hluhluwe-imfolozi park overview

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Overview

The oldest Proclaimed Park in Africa, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is truly incredible.

What has to be the gem of KwaZulu Natal, this Big 5 Park is situated in the northern part of KwaZulu Natal a mere 2 hours north of Durban. Easily accessed and a Must Visit while in the province of Natal.

96000 Hectares in size, rolling hills, and magical scenery. This park was established in the early 1890s as a sanctuary primarily for the last remaining Rhino's. It is this Park that initiated Save the Rhino campaign when less than 100 Rhinos roamed the planet.


Undoubtedly the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park saved the near extinction of these species.

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How to Get to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

From Durban take the N2 (National Road-Toll Road) travel North for approximately 3 hours.

Gate Names:

  • Nyalazi Gate        (Imfolozi side) Southern side
  • Memorial Gate    ( Hluhluwe side) Northern side
  • Cengeni Gate      (Imfolozi side) Southern side
dipicting the 2 sides of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Hluhluwe & Imfolozi Park

Previously the park was divided into two separate sections namely the Hluhluwe and the Umfolozi. Today the park is one and may be accessed from either gate. The two sides do differ with the north being a bit more hilly while the south offers dense bush, grasslands, and numerous vantage points. Make no mistake a visit to either side is well worth it. We can truly assure you that you will not be disappointed.

Being a Big 5 Park (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, and Leopard), one may encounter both species of Black and White Rhino. Cheetah and Wild Dog may also be witnessed while out in the bush to mention but just a few of the magnificent wildlife species within the park.

Top Tip

  • Venture into the park as early as possible when trying to spot predators as this is when they are most active.
  • Watering holes and rivers make for some interesting areas to visit.
  • Visit a hide, they are scattered within the park and are definitely worth it.
  • Tips for identifying Birds
  • Tree Species within the Park and surrounds


96000 Hectares 911 square kilometers

Year-Round, with May to September being the Best Time to Visit. (Dry Season)

August to March is the busiest time in the Park.  

What Makes the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park so Appealing?

Easy Access

Phenomenal Wildlife Viewing

Phenomenal Birding in the Wet months

Numerous Accommodation Options inside the Park

Enjoy either Self-Drive or Organized Safaris

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Scenery

Magnificent Rolling Hills, meandering Rivers, Hides, and Picnic areas makes this Park a Must-See. The topography in the North is more hilly and offers some incredible vantage points from which to enjoy wildlife. The lower Imfolozi has denser bush which may make witnessing the Lions a bit more difficult.

As mentioned above travel into the Park as early as possible this truly will increase your chances of seeing the predators. The scenery within the park changes from dry to lush greenery within days after the first rains. It's a wonderland of magnificence.


Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Overview



May to September

Cooler but still warm weather conditions. This is the dry season.


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October to April

Hot and humid with early or late afternoon showers. This is the wet season.


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Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Overview

Please Don't Forget

Speed Limit is 40km/h

Do not exit your car unless permitted to do so

Speed Kills

Keep your entry receipt its required when exiting

For self drives it's advised to purchase a Map

Cell phone reception may be lost in certain areas

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Gate Times change according to the season for more information

Gate Fees, for the latest pricing

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Overview

Game Viewing Precautions

Keep your distance from the wildlife

Please do not try to drive in-between Elephants

At sightings remain calm, and talk quietly

Picnic areas are not fenced remain vigilant

Please Stay in your Car

do not do it on a self drive safari

Frequently Asked Questions

It has been years since any malaria has been recorded within the Park. There is a small risk in the wet season, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is situated within a low-risk zone. It is advisable to make use of mosquito repellents. 

Game viewing in any park has a certain element of risk, abide by the regulations and the rules of the Park. 

The Park is within the province of KwaZulu Natal, 300km North of Durban. 

Dalbergia Armata (umHluhluwe) in Zulu which may be found in the forest vegetation. 


From the Nyalazi Gate (Imfolozi side) to St Lucia it is 54km. St Lucia is situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and is South Africa's very first World Heritage site. 

Absolutely yes, especially during the wet season. 

Yes, numerous styles and budgets are on offer within the Park for the complete list and pricing CLICK HERE

Should you be visiting Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park then why not add St Lucia to your adventure, this little town is situated within South Africa's very first world heritage site (iSimangaliso Wetland Park) and offers a smorgasbord of activities. Did you know that Hippos still roam the streets of St Lucia, with a population of 800 Hippos its no wonder that this area has the largest free-roaming Hippo population in South Africa. Top Activity while in St Lucia is the 2hr Hippo & Croc Boat Trips.

Day Tours & Safari Options

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Full-Day Big 5 Safari

Departing Daily. Included: Gate Fees, Breakfast, Lunch, and Refreshments.

Half Day Big 5 Safari Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Half-Day Big 5 Safari

Departing Daily. Included: Gate Fees, Breakfast, and Refreshments.

Safari Package Options

2 night safari package

2 Night Safari Package

Visit: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park & iSimangaliso Wetland Park, accommodation included.

3 Night Safari Package Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park (2)

3 Night Safari Package

Visit: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park & iSimangaliso Wetland Park, multiple tours and safaris included.