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See Africa’s ‘BIG FIVE’ Hluhluwe–Umfolozi Game Reserve

Set in the heart of Zululand, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi is the oldest game reserve in Africa where Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws, where today the “big five” of African legend stalk the verdant savannah. Established in 1895, game viewing is the prime attraction. Viewing hides overlook waterholes enabling visitors to see animals at close range.

As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s and 60s, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve became world-renowned for its white rhino conservation. This conservation effort has enabled the White Rhino to breed and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve now has one of the largest populations of rhino in South Africa.

Other areas of focus for which Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is famed include wilderness trails which originated in Imfolozi in the 1950s and its renowned Game Capture unit recently upgraded into the Centenary Capture Centre, a benchmark for animal capture and sustainable utilization throughout Africa. The Park covers some 96 000 ha and contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora. Hluhluwe is characterised by hilly topography, and this northern section of the park is noted for its wide variety of both bird and animal life. Apart from game-viewing drives, there are two self-guided auto trails which provide information on both the management and natural history of the reserve.

Words from KZN Wild Life

Amorello’s 3-hour game drive enters Hluhluwe–Umfolozi Memorial Gate and explores the northern part of the park. There is an abundance of White Rhino in this part of the park so the likelihood of seeing rhino is quite high. Also, expect to see elephant, giraffe, many species of antelope as other smaller wildlife.

R745 per guest – includes bottled water and packet of peanuts as well as transfers from Amorello to Hluhluwe–Umfolozi Game Reserve

Amorello’s 6-hour game drive enters Hluhluwe–Umfolozi Memorial Gate and explores both Hluhluwe(North) and Umfolozi(South) parts of the reserve. Amorello’s qualified guide will assess on the day which part of the park to focus on based on weather conditions and animal activity from reports. Guests head out for some early morning viewing snacking on a packed breakfast which is included in your package.
The game drive passes Hliitop Camp where we stop for lunch. Guests have a choice to bring their own lunch or let Amorello treat you to our incredible picnic lunch.

Expect to see rhino, elephant, giraffe, many species of antelope as other smaller wildlife. More time in the park means there is a greater chance of seeing the harder to spot species like lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dogs and hyena.

Option A – R1,455 per guest – includes bottled water, packed breakfast, juice as transfers from Amorello to Hluhluwe–Umfolozi Game Reserve. Guest supplies their own lunch.

Option B – R1,685 per guest – includes bottled water, packed breakfast, juice, picnic lunch as transfers from Amorello to Hluhluwe–Umfolozi Game Reserve.

For the hardcore wildlife enthusiasts looking to get the most of a day in Africa’s oldest game reserve. With time to explore, Amorello’s qualified guide will be able to target specific species ensuring guests get the most out of a day in the park.
Guests head out for some early morning viewing snacking on a packed breakfast which is included in your package. For lunch, we stop off at Hilltop Camp where guests can visit the curio shop and have a bite to eat. Guests have a choice to bring their own lunch or let Amorello treat you to our incredible picnic lunch. Late afternoon, we stop off at a second picnic spot for tea which is also provided in this package.

Expect to see rhino, elephant, giraffe, many species of antelope as other smaller wildlife. More time in the park means there is a greater chance of seeing the harder to spot species like lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dogs and hyena.

Option A – R2,170 per guest – includes bottled water, packed breakfast, snacks, juice & other beverages as transfers from Amorello to Hluhluwe–Umfolozi Game Reserve. Guest supplies their own lunch.

Option B – R2,400 per guest – includes bottled water, packed breakfast, picnic lunch, snacks, juice & other beverages as transfers from Amorello to Hluhluwe–Umfolozi Game Reserve.