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.


  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!


  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!


    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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