Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Tuesday November 9, Day trip to Hluhluwe (sh-lew-sh-lew-we) Imfolozi Game Reserve. It is a Big 5 Game Park in the KwaZulu Natal Region of South Africa. The oldest reserve in Africa, 96000 hectares of Wilderness.

Our guide was Hayden Elliot from Outdoor Africa , he was extremely knowledgeable about the animals, plants and birds we saw as well as the park and South African history. Hayden picked us up from Zululand Yacht Club in a comfortable van where the second seat windows opened to the side for photo opportunities. Included in our tour was a mid-morning coffee/tea and biscuits break in the park, as well as a delicious lunch early afternoon, at a picnic table with Impalas and Zebra roaming nearby.

The weather was not ideal, it was chilly, and very windy with a few rain sprinkles. With a lot of searching, we did see 4 of the Big 5 animals, African Buffalo, Elephant, Rhinoceros, Lion and several other species. The fifth being the Leopard, a nocturnal animal is typically seen at night or sunrise if you’re lucky. They are called the Big 5 as these five large African animals are known to be dangerous and historically considered a triumph by trophy hunters.

19 thoughts on “Hluhluwe Game Reserve

    1. Thanks Terry, I purchased a new lens after Alaska, 100-600mm zoom. It’s heavy, over 12 pounds, needs a monopod or tripod for me to use it.

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  1. Really enjoyed your excellent photos of the game preserve. We spent 3 weeks in S. Africa in 2006 entranced with the gorgeous birds, amazing wildlife and friendly people. Jim especially loved photographing the zebras, too. Love following your adventures!

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  2. You did very well to see so many animals and get such great photos . Rhino are my favorite in the wild, like a tank they can co anywhere they want!

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    1. Thanks Warren, I think our guide was a little frustrated for the lack of animals around to see, the weather kept them hiding. Late in day we hit the jackpot and saw the elephant, rhino and lions.

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