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Hluhluwe Game Reserve Travel Guide: 94 reviews and 246 photos


Tuesday, September 27, 1994
Part of the Kwazulu - Natal Park System, HLUHLUWE UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE is situated in north Zululand, 280 km north of Durban. The reserve (pronounced Shu - Shlu - wee) was established on April 27, 1897 and is one of the oldest game reserves in Africa. This Reserve of approximately 96000 hectares in extent is home of the "BIG 5" - Lion -- Leopard -- Rhino -- Buffalo & Elephant.
Hluhluwe is characterized by hilly topography and is thus a particularly scenic reserve. The area is noted for its wide variety of both bird and animal life.


Although termed in two categories as "white" and "black", there is actually no difference in colour between the two types. The White Rhinoceros has a square lip, is a grazer, is larger and carries his heavier head downwards. The Black Rhinoceros is smaller, has a pointed lip and is a browser. Being very short-sighted has made him very aggressive and he will charge vehicles, so please do stay in your vehicle and don't get too close to these magnificent animals and like we did, prepare to leave in a hurry if you feel threatened.


Long legs and a very long neck, make the GIRAFFE one of Southern Africa's most unusual mammals ( mammals are animals that nurse their young). But these oddities do enable the Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) to feed on leaves and seed-pods at a height where grass-eating animals cannot reach. Although the Giraffe has a height of 5.5 metres, it has the same number of vertebrae in its neck as a tiny sparrow. Giraffes have two bones that stick up from the tops of their heads. These are covered with tufts of hair and look like horns

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  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2015 at 4:29 AM

    This trip of a lifetime was sooo long ago - 21 years now. It was a time before digital cameras. I do have lots of pictures tho and very fond memories. Thanks for stopping by.

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2015 at 3:45 AM

    Nice! Photo Saphari is still in my wish list.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Lori, fabulous page with gorgeous animal photos. This tree house looks indeed like an interesting kind of accomodation.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Great idea to live in a tree house! Actually I can understand how the Black Rhinoceros could get aggressive and charge motor vehicles -- I feel like doing that myself sometimes, LOL. Maybe I'll come back and be a Black Rhinoceros in my next life.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Excellent tips and photographs Lori. Awesome page!

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    That was a great trip you had, animal spotting and living in the tree house. When we met some wild reindeer in Lapland, I wanted to stroke them, did you feel like stroking the animals you met? :)Interesting, informative and beautifully illustrated page.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Looks nice to stay in a treehouse for a few days! And how nice to see some great wild animals!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2007 at 9:21 AM

    An interesting page from undigital 1994... But video I guess has stored everything well and as a result - brilliant pics, which helped store your impressions. Thanks Lori for the virtual animal trip in such a distant country.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Nice fact file on animal spotting here Lori = you saw so many - wonderful!

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    Nice photos Lori; I'm thinking of keeping an antelope in my garden, could it replace the grass mower?


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