Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve


Established in 1895, in the heart of Zululand, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi (pronounced sh-shlu-we umph-o-lo-zee) Game Reserve is the oldest game park in Africa and is the only park under formal conservation in KwaZulu-Natal. It falls under the management of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, a provincial conservation body, and is divided into two distinct areas. The northern Hluhluwe region of the reserve is forested and mountainous, markedly different to the open savannahs to the southern Imfolozi region. Together theses dramatically different landscapes make for a diverse, and wonderful South African safari experience.

A safari in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi offers a chance to sight Africa’s well known big five game comprised of elephant, black and white rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard. The park is also home to 86 indigenous species including the Nile crocodile, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, blue wildebeest, jackal, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, nyala, eland, kudu, impala, duiker, suni, reedbuck, common warthog, bush pig, mongoose, baboons, monkeys, a variety of tortoises, terrapins, snakes and lizards. It is a prime area for birding safaris with over 340 species. wp-content/uploads/2015/12/hluhluwe-imfolozi-game-reserve-1.jpg The Hluhluwe River Flood Plain is one of the only areas in the whole of South Africa where yellow-throated, pink-throated and orange-throated longclaw species can be seen together. Bird life include night heron, Wahlberg's eagle, Shelley's francolin, black-bellied korhaan, Temminck's courser, Klaas's cuckoo, little bee-eater and crested barbet.

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is proudly the birthplace of rhino preservation, breeding the species back from extinction. As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s and 60s (driven largely by the park's warden, Ian Player), the park became world-renowned for its white rhino conservation. The Rhino Capture Unit of the park helped save the endangered White Rhino from the brink of extinction. Today there are more than 1,600 white rhino in the reserve and hundreds of the animals have been moved to game reserves around the world.


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