Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

Home of the Big 5 and the famous iMfolozi Wilderness Area.

The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is the oldest game reserve in Africa with sections of the reserve once belonging to King Shaka as a private hunting range. In modern times the reserve is world famous for its conservation projects including Project Rhino as well as the iMfolozi Wilderness area, which is one of the few tracts of land on planet where human development is prohibited. The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is also home to a wide variety of plant, bird and animal life that visitors can view on guided tours, self-drives or even overnight wilderness trails.

Adventure guides for Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

Check out these detailed adventure guides based on our personal experiences in Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Park and the surrounding areas.

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iMfolozi Wilderness Trail

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Map of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

  • Big 5
  • Birding
  • Night Game Drives
  • Bush Camps
  • Rhino Conservation
  • iMfolozi Wilderness Area


There is no need for a 4×4 in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi. There are a number of tarred roads as well as gravel roads which a fine for any road car.

The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is home to the Big 5 as well as a number of different plant, bird and animal species.

Aside from the large herds of zebra, impala and nyala, visitors also stand a good chance of seeing giraffe, buffalo and elephant. The large cats like lions and leopards are present but much harder to spot and visitors should also keep their eyes peeled for rare finds like wild dogs and honey badgers.

Birders will also find no end of species to check off their lists from the large vultures and raptors to the small waxbills and finches.

While there are a number of excellent tour operators the run guided game drives through the park, visitors can also self drive the large road network in search of game sightings.

There are a number of picnic sites within the reserve as well as to rest stops and camps (Hilltop and Mpila) with small shops to stock up on supplies.

The iMfolozi section of the park is best known for it’s wilderness area where visitors can arrange to do the famous iMfolozi Wilderness Trail.

The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is in a low risk malaria area, however, if you want to minimise your risk of getting malaria be sure to wear clothing that covers your body in the evenings, use natural insect repellents and ask your doctor to prescribe prophylactic medication.

Established in 1895, the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is the oldest protected area in Africa.

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