As one of South Africa's most celebrated game parks, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park
(previously Hluhluwe Umfolozi) is renowned for its variety of animal and bird life, its wide-ranging photography, and an extremely rich diversity of tree and plant communities.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is the oldest game park in Africa and is the only one in KwaZulu Natal where the Big 5 occur. It covers some 96 000 ha and is world renowned for its rhino conservation.
The Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park 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
Accommodation, managed by KwaZulu Natal Wildlife, within the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is in the form of the Hilltop Camp
and the Mpila Camp
A variety of accommodation options exist in close vicinity to the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park with the town of Hluhluwe only 25km away:Hotels Game Lodges Guest HousesBed and Breakfast'sSelfcatering Accommodation
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. Please Note
Visitors pay a conservation fee of R110 (subject to change) per person per day (children 50%) replacing entry fees. South Africans get a 50% discount.Wildlife
The wide range of plant life in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve gives rise to a diversity of mammals, birdlife, reptiles and amphibians. The Big Five - lion, rhino (back & white), elephant, buffalo and leopard - are all to be seen.
Other wildlife include the nile crocodile, hippo, white and black rhino, leopard, lion, cheetah, hyena, elephant, buffalo, blue wildebeest, jackal, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, nyala, eland, kudu, impala, duiker, suni, reedbuck, warthog, bushpig, mongoose, baboons, monkeys, a variety of tortoises, terrapins, snakes and lizards.
In excess of 300 species of birds have been recorded. The variety of habitats within the area is one of the prime reasons why it is one of the prime birding destinations in South Africa. The Hluhluwe River Flood Plain is one of the only areas in the whole of South Africa where Yellow throated, Pink throated and Orange throated Long claw species can be seen together.
The above can be enjoyed on self-drives, game drives on open 4x4's and boat cruises as well as self-guided walks.
There are a number of picnic sites and self-guided walks providing magnificent views of the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve.
Facilities & Services:
- Children under 12 years
- Self-Braai / Barbecue
- Curio Shop
- Parking (open and off-street)
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Activities:
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.
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)
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Map:
Health & Climate:
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is in a malaria area and special precautions are necessary
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Guest Reviews
Average Guest Rating:
out of 5
based on 4
For a Canadian Family, this will be a highlight of our trip ! Good food, breathtaking vistas, a knowleadgable and welcoming guide and cabin #49 is the best !
Rating: Reviewed by Taunya paquette on 26 December 2017
It was our first time staying in a safari tent and we loved it. The tent was great, really different and fun but had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Would stay there again.
Rating: Reviewed by Clare Whittaker over a year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hilltop, and all of our time in the Park. Brilliant views of Elephants, more White Rhinos than we have seen in the whole of our lives up to now. Excellent bird-watching too. The facilities at Hilltop were top class, and the staff were all friendly and very helpful. A delight all round - apart from the weather, which was mixed, to say the least!
Rating: Reviewed by Colin Parnell over a year ago
I enjoyed my stay. I did get a little cold in the room overnight and morning, no source of heat. I was surprised that there was a good selection of TV stations and movies. I was happy to find the self serve laundry; it was a bit of a treasure hunt finding enough of the correct coins (old rand coins). Thank you to the restaurant for letting me have a limited selection from the buffet Sunday night after the bar menu time had closed, I ate a big delicious meal at the noon buffet and did not want to eat or pay for another full buffet. I would liked to have had more than one coffee choice, perhaps add espresso or another "dark / bold" coffee to one of the self serve machines and also olive or other oil to mix with the vinegar for the salad.
Rating: Reviewed by Craig Capehart over a year ago