Once the hunting grounds of the Zulu, the area of Hluhluwe reserve became a park in 1895, making it the oldest in South Africa, and in 1989, two parks were combined to form the current Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. Rolling hills covered with acacia and grasslands create the beautiful vistas in this park. Flora and fauna abound, but the white and black rhinos are a particularly popular attraction of the Hluhluwe Umfolozi park. Visitors can explore the park on a guided tour or on self-driven excursions along the driving trails. Accommodations at Hluhluwe Game Reserve include several fine lodges, the first of which was built in 1934 at Hilltop.
The Hluhluwe game reserve and Umfolozi park were first established to protect the endangered white rhinoceros, and the park is world-renowned for its conservation efforts. Many animals were destroyed on the reserve during the first half of the twentieth century due to an effort to eradicate the tsetse fly, which carries diseases, until the introduction of pesticide in 1945. The white rhino survived and is now thousands strong in population. The Big Five game animals, which are leopards, lions, cape buffalo, black rhinoceroses, and elephants, are also common in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, and this flourishing savanna is home to other animals such as wild dogs, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, monkeys, and many, many others.
Visitors to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve can tour the park in several ways. Guided tours on driving trails featuring close encounters with the animals are an excellent way to enjoy the picturesque surroundings and wildlife. The park also has several driving trails for self-guided tours for guests who prefer to go it alone. Walking tours of Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park are delightful in the morning and late afternoons, but might be avoided during the peak hours of the day due to the scorching heat. Another charming and interesting tour, which is done twice a day, is that on the Hluhluwe dam; on a 40-seat boat, tourists are taken through the park and outer communities by an experienced guide.
Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve offers comfortable lodgings for guests of the park, including the former home of conservation activist Dr. Ernest Warren, now called Hilltop Camp and the oldest lodge in the park. Safari lodges are popular options for accommodations in South Africa, and there is a lodge for everyone at Hluhluwe Game Reserve, from those who want to awaken the wild side of romance on an African honeymoon to those who would like a luxury experience, safaris and tours included.
Protecting wildlife and conserving nature from the very beginning of its roots, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park remains one of the most illustrious game reserves in South Africa. Visitors from all corners of the world come to enjoy the wildlife in Africa and charming scenery, and no matter how long you're in the country, a visit to this park or other game reserves such as the Addo Elephant Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve is a must.