Hluhluwe is a tiny town surrounded by fabulous game reserves and some wonderful cultural attractions. You could visit a traditional Zulu weaving operation where you could buy baskets, mats and other woven goods, or do a tour of Dumazulu Cultural Village – a living museum of traditional Zulu culture and lifestyle. The nearby Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest game reserve in South Africa and is renowned as the place where an eleventh-hour conservation push rescued the white rhino from the very brink of extinction in the 1960s. Think about it – we came a hair’s breadth from never ever seeing a white rhino, and every one in southern Africa is descended from those few that survived in Hluhluwe.

Things have changed, though. Now it’s the black rhino under threat – so get in there and have a look at one while you still have a chance. Another claim to fame of this fabulous park, which was originally two different parks, Umfolozi and Hluhluwe, is that it was here the first wilderness safaris were run. It took a couple of years, but eventually the idea caught on and now many other reserves, among them the Kruger National Park, now offer this exciting experience.

Hluhluwe is at the southern end of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, where you can do a boat ride to see hippos and crocs, kayak on the lakes, or do a hike or a horse trail. Keen birders should visit Mkuze, which has the reputation of being one of the best birding spots in South Africa, and divers will love the nearby Sodwana Bay, with its lovely coral reefs, extensive dive infrastructure and party atmosphere.

Note: If you are planning to travel to Hluhluwe/Umfolozi please be aware that this region is malarial. Consult your doctor or travel clinic for advice and refer to our article on malaria.

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Mr. & Mrs. Venter
What an experience, seeing and touching the cheetahs at the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre. Driving through the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve and seeing those beautiful wild animals in their natural environment, the views are amazing for taking pictures.We are definitely returning.
Monique Venter
South Africa

Nature's paradise
Hluhluwe is the gateway to the oldest game reserve in South Africa. We were amazed at the amount of wildlife we were privileged to see. Plenty of rhino, elephants, buck, zebras, giraffe, warthogs and buffalo. Unfortunately the big cats decided to hide from us so that gives us a reason to return.
Wendy Anderson
South Africa

Game Drive into Hluhluwe
Very disappointing 6 hour game drive into Hluhluwe. Only game visible were rhino and giraffe (virtually a couple of each in three/four groups), a few buffalo on a ridge, a couple of Nyala here and there, two warthogs and a partridge in a pear tree - and that was it. Not up to the normal game park viewings. Very, very disappointing.
Martin Squire
South Africa

Hluhluwe area
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park was established on 30 April 1895 and is the oldest game reserve in Africa. After the recent veld burns it is stunning with all the new growth and animals all over.Fishing is improving at False Bay, and birding is excellent in the whole area.
Martie Meintjes
South Africa

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve visit
We had a lovely self-drive through Hluhluwe. Entered at Nyalazi gate. Visited the craft market and had lunch at Hilltop Camp. Exited at Memorial gate. Will definitely visit again! Duration was about 3 hours with the two stops. Our toddler enjoyed all the animals, often quite close.
Salome Slabber
South Africa

Pleasant game drive
Hluhluwe is a very nice reserve and the hilltop camp is well located.
Olivier grit

Wildlife Gem
If you want to see wonderful wildlife then Hluhluwe is the place to go. It is so close to Hluhluwe where each visit is guaranteed to be an experience.
Heidi Traut
South Africa

There is so much to do around Hluhluwe. Lovely place to stay and drive around during the day to do some sight seeing.
Ronnie Brummer
South Africa

This town is situated near to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, there are shops and a petrol station.
Ryan Dreyer
South Africa

Hluhluwe Magic!
We loved the reserve and town of Hluhluwe - it was a magical experience. The staff at the park were awesome, the game prolific and the reserve very well maintained. We will be back!
Sue McAlpine
South Africa

Great Getaway
Hluhluwe is great to get away from the "city" life but I would suggest more daily activities in and around lodges in the areas that entertain kids and adults, like horse riding, quad biking, more reptile type parks, etc.
Lizelle Jacobs
South Africa

we never went to hluhluwe town as such but only to the game reserve
Annabelle de Maroussem
South Africa

Great Holiday destination
Good views, great food and exciting experiences!
Cyanne Courtney
South Africa

Not a pretty town and it will not satisfy shopping retail! The Information Centre does not operate (why?) but for everyday supplies there is a Spar and a Shoprite. The guy at the Engen garage was helpful and friendly. Puncture are also fixed efficiently at TyreMart.
Jenni Gous
South Africa

Spacious and quiet
It seems to paradise or the end of the world but jeee we loved it! It isn't to compare with other nature reserves when you visit the wetlands.
marleen van melis

Game heaven
Most diverse game viewing and breath taking landscapes. Great for short getaways and walking trails. Best for Rhino viewing and biggest concentration of white rhino.
South Africa

Escape modern city living
This is a great place to escape the madness of city living. The natural surroundings are relaxing and it makes you appreciate Mother Nature. The activities in this area are enjoyed by young and old.
Carolyn Lochan
South Africa

Great game!
Gorgeous setting and great game!
Megan McNeal
South Africa

Christmas Day 2013
We were in the game reserve, which is a great favourite of ours. We go regularly as we love the outdoors. The petrol station there has wonderful friendly staff.
Mary Scrooby
South Africa

Despite the rain
We never saw the sun, it rained and was cold throughout. We went horse riding and hippo and croc boat cruise which were awesome, we were unlucky at the Isimangaliso Wetland Park for the safari, there wasn't much to see.
Malebo Moche
South Africa