Hluhluwe Game Reserve Travel Guide

  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve
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  • Comfort stop on safari.
    Comfort stop on safari.
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  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve
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Hluhluwe Game Reserve Highlights

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     A TOTALLY AWESOME EXPERIENCE 

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     nothing I can think of. 

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     A scenic national game reserve with plenty to see 

Hluhluwe Game Reserve Things to Do

  • African Wildlife at its best

    We had a great 2 nights in the Hilltop Camp in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve.What an amazing experience to be so close to the amazing wild animals. We saw lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and loads of antelope and giraffe. It was a great thrill to be slow close to these animals in the natural, unspoilt environment.It was a privilege to be allowed into...

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  • Self - Drive

    Hluhluwe-Umfolozi is a self-drive game park (unless you are staying in some of the private lodges or going on a morning/night drive). Easy to read, clearly illustrated maps are sold at every entrance to the park. Take some time before you leave the main gates, to look at the map and navigate your route. The park also offers three self-auto trails -...

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  • A Great Place to See Wild Dog, You May...

    Wild Dog is one of the most amazing carnivores in Africa. It is also one of the most endangered and is very difficult to see. They require enormous territories and have been hunted as nuisance animals by farmers to protect livestock. Their densities are low and number continues to dwindle.Here at Hluhluwe-Umfolozi they have been successful in...

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  • Enjoy the scenery

    Hluhluwe-Umfulozi is much hillier than Kruger. Much of its land area is covered by rolling hills with a few hundred meters change in elevation top to bottom. Down in the valleys, you have rivers with lush tropical vegetation, while the higher elevations have broad grasslands dotted with trees. We enjoyed a number of the hilltop views, especially in...

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  • See the Big Five

    In South Africa, you constantly see and hear references to the Big Five. The Big Five game animals are lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and cape buffalo. They were viewed as the five most challenging big game animals to hunt. Of the five, leopards are by far the most difficult to find, because they are nocturnal. Lions are the next most elusive....

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  • Guided Tours

    We arranged through our hotel to take a guided tour of the park. We only had one day at Hluhluwe, and a guided tour was the best way to cover the large area that the park encompasses. Our guide was excellent, and could recognize animals that were a kilometer away. We leaned a ton of things over the course of the day.We saw a ton of animals in...

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  • Self Drive Safari

    One can visit the game park on its own, either as a day visit or to stay inside the reserve. There are entrance gates close to Hluhluwe, to Mutbatuba. 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...

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  • The Big 5: Rhino - Black and White

    There are two types of Rhino in the park: the White Rhino and the Black Rhino. The White Rhino was brought back from the very brink of extinction by conservation efforts in the park during the 1950-1960's...in fact, most of the Rhinos found in Southern Africa stem from being transferred from Hluhluwe-Umfolozi game park.Black and White do not refer...

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  • Blue Wildebeest

    The head of the wildebeest is large and box-like. The body looks disproportionate - the front quite heavily built, while the hindquarters are slender.The wildebeest’s hide is grey (appearing slate blue is certain light) with several darker vertical stripes down its neck. It has a dark mane and a long tail. Both males and females have horns, making...

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve Restaurants

  • Eating out at Hilltop

    My folks have eaten only once at the restaurant however weren't too impressed. The meal that night was a venison braai (BBQ) and they had quite high expectations of trying different game. They were disappointed in both the selection on offer and the way it was cooked: very dry and over done.We've stopped there for tea on a few ocassions...to...

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  • RESTAURANT ON THE HILL

    As we were getting hungry, we stopped at the HILLTOP RESTAURANT for a bite to eat.There is also accommodations located here and it's about half-way through the Park. Wim had the "Curry of the Day", Hans had "Cottage Pie" and I had a triple-decker Club Sandwich. No complaints as we all enjoyed what we ordered. Along with 2 beers, 2 coffee and ice...

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  • Restaurant with a view!

    The Mpunyane Restaurant offers a full English buffet breakfast every day. Lunches from Monday to Saturday are a la carte and on Sundays a hot and cold buffet. Dinners are either a hot and cold buffet or a traditional braai(barbeque) depending on the weather.There is an attractive pub and lounge decorated with photographs and memorabilia of the...

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve Nightlife

  • Night Drive

    Night drives are offered at both Mpila and Hilltop campsites. They can be a bit expensive and do tend to book up quickly so I would recommend you book your place when you check in.I have been on night drives a few times and not had much success in seeing animals, despite having heard many stories of the great sights that await one after dark – so I...

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  • Watching the sun go down...

    I love watching the sun go down over Africa. Mpila camp is situated on a hill overlooking the rest of the game reserve...Lying on a blanket outside your cottage, listening to the snorting of distant beasts, the high pitched squeak of bats exchanging swoops with the birds heading home...mmm - you can't beat it!On our last stay at Mpila camp, we were...

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  • Bring your torch along!

    A high powered torch is very handy for animal spotting after dark! The hyenas are usually the first to come...you hear their whoops in the night before you see their glowing eyes reflecting back at you as you scan your torches up and down the bush in front of your cottage. Stay safely indoors, or on the stoep at the very least, and flash your torch...

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve Transportation

  • Don't rent a car use a private guide!

    From St Lucia we used a guide to visit Hluhluwe and all the coast up to Kosi Bay. Since we used the guide's 4 X 4 there were no car hire costs. The guide showed us things we would never have found or spotted alone. He also took us along VERY remote sand tracks from Sodwana to Kosi, put us in a primitive but comfortable camp overlooking Kosi bay...

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  • TAKE YOUR OWN CAR -- BUT BE CAREFUL

    Hans, Wim and I got around HLUHLUWE by Car. The roads are well maintained for self-drive, which we did. We all had a lot of fun "looking" for animals to "shoot" with our cameras. We played a game of who would be the first to spot an animal in the bush or trees and when we did see one it was "Impala at two o'clock" or "warthogs up ahead". I must...

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  • Hire a Car in St. Lucia

    It is possible to hire a car from Imperial Car Rental in St. Lucia located. When I was there over the summer they had a weekend rate that was really good. You can rent a Tazz 1.3 for R153 a day with 100 km per day free. The mileage isn’t much and you have to watch it, but the weekday rate is a ridiculous R295 per day. We hired the car Friday...

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve Shopping

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    Shop at Mpila Camp

    by kzngirl Written May 18, 2006

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    There are two shops that I know of in the park - one at Mpila and one at Hilltop. They are mostly geared towards selling tourist souvenirs, however do also have a small stock of food and drink. In my experience the shops in Kruger have a far better offering of both souvenirs and food...!

    I would definitely advise bringing your food supplies into the park rather than waiting until you arrive to buy them...the prices are more expensive than what you would find in a supermarket, and they also tend to stock only the basics.

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve Local Customs

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    The Zulu

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 19, 2005

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    The region around the Hluhluwe Game Reserve is home to the proud Zulu nation. Many local villages are found almost in the same way as they were during the last century and a strong bond to tradition and culture still exists till today.

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve Warnings and Dangers

  • No off road driving allowed in game...

    (work in progress)Vistors are not allowed to drive off road is allowed in any of South Africa's national or provincial game reserves. In private reserves, game rangers may take vehicles off road - for example, to view animal kills - but this is the exception rather than the rule and is only allowed with the permission of the reserve management (a...

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  • Read the warning signs and obey them!

    When you enter Hluhluwe-Umfulozi, you will see big warning signs near the gate. Read them and obey them - it may save your life. The park is full of wild animals. Some are carnivorous (lions, leopards, cheetahs), and some are just big enough to do a lot of damage (elephants, rhinos) if you get them angry. The warnings are full of common sense:Stay...

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  • Keep your windows closed!

    On our last visit we stayed at Mpila Camp in one of the rondavels. As mum and I took a wander through the campsite, we saw some vervet monkeys run up to the open boot of someone's car, leap inside and begin rifling through their belongings! We ran up and shoo-ed them off but not before one of them darted away with something in his hands! As if that...

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve What to Pack

  • South African Plug

    South Africa has a very unique plug system as you can see on the picture. Adapters are available in many shops including some supermarkets. My recommendation is that you by your adapters when you are in the country.

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  • Do not run out of batteries for Cameras,...

    It is not a good idea to leave your car in this park for obvious reasons , I think it is one of the rules in the reserve. Medical supplies are a good thing to bring just the basics., you never know what can happen. Bring lots of batteries for your Cameras & Camcorder , you don't want to miss taking pictures of those georgeous animals. Water...

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve Off The Beaten Path

  • Lion watching Hluhluwe

    Thanks to our guide, Charl Koen of Extreme Nature Tours, we watched these lions from close up and completely alone early one morning in Hluhluwe. Unforgettable!

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  • Waterholes and Riverbeds!

    Many hides are situated overlooking waterholes, however on the most part, we have been disappointed with the game viewing at hides. More often than not, the only animals to be seen are terrapins and crocs. Also, if you go in the dry season (autumn / winter) there is very little rain so the water holes are dry.Riverbeds are my favourite places for...

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  • Sontuli Loop

    One of the most exciting sections of the park...for some reason this section of the park is where we have seem most of the game throughout our visits! At both Mpila and Hilltop camp, they have a sightings board at reception where visitors can note where they saw what, a great place to stop by en route to get an idea where you may be lucky enough to...

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve Favorites

  • Petrol in Hluhluwe

    Petrol is available in the main camps in Hluhluwe as well as in Umfolozi. However it is recommended to fill up before going into the reserve, as the petrol stations sometimes dry up. If in doubt check at the gate - you don't want to run out of petrol inside the reserve!

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  • AREA MAP

    This AREA MAP shows the locations of all three Game Reserves that we visited. HLUHLUWE GAME RESERVE is situated in northern Zululand, 280 km north of Durban. The MKUZI GAME RESERVE is also situated in northern Zululand approximately 335 km from Durban along the main North Coast Road.

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  • RHINOCEROS

    The placid White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) almost became extinct in the early 1930's, but with careful conservation the numbers have increased considerably. The bad-tempered Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) was also depleted in numbers through poaching.Both male and female carry the characteristic horn, with the frontal one being larger...

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