Situated in the north-east region of KwaZulu-Natal, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park was established in 1895 and now stands as South Africa’s oldest game reserve. Spread across an incredible 96 000 hectares, the park spans a total of 80 kilometres long and 30 kilometres wide; all of it bursting with a wide variety of fauna and flora. We access the Hluhluwe / iMfolozi Game reserve through the Nyalazi gate.
Distance from St Lucia: 52 km
Originally made up of three separate reserves, these sections merged in 1989 – making the park what it is today. The name Hluhluwe Imfolozi originated from the three major rivers which flow through the entire park – namely the White Umfolozi River, the Black Umfolozi River and the Hluhluwe River.
Over the years, this park has become world-renowned for its white rhino conservation efforts, as well as its inspiring Centenary Capture Centre.
Featuring more than 80 species of mammals – including the famous Big 5 – the Imfolozi Game Reserve is bound to keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat.
The Imfolozi Game Reserve is located in the southern region of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, with the south entrance (Nyalazi Gate) just a mere 50 kilometres from St Lucia. You can enter the park from the southern entrance, but with no fencing throughout the park – you’ll have unlimited access to great wildlife sightings and safari adventures throughout your adventure.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park provides you with the best of both worlds; St Lucia’s tranquil beaches and the natural, wild wonders of the park.
The park hosts more than 340 bird species, including a plethora of rare bird specimen to entice even the most experienced birder. Rare species include:
- The brown-headed parrot
- Narina trogon
- White-fronted bee-eater
- Lanner falcon
When it comes to the park’s floral kingdom – there is an estimated 1 200 plant species to be found including the Natal giant cycad and pepper-bark tree – both of which are protected species under the law.
Some of the animals you can expect to see:
- Wild dog
- Blue wildebeest
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