Hluhluwe: gateway to Natal's wild wonders

The village of Hluhluwe (roughly pronounced shloo-shloo-wee) lies within the heart of Zululand on South Africa’s east coast. Surrounded by bright sugarcane fields and pineapple plantations, the village is located near the banks of the Hluhluwe River. This town is the gateway to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park—home to the largest population of white rhino on the globe.

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is renowned for its conservation efforts and covers 96,000ha of forested, mountainous, and rippling savannah landscape. Apart from rhino, possible sightings include wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, giraffe and the Big 5. Game aside, the park is rich in vegetation and birdlife with over 350 different bird species calling the park home. The Endoneni Cat Rehabilitation Project feeds and cares for threatened African cats, creating the ‘purr-fect’ opportunity for visitors to interact with cheetah, serval, caracal and African wildcat.  

Deeper inland, the lakes are home to carefree crocodiles, hefty hippos and an array of fish. The unspoilt beaches of St Lucia, Cape Vidal and Sodwana Bay are all easily accessed from Hluhluwe. The surf is popular for diving, snorkelling, canoeing, surfing, body boarding and fishing. Dolphins are frequent visitors to the bays and can be seen frolicking in the waves while the humpback whales make their slow, annual migration to the warm Mozambique waters.

Highlights

  • The village of Hluhluwe is the gateway to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and located in the heart of Zululand
  • Apart from rhino, other game sightings include wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, and the Big 5
  • Endoneni Rehabilitation Project feeds and cares for threatened African cats, giving visitors the chance to get up close and personal with cheetah, serval, caracal, and wildcat
  • The unspoilt beaches of St Lucia, Cape Vidal and Sodwana Bay are all easily accessed from Hluhluwe
  • The village of Hluhluwe is the gateway to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and located in the heart of Zululand
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