Hluhluwe Travel Guide
The name "Kwazulu" is derived from Zulu culture. Translated it means "Place of the people of heaven" Get more information here: Zulu History
The Zulu name 'Hluhluwe' is pronounced 'shoeshloee' It originates from the climbing plant 'Dalbergia armata' which is called 'Umhluhluwe' in the Zulu language. 'Imfolozi' or 'umfolozi' means 'heart' of the Zulu Kingdom.
Hluhluwe Imfolozi is the oldest game reserve in South Africa. In days gone by, the region was the hunting ground of the Zulus. It now covers an area of diverse environment ranging from mountains to open grassland, and is home to a wide variety of wildlife and birds.
The central Nyalazi gate to the reserve is situated about 48kms from the village of Mtubatuba. You'll get direct access to this gate and the northern Memorial gate by means of the N2 from Richard's Bay.
Of course, viewing of wildlife is the main activity at the Hluhluwe Game Reserve and there are various safari options open to you which can be arranged when you get there.
There are game viewing drives, self guided motor trails and guided walks, as well as hides which overlook waterholes. There are picnic sites, a restaurant and of course the renowned game capture unit now known as the Centenary Centre.
The Hluhluwe Game Reserve is known worldwide for it's conservation of the White and Black Rhino which are abundant in the reserve. All the Big 5 game are to be found, including lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo, which roam freely through the bush. There are also plenty of buck, zebra, giraffe, hippo and many other well known species.
Birding is popular at Hluhluwe because of the available bush walks which enable enthusiasts to approach closer to the birds. The biodiversity of the region encourages a wide range of species of birds to make the reserve their home. There's also a natural flood plain which attracts many migrant birds.
You can expect to see such wild birds as the Fish Eagle, Secretary bird, the Honey Bussard and the Rudds Apalis.
Best time to go on safari
This is a matter of personal choice. The dry, less busy season in Zululand is during the winter months which run from May to August. The weather during these months is generally warm to cool during the day and cool to cold at night. The summer rainfall season is September to April. The days are hot and humid at this time of year and the nights are warm.
The Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve is situated in a malaria affected area and you need to take precautions accordingly. You'll find more information on malaria here: malaria.org
Find safari accommodation at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and in the surrounding area: Hluhluwe Accommodation
Hluhluwe Travel Guide
About guided tours and safaris in the Hluhluwe Reserve: Hluhluwe Safaris
What do you need to take along with you? Safari Essentials
What you can expect to be doing on your safari: Safari Activities
Your safari safety is paramount, so here's a page I've set up accordingly: Safari safety
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