Hluhluwe Umfolozi, have a lots of wild Lions as of 2020.
African Lions Are Everywhere in the Hluhluwe
If you are in the area visiting or travelling on holiday in South Africa, be it a local or international visitor then this park offers so much. Hluhluwe imfolozi also happens to be the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa and has truly, some fascinating Zulu and conservation history.
Did you know, it was Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park that saved the Rhino's from near extinction in the 60's when less that 100 Rhino's roamed the planet.
Well, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park has once again lived up to its name as being of the top game parks in South Africa. This 96000 hectare park remains the iconic park to visit while in KwaZulu Natal South Africa.
The park is Home to the African Big 5, + Cheetah and Wild Dogs to mention but just the larger animals one can but be in for a super days safari.
As we slowly pass our rainy season, and it was a wet one this year the grass quickly when it rains, and as one can expect, sightings become a bit more difficult.
It's been quite the month of Lion sightings, they have been everywhere. It would seem they would hide more from people?
But, they have been coming out of the thick brush and ventured into plain sight. Almost every safari into the park has afforded us sightings of Lions.
Hluhluwe Lion Tips
When is the best time to see them?
Early morning or late afternoon, be in the park as early as possible this will undoubtedly help you. Stay close to water sources sometimes Lions will just lounge about close to water waiting for some movement.
Please Drive slowly speeding will definitely not help you see a tail wagging in the distance.
Sightings of Lion in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi vary according to various factors.
1 being water and season. The Black Umfolozi River is a good area to keep an eye out for cats, there is lots to eat around the water.
A male Lion will develop a mane by year 3, this will vary in color from blond to black. Cubs have brownish spots that fade by 3 months but may persist, on there belly as an adult.
Habitat: Savannahs and grasslands, woodlands and dense bush.
Lions will eat everything from tortoises to giraffes, however they will hunt prey they grew up eating mostly. and practices may vary from pride to pride. Lions are sociable; related females share a traditional home range, reproduce in synchrony and cross suckle their offspring. Prides may vary in size from 2 to 3 up to 40 Lions.
Heritage Tours & Safaris offers superb Photographic safari opportunities to witness the African Lion in the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve. You could book A African Lion Safari to witness these mighty Lion.
Heritage Tours & Safaris have a superb success rate in sighting Lion on there safaris into Hluhluwe game reserve,
We hope that you will join us.
Pride members perform a greeting ritual upon meeting, they rub their heads and side together with tails looped and high. They will remain as nomads for up to 2 to 3 years until they mature and then will seek a pride to take over.
Height: 1.1-1.2 meters
Weight:122 -240 kg ( record 260 kg ).
Breeding: Year round with peaks in rainy season. 1-6 cubs born after just 3,5 months gestation.
Heritage Tours & Safaris offers some incredible day safaris along with over night safari bundles to Hluhluwe Video game Reserve. Leaving daily from St Lucia we go insearch of the African Big 5 and other remarkable wildlife within the reserve.
The Safaris include Veg/Meat catering and all Safaris are performed in Open Game Drive Safari Vehicles. The game rangers have years of experience and a great understanding of the animals and tarain within the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve.
Relax and be amazed while your ranger gets you to the hot spots without the crowds you see on tv some times
It's a day of enjoyment and one we hope that will stay with you forever.
Below are a few of the our Day Safaris and Overnight Safaris Offered If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly assist you.