Overview

Set in the historical hills of Zululand, in-between villages of bee-hive huts and verdant forests, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is a renowned game park and conservancy. It is the oldest game park in Africa, being established in 1895, and one of the best known game parks in Southern Africa – famous for its role in rhino conservation, particularly its involvement with the famous Operation Rhino project.

Hluhluwe hosts a range of commodious accommodation that provides visitors to the area with a welcoming and comfortable stay in its exclusive luxury, or self-catering lodges. Accommodation at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park consists of the spacious chalets of the famous Hilltop Camp, as well as the luxurious living spaces of Mtwazi Lodge and Muntulu Bush Lodge.

Accommodation

Hilltop Camp is comprised of a luxury lodge with two and four-bed chalets, which have en suite bedrooms and verandahs. The four-bed units have a spacious lounge area and all of the self-catering units are equipped with linen, crockery, cutlery, stove, refrigerator and cooking utensils.

Also available are the catered chalets, which are not equipped for guests who would prefer to bring their own provisions, but are conveniently located close to the Mpunyane Restaurant, which offers a selection of sumptuous buffet meals for breakfast and dinner as well as a full à la carte lunch menu.
Two-bed Rondavels offer the budget-conscious traveler a comfortable and restful abode with communal ablution and kitchen facilities.

Close to the Hluhluwe game lodge, set in a secluded garden under a large sycamore fig, is the thatched Mtwazi Lodge. This roomy and exclusive seven-bed safari home is warm and welcoming, filled with memorabilia from the history of the park. Sleeping eight guests in three double en-suite bedrooms and a three-bedded annex, the house is serviced daily and the services of a cook are provided.

Stylish and secluded, the Muntulu Bush Lodge offers two and three bed units which each have individual viewing decks that overlook the Hluhluwe river. The fully serviced units are linked by wooden walkways that lead through pristine surrounds to a main living area. A cook and a game guard are in attendance.

Activities & Facilities

To make the most of the natural surroundings Hluhluwe offers a range of picnic sites and self-guided walks for guests, who can also enjoy self-drives, or game drives on open 4x4s. Guests can hike up to a number of secluded hides to view the game and birdlife of the park. 

Important Information

Children
Guided Walks- no children <13 years.
Guided Drives- no children < 3 years .
There is no charge for children <12 years old on accommodation .Children 3-12 years old inclusive ,are charged 50% on park permit fees and levies unless otherwise stated

Please Note:
Rates include accommodation, community levy, emergency rescue levy and 14% VAT and exclude optional excursions.
Guests pay a conservation fee of R105 per adult and R52.50 per child (between the ages of three and twelve), per day spent in park.
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is in a malaria area and guests are advised to take special precautions.
The nearest town with a full range of services is Hluhluwe, located 25 kms away.
As of 01 November 2016 a daily Conservation Levy of R210 per adult per day and R105 per child <12 years .Children <3 years no charge .

Wildlife

Hluhluwe is the only under formal conservation in KwaZulu Natal where the Big 5 occur and, in addition to the famous-five, guests can look out for iconic game such as the Nile crocodile, hippo, white rhino, cheetah, hyena, blue wildebeest, jackal, giraffe, and zebra.

The reserve also hosts a number of antelope such as waterbuck, nyala, eland, kudu, impala, duiker, suni, and reedbuck, as well as smaller mammals such as the warthog, bushpig, mongoose, baboons, and monkeys. With such a diverse variety of habitats, the reserve is home to at least 300 species of birds, making it a choice destination for birding.

Directions

From the north or south, turn off the N2 at Hluhluwe village and follow the tarred road to Memorial Gate.

Alternatively, exit the N2 at Mtubatuba onto the R618 and proceed towards Hlabisa and travel for 27 km to Nyalazi Gate.
 

Reviews


The accommodation and buffet was wonderful. Did not mind the potholes too much. Actually saw a fair amount of animals. You made a good first impression.

Dean Ashleigh Lund

A worth-while stay. Accommodation perfect and excellent sightings of wild life.

Mr J van Niekerk

Great arrangements. Thanks.

Charlotte

What a lovely place. We wished that we could have stayed longer! And our game drive was wonderful.

Marilynne

I took my granddaughters and a friend and we had a fantastic time. Didn't see much game on our game drive but the girls went on an early morning walk an evening game drive and then again on an early morning game drive. They saw everything except the cats. Biggest delight were the wild dogs and for their Australian friend the bush experience. She is going to come back to do the bush experience camping and walking trip as one of the guides told her about it. So as you can see we all had a fantastic time and are planning a return visit during the September school holidays if possible.

Thelma

Hilltop Lodge is Great, only one problem, the roads could be improved.

Colin

Fantastic. Staff was polite. Food great. Drives was what we hoped for.

Danny Patchy

Very nice - Food was good and the animals plenty to see thanks.

Mark Persson

Our stay was absolutely lovely. Nothing to complain about. The room we had, had the most beautiful look out point with a great view. The only things that could be improved on would be the signage on the walks and drives, plus attending to those potholes on the roads. Some signage is fading and some are non existent. The other was the "slope" in the shower in the room, instead of the normal step down into the shower. This made a lot of water on the bathroom floor which I see, over time, has leaked into the main living room, which is affecting the carpets and leaving a really strong damp smell - otherwise all good!

Lauren Trump

Great staff, great management, great accommodations: us 2 Americans were duly impressed. Your animals were healthy, in control, and accessible. Proud to see the great work you've done with the Rhino population. We loved our stay!

William S. Billings

Set in the historical hills of Zululand, in-between villages of bee-hive huts and verdant forests, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is a renowned game park and conservancy. It is the oldest game park in Africa, being established in 1895, and one of the best known game parks in Southern Africa – famous for its role in rhino conservation, particularly its involvement with the famous Operation Rhino project.

Hluhluwe hosts a range of commodious accommodation that provides visitors to the area with a welcoming and comfortable stay in its exclusive luxury, or self-catering lodges. Accommodation at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park consists of the spacious chalets of the famous Hilltop Camp, as well as the luxurious living spaces of Mtwazi Lodge and Muntulu Bush Lodge.

Hilltop Camp is comprised of a luxury lodge with two and four-bed chalets, which have en suite bedrooms and verandahs. The four-bed units have a spacious lounge area and all of the self-catering units are equipped with linen, crockery, cutlery, stove, refrigerator and cooking utensils.

Also available are the catered chalets, which are not equipped for guests who would prefer to bring their own provisions, but are conveniently located close to the Mpunyane Restaurant, which offers a selection of sumptuous buffet meals for breakfast and dinner as well as a full à la carte lunch menu.
Two-bed Rondavels offer the budget-conscious traveler a comfortable and restful abode with communal ablution and kitchen facilities.

Close to the Hluhluwe game lodge, set in a secluded garden under a large sycamore fig, is the thatched Mtwazi Lodge. This roomy and exclusive seven-bed safari home is warm and welcoming, filled with memorabilia from the history of the park. Sleeping eight guests in three double en-suite bedrooms and a three-bedded annex, the house is serviced daily and the services of a cook are provided.

Stylish and secluded, the Muntulu Bush Lodge offers two and three bed units which each have individual viewing decks that overlook the Hluhluwe river. The fully serviced units are linked by wooden walkways that lead through pristine surrounds to a main living area. A cook and a game guard are in attendance.

To make the most of the natural surroundings Hluhluwe offers a range of picnic sites and self-guided walks for guests, who can also enjoy self-drives, or game drives on open 4x4s. Guests can hike up to a number of secluded hides to view the game and birdlife of the park. 

Children
Guided Walks- no children <13 years.
Guided Drives- no children < 3 years .
There is no charge for children <12 years old on accommodation .Children 3-12 years old inclusive ,are charged 50% on park permit fees and levies unless otherwise stated

Please Note:
Rates include accommodation, community levy, emergency rescue levy and 14% VAT and exclude optional excursions.
Guests pay a conservation fee of R105 per adult and R52.50 per child (between the ages of three and twelve), per day spent in park.
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is in a malaria area and guests are advised to take special precautions.
The nearest town with a full range of services is Hluhluwe, located 25 kms away.
As of 01 November 2016 a daily Conservation Levy of R210 per adult per day and R105 per child <12 years .Children <3 years no charge .

Hluhluwe is the only under formal conservation in KwaZulu Natal where the Big 5 occur and, in addition to the famous-five, guests can look out for iconic game such as the Nile crocodile, hippo, white rhino, cheetah, hyena, blue wildebeest, jackal, giraffe, and zebra.

The reserve also hosts a number of antelope such as waterbuck, nyala, eland, kudu, impala, duiker, suni, and reedbuck, as well as smaller mammals such as the warthog, bushpig, mongoose, baboons, and monkeys. With such a diverse variety of habitats, the reserve is home to at least 300 species of birds, making it a choice destination for birding.

From the north or south, turn off the N2 at Hluhluwe village and follow the tarred road to Memorial Gate.

Alternatively, exit the N2 at Mtubatuba onto the R618 and proceed towards Hlabisa and travel for 27 km to Nyalazi Gate.
 

The accommodation and buffet was wonderful. Did not mind the potholes too much. Actually saw a fair amount of animals. You made a good first impression.

Dean Ashleigh Lund

A worth-while stay. Accommodation perfect and excellent sightings of wild life.

Mr J van Niekerk

Great arrangements. Thanks.

Charlotte

What a lovely place. We wished that we could have stayed longer! And our game drive was wonderful.

Marilynne

I took my granddaughters and a friend and we had a fantastic time. Didn't see much game on our game drive but the girls went on an early morning walk an evening game drive and then again on an early morning game drive. They saw everything except the cats. Biggest delight were the wild dogs and for their Australian friend the bush experience. She is going to come back to do the bush experience camping and walking trip as one of the guides told her about it. So as you can see we all had a fantastic time and are planning a return visit during the September school holidays if possible.

Thelma

Hilltop Lodge is Great, only one problem, the roads could be improved.

Colin

Fantastic. Staff was polite. Food great. Drives was what we hoped for.

Danny Patchy

Very nice - Food was good and the animals plenty to see thanks.

Mark Persson

Our stay was absolutely lovely. Nothing to complain about. The room we had, had the most beautiful look out point with a great view. The only things that could be improved on would be the signage on the walks and drives, plus attending to those potholes on the roads. Some signage is fading and some are non existent. The other was the "slope" in the shower in the room, instead of the normal step down into the shower. This made a lot of water on the bathroom floor which I see, over time, has leaked into the main living room, which is affecting the carpets and leaving a really strong damp smell - otherwise all good!

Lauren Trump

Great staff, great management, great accommodations: us 2 Americans were duly impressed. Your animals were healthy, in control, and accessible. Proud to see the great work you've done with the Rhino population. We loved our stay!

William S. Billings

Accommodation options

2 Bed Rondavels (2BRH)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
15 Jun 2017 — 16 Jul 2017 $ 63 $ 21 - 2 people
17 Jul 2017 — 21 Sep 2017 $ 53 $ 17 - 2 people
22 Sep 2017 — 08 Oct 2017 $ 63 $ 21 - 2 people
09 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 $ 53 $ 17 - 2 people
From $ 53

For 1 person

2-bed rondavels with communal ablutions and kitchens.Breakfast included in rate. 

2 Bed Non Self-Catering Chalets (2BBH)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
15 Jun 2017 — 16 Jul 2017 $ 109 $ 36 - 2 people
17 Jul 2017 — 21 Sep 2017 $ 90 $ 30 - 2 people
22 Sep 2017 — 08 Oct 2017 $ 109 $ 36 - 2 people
09 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 $ 90 $ 30 - 2 people
From $ 90

For 1 person

Open plan unit containing two twin beds, LCD TV with DSTV (limited channels), bathroom, and private patio. Small fridge and kettle but no kitchen. Towels and bedding are included. Breakfast included in rate. 

2 Bed Self-Catering Chalets (2BSC)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
15 Jun 2017 — 16 Jul 2017 $ 120 $ 40 - 2 people
17 Jul 2017 — 21 Sep 2017 $ 100 $ 33 - 2 people
22 Sep 2017 — 08 Oct 2017 $ 120 $ 40 - 2 people
09 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 $ 100 $ 33 - 2 people
From $ 100

For 1 person

Open plan unit containing two twin beds, LCD TV with DSTV (limited channels), bathroom, and private patio. Kitchen with small fridge and kettle. Towels and bedding are included. Breakfast included in rate. 

4 Bed Self-Catering Chalets (4BSC)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
15 Jun 2017 — 16 Jul 2017 $ 241 $ 80 - 4 people
17 Jul 2017 — 21 Sep 2017 $ 201 $ 67 - 4 people
22 Sep 2017 — 08 Oct 2017 $ 241 $ 80 - 4 people
09 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 $ 201 $ 67 - 4 people
From $ 201

For 3 people

4 bed chalet with 2 en suite bedrooms (each with 2 single beds). Kitchenette & sitting room, as well as a patio / balcony. LCD TV with DSTV (limited channels). One of the bedrooms has an extra pull out bed which will be made up on request. There is a braai area. Towels and bedding are included. Breakfast included in rate. 

8 Bed Muntulu Bush Lodge (8BMBL)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
15 Jun 2017 — 16 Jul 2017 $ 464 $ 76 - 8 people
17 Jul 2017 — 21 Sep 2017 $ 386 $ 63 - 8 people
22 Sep 2017 — 08 Oct 2017 $ 464 $ 76 - 8 people
09 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 $ 386 $ 63 - 8 people
From $ 386

For 6 people

Muntulu is an up-market bush lodge comprising of 4 separate en-suite bedrooms with a secluded verandah overlooking the Hluhluwe River. There is also a central viewing lounge and kitchen complex. 

8 Bed Munyawaneni Bush Lodge (8BMBL)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
15 Jun 2017 — 16 Jul 2017 $ 464 $ 76 - 8 people
17 Jul 2017 — 21 Sep 2017 $ 386 $ 63 - 8 people
22 Sep 2017 — 08 Oct 2017 $ 464 $ 76 - 8 people
09 Oct 2017 — 31 Oct 2017 $ 386 $ 63 - 8 people
From $ 386

For 6 people

Rates are approximate and are subject to change without prior notice.