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LOCATION Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is in the north of South Africa’s KwaZulu- Natal province, about 30 miles (50 km) inland of St. Lucia Village AREA 385 sq miles (960 sq km)
KEY WILDLIFE Black rhinos, white rhinos, nyalas, elephants
The largest and most alluring of several under- rated game preserves in the Zululand region of South Africa, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is a key strong- hold for Africa’s endangered rhino. More than 1,000 white rhinos and 500 black rhinos roam these rolling green slopes, alongside elephants, buffalos, nyala antelopes, and a varied cast of predators, including lions, leopards, and endan- gered African wild dogs. The legendary four-day wilderness trails that run during winter are once- in-a-lifetime experiences, but for those with less time, the guided game walks are a great option.
Getting There A good road network makes Hluhluwe-Imfolozi ideal for self-drive safaris. St. Lucia village is the nearest place to rent a car, and local operators also offer organized day trips into the preserve.
When to Go The dry winter (May–Sep) is the best time for game viewing, since vegetation thins and wildlife tends to congregate around water.