Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Located in the heart of Zululand, Hluhluwe holds the prominent position as the oldest game reserve in Africa. It was on this unspoiled land that Zulu kings like Dingiswayo and Shaka once hunted and the first conservation laws where put into place. Today, Hluhluwe Game Reserve teems with an abundance of wildlife, including the famous “Big Five” which rustle through the verdant savannah.

Passengers aboard Rovos Rail’s luxury train accommodation will be interested to learn that Hluhluwe Game Reserve is not only the oldest reserve in Africa, but marks the home of the famous conservation effort, Operation Rhino, which operated in the 1950’s and 60’s. Hluhluwe is also world-renowned for their Game Capture Program which was recently upgraded into the Centenary Capture Centre; a bench mark for animal capture and sustainable utilization throughout the African continent.

The sweeping reserve stretches over 96 000 hectares of unspoiled veld. Characterised by rolling hills and a diversity of fauna and flora, Hluhluwe Game Reserve offers some of the best game viewing in Africa, including the Big Five and exquisite birdlife. While significantly smaller than the famous Kruger National Park, Hluhluwe’s condensed topography combined with an abundance of wildlife lends to its reputation as a top game viewing destination.

Game is the principle attraction at Hluhluwe, with visitors from all corners of the globe jetting in to enjoy a prime game viewing experience in the scenic reserve. Game drives – guided or independent – and nature walks are two of the most popular activities at the reserve. Erected viewing hides overlook pans and waterholes, affording guests the opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife frolicking and freshening up in their natural habitat.

Along with offering one of the best game viewing experiences in Africa, the beautiful selection of accommodation styles and a gourmet Hilltop Restaurant make Hluhluwe a highly sought after destination for locals and tourists alike. After just one excursion, African rail tour passengers will be aching to return to Hluhluwe – Africa’s unspoilt paradise.