Self-Drives at Hluhluwe-Umfolozi
Take a leisurely guided drive around our beautiful game reserve or venture into the Hluhluwe iMfolozi National Park, a mere 10 minutes from us. A self drive allows you to take your time around the reserve and have the freedom to explore without a group of people and a tour guide. Both reserves have so much to see in terms of wildlife and scenery, you are sure to spot something incredible!
The gates to our reserve open at 6 am and close at 6 pm in the winter months, and during summer from 5 am to 7 pm, so there is plenty of time to explore and go wild. You may even be lucky enough to spot the BIG 5!
The park was established in 1895 and has been declared the oldest standing park in South Africa and the third largest. The parks spans over 96 000 hectares of land with the greats of the BIG 5 and various other wild animals roaming its hills and grounds. The park, which was originally established in the 1800s to help protect the once nearly extinct white rhino, as they dropped to a depressing number of only 20 rhinos left in the world, is now home to thousands of these glorious animals. The park has paved the way for the white rhino and saved them from this almost fatal future, and as a result, there are now more than 10 000 white rhino in existence around the world.
In 1981, the park introduced the endangered African Wild Dog to its rolling hills and still to this day, runs a program to try and maintain these wonderful creatures and raise their numbers so that they too can be taken off the endangered species list.
The park hosts a myriad of living creatures, ranging from mammals to reptiles, amphibians, insects and the 300 plus species of birdlife that take to the air and ground. You will also find an abundance of unique and indigenous plant life and trees, which are home and often food to the many creatures that roam through them.
Some of the magnificent animals that dwell in the park include the now endangered wild dog, cheetah and the black and white rhino, not to mention the BIG 5 that we have already spoken about. The park is home to a vast variety of birds of prey, such as vultures, eagles and falcons, to name but a few.
If you manage to wander on down to the majestic iMfolozi River, do so at your own peril, as the Nile crocodile and happy hippos wade in the waters and on the banks of this flowing beauty. The river is surrounded by soaring trees and rustling reeds, filled with all sorts of bird-life, while the more timid game such as giraffe and zebra, keep their distance further back from the river as they nibble on lush bush plants.
On any game drive, it's never guaranteed that you will spot any of these incredible animals, but our knowledgeable game rangers do their very best to find as many of the wildlife as they can, by using their keen skills and familiarity of the bush that they know so well. The scenery and peaceful tranquility of nature will ensure an unforgettable game drive that will leave you with memories for a lifetime and tales to tell for years to come.