Wildlife & Animals – Hluhluwe-iMfolozi GR

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is a scenic reserve and offers good wildlife viewing. All of the Big Five are present, but only white rhino and buffalo are regularly seen. Big cats are hit-and-miss, and elephant migrate around the park. Black rhino tends to keep to the thickets, but might be spotted at a waterhole or crossing the road. Giraffe and Burchell's zebra are some of the more common species found throughout the park.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionOccasional
CheetahOccasional
HyenaOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

The park is famous for its white rhino conservation success and has one of the largest populations in the world. The gracious nyala is also commonly seen. This antelope is a Kwazulu Natal special as it is very common in the province, but rare elsewhere. Lucky visitors might stumble on a pack of wild dog, and the elusive leopard is sometimes spotted on night drives.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best time for wildlife viewing in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is during the dry months of June to September. The end of the Dry season, from August to September, is a particularly nice time since temperatures are higher than in mid-winter and animals are concentrated around predictable water sources at the end of a long dry period.

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