Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, KwaZulu Natal

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Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park: One of the oldest game reserves in the country, the Hluhluwe Game Reserve was established as early as 1895 and, combined with the adjoining Imfolozi park, protects some 96 000 hectares of savanna and bushveld. Famed for rescuing the white rhino from the brink of extinction during its 1950’s ‘Operation Rhino’, and its ongoing protection of both the white and black rhino today, the reserve lies in the heart of Zululand on the east coast of South Africa.
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve
Aside from the fact that the Hluhluwe Imfolozi (also spelt Umfolozi) is the only reserve running formal conservation – the park holds at least one fifth of the world’s black and white rhino population - where one can also view all Big Five animals. There are also self-guided foot trails, day walks, game drives, picnic sites and boat tours – the Hluhluwe dam offers a 40-seater boat, although it is dependent on water levels, and the dam is often low.

The park offers four-day wilderness trails, literally through Africa’s oldest established wilderness area, and with over 300 bird species, and an abundance of mammals that include the blue wildebeest, giraffe, warthog, cheetah and hyena, visitors here can experience the true meaning of what was once the hunting ground of Shaka, King of the Zulus.

The word ‘Hluhluwe’ comes from the isiZulu word that describes the thorny rope climber, a plant prevalent in the park, with some very nasty thorns that are worth looking out for, particularly if you have chosen one of the foot trails. See Hluhluwe Accommodation for places to stay when visiting the reserve.
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