Imfolozi Game Reserve

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32km from Mtubatuba

-28.2505, 31.9901


+27 33 845 1000


'Imfolozi' is the heart of the Zulu Kingdom, and the home of the White Rhino, where wilderness trails take visitors along mighty rivers wandering through thorn savannah inhabited by the big five of African legend.

Proclaimed in 1895, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is the oldest game reserve in Africa, covering some 96,000 ha with an immense diversity of fauna and flora. It was the exclusive hunting preserve of the Zulu kings who protected the area by proclaiming conservation laws long before any formal protection. The park became world-renowned for its White Rhino conservation, ‘Operation Rhino’, in the 1950s and 60s.

Other areas of focus for which it is famed include its wilderness trails which originated in Imfolozi in the 1950s and its celebrated Game Capture unit recently upgraded into the Centenary Capture Centre which is a benchmark for animal capture and sustainable utilisation in Africa.

Imfolozi, the southern component of the park, lies west of the town of Mtubatuba. The region is generally hot in summer, and mild to cool in winter, although cold spells do occur. Game viewing is the prime attraction, although more than 300 species of birds have been recorded. Viewing hides overlook pans and waterholes, enabling visitors to see animals and birds at close range.

Larger mammals to be seen include buffalo, blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, elephant, and large numbers of impala, waterbuck, common and mountain reedbuck, nyala, kudu, bushbuck, steenbuck, duiker, warthog, black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackal.

There are a number of picnic sites and three self-guided walks providing magnificent views. Two daily walks in the company of a field ranger can be booked through the camp office.


  • 2 bush lodges, sleep 4 each
  • 30 cottages / tents; sleep 2-7 people each