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Imfolozi - Hluhluwe
Left: White, right: Black Rhino

Black and White Rhinos

The names "White Rhino" and "Black Rhino" have nothing to do with the colouring of the animals, but derive from a hearing error. Instead of "white" it should be "wide" referring to the wider mouth of this rhino species in comparison to the narrow-mouth rhino, now called "black".

The rhinoceros is still endangered. Even in the National Parks it is not always possible to protect them completely. Poachers hunt them because they can gain high prices for the horns. Particularly in Asia it is, in pulverised form, in high demand as a potency booster.

Rhinos are herbivorous and mainly live on foliage and twigs. They can weigh up to 3 tons and grow 40 years old. Rhinos have quite a weak eyesight, but a fine sense of smell and an excellent hearing. Besides the humans they have no enemies. Even lions can't harm them seriously. But they closely watch their distance to other creatures. Especially the Black Rhino can turn dangerous, if one gets too close.

Umfolozi - Hluhluwe

Travel Information

General Information
The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park has three gates: Nyalazi Gate in the central part, to be reached from Mtubatuba. The northern access is called Memorial Gate; one gets there from Hluhluwe. The third Gate lies in the west and is called Cengeni Gate. Access from Ulundi on untarred road. The entrance gates are open daily from 5 am to 7 pm. In winter (March to October) from 6 am to 6 pm. The Park Office is open 8 am to 12:30 and 2pm to 4:30 pm. The nearest town with all facilities is Mtubatuba, 48 km from the park. Imfolozi falls with an area with low malaria risk. Prophylaxis is recommeded.

Mpila Camp - ImfoloziAccommodation

Mpila Camp lies in the central part of Imfolozi on a hill commanding a stunning view. 12 thatched huts for 4 persons each. Communal kitchen and showers. Mpila also offers 3-bed cottages for 7 persons and 2-bed chalets for 5 persons. All are self-contained with bath, kitchen, lounge and dining room. On request you can have your meals prepared by a chef. (One has to bring the food oneself.)

Safari Tented Camp in Mpila consists of comfortable tent units with 2 or 4 beds with bathroom. Each unit has a verandah and electricity. Fully equipped kitchen and dining area connected to each tent.

Mpila Camp has a petrol station, a little shop, but no restaurant.

Further, very basic, accommodation at Nselweni Bush Camp and Mndindini Tented Bush Camp, on the Black Mfolozi river. 2-bed units, communal showers and kitchen.

Accommodation in the parks is usually fully booked during school holidays and over weekends - early booking is essential. Visitors who don't stay overnight, have to leave the park the latest at sunset. There are no hotels or campgrounds in the close vicinity. The nearest overnight accommodation is to be found at the coast in St. Lucia or in the town of Hluhluwe (appr. 30 km away from the Hluhluwe Game Reserve).

Umfolozi Game Reserve - Mpila Camp
Rates per Person and Night
Type Max Pers. Rate


R 678
Rest Hut
R 426
Safari Tent
R 363
Plus Conservation Fee of 70 Rand per person and day. South African entitled to 50% discount on this fee. (No guarantee on rates)

Hilltop Camp - HluhluweAccommodation

Hilltop Camp is very beautifully positioned on a forested hill with stunning views of the surrounding bushland. Luxurious lodge or chalets with 2 or 4 beds for self-catering. All units serviced daily. 2-bed round huts with communal showers and kitchen. In the park's Hluhluwe section there is an excellent restaurant, a bar and a shop.

Hluhluwe Game Reserve - Hilltop Camp
Rates per Person and Night
Type Max Pers. Rate
Chalet small
R 699
Chalet big
R 1398

Rest Huts

R 345
Plus Conservation Fee of 70 Rand per person and day. South African entitled to 50% discount on this fee. (No guarantee on rates)

Reservations and bookings:
KwaZulu Natal Nature Conservation
PO Box 13069, Cascades 3202, South Africa
Tel (033) 845-1000, Fax: (033) 845-1001

Private Lodges in the Area

Leopard Mountain Lodge
Big 5, Multiple Award Winning Game Lodge. Situated within the Zululand Rhino Reserve. Tel +27 (0)35 5958218 eMail
Bonamanzi Game Park
4000 ha private reserve; excellent birding; self-catering chalets; pool; full board; safaris; affordable. Tel ++27 (0)35 5620181. eMail

Sungulwane Game Lodge
Between Hluhluwe & Mkuze; 1000 ha. Rich wildlife. Lux. suites with aircon; boma; pool. Tel +27-(0)35-5620421. eMail
Thula Thula Safari Lodge
Exclusive lodge in private game reserve; thatched chalets; aircon; all meals; game drives. Tel +27-(0)35 7928322. eMail

Thanda Private Game Res.
23km from Hluhluwe; exquisite bush villas, Zulu cultural shows; game drives; spa; pool. Tel ++27-(0)11 4650765. eMail

iZungla Lodge
Discreet private lodge for 8 people; bedroom suites in the bush; aircon; B&B or s/c; pool. Tel ++27 (0)31 3352420. eMail

Mhlosinga Bush Lodge
On 980 ha African bush; thatched chalets with shower/toilet; meals; game viewing; pool. Tel 0027 (0)35 562 0709. eMail

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