Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park Travel Blog› entry 5 of 16 › view all entries
Established in 1895, the reserve covers some 96,000 hectares and contains an impressive diversity of flora and fauna. One unusual feature to the park is its hilly terrain, allowing some great views out across the surrounding savannah and thick forests. This can aid game spotting no end if the weather is good.Today we have some cloud and rain but the game spotting is still good.
Hluhluwe is renowned as one of the best wildlife reserves in Natal. Larger mammals to be seen include buffalo, blue wildebeest,zebra, giraffe, elephant and large numbers of impala. The park is also home to sizeable populations of the rare nyala and, of course, the white and black rhinos.
With such a rich concentration of game the predators are never far behind and lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackal all reside here in healthy numbers. We spend the day exploring the park’s diverse habitats, from the woodlands to the north, where elephants roam and the forests hide the rare samango monkey, to the thornveld and grasslands to the south, which support large herds of kudu and waterbuck.
Bird species include the rare bateleur eagle, the green coucal, southernbanded snake eagle and the rare African broadbill. The Hluhluwe River flood plain is also of the few areas in South Africa where it is possible to see yellow, pink and orangethroated long claws.