Overview – Hluhluwe-iMfolozi GR
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is the flagship park of the Kwazulu-Natal province. It is also one of the oldest parks in Africa – it was originally given protection as a sanctuary for one last tiny population of southern white rhinos. This is where the species was saved from extinction. Rhinos are now very common in the park and have become a symbolic animal in all KZN parks.
Pros and Cons
- Good wildlife viewing with the Big Five and both rhino species present
- Great birding in the Wet season
- Excellent self-drive destination
- Reasonably priced rest camps in the park
- The park gets quite busy in high season
- No high-end accommodation available inside the park
- Tar road running through the park, creating a lack of wilderness appeal
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi offers great wildlife viewing and is home to all species of the Big Five. Both rhino species are present and white rhino is particularly common. The thick vegetation makes it difficult to spot any of the big cats. Several packs of wild dogs roam around the reserve and are most likely spotted when active early or late in the day.
The park has beautiful scenery with rolling hills, valleys, forests and grassy plains. Three rivers flow in the valleys. Most of the vegetation is very thick, making wildlife viewing a bit more of a challenge.
Weather & Climate
Winter at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, which lasts from May to September, is generally a warm and dry affair. The exception tends to be the mid-season period from June to August when the mornings can be quite cool. Summer (October to April), on the other hand, is hot and humid. The park also gets lashed by thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Best Time to Visit
The humidity, high-season prices and crowds, and regular downpours are three reasons why the Wet season (October to April) isn’t that appealing for a visit. You’ll likely enjoy the wildlife watching more in the Dry season (May to September), when the sky is cloud-free and the animals make a beeline for water sources. You’ll also have the park mostly to yourself then, with the exception of school holidays of course.
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Philip is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many guidebooks, including the Bradt guides to Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.
Home of the Rhino
The first thing I associate with Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is rhinos. These twin reserves, jointly administered and connected by a corridor reserve, have been instrumental in rhino conservation, to the extent that all but a dozen or so of the...
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Loved every minute! We saw Rhino up close! Fantastic!!!!!
Everything was exactly what the dream expected. We never saw any of the Cat Family, but made up for it with Rhino sightings from the moment we entered the Park, and loved being so close to Elephant too. The scenery was breathtaking,...