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Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is one of the oldest Game Reserve in Africa being established in 1895. It is a very historic ground where the founders started the park, because it used to be the hunting ground of the famous Zulu kings Shaka and Dingiswayo. The BIG FIVE - lion, (back & white) rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard are all to be seen in the park, as well as a variety of other species, including cheetah, wild dog and giraffe. It is also one of the best places in the world to see nyala.


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Gate Opening and Closing Times:
Summer (November to February ) 05h00 to 19h00
Winter ( March to October ) 06h00 to 18h00
Its abundance of wildlife include: Nile crocodile, hippo, white and black rhino, leopard, lion, cheetah, hyena, elephant, buffalo, blue wildebeest, jackal, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, nyala, eland, kudu, impala, duiker, suni, reedbuck, warthog, bushpig, mongoose, baboons, monkeys, a variety of tortoises, terrapins, snakes and lizards.
Health & Climate
Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park is in a LOW RISK malaria area and visitors need to consult their doctors before visiting the area.

Since Hluhluwe (in the north) and Imfolozi (in the south) became one park, the National Park has a size of 96000 hectares. The park is home to the Big 5 and about a fifth of the world’s black and white rhino population. The park is located in central Zululand in South Africa's province KwaZulu Natal.

How to get there?

Well, there are - as always - different ways to explore Hluhluwe-Imfolozi. You can eg rent a car in Durban or St. Lucia and drive there on your own or you can join organised trips. Most of them are actually starting in Durban, but also from St. Lucia day trips are starting. Make use of google maps for a detailled and individual route description.

Where to sleep?

Finding accommodation in the area is no problem at all. You can find various accommodation establishments in the town of Hluhluwe, as well as in St. Lucia, Mtubamtuba and Cape Vidal.

 Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Head to the heart of Zululand for an exciting day of fantastic game viewing at the picturesque Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, renowned throughout the world for its dedication to Rhino conservation.
After an early morning departure from Durban, arrive at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, a spectacular sanctuary for over eighty species of game and a huge variety of birds – 425 species at the last count! Join a closed vehicle safari and head into the bush to view the wonderful flora and fauna including cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, blue wildebeest, spotted hyena, wild dogs and all members of the Big Five. Lunch at the award winning hilltop camp provides a refreshing respite and beautiful views across the reserve.
 

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Zululand

The Zululand is the Zulu-dominated area of what is today northern KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It stretches from the Tugela River in the south to the Pongola River in the North. Today Zululand is home to South Africa’s most game parks, wilderness areas and protected wetlands.
The climate ranges from hot and humid along the coastline to cooler temperatures inland.
The Zululand gives you the opportunity to feel the “living culture” of the Zulus and to gain an insight look into their turbulent past. If you go there, visit the battlefields and all the other historic places of the Zulu past.

How to get there?

Easiest way to get around in the Zululand is by car. Rent yourself a car and explore the area - it is worth it. If you do not fancy renting a car on your own, you can also join organised tours which might even give you a better impression on the Zululand than travelling around on your own. Make use of google maps for a detailled and individual route description (Eshowe).

Where to sleep?

Finding accommodation in Zululand is no big deal, but the majority of accommodation establishments can be found in St. Lucia and Richards Bay on the coast, and Hluhluwe inland.

Daytrips into the Zululand (mainly from Durban):

Shakaland Zulu Experience
A wonderful cultural experience unique to South Africa, visit the tropical beauty of Zululand and experience the A-Z of traditional Zulu life.
Journey along the verdant KwaZulu-Natal north coast through sugarcane fields into beautiful Zululand and the nKwalini Valley. The largest Zulu kraal in Zululand proudly stands at the crest of a hill over looking the uMhlatusi River – birth place of Shaka, the legendary Zulu King. Built on the set of the film Shaka Zulu, today it is a living museum where you can learn all about the culture and traditions of Zulus and experience the Zulu way of life. Observe the skill and artistry that goes into building their huts, making pottery, brewing beer and crafting bead-work and baskets. During your visit make sure you sample the unusual beer, visit the isangoma (witchdoctor) and enjoy the grace and raw energy of the Zulu dancers. A delicious lunchtime feast is also enjoyed.
 

 Isandlwana & Roukes Drift Tour
The tour is a great introduction to the history and heritage of the region providing you with a great insight of Anglo-Zulu war history. Go back in time to 1879 as you visit the legendary battle sites where the Zulu army attacked the British camp by surprise just beneath the mountain of Isandlwana. The Zulus armed with simple muskets overpowered the British infantry armed with Martin-Henry riffles. Your second stop will be at Rorkes Drift, an internationally renowned area where 100 British soldiers fought and succeeded against 4,000 Zulu worriers in a 13 hour battle losing only 17men. Enjoy a meal and a scenic tour across KwaZulu-Natal where the bloody history of these sites contrasts with the tranquil scenery of unspoiled nature.  

The Anglo-Zulu War Battlefields - Tour from Durban
Relive the horror of the two most famous Anglo-Zulu War battles. Visit the eerie battlefield of Isandlwana, where British troops were massacred by the Zulu army in 1879, then continue to Rorke's Drift, where a handful of British soldiers heroically held a mighty Zulu regiment at bay, a battle made famous by the movie 'Zulu'. The tour winds through some of the most spectacularly beautiful scenery in KwaZulu-Natal.  
 

St. Lucia & the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
St. Lucia, the town, is the most southern entrance to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park), which is one if the South African UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The town is situated about 300km north of Durban and approximately the same south of the Kingdom of Swaziland. For some info about Lake St. Lucia click here. A pic of the whole Estuary can be found here.
[14-05-07] South Africa's first World Heritage Site, the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, has been renamed in an effort to give the park a name that better reflects its unique identity and sense of place. The new name is iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk announced on Sunday. link

Diving

Sodwana Bay is one of the top diving spots in Southern Africa with. Thecoral reef has one of the world's highest numbers of tropical fish species second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia.

 

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