Big 5 Safaris South Africa



While in South Africa, Join Heritage Tours & Safaris to the Magnificent Hluhluwe Game Reserve.
Safaris to Hluhluwe , have increased dramatically over the past few years due to the photographic opportunities that this unique park offers.

Hluhluwe Umfolozi, Game Reserve’s are breathtaking a must ad to your bucket list .
Combined they are the oldest Game Reserve’s in Africa.Safari’s in Hluhluwe with its rolling hills,incredible sun rise scenic photographic platforms, offers wild rich history that has always left impressions for a lifetime..

The Park boasts not only the African Big Five (Rhino, Lion, Buffalo,Elephant & Leopard) but also some of the last remaining Wild Dogs in Africa. Hluhluwe’s main gate or entrance, Memorial Gate to the North of the park is approximately 10 km from Hill Top Camp. Hilltop Camp also offers self catering accommodation with spectacular views, why not book a sunset drive to witness the Big Five. The park is managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and has done so for numerous years, KZN Wildlife manage most of the parks in KwaZulu Natal and they are world renown for the safe the Rhino Campaign.

Umfolozi‘s park , main gate (Nyalazi Gate) situated down South of the Park is within close proximity to St Lucia South Africa’s first world heritage site (Unesco 1999).

The gate entrance’s name is Nylazi and is situated close to the New Centenary center.The center was established to showcase the Game Capture program and all techniques that are used.

We are the only Safari Company (Tour Operator) that has access to offering wild game captures In Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve.You may have seen game captures on the Discovery Chanel?


Well now offer this to you, if you book in advance, please ask us about this it is very exclusive,as you may imagine only 8 seats per capture.

Umfolozi Game reserve is less traveled with more gravel roads however the sighting success rate is phenomenal.This area of the park offers awesome Photographic opportunities and a safari to this section of the park is well worth it.

This is where we, Heritage Tour’s and Safari’s have chosen to specialize in getting you up close to some of the worlds most exciting wild life not just the Big Five but also the other incredible species found in this park, one has to mention that at present an estimated 84 Wild Dogs reside in the Park this sighting while on Safari is always spectacular.

Our Guides have many years experience and what we don’t know, we always carry a library of books to refer too,so we can all learn together.

Game drives for Hluhluwe are arranged on a daily basis, to adventure into the bush in search of the Big 5 , the majority of these excursions occur early morning as this is when the Cats are predominantly active, especially the African Lion.,Leopard and Cheetah.

Most of the South African Safari companies make use of the Hluhluwe side of the Park, however ,we know from numerous years experience and sightings recorded on video/photo’s, that this is a big mistake.

To get the most for your time and money the Imfolozi / Umfolozi side is the one we would recommend and take you to, for regular big five sightings, every day of the week. Make sure to watch the videos and download free photos from this site.

Hluhluwe game reserve

We Heritage Tours & Safaris situated in St Lucia offer daily excursions to this magnificent park. We have years of experience and deliver superior quality and value packed service to all of our  happy clients.

We have packages for all budgets, there are great packages available both half day or full day Safaris all excursions are available either in open game drive safari vehicles or closed game drive vehicles.

Conservation is the key to the success of our future generations. It is estimated there are only 15ys left for the great African Elephants.The time is now,don’t let this be one of those things we all do ,,you know what I mean…

We say we want to,,, are going to do something and never do it.Then its too late…

The money you spend on your Safari,helps keep these animals alive and land to roam.

Truly life changing memory’s, an experience I promise you will never forget…

When you see one of these magnificent animals, when you hear a Lion raw you will never ever for get it..

Ezemvelo Kzn Wildlife has prospered in offering you a unique exploration of this majestic Park. Go to our Book Tour page for the latest rates and specials, come Explore and discover.


Hluhluwe Game Reserve Safari Tips to

Always take note of the open and closing times in the park both the gates in the Northern section Hluhluwe ( Memorial Gate) as well as the southern gate Umfolozi ( Nylazi Gate ) close and open at the same times, please go to the Hluhluwe sidebar for the times as allocated.

Seasons do play a major role in the success of the safari sighting, be it either in Hluhluwe or Umfolozi this depends on the season as some of the animals do migrate. The breeding herds of Elephant will migrate down towards the Umfolozi as we approach Summer and vice verse to the Hluhluwe side as we approach winter.

Tips for traveling to the park include the most important factor and that is water where it is and how accessible it may be for you for great sightings. The umfolozi section has numerous hides and one must make use of them, however please note that this requires vigilance while walking to and from the hides, as well as having a bit more patience while in the hide, take a lot of refreshments with especially inn Summer as it will get extremely hot, this therefore the reason to goto the hides.

The Black Umfolozi River is the main contributor to the parks water supply and this gives reason to the sightings that one may encounter while in the Southern section Umfolozi. The umfolozi Game reserve is not as busy as the more commercial side the Hluhluwe Game Reserve the area of Sontuli Loop and No 17 in the park offer great opportunities to witness some awesome animals.

Heritage Tours & Safaris is based in St Lucia, with the largest privately owned Game Drive fleet we are committed to offering you a safari not to be forgotten. With both open and closed game drive vehicles we are able to offer exclusive safaris to all of the National parks in KwaZulu Natal. At present Heritage Tours & Safaris offers an information desk in St Lucia. Night Drives into Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, snorkeling Cape Vidal or guided walking trails its all possible with Heritage Tours & Safaris

Hluhluwe Game Reserve and the Umfolozi Game Reserve

is unique as it is not the largest game reserve in Africa, however don’t be fooled as this reserve boasts of the largest concentration of Rhinos in the World one may experience various sightings of these creatures while in the reserve, a clear distinction between the two species of Black and White Rhino can easily be made by looking at the mouth of the two Rhino species. The Black Rhino not Black in color but rather a pointed or hooked lip easily disguises the one from the other. The White Rhino with a square mouth ( Wide Mouth ) is the less aggressive of the two species, therefore it is the Black Rhino specie that is one of the Big5 species found in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve.

Another specie with spectacular abilities is the African Wild Dog, they to are found within the Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Game Reserve, this animal that strategizes its hunt has a success rate of up to 85%. The Wild Dog is predominantly found in the Umfolozi or Imfolozi section of the game reserve. Cheetah numbers has increased in the reserve and sightings of this animal is quite frequent when traveling south, markings of territory may be seen on dead tree stumps as the urine remains evident to the naked eye. Cheetahs have adapted to this game reserve in its hunting capabilities and various sightings have been witnessed frequently.

In a nut shell Hluhluwe Game Reserve and the Umfolozi Game Reserve is sure to make your safari outing a lasting one.

Latest News:

Hluhluwe Game Reserve & Umfolozi Game Reserve has received some new upgrades this includes the new revamps and refurbishment at the Mpila Camp and also the upgrade of the electricity system, Mpila camp now will come online shortly and no longer will the generator be heard. The sightings have been good in the park with some awesome sightings of Lion down south in the area of Sontuli and No17, so get back into the bush as the seasons are slowly changing back to winter and cooler mornings now’s the time to get the binoculars out once again.

For the latest sightings in the game reserve goto our sightings journals.

For immediate updates drop us a email and we will gladly let you know where its happening.



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