The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa, stretching over 964 square kilometres and encompassing a huge diversity of habitats. The terrain itself is largely hilly country, with dense vegetation resulting from the park’s high rainfall.
The park boasts a plethora of large game species, such as hyenas, lions, kudo, buffalo, cheetah, elephant (close to 200 of them), giraffes, zebra, impala, nyala and wildebeest. The lower part of the reserve is covered in open woodland, making it ideal for game viewing excursions.
If visitors proceed across the Black iMfolozi River into the higher section of the park, they will find themselves on the higher grounds of the Hluhluwe section of the park. This region experiences far higher rainfall than the lower woodland part, resulting in much denser vegetation. Here one might find smaller animals such as bushbuck or samango monkeys.
The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is steeped in Zulu History. Located in the centre of Zululand, it is where Zulu kings such as Shaka and Dingiswayo hunted. The area was officially made into a reserve in 1895, making it the oldest game reserve in Africa. In the 1950’s and 1960’s the park implemented its Operation Rhino, a world-leading conservation project aimed at preserving the White Rhino.
Apart the game viewing, and park also has two self-guided auto trails and guided walks.The Hilltop Restaurant offers stunning views and delicious food (their bunny chow is to die for) with both indoor and outdoor seating, toilets, and a curio shop.