Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve is the main game reserve in Kwa Zulu Natal, and it is also the oldest game reserve in Africa. Located north of Durban, Hluhluwe is home to the Big Five: lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos, and elephants. There are many other wild animals in the game reserve, all living in their natural habitat and a great way to see how all of them in person, doing their daily business! Among others, you can see zebras, gazelles, impalas, kudu, wild boars, giraffes and much more.
Durban is the largest tourist center about 2 hours from Hluhluwe, so it is possible to do it on a day trip from Durban. There are many different tour operators offering day trips to Hhuluwe Umfolozi, and you can even spend a few days there, also trying out the St Lucia Wetlands World Heritage site, where you can take a boat cruise on the lagoon and get up close and personal. staff with a hippo as it pokes its head out of the water.
There are also a variety of accommodation options in the Hluhluwe area, ranging from campsites to 5-star super luxury. The area continues to grow with options as interest in Durban as a whole grows as the profile of the city rises around the world.
Durban is a perfect tourist destination for South Africa, as the city is right on the fabulous Dolphin Coast and has fantastic beaches for surfing and just sunbathing. There are many beachfront cocktail bars and restaurants that meet all your needs while relaxing on your vacation, and world-class hotels for you to base yourself.
The majestic Drakensberg Mountains are just a couple of hours away, as are the battlefields of the Boer and Anglo-Zulu Wars. You can fly direct to Emirates’ Durban King Shaka Airport from Dubai, as well as connecting flights on SAA and British Airways via Johannesburg. As King Shaka International Airport becomes more popular, there are bound to be many more direct international flights. Currently Emirates flies daily, Qatar and Turkish Airlines are now also scheduled to operate direct flights to the city.
Hluhluwe Umfolozi benefits from good weather all year round and it is never that cold, even in the dead of winter. However, when it’s cold out, what better feeling than snuggling up with a hot drink under the stars on an African night!