Country & Coastal Touring

Durban Safaris to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

Cheetah at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Durban Safari

KwaZulu-Natal is home to the most game reserves than any other province in South Africa, giving visitors an amazing range of choices and experiences. For convenience, a Durban safari is really hard to beat thanks to the King Shaka International Airport, the modern city of Durban and reassuringly, low-risk malaria areas. Read up more about our range of Durban Safaris below and if you need any further information simply send us an email.

Durban Safaris, Trips and Packages

We have our favorites here at Country and Coastal Touring, reserves that we travel to on a weekly basis. They for us, represent the best of KwaZulu-Natal, both in terms of animal sightings, convenience, safety and budget. We’re always trying out new reserves though, as we only want the best for our guests. Most of our Durban Safaris and tours are to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, Tala Game Reserve, iThala Game Reserve and Nambiti Game Reserve.

Landscape of Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve
Landscape of Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

Established way back in 1895 making it the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa, is the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve! The reserve remains a favorite for all of us as it’s easy to get to (only 2,5 hours north of Durban), is home to the big 5, and is situated in a low-risk malaria area. The camp we stay at (Hilltop Camp) has chalets with private bathrooms as well as budget friendly “rondavels” with shared ablutions. This reserve is our best Durban Safari experience.

Of course we don’t visit for the accommodation, it’s the wildlife experience we’re after! At 960km2 the park is big, and with 300km of roadway, there’s plenty of opportunities to see wildlife. The park is home to the Big 5, as well as African Painted Wild Dog, Hyena and Cheetah. There’s of course loads of general game such as Giraffe, Kudu, Nyala, Impala and more to see.

Elephant calf at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Durban Safari
Elephant calf at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Durban Safari

Visitors at Hilltop Camp can also book a number of open vehicle safaris, either early morning, late morning or evening game drives. And for those wanting to stretch their legs, theres also an option of game walks!

It was at this park that Dr. Ian Player spearheaded Operation Rhino which saved the Southern White Rhino from possible extinction and went on to establish the Wilderness Leadership School which still runs today.

In the south visitors can still the hunting pits that the great Zulu King, Shaka kaSezangakhona ordered dug for the great hunts. In the north the local Zulu clans cut down Tamboti trees to use when making steel, the evidence of which can also be seen.

Lion at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Durban Safari Tour
Lion at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Durban Safari Tour

The park can be separated into two areas, the northern section (Hluhluwe) and the southern section (Imfolozi). The park’s geography is pretty diverse, from the rolling mountains of the north with steep gorges and thicker forests, to the south that’s more open savannah. During the year the conditions naturally change, with the bush being thicker during summer. For the most part the park is great to visit all year round.

Accommodation at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

There’s a number of lodges and camps in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. We usually book into Hillotp Camp which is in the north of the park (Hluhluwe Section). At Hilltop there are laundry services, a pool to relax in during the heat of the day, a great bar and excellent restaurant. The accommodation is in either chalets (2 x sleepers to large family chalets) to the budget friendly rondavels.

In the southern part of the park we stay in Mpila Camp. There are chalets and tents. There’s no restaurant here so everything is self-catering, perfect place to enjoy a a barbecue – oh and during the night animals do wonder through, from hyena’s to wild dogs!

Giraffe at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve ona Durban Safari Tour
Giraffe at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve ona Durban Safari Tour

Day Visits Around the Park

There is also much to do around the park, from a Cheetah Project tour to an elephant experience. There’s also whale spotting (seasonal), Zulu cultural centers and the Indian is close enough to go snorkeling for the morning. Fro those that are coming from the battlefields of Rorkes Drift, the park is also a great place to stop. Although slightly longer than a day trip, visitors can use the park as an overnight destination while on their way to Mozambique or Swaziland.

The Durban safari tours we offer

 

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