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Location: 280 km North of Durban   Map

Area: 385 sq mi (960 km²)

Wildlife: rhinos, elephants, zebras, giraffes and etc.

When: May- Sept

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve







Description of Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve


Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is a protected area located 280 km North of Durban in South Africa. It covers an area of 385 sq mi (960 km²). The best time to visit Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is between May and September. Some of the most abundant species that live here include rhinos, elephants, zebras, giraffes and many others.


The diverse vegetation provides habitat for many mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The " Big Five ", elephant , rhino , buffalo , lion and leopard are also present in the park, as are cheetahs , wild dogs and giraffes and nyalas . Hluhluwe and Umfolozi were founded in 1895 as separate game reserves, as the population of these animals was endangered by excessive hunting.

In the early 1960s, the white rhino ( Ceratotherium simium ) was threatened with extinction, in Imfolozi existed the world's last known occurrence in the wild. In Operation Rhino , which was carried out by the KwaZulu Nature Conservation Service , specimens were collected and sent to reserves and zoos around the world so that world stocks have now recovered. Similar efforts are being made today with the Black Rhinoceros ( Diceros bicornis ). In 1999, a project was started for the conservation of lion populations that suffered from inbreeding, so that the stocks were supplemented by new animals.

Over time, the parks were assigned to other areas, built in 1964 protective fences and 1989 combines the two main areas with the separating corridor to the present park. Today, the KwaZulu-Natal Conservation Authority , Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, manages the reserve , which, despite its size and significant wildlife, is not a South African National Park.









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