Two rhinos grazing in Hluhluwe National Park

Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park

About Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park

Once the home of various Zulu kings and located right in the middle of Zululand, Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park covers 96,000 hectares and is Africa’s oldest game reserve. The vast savannah stretches out as far as the eye can see and proudly calls itself home to the “Big 5” along with many other exciting species, such as the rare and beautiful cheetah and wild dog. This park is certainly worth being explored in depth, however, the pronunciation of its name might cause some difficulty. Something alone the lines of "Shloo-shloo-ee" should get you there.

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In the 1950s and 60s the park chose to put an emphasis on the conservation of the black and white rhino, and has since become internationally renowned for its "Operation Rhino". The program has been so successful that the park now has the highest population of white rhino in the world. Aside from its impressive abundance of rhinos, the park has an incredible selection of flora and fauna for visitors to observe during game viewing drives. Self-guided options are also available here, as are walking tails that wind through the park and showcase some of the best that the area has to offer.

The topography of the park is another reason Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park is so highly admired by visitors. The undulating hills covered in acacia bush often have viewpoints positioned at the top, allowing explorers to see for miles around. Meanwhile, in the north of the area the landscape is more rugged and the sloping hills transform into dramatic mountains, offering yet more fantastic scenery. Throughout the park there are also a number of hides, which overlook pans and watering holes where visitors can witness the resident creatures of the park at close range.

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Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park Hotels

If you are planning a Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Bushbaby Lodge Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Bushbaby is a tranquil lodge that has en-suite chalets and wooden cabins with shared ablution facilities. The chalet rooms are spacious whilst the wooden cabin rooms are slightly more basic. There are also tent and caravan sites for those who prefer the camping experience. Traditional home cooked meals are available here as is the option to self-cater. There is also a pool on site and a bar and lounge area. The lodge is 20 minutes away from the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve.

Emdoneni Lodge Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Emdoneni Lodge and Game Farm is a luxurious accommodation set in the heart of the South African bush. The rooms are spacious and stylish with a very high level of comfort while outside there is a large swimming pool surrounded by deck chairs. On the premises, you can witness a range of wildlife including nyala and zebra, which roam freely around the grounds. There are also dozens of different species of birds in the surrounding areas and the lodge itself has its own cheetah conservation program. Emdoneni Lodge is situated on a small game farm outside of Hluhluwe.

Ezulwini Lodge Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Nestled amongst towering trees in a private game park, the Ezulwini game lodge offers a relaxed atmosphere with comfortable accommodation. Stylish interiors and spacious gardens create a pleasant and warm ambience in the guest rooms, which feature the practical conveniences of en suite bathrooms and air-con. The lodge offers a number of activities including game drives, boat cruises and horse riding. The lodge is located just a 20 minute drive from the Hluhluwe game reserve.

Hilltop Camp Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Hilltop Camp is the the oldest in all of KwaZulu-Natal. The accommodation varies in size and extravagance, ranging from luxurious lodges to simpler rooms with facilites for self-catering. The complex is built, in part, with rich wood and is furnished with traditional African decorations. There is also a pool on site, perfect for cooling off after a long day of exploring the park, as well as a restaurant and pub. The camp is in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, on the summit of a forested hill.

Thanda Game Lodge Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Luxury Lodge

Thanda Private Game Reserve offers guests a choice between the opulence of the main lodge and the rugged refinement of the safari-style tented camp. Both accommodations provide high levels of comfort and while the lodge is slightly more modern the tented camp is the perfect way of viewing the stunning natural surroundings just as they were intended, through complete immersion. Situated 23 kilometres north of Hluhluwe, the lodge sits in the heart of the Elephant Coast.

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