Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, Natal, South Africa
This incredible game reserve boasts the Big5 and more. Seperated previously into two seperate reserves the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve today may be explored as one Reserve. 96000 Hectares at your disposal with magnificent scenery and wildlife.
This reserve known as the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa has so much History from King Chaka hunting in the Umfolozi section to the establishment of save the rhino campaighn.
Situated 250km North of Durban on the N2 road one has easy access, two entrances available via the N2 national road 1. Nylazi Gate in the Southern Umfolozi Game Reserve and 2. Memorial Gate in the Northern section of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve.
KwaZulu Natal known for its Zulu people, customs are still practised today one being loballa when the man to wed would pay the father inlaw with cattle.
The surrounding area of Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve KwaZulu Natal 54km away lies the first world heritage site iSimangaliso Wetlands Park this true gem with a small permanent residant population of 500 still witness Hippo’s roaming the streets at night.
Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve may be best experienced by safari and numerous operators offer this daily experience. Early morning sunrise and late afternoon safaris to the reserves are most popular as this remains the best times to witness the Cats.
Midday may become a bt warm during the summer months however no better time than to enjoy a traditional South African braai at one of the many picnic spots within the reserve.
Restaurants Hilltop camp offers one traditional ala carte style and also offered each sunday is the buffet.
Please keep to the speed limits and make use of information from other safari operators while in the reserve should you be enjoying a self drive safari.
The Umfolozi Game Reserve does offer one better sightings of the Big5 due to its topography and higher concentration of water sources. Travel past Mpila camp onto the gravel road towards Sontuli Loop and No17 a real hot spot. Stop stretch those legs and enjoy one of the many hides also within the reserve.
Please bear in mind that when exiting your vehicle to first please make sure you have looked around as wild animals may be present. At no time what so ever should one stop within the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve and exit ones vehicle.
Enjoy this magnificent reserve. For more information on safari’s goto: Heritage Tours & Safaris