Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve Hot

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Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is probably KwaZulu Natals premier game viewing destination which holds good populations of the Big Five as well as Cheetah and Wild dog. Birding is excellent with the camps being particularly good for bird photography. This is the location where Black and White Rhino were brought back from the brink of extinction. It is easily accessible from Durban or Richards Bay.



A wide network of roads allows self driving to take place throughout the game reserve. There is a self guided walking trail in the camp grounds of Hilltop camp and short day walks of approximately two hours in the company of an experienced field ranger may be booked from the reception. Open morning and evening game drives may also be booked. Hilltop camp is situated at the summit of a forested hill, offering fine views of the surrounding countryside. Accommodation varies from safari tents, two bed Rondawels through to four bed self-contained chalets and cottages. No camping is permitted.


Best Time to Photograph
Early mornings and evenings are best for driving around to search for photographic subjects, but it is worth spending the whole day at the hides or wandering the camp gardens for birds
Type of Photography
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife General
  • Birds
Best Time of Year
Photographic Tips
Winter months provide the best times for photography as the veld is dry and open. This also means that birds and animals concentrate around the numerous waterholes with accompanying hides. Summer brings numerous migrant bird species
Recommended Gear
A solid beanbag is a must for photographing at the hides. Telephoto lenses are a priority for bird and animal photography


Site Highlights
Throughout the camps, there are numerous bird baths which attract a constant flurry of birds throughout the day. In iMfolozi, the roads following the Black Imfolozi River offer the greatest diversity of habitats and chances of seeing a variety of birds and big game. Likewise at Hluhluwe the network of roads running adjacent to watercourse take one through the rich habitat diversity of the reserve


Season and Weather
Summer months are extremely hot and humid and afternoon thundershowers can be expected. Note that this is a malaria area. Winter weather is more pleasant with cool temperatures and more stable weather patterns
Other Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Game Viewing
  • Night Drives
  • Guided Walks
Guide/s Available
Zululand Birding Route has an experienced network of local guides who can help in finding those special and elusive species. They can be contacted via www.zbr.co.za or Tel: 035 7535644 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Getting There
To reach iMfolozi take the N2 north from Durban and turn off on the R618 to reach Nyalazi Gate. To reach Hluhluwe follow the N2 until the turn off to Hluhluwe Village. Follow the road signs to reach Memorial Gate.


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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: http://www.arnepurves.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.