve is in the form of the Hilltop Camp, the Mpila Camp as well as the 2 Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve Lodges- Muntulu & Munyaweni.
A variety of accommodation options exist in close vicinity to the game reserve with the town of Hluhluwe only 25km away:
Bed and Breakfast's
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Please Note Visitors pay a conservation fee per person per day (children 50%) replacing entry fees. South Africans get a 50% discount.
High season dates and rates are applicable from:
12 December 2018 to 8 January 2019
20 March 2019 to 8 April 2019
19 April 2019 to 22 April 2019
14 June 2019 to 15 July 2019
8 August 2019 to 11 August 2019
20 September 2019 to 6 October 2019
High season rates are also applicable over any events.
The Wildlife in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is confined to some 96 000 ha and the game reserve contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora. It became world renowned for its white rhino conservation.
Hluhluwe is characterised by hilly topography, and this northen section of the park is noted for its wide variety of both bird and animal life. Imfolozi, the southern component of the park is generally hot in summer, and mild to cool in winter, although cold spells do occur.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve Self Drives:
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.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve Walking Safari
The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve Walking Safari or wilderness trails (2-4 nights) are undertaken in the 25000ha wilderness zone of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve.
Self-guided foot trails:
The Imfolozi section of the park has three self-guided foot trails. 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 night and day drives provide unique opportunities of viewing game. A knowledgeable guide is at hand to answer questions . Booking is at reception on a first come first serve basis.
There is a 40 seater boat on Hluhluwe dam which takes visitors on guided trips twice a day. (Please note the water level of the river is sometimes too low for boat trips)
Gate Opening and Closing Times:
Summer(November to February ) 05h00 to 19h00
Winter ( March to October ) 06h00 to 18h00
How to get there:
The recommended route from the north or south is to turn off the N2 at Hluhluwe village and follow the tarred road to Memorial Gate.
An alternative route is to turn off the N2 at Mtubatuba on to the R618 and proceed towards Hlabisa and travel for 27 kms to Nyalazi Gate.
Distance and Time from Gate to Camp: 15 kms and 45 minutes
Facilities within the reserve:
Restaurant, bar, coin operated laundry, 95 octane unleaded petrol and diesel.
A fully equipped shop selling a wide range of curios and supplies.
The nearest town which has a full range of services is Hluhluwe which is 25 kms away.