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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, managed by KwaZulu Natal Wildlife, within the Game Reserve is in the form of the Hilltop Camp, the Mpila Camp as well as the two 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:
Hluhluwe Hotels
Hluhluwe Game Lodges
Hluhluwe Guest Houses
Hluhluwe Bed and Breakfast
Hluhluwe Selfcatering Accommodation

View all Hluhluwe accommodation options.

Please Note Visitors pay a conservation fee per person per day (children 50%) replacing entry fees. South Africans get a 50% discount.


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.


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.

Walking Safaris and Trails
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.

Day walks:
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.

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

Game drivers:
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.

Boat Tours
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 at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve:

Summer(November to February ) 05h00 to 19h00
Winter ( March to October ) 06h00 to 18h00

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.

Health and Climate:

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is in a malaria area and special precautions are necessary.

Cancellation Policy:

All bookings are confirmed once payment or partial payment is received.
Cancellations greater than 45 days prior to arrival = 10% of amount (min R100)
Cancellation within 45 to 30 days of arrival = 25% of the amount.
Cancellation within 29 to 15 days of arrival = 50% of the amount.
Cancellation within 14 days & arrival date = 100% of the amount.
Amending booked dates is as good as cancelling a booking if it falls within the cancellation period. Same policy applies to amending a booking.

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Self-Braai / Barbecue

Rooms and Units Available:

Hilltop - 2 Bed Non Self Catering Chalet BB
Amount of similar units: 20
Sleeps 2 Adults

Hilltop - 2 Bed Rondavels - Communal facilities - BB
Amount of similar units: 20
Sleeps 2 Adults

Hilltop - 2 Bed Self Catering Chalet BB
Amount of similar units: 7
Sleeps 2 Adults

Hilltop - 4 Bed Self Catering Chalet BB
Amount of similar units: 20
Sleeps 4 Adults

Hilltop - 8 Bed Mthwazi Lodge
Sleeps 8 Adults

Mpila - 2 Bed Safari Tent
Amount of similar units: 12
Sleeps 2 Adults

Mpila - 2 Bed Self Catering Chalet
Amount of similar units: 12
Sleeps 2 Adults

Mpila - 4 Bed Safari Tent
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 4 Adults

Mpila - 5 Bed Self Catering Chalet
Amount of similar units: 6
Sleeps 5 Adults

Mpila - 7 Bed Self Catering Cottage
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 7 Adults

Mpila - 8 Bed Hlatikhulu Bush Lodge
Sleeps 8 Adults

Latest Reviews

The accommodation was excellent, all one needs. The staff were very friendly, grounds were need and tidy. For not giving it an excellent status, we just found that the signs in the park can be upgraded. Half the signs you cant read anymore which makes it difficult always having to refer to the map. Otherwise happy happy happy.
Very comfortable and well serviced. Would return again.
Kevin Ford Apr 2019
We enjoyed our stay, however the chalet could do with some modernisation especially in the bathrooms. We also encountered a scorpion In our bathroom which was extremely frightening.

Overall a great stay though.

James Grisdale Aug 2018

We had a wonderful stay. Our chalet was better than expected. It was actually as good as a house built for two people.
The Hilltop camp parking area though need a little more urgent maintenance. Only a few of the garden lamps are actually providing light for when people are on their way to the lounge and restaurant.

Barend Vorster Jun 2018
We wanted to thank your staff at Impila. My husband needs to use a machine at night to prevent sleep disorders. He requested that the generator be kept on after the normal close at night. The administrative staff contacted management immediate and had the power left on all night. There was no hesitation by the staff to assist us at all. I don't think we could have received better treatment at any other resort - customer service was exemplary not only in the camp but also at the entrance.
Congratulations on a well run establishment.

Catherine Kaye Feb 2018


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

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  • Guests Rating: (16)
  • Accommodation Type: Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: Yes
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM