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As the African sun sets over Hilltop Camp you have a 360 degree view over the legendary royal hunting ground of the mighty Zulu nation.  Home to the world’s largest population of endangered White Rhino as well as the Big Five, Hhuhluwe-iMfolozi Park is just waiting to thrill you.

 

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All year round; the dry months from June to September are best for game viewing.
 

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Close Encounters of the Rhino Kind...

Come and see these magnificent endangered creatures up close in their natural environment in this spectacular Game Park, the oldest wildlife conservancy in the whole of Africa. If the plains could speak they would tell tales of high drama in the days when Zulu Kings Shaka and Dingiswayo would hunt here on foot, with only a spear between them and the predators! Nowadays, you can follow in their footsteps and track the endangered Rhino on foot, accompanied by a trained guide. The park is home to over 1,500 Rhino and this concentration almost guarantees good sightings of this majestic and persecuted animal.

 

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Black and White Rhino, Elephant,  and other Highlights

Black and White Rhino

iMfolozi has always been home to Rhino, both Black and White, and even when thousands of other game species were eradicated here during the 1940’s, (when they were thought to be causing a Tsetse Fly epidemic), the Rhino was spared. The Rhino was critically endangered and on the verge of extinction in 1900, when only 20 animals remained worldwide.  Due to the massive Operation Rhino conservation efforts of the 1950’s and 1960’s at the iMfolozi Park, the numbers now exceed 1,600 here and hundreds of the animals have been relocated all around the world. In recent years the Rhino has once again been faced with large-scale poaching by extremely well-organised criminals, which is causing great concern to the Park. Support Rhino conservation in any way you can and come and see them soon; a portion of your entrance fee to the Park will directly support the drive to save these animals for future generations.  

 

Elephants

The Park is also home to large herds of Elephant which are commonly observed, especially in the southern parts of the Park (iMfolizi area) between the two iMfolozi river beds.

 

Big Five

Everyone wants to see the Big Five, and they are all to be found in this Park. Lion, Leopard and Buffalo are all waiting to make your acquaintance, along with Cheetah, Hyena, Jackal, Giraffe, Zebra and many antelope; it is also an excellent place to see Nyala.

 

Birds and Birding

The Park is a veritable paradise for bird watchers and is home to over 350 species of resident and migrant birds, including some rare species that are only found in this region – for instance, it is the only part of the country where you can see Yellow Throated, Pink Throated and Orange Throated Long Claws in the same area.

 

 

Safaris in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

The best way to see the delights of this Park is to go on a 2, 3 or 5 day Safari with an experienced guide, who will be able to showcase the diverse habitats and tell you all about the Flora as well as the Fauna. Typically you will spend a night or two in a couple of Camps or Lodges and your experience will include day and night game drives as well as walking trails. There is also a boat on the Hluhluwe Dam, which takes visitors on a guided trip twice daily – this is a great opportunity for bird watching and observing Crocodiles and Hippos.

 

 

Other Activities in and around the Park

Wilderness Trails

The utmost excitement for those who don’t mind to rough it a bit. The Wilderness Trails in the Park are accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable guides, and you will sleep out in the bush under the wide African skies; you need to be reasonably fit to undertake this trail, but it will leave you with indelible memories of being part of the heartbeat of Africa.

 

St Lucia Kayak Safaris

iMfolozi is not far from the incredible iSimangaliso Wetland Park UNESCO World heritage site in St Lucia. Here you can go on a wonderful Kayak safari where you can drift silently among the Hippos and Nile Crocodiles, while Fish Eagles and Herons fly by overhead.  

 

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving at Cape Vidal

Enjoy the warm sub-tropical waters of the Indian Ocean as you snorkel or dive the world’s southern-most coral reef.

 

Turtle Tours

If you time your visit to coincide with the Turtle nesting season (from  November onwards), you may be lucky enough to see a giant Leatherback make her way up the beach to dig a nest and lay her eggs. About 2 months later the hatchlings have to make the perilous journey from egg to ocean, and this incredible journey can be witnessed if you visit during the second quarter of the year.

 

 

Accommodation in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

There are two main rest camps inside the Park where you can either stay in bungalows or a self-catering chalet. In addition there are two wonderful rustic bush lodges for 8 guests (let as a single unit) that come with a cook and guide. These are unfenced camps situated in beautiful spots near a waterhole, and you will be surrounded by the sounds of the animals as you drift off to sleep. Outside the Park gates there is a very wide selection of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, from rustic country guesthouses to top-end 5-star lodges.

 

 

How to Get There

The Park is a very pleasant 3 to 4-hour drive from Durban on good roads. Alternatively you could fly to Richards Bay airport and drive to the Park from there – it takes about an hour by road from Richards Bay.

 

 

Best Time to Visit

Since the Park is situated close to the sub-tropical coast of Kwazulu Natal it is a great year-round destination. Winter, from June to September is the driest time and it is easier to view the game at this time of the year, although the Night Safaris could be quite chilly and you will need a jacket and scarf. January and February are very hot and humid, but great for the aquatic activities at St. Lucia.



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