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Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve Highlights

The Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve is an enormous game park and offers incredible natural beauty with rolling hills covered in low acacia bush and lots of viewpoints offering a bird's eye view of the park. The north of the park is more rugged and mountainous with forests and grasslands, while the south and west is more undulating with open savannah. The park contains a large diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly well known for its conservation of black and white rhino. It contains hundreds of endangered black rhino and the largest population of white rhino in the world.

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  • Established in 1895, this is the oldest game park in South Africa along with nearby St. Lucia Wetland Reserve.
  • As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s and 60s, the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation.
  • The Park covers some 96 000 hectares and contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora.
  • There is a 40 seater boat on Hluhluwe dam which takes visitors on guided trips twice a day.

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Safari Lodges within Hluhluwe iMfolozi Reserve

Thula Thula Safari Lodge

Thula Thula Elephant Safari Lodge offers luxurious accommodation, award-winning bush cuisine and exciting wildlife activities. The lodge offers easy access from Durban and the reserve is home to a wide variety of African wildlife.

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Falaza Game Park and Spa

Guests at Falaza Game Park and Spa can enjoy a traditional bush experience in a peaceful environment with remarkable natural beauty; a haven for wildlife offering luxurious tented accommodation, impeccable service and hearty bush cuisine.

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Hluhluwe River Lodge

Hluhluwe River Lodge offers a private and secluded location in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park with luxurious accommodation. The lodge is family-friendly and offers an abundance of activities to keep adventurous children and guests entertained.

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Thula Thula Safari Lodge is situated only 45 minutes from Richards Bay harbour and airport, and less than 2 hours drive from Durban. It has centuries of cultural and wildlife heritage, and prides itself in tracing back its origin to the private hunting grounds of King Shaka, founder of the Zulu Empire.

Falaza Game Park and Spa is located on the Elephant Coast and is a year-round holiday destination with a great climate and lush surroundings. It has luxurious accommodation and offers rhino tracking, decadent spa treatments, and equipped conferencing facilities.

How to Get there

Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for visitors to Durban and Richard's Bay airports from most airports in South Africa. Guests can also self-drive from Durban or Sun Safaris can arrange a road transfer for guests. The nearest town is Mtubatuba which is 48kms away. Maps and directions will be provided when booking with us.

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Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve Game Viewing and Activities

Apart from the Big Five, the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve offers an abundance of general wildlife including black and white rhino as well as cheetah, wild dog and nyala. There are a number of viewing hides in the park as well as waterholes offering exciting close up game viewing and encounters.

The park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. The bird watching is phenomenal with over 300 species to be found in the park. Hluhluwe Umfolozi is home to 1,600 white rhino and 370 black rhino - an impressive number, which means you are very likely to see one or both species.

Seasons and Climate

The park offers a sub-tropical climate with a definite rainy season and dry season. The rainy season is from September to April and is a hot and humid with most of the rain falling during the months of September to April. Annual rainfall is 29-39 inches (750-1,000mm).

The dry season is from May to August and the temperatures are very pleasant with warm days and cool

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