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Hluhluwe & KwaZulu Natal Reserves

Why visit the KwaZulu-Natal game reserves?

The reserves of KwaZulu-Natal offer superb game viewing in a remarkable diversity of landscapes. The area is home to the world-famous Tembe Elephant Park, and to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi, one of the best places in the world to see rhinos.
Reasons to visit the KwaZulu-Natal game reserves include:

  • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park: home to the Big Five, plus cheetah and wild dog. The Natal Parks Board's famous Rhino Capture Unit is based here. 
  • Find Africa’s largest elephants (some 250 of them), along with the Big Five and over 340 species of birds, in Tembe Elephant Park
  • Ndumo Game Reserve: its lush wetlands, pans, thick bush, savannah and forest have the highest bird count in South Africa, with over 430 species. 
  • Explore the mountainous Itala Game Reserve, home to several animals not found elsewhere in Zululand reserves: eland, tsessebe and red hartebeest. 
  • See incredibly diverse flora and fauna and the Big Five in Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve. 
  • How about a frogging safari in Amakhosi Private Game Reserve
  • More Big Five spotting at Thanda Private Game Reserve and Phinda Private Game Reserve. Phinda is close to the coast, so coral reef diving and turtle watching can be arranged.

When to visit the KwaZulu-Natal game reserves?

Game viewing is good all year-round. In the hot summer months there are lots of baby animals, while in the cooler winter months, the thinner vegetation means game is easier to spot.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

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There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.

Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.


Visas are not required for British passport holders.


No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.



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