Hluhluwe Game Reserve Travel Advice

Travel Advice, Information, Best Times to Visit and Safari Options

Hluhluwe Reserve Travel Advice:

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve may be divided into two seperate Reserves the southern Umfolozi Game Reserve and the northern Hluhluwe Game Reserve. The Northern Hluhluwe is more popular due to easy access , travelling from the Hluhluwe Town to the game reserve gate is 13km one will enter the Memorial Gate.

The southern section the Umfolozi Game Reserve is accessed by the Nylazi gate and is 28km for the town of Mtubatuba ion the R618.

Peak Season’s all of the major school holidays in South Africa contribute to the reserve being busier, however the Northern Hluhluwe Game Reserve remains busier than the Southern Umfolozi Game Reserve.

Major Holidays in South Africa are from November to mid January, June to mid July. All long weekends are also very busy with the Easter weekend being the most popular, accommodation within the reserve may be booked up well in advance.

Travelling to Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Distance Map to Hluhluwe Game Reserve:

Durban travel north on the N2 national road, approx travel time is 3 hours/ 250km one may turn off at Mtubatuba and travel towards Nongoma on the R618 towards the Nylazi Gate in the Umfolozi Game Reserve 28km or continue on the N2 towards the town of Hluhluwe, take the offramp indicating Hluhluwe Game Reserve and continue on for 11km towards the Memorial gate in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

Which area would be best to travel to then

The Northern Hluhluwe Game Reserve becomes incredibly busy with both national and international visitors during high or peak season, sightings may become overcrowded and difficult. With a larger area to travel in the Umfolozi Game Reserve would be recommended. The Hluhluwe side offers rolling hills and amazing scenery, however the Umfolozi lower lying offers more access to water sources a top area to travel to when wanting to witness game, less dense bush and better opportunities to see more wildlife.

Bookings and Reservations:

Reservations and Safari bookings definately need to be pre booked aspecially during peak seasons, therefore prebookings are required to avoid dissapointment.

For booking availability please email us at [email protected] one of our consultants will check for availability and rates available.

Self Drive Safari versus Organised Safari Tour

This would be dependant on local knowledge, the allocated time you have to spend in the reserve and research that one may have done. Self Drive Safaris are a fun and exciting way to discover the Hluhlluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, top tip would be to ensure that you either download the hluhluwe game reserve map or purchase one from the entrance gate. Try to gather as much information from various sources ie, safari tour operators, accommodation establishments in the surrounding areas and also read the latest news and sightings on this website.

Organised Safari with a Tour Operator

Benefits are that most Safari operators offer an all inclusive safari outing, this will include conservation levy, meals and experienced game rangers. With their experience one not only gains valuable information but also a better chance of witnessing the animals that you are here for.

For more information on rates and duration goto Day Safari Options

Safari options & Safari Packages Available

The area of Hluhluwe and its neighbouring area offers one so much to see and do, a mere 54km from Hluhluwe lies South Africa’s first world heritage site iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. For Safari holiday packages click here

Some external Links:

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South African Birding

Safari Tour Operator

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Should you require any information please do not hesitate to contact us today we will gladly help you please email us at [email protected]