Hluhluwe iMfolozi is the oldest nature reserve in Africa. It is located 280 kilometers north of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. iMfolozi is generally hot in summer and mild to cool in winter, although cold spells to occur. The terrain is rugged but not as hilly as in the northern Hluhluwe portion of the park. In Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park you’ll trek along mighty rivers through thorn savannah inhabited by the famous “Big Five” – lion, elephant, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros. Thanks to our co-founder Ian Player, this park is home to the largest population of white rhino in the world. Other large mammals include buffalo, blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, impala, waterbuck, common and mountain reedbuck, nyala, kudu, bushbuck, warthog, cheetah, hyena, and jackal. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded.
About the trail:
Travellers can trek for five to fifteen days within the reserve guided by our local staff, who have an expert knowledge of the terrain and wildlife. Expeditions are on foot, carrying everything we need in packs on our back. We sleep on the ground beneath the stars and collect our water from the iMfolozi rivers. Each trail group is limited to eight participants to minimise environmental impact and achieve a qualitative experience, adhering to the principles of Leave No Trace.
How to book:
For more information on Hluhluwe iMfolozi or to book your unique wilderness expedition, call us on 0300 123 3073, or email the Wilderness Foundation.