Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest reserve in South Africa. It is a Big 5 game park in the Kwazulu-Natal region, north of Durban. It is also known for its white rhino conservation, a globally recognised success story. Initially King Shaka’s hunting grounds, the area has now gained a reputation for its efforts in protecting the wilderness. The 96 000 ha of land is not only home to the big 5, but cheetah, wild dog, and nyala as well. The park is home to 340 bird species, providing some spectacular sightings. Whether on a self drive or guided safari, one may explore the park easily, with all roads clearly marked. There is also the option of a guided night drive or walking safari. With its history and wildlife, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is a fantastic option to satisfy your safari cravings!

Lazuli Bush Lodge, Hluhluwe
Lazuli Bush Lodge, Hluhluwe

Sodwana Bay

The distance between Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is approximately 150 kilometers (about 93 miles) by road. The drive between the two locations typically takes around 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on the specific route and road conditions. Many visitors to the area choose to combine visits to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and Sodwana Bay to experience both the wildlife-rich reserves and the stunning coastal and marine attractions of Sodwana Bay during their stay in the region. Sodwana Bay is renowned for its exceptional scuba diving sites. The coral reefs in the area are teeming with marine life, making it a paradise for underwater enthusiasts. Divers can encounter colorful coral formations and a wide array of fish species. If you prefer a shallower water experience, Sodwana Bay offers fantastic snorkeling opportunities. You can explore the vibrant coral gardens and swim alongside tropical fish in the warm Indian Ocean.

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is surrounded by several other exceptional game reserves and parks in the Kwazulu-Natal region, offering visitors a diverse range of wildlife experiences.

Simangaliso Wetland Park

Located to the east of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It encompasses a vast range of ecosystems, from wetlands and lakes to coastal dunes and coral reefs. Visitors can spot a variety of wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, and numerous bird species. The park also offers boat safaris and snorkeling opportunities.

Phinda Private Game Reserve

To the south of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, you’ll find Phinda Private Game Reserve, known for its luxurious accommodations and diverse wildlife. Here, you can encounter the Big 5 and participate in game drives, bush walks, and birdwatching.

Mkuze Game Reserve

Situated to the west of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, Mkuze Game Reserve boasts a stunning diversity of habitats, including riverine forest, savannah, and wetlands. Visitors can expect to see rhinos, elephants, and a wide range of bird species. Self-guided drives and guided safaris are available.

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