- Elephant Coast - KwaZulu-Natal Travel Guide
Game & Safari Lodges - Hluhluwe
|Hluhluwe is a tiny town
surrounded by fabulous game reserves and some wonderful cultural attractions.
You could visit a traditional Zulu weaving operation where you could buy
baskets, mats and other woven goods, or do a tour of Dumazulu Cultural
Village – a living museum of traditional Zulu culture and lifestyle. The
nearby Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest game reserve in South
Africa and is renowned as the place where an eleventh-hour conservation
push rescued the white rhino from the very brink of extinction in the 1960s.
Think about it – we came a hair’s breadth from never ever seeing a white
rhino, and every one in southern Africa is descended from those few that
survived in Hluhluwe.
Map of Hluhluwe
have changed, though. Now it’s the black rhino under threat – so get in
there and have a look at one while you still have a chance. Another claim
to fame of this fabulous park, which was originally two different parks,
Umfolozi and Hluhluwe, is that it was here the first wilderness safaris
were run. It took a couple of years, but eventually the idea caught on
and now many other reserves, among them the Kruger National Park, now offer
this exciting experience.
is at the southern end of the Greater St Lucia Wetland
Park, where you can do a boat ride to see hippos and crocs, kayak on
the lakes, or do a hike or a horse trail. Keen birders should visit Mkuze,
which has the reputation of being one of the best birding spots in South
Africa, and divers will love the nearby Sodwana Bay, with its lovely coral
reefs, extensive dive infrastructure and party atmosphere.
Note: If you are planning
to travel to Hluhluwe/Umfolozi please be aware that this region is malarial.
Consult your doctor or travel clinic for advice and refer to our article
GAME LODGES / SAFARI LODGES / GAME RANCHES & FARMS - ELEPHANT COAST,
browsing accommodation in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park and surrounds
Bushlands Game Lodge, HLUHLUWE
Centrally situated in Zululand
within 300 acres of bush and game area and surrounded by over 300 000 acres
of national parks, including Hluhluwe, Umfolozi, Mkuzi, Nduma, Sodwana
Bay and The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. Bushlands Game Lodge offers
guests the ultimate African bush experience. Fully air-conditioned,
en-suite accommodation blends seamlessly with the African bush and includes
a telephone, air-conditioner, radio and tea/coffee making facilities.
The rooms are connected by raised wooden walkways which lead to the main
dining room, bar, swimming pool and Boma. The boma provides the perfect
meeting place where guests can enjoy drinks around the fire before dinner,
or simply unwind at the end of a wonderful day.
Lodge & Game Farm, HLUHLUWE
Situated in the heart of
Zululand and the newly proclaimed St Lucia World Heritage Site. Emdoneni
Lodge is situated on a small game farm, with sand forest vegetation. Walk
with the wildlife including Impala, Nyala, Grey Duiker and other antelope.
Birdlife is abundant. Approximately 2 hours drive from Durban and 5 hours
from Johannesburg. Only 4 hours drive from the Kruger National Park via
Swaziland and 30 minutes from the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve and Lake
St Lucia. Accommodation is in the form of 3 self-catering rondavels
and 12 chalets. Our accommodation offers intimacy and comfort and is set
in a lovely well-maintained garden with swimming pool and braai (barbeque)
facilities. Emdoneni Lodge offers a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast rate,
which enable guests to sample the delights of true South African cuisine.
Game Park and Spa, Lodge, HLUHLUWE
Falaza Game Park is a privately
owned, owner run game farm centrally situated 15km from Hluhluwe, bordering
the St. Lucia World Heritage Site. Accommodation is in luxury en
suite tents, with all the modern convieniences and luxuries. there are
15 tents each sleeping two persons. Meals of very high standard are
served in the tatched restaurant, reed walled boma or under the stars -
at a bush dinner. Game Drives, guided walks, boat cruises and horse
trails are offered on the property. Friendly white rhino graze on
the lawn daily. Great for game viewing and birding with over 300
different bird species. White rhino, leopard, hippo, crocodile, giraffe
are a few of the species you can view on your activities.
Mountain Safari Lodge, HLUHLUWE
This Big 5 multi-award winning
lodge is located high up in the wild secluded hills of the 23 000ha Zululand
Rhino Reserve, with spectacular views overlooking a vast stretch of unspoiled
bush land and riverine forests, from the Umsunduze River meandering below
to the distant Lebombo Mountains. Join us in an environment where conservation
is of utmost importance and a priority in our everyday living. Leopard
Mountain Game Lodge welcomes you to our warm, inviting facilities including
our lounge, bar and dining room where we will care for your every need
in a relaxed atmosphere. Dine under the stars at night where our sought
after chef has prepared traditional South African Tantalizing Cuisine.
Select a bottle of wine from a unique multi award winning cellar.
Forest Lodge, HLUHLUWE
Discover the magical quality
of wetlands and ancient sand forests on the western shores of the greater
St Lucia Wetland Park - one of the worlds most remarkable estuaries, at
Sand Forest Lodge. The lodge is situated on a game fenced nature reserve,
just 10 minutes drive from the village of Hluhluwe and 20 minutes from
the oldest Game Reserve in Africa - Hluhluwe/Umfolozi. Accommodation
comprises a number of comfortable one and two bedroomed cottages, tastefully
decorated in Elegant Afro Colonial style. The en-suite bedrooms are equipped
with air-conditioning, mosquito nets, ceiling fans and are serviced daily.
In addition, each cottage has a kitchenette with a fridge and private verandah
with braai facilities. Facilities include: Marula Tree Bar and entertainment
area, swimming pool, lapha, boma and Sand Forest bird and tree trail.
Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge, HLUHLUWE
Shayamoya is a true gem
offering genuine hospitality, unique settings with stunning panoramic views
across the Pongolapoort Lake (also known as Jozini), Lebombo Mountains,
and the Phongolo Nature Reserve. Our speciality is the challenging
sport of tiger fishing where the record is 8.3kg, however we also offer
game drives, boat cruises, canoeing, elephant tracking and rhino and bush
walks. 10 Luxurious thatched chalets are individually situated with
their own private viewing deck, ensuite wooden bathroom and enclosed outdoor
showers that makes the experience truly romantic. A central lodge
accommodates the lounge, bar, cellar, sundeck, and the restaurant which
serves scrumptious SA cuisine. Weddings & Honeymoons: Shayamoya
Tiger Fishing and Game Lodge is a stunningly romantic venue with awesome
views and private settings for the honeymooners. The outdoor shower also
has that sexy appeal.
Private Game Reserve, HLUHLUWE
Winner of 'Africa's Leading
Luxury Lodge' at the 2007 World Travel Awards, Thanda Private Game Reserve
is situated 23km north of Hluhluwe in northern Zululand, South Africa,
and is set on a 6000 hectare Big Five private game reserve. Thanda,
meaning ‘love’ in Zulu, is an expression of the magical union of the power
of Zulu culture, wildlife, romance and exclusivity. Thanda Private Game
Reserve is South Africa’s top award winning safari destination and is situated
in northern Zululand, in close proximity to the Indian Ocean. The
inimitable integration of South Africa’s best climate and rehabilitated
and rich bush land has made Thanda home to amazing wildlife and over four
hundred bird species. Ignite your imagination and open your mind to an
extraordinary experience for your soul, mind and body.
Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve & Lodge, HLUHLUWE
Only 2 hours north from
Durban, and 45 minutes from Richardsbay, in a malaria free area, Thula
Thula, the oldest private game reserve in Kwazulu Natal, once part of the
private hunting grounds of legendary Zulu King Shaka, founder of the Zulu
Empire, is today home to the Big 4 with buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard,
giraffe, hyenas, crocodile, nyala, kudu, wildebeest, zebra and many more,
as well as 370 species of birds, including raptors. Exclusive bush
experience and absolute luxury, with only 8 thatched chalets decorated
in flavours of ethnic and colonial elegance, the Elephant Safari Lodge
offers superb accommodation with as much privacy and comfort you could
wish for.. Candle lit dinners are served either in the dining room
around the pool on the veranda, looking at wildlife coming to the waterhole,
or in the Boma around a fire under the stars.
SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION / HOLIDAY RENTALS, ELEPHANT COAST, SOUTH AFRICA
browsing accommodation options in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park and surrounds
Collection, B&B, Lodge/Self-Catering, HLUHLUWE
Bushwillow is a stylish,
unique bush lodge, situated in 150 hectares of beautiful indigenous sand
forest. The lodge is fully serviced and offers a bush experience where
the only disturbance will be that of the game visiting the lodges’ own
small waterhole. Guests may enjoy walks on the self-guided walking trails
where they are likely to have encounters with zebra, giraffe, wildebeest,
nyala, warthogs and other ‘safe’ game. The abundance of bird life and the
variety of trees and other flora makes for a great African experience but
with the luxury and comforts of a 4-star graded establishment. Guests may
either cater for themselves or be spoilt with leisurely breakfasts and
first-class evening meals. Bushwillow is ideally situated for visitors
exploring the splendour of The Elephant Coast, KwaZulu Natal. Located just
16km from Hluhluwe town on the way towards Sodwana Bay, it also proves
a perfect destination for a visit to the beach.