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Hluhluwe-Imfolozi: Big 5 Full or Half-Day Safari

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi: Big 5 Full or Half-Day Safari

Experience the rolling hills of the Savannah grasslands and a magical African sunrise. Sit back and relax while your ranger takes you to the best areas within the park. With trained eyes and years of experience, your ranger will undoubtedly deliver some magnificent sightings. Learn more about this fascinating park and the incredible history of when King Shaka used the lower Umfolozi as his personal hunting grounds or how the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park single-handedly saved the rhinos from near extinction. The park is home not only to the African Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo) but also includes cheetahs, wild dogs, and many more. Enjoy breakfast and lunch at one of the numerous scenic picnic areas within the park. The tour concludes with a drop off at the Nyalazi Gate or alternatively, drop off back at your accommodation in St. Lucia.

From Richards Bay: Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve Day Trip

From Richards Bay: Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve Day Trip

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve set in the heart of Zululand where Africa’s Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhinoceros) roam the flourishing savannah. Established in 1895 this is the oldest park in South Africa and encompasses over 98000 hectares of beautiful African landscape. This tour is in a closed vehicle. The Park contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is characterised by hilly topography. The list of animals at the park is long and varied. Hluhluwe Game Reserve makes up the northern top half of the reserve which is renowned for its diverse variety of bird and animal life. South of Hluhluwe is the Imfolozi Game Reserve which makes up half of the park. These two reserves were joined together to create the largest reserve in KwaZulu Natal.

Durban: Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari & iSimangaliso Tour

Durban: Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari & iSimangaliso Tour

Previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, iSimangaliso Wetlands Park was declared South Africa's first Natural World Heritage Site (UNESCO), and is considered South Africa's third-largest park with 280 kilometers of near-pristine coastline and 328,000 hectares of magnificent scenery. The protected area is home to one of the largest populations of hippopotami in SA, an estimated 1,000 crocodiles and a wealth of plant, bird and animal life. Animals in the park include lions, African elephants, leopards, black and southern white rhino, and buffalo. In the ocean, there are whales, dolphins, and marine turtles, including the leatherback and loggerhead turtle. After the boat tour, travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. Your experienced guide will show you around the park in a closed vehicle in search of the diverse wildlife and Africa's Big 5, which include the lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhinoceros. The reserve is set in the heart of Zululand, where these amazing animals roam the flourishing savannah. Established in 1895, this is the oldest park in South Africa and is 98,000 hectares in size. The Park contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is characterized by hilly topography. The list of animals at the park is long and varied. Hluhluwe, the northern section of the park, is noted for its wide variety of both bird and animal life. Imfolozi Game Reserve is situated in the southern section of the park. Today, the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is world-renowned for its white rhino conservation efforts and its Centenary Capture Center which is setting improved standards for game capture and sustainable utilization in Africa. Your guide will stop at Hilltop Camp restaurant giving you time to refuel and relax. The restaurant is situated at the top of the hill and gives visitors the chance to enjoy the scenery of the camp and surrounding areas. Afterwards, you will continue with your safari before leaving the park for Durban.

From Durban: Full-Day Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park Tour

From Durban: Full-Day Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park Tour

This full-day tour from Durban takes you on safari in the wonderful Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa. The park is famous for its highly successful white rhino conservation program and is now home to the largest population of white rhino in the world. On your full-day safari tour you will have many opportunities to encounter the amazing wildlife in their natural environment. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park is home to 84 species of games, including the ‘Big Five’, and 425 different types of birds. See how many you can spot on your safari! The hilly terrain affords some of the most incredible views over the reserve. Enjoy lunch at the Hilltop Camp (or similar) and simply enjoy the beautiful scenery.

From Richards Bay: DumaZulu Cultural Village Day Trip

From Richards Bay: DumaZulu Cultural Village Day Trip

DumaZulu Cultural Village is located near the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve in the heart of Zululand. Translated as “Thundering Zulu” DumaZulu is South Africa’s largest Zulu cultural village boasting a large tradition sibaya and over 50 Zulu locals who live and work at DumaZulu. This village is depiction of what Zulu culture was like before modernization and is considered living museum. The village is laid out in the tradition Zulu design of Zulu beehive huts arranged in a circle around a cattle kraal. Visitors are welcomed by a local DumaZulu tour guide who explains and shares interesting traditions and customs of the Zulu people. The locals display traditional basket-weaving, spear and shield making skills and techniques. Guests enjoy buying decorative beadwork from the locals, viewing the village Sangoma perform tradition bone throwing as well as an impressive Zulu dancing and singing performance.

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari including Open Vehicle Game Drive

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari including Open Vehicle Game Drive

The tour departs from Richards Bay heading northward along the coast to northern KwaZulu-Natal. You will arrive at the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve gate 1 and half to 2 hours after departing from Richards Bay. You will experience a 3 Hours Open Vehicle Game Drive around the park in search of the diverse wildlife and Big 5. Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve set in the heart of Zululand where Africa’s Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhinoceros) roam the flourishing savannah. Established in 1895 this is the oldest park in South Africa and encompasses over 98 000 hectares of beautiful African landscape. This tour is in a open vehicle. The Park contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is characterised by hilly topography. The list of animals at the park is long and varied. Hluhluwe Game Reserve makes up the northern top half of the reserve which is renowned for its diverse variety of bird and animal life. South of Hluhluwe is the Imfolozi Game Reserve which makes up half of the park. These two reserves were joined together to create the largest reserve in KwaZulu Natal. The Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve is noted for its White Rhino conservation. Their Centenary Capture Centre is celebrated for its exceptional research in animal capture, rehabilitation and release as well their approach to sustainable ecotourism in South Africa. Your guide will stop for lunch at Hilltop Camp (own expense) giving you time to refuel and relax. The restaurant is situated at the top of the hill and gives visitors the chance to enjoy the scenery of the camp and surrounding areas or we will visit the Centenary Centre, a wildlife-holding centre with an attached museum, information centre and excellent craft shop. It incorporates rhino enclosures and antelope pens, and was established to allow visitors to view animals in transit to their new homes.

Durban: DumaZulu Cultural Village & Boat Safari Day Trip

Durban: DumaZulu Cultural Village & Boat Safari Day Trip

See the Unesco World Heritage Site of the ISimangaliso Wetlands Park, then witness traditional arts, crafts, and performances at the DumaZulu village. Depart from Durban and head north along the coast to northern KwaZulu-Natal. The first stop will be DumaZulu Cultural Village in the heart of Zululand. Experience a village depicting traditional Zulu culture, with beehive huts arranged in a circle around a cattle kraal. Enjoy a welcome from a local guide who will explain the traditions and customs of the Zulu people including basket-weaving, and spear and shield-making. Feel free to purchase some decorative beadwork from the locals. View the village Sangoma perform traditional bone throwing, dancing, and singing of the Zulu tribe. Next we will stop at the small town of St Lucia inside the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. Board a riverboat for a 2-hour guided tour of the estuary. Encounter a unique ecosystem of pristine coastline and magnificent scenery. Keep an eye out for hippopotami, and maybe see one of the estimated 1,000 crocodiles. The Park also has wildlife like lions, zebra, elephants, leopards, giraffes, black and white rhinos, and fish eagles. After St Lucia we will take a slow drive to Durban

Durban: Hluhluwe Big 5 Safari with Pro Zeiss Binoculars

Durban: Hluhluwe Big 5 Safari with Pro Zeiss Binoculars

Get up close with Africa's famous Big 5 on a safari tour of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Discover the different sides of the parks with one morning and one afternoon drive during which you will be provided with the high-end Zeiss Terra ED 8x42 binoculars and multi-language guidebooks.  Start early at 5 am to catch the wildlife, especially predators, at their most active times which is dawn and dusk. Enter the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve via Nyalazi Gate and explore the Imfolozi side of the reserve on a 3.5-hour morning game drive on our Hyundai H1 vehicle. The southern sector of the reserve is typified by its flat open plains and renowned for elephant and rhino sightings. Time for a spot of lunch at Hilltop Restaurant (at own cost). Enjoy your meal while taking in the panoramic views over the reserve and put those binoculars to test. After lunch, explore the northern sector of the reserve while keeping your eyes pealed for the highly endangered African Wild Dogs and Big Cats. Spend another 3.5-hours traversing the Hluhluwe side of the reserve. Around 4 pm we will start to make our way back to Durban. Your safari tour is in a Hyundai H1 Vehicle. This is not an open safari vehicle. It is a luxury van with large windows. The windows open wide enough for you to take pictures using amateur and professional cameras. All travelers will have access to our high-end Zeiss Terra ED 8x42 binoculars and multilingual safari guide book, available in English, German & French. 

Full Day Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve Tour from Durban

Full Day Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve Tour from Durban

Depart from Durban at 6am and drive to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, a 3 hour journey from Durban. Get into a 4x4 in Hluhluhluwe Imfolozi and get to explore this vast reserve. Established in 1895 this is the oldest park in South Africa and encompasses over 98 000 hectares of beautiful African landscape. The Park contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is characterised by hilly topography. The list of animals at the park is long and varied. The Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve is noted for its White Rhino conservation. Their Centenary Capture Centre is celebrated for its exceptional research in animal capture, rehabilitation and release as well their approach to sustainable ecotourism in South Africa.

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Full Day Tour from Durban

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Full Day Tour from Durban

We depart from Durban at 6am in the morning and head to Hluhluwe Imfolozi, approximately 3 hours drive. On arrival, your 4x4 tour of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve will take you through some of the most stunning scenery in Africa. As you explore the reserve, you'll have the opportunity to see the famous Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo), as well as numerous other species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Your journey will begin at the reserve's entrance, where you'll check in and receive a map and any additional information you might need. From there, you'll embark on a guided game drive adventure through the reserve's winding roads, taking in the sights and sounds of the African bush. Along the way, you'll stop at various lookout points and watering holes, where you can get up close and personal with the animals as they drink and graze. You might also catch a glimpse of the elusive cheetah, as well as wild dogs, hyenas, and giraffes. As your tour comes to an end, be sure to stop by the reserve's gift shop, where you can purchase souvenirs and memorabilia to commemorate your visit to this incredible game reserve. Whether you're a seasoned safari-goer or a first-time visitor, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is a must-see destination for anyone looking to experience the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of Africa.

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4.6
(40 reviews)

Our guide Lindo was amazing. Funny, knowledgeable, keen eye. He was able to see a turtle under a bush, a snake in the grass, and an elephant on top of a hill. He had many stories to tell and eventhough we would see the same animal multiple times, he'd have always more information about each of them. Fantastic trip, good driver and great time!

It was an amazing experience - it was just the right amount of time in the park. As I was a lone guest paying for a minimum of two people I think drinks should have been included with the meal. My guide was very knowledgable and I gained a lot of information which was enlightening.

Very great expérience!! We saw many animale, the guide was absolutely great, he explained many things about animals. Both breakfast and lunch were very good. We had à young child with us, everything went well. I strongly recommend!!

Had a great time with Benson from Owomusa Safaris was an incredible tour guide! He knew all the best places in Durban and had a great amount of knowledge of Game reserve!! Highly recommend you to have Benson as your guide!

We were picked up from the hotel on time. The guide did his best all day to show us as many animals as possible and explained a lot. Included is a good breakfast and a delicious braai lunch