Hluhluwe is situated near the Northeast coast of Natal between the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park (former Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve) and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (former Greater St Lucia Wetland Park) on the banks of the Hluhluwe River. The river is named after the thorny plants growing along the river banks. Farms in the region produce timber, sugar cane, pineapples and cattle.
The close proximity to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is the town’s main attraction. The Park covers about 96,000 ha of varied fauna and flora. It is famous for bringing the endangered white rhino back from the brink of extinction.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, close to Hluhluwe, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an animal conservation and game farm area. The region hosts the Big Five, over 350 species of bird and a variety of other wildlife including giraffe, wildebeest and many antelope species.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park has five distinct eco-systems that range from sub-tropical seas, coral reefs, sandy beaches and lush forests to grassy plains, dry savannah and reed and papyrus wetlands. The inland lakes and estuaries are home to hippos, crocodile and fish and the beaches of St Lucia, Cape Vidal and Sodwana Bay are easily accessed from Hluhluwe.
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.
Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .
The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park (prev. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi) is the oldest game reserve in Africa. It is situated in the North of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. It covers 96,000 ha of varied ecosystems. Relative to its size, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is home to the largest population of the endangered white rhino in the world with between 1 500 and 2 000.
KwaZulu -Natal is one of the nine provinces of South Africa. It is a tourism haven with attractions ranging from provincial game reserves, private reserves, world heritage sites, long stretches of pristine undeveloped beaches, scuba diving on coral reefs and the Drakensberg Mountains (a hikers' paradise) to cultural diversity and much more.
The 360 square kilometre Lake St. Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal is the largest inland body of water in South Africa and the jewel in the crown of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The lake has a healthy fish population, supports a huge variety of bird species and is home to ±800 hippos and scores of crocodiles.