Umfolozi Big 5 Safari

Umfolozi Big 5 Safari

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Umfolozi Big 5 Safari

Departing daily from the Nyalazi Gate in the Umfolozi Game Reserve. Options available include Half or Full Day Umfolozi Big 5 Safaris. The half day Umfolozi Big 5 Safari includes all conservation levies, incredible bush breakfast in the heart of the Umfolozi. All Game Rangers have years of experience and will undoubtedly get you to the best spots within the Umfolozi. 

Full Day Umfolozi Big 5 Safaris include all conservation levies, bush breakfast and a traditional South Africa Braai. 

Both the Full and Half Day Umfolozi Big 5 Safari includes refreshments, this Big 5 Safari is truly a magnificent way to discover the Umfolozi once the private hunting grounds of King Shaka and also Save the Rhino campaign in the early 60's when less than 100 Rhino's roamed the planet. The Umfolozi Game Reserve is set to the South of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Both sections of the park are Big 5 reserves and offer truly fascinating and incredible wildlife sightings. 

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heritage tours and safaris

Heritage Tours & Safaris was established in 2003 the company to-date is the largest privately owned safari tour specialist in KwaZulu Natal. The company prides itself in offering a smorgasbord of both day and overnight safari excursions.

Umfolozi Big 5 Safaris being the most popular day Big 5 safari. Departing daily we go insearch of the African Big 5 deep into the heart of the Umfolozi (Imfolozi) Game Reserve. All Big 5 Safaris are conducted in specialized Open Game Drive Safari Vehicles ensuring you the best possible views while out on tour. All Game Rangers have years of experience in the Umfolozi Big 5 Reserve and their reviews showcase their passion in what it is that they offer. We would be delighted should you choose to safari with us.

Umfolozi Big 5 Game Reserve

The Umfolozi Big 5 Game Reserve is accessible from either the Nyalazi Gate and the Cengeni Gate. The Umfolozi Nyalazi Gate is by far the most popular as one may enjoy driving into the Umfolozi or Hluhluwe side of the park. Please note that the your personal game ranger may choose either one on the day as sightings vary. The Umfolozi however is by far the most popular due to size and also the type of vegetation found in the Umfolozi.

The Umfolozi Big 5 Reserve offers unique fauna and flora with its open grasslands, Savannah like plains and thicker bush ideal for predators. The Black uMfolozi River with its winding, meandering runs virtually in the middle of the park. This makes for some magnificent vantage points from which to watch game. The Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park is 96000 hectares in size and offers sightings of not just the Big 5 but wild dogs and cheetah to name but a few of the highlights while in the reserve.

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What makes the Umfolozi Big 5 Reserve so Remarkable

What makes the Umfolozi Big 5 Reserve so incredible is not just its incredible past of days when King Shaka used this area as his personal Hunting grounds or when SAVE THE RHINO was established in the early 60's by KZNWILDLIFE.

It could however be that once entering the Umfolozi Reserve one is quickly reminded that you are truly in a remarkable Reserve, not just size (96000 hectares in total Hluhluwe Reserve incl) but wildlife. The Umfolozi is home to the Big 5, Africa's most iconic. The trumpeting of Elephants in the distance, Lion roars or that magnificent Sunrise as one sets out to discover the Umfolozi Big 5 Reserve. The abundance of wildlife is quickly realized as one travels through the Umfolozi. Continuing past open grassland ideal for sighting both large and smaller wildlife one is ensured of something magical. The landscape changes quickly from open grassland to a more hilly topography,the ideal area to enjoy Giraffes as they go insearch of tasty treats from the tree tops. The Umfolozi Reserve offers numerous hides, picnic areas and loop roads to travel too. Should you be travelling on a organised Umfolozi Big 5 Safari then your ranger for the day would no time in getting you to the very best areas within the area. It's a time to sit back and relax, enjoy the wonderful sightings as this may just be one of your highlights in Natal.

The Umfolozi Big 5 Reserve is a remarkable reserve, truly one that should be visited while in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

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Umfolozi Big 5 Reviews

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Ranger Kyle

Guys this is an ode to the unbelievable guide who spiced up our Umfolozi Big 5 Safari visit ,and who was crucial in the metamorphose from a routine tour to a spectacular experience.Kyle is not just a mundane guide, he's foremost an enjoyer and observer afterwards a passionate sharer and storyteller only then a guide.So if any of you find yourself in the Kwazulu Natal area, my first recommendation is find Kyle, then hire him to escort you to any animal sighting you want to explore.

trip person 1


Went on two drives, one full day and one half day. Couldn't have been happier with the experience. Kyle Ahlers was our guide and did an amazing drive, and was super informative the entire time. We were incredibly lucky to see wild dogs on both drives (exactly what we came to see, so we were thrilled); both were amazing viewings too. Very happy with Heritage, and it was super convenient that they offer free pick up from wherever you are staying in St. Lucia!

trip person 2


This past weekend we took on the Full Day Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Safari Tour with friends and i must say it was a great experience. Our Game Ranger/Guide was an enthusiastic, passionate, lively and bubbly and of course very knowledgeable guy buy the name of Kyle. He's familiar with the game reserve, the animals and even the trees, oh can i also mention that he makes a mean braai, he's a bar-barque master.

What to take along on Safari

  • Camera
  • Extra Battery (camera & memory cards)
  • Hat & Sun Block
  • Comfortable Clothing (According to Season) always take a light jacket along if possible
  • Zip Lock bags as a dust protector for electronics

What's included on Safari

  • All conservation Fees
  • Open Game Drive Vehicle
  • All Meals (according to safari option)
  • Experienced Game Ranger with all the needed permits, all rangers are also first aid accredited
  • Refreshments for the day