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The full-day safari tour of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is an opportunity to see the Big 5 and an abundance of wildlife and birds without trekking across the country to the Kruger National Park. The tour takes you on a scenic drive up the north coast of Durban to the game reserve; with beautiful views of the sparkling Indian Ocean on one side and swathes of lush, fertile sugarcane plantations on the other side.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is world-renowned for its white rhino conservation programme so you’re guaranteed sightings of this highly endangered species. A game drive in an open safari vehicle is available at an extra charge, otherwise guests are taken around the Park in a luxury air-conditioned tour vehicle.
- Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Pick up and drop off available at no extra charge from various Durban beachfront hotels. Pick up and drop off from hotels in other suburbs in Durban available on request at an extra charge
Tour duration and collection times may vary depending on route taken and traffic
|DEPARTURE TIME||6:30am Departs Monday, Wednesday & Friday (except 25-26 December and 1 January)|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa and spans some 960 square kilometres. Formerly known as Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, it was opened to the public in 1895 and operates as the only state-run wildlife reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The area was once King Shaka’s private hunting grounds but today, is a protected wildlife corridor that has benefitted from years of dedicated conservation efforts.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is home to the Big Five; elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard. The Park also boasts an abundance of antelope, predators and prolific birdlife. Viewing hides are placed strategically throughout the reserve overlooking pans and waterholes which offer visitors excellent game sightings.
The national game reserve is world-renowned for its white rhino conservation programme and was the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s and 60s. It offers the more adventurous a wonderful selection of guided or self-guided walking trails that crisscross 96 000 hectares of pristine bushveld. A 40-seater boat on Hluhluwe Dam takes guests on a guided safari tour twice a day; it’s the ideal way to see game which come down to the water to drink and an array of indigenous waterbirds.
The Hluhluwe area is the northern half of the Park and Umfolozi is the southern half. The north of the park is more rugged and mountainous with thick wooded forests and open savanna grasslands; while the southern half ranges from the low-lying Umfolozi river course to wide and deep valleys which extend into acacia savanna and woodlands.
The full day tour of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is broken for lunch at Hilltop Camp in the north of the Park. It was built in 1934 and was the first rest camp opened to the public.
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