The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Afrikaans name: Hluhluwe Wildtuin

White Rhino are quite common in Hluhluwe Game Reserve

White Rhino in Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert


Hluhluwe Game Reserve is 280 km north of Durban. It is linked to iMfolozi Game Reserve and together they are called the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. It does, however, have a different feel to it and I would recommend that you spend some time in both of these reserves.

Hluhluwe Game Reserve is home to a wide variety of mammals including the Big 5. Like iMfolozi it is well-stocked with Rhinos. Numerous bird species may be seen in the reserve.

The reserve is quite hilly and scenic. The view from the restaurant at Hilltop Camp is fantastic and it is a great place to spend some time. Keep a look out for raptors while you are on the patio area. They soar along the tops of the hills and come quite close. There is a board up with illustrations of the birds of prey that you might see.

Hilltop Camp is the main camp but there is also Muntulu and Munyawaneni Rustic Bush Lodges as well as Mtwazi Lodge.

Visitors may drive around themselves or join one of the game drives that start from Hilltop Camp.

Hluhlwe Game Reserve is situated in a low risk area for malaria. It is, however, best to check on the latest status before deciding what precautions you need to take.

Are you a fan of Hluhluwe Game Reserve? Tell us why.

Elephant and Bushbuck in the road at Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

Bushbuck and Elephants - an unusual combination. This unlikely pairing was seen on one of the quieter dirt roads in Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

White Rhino sleeping in the road at Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

No, it is not a collision between a little green car and a rather large White Rhino! This early morning photo shows the Rhino determined to finish his lie in on the tar road, even if it meant causing a traffic jam.

White Rhino sleeping in the road at Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Hilltop Camp

Photo © Steven Herbert

Mammals of Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.


African Elephant

Antbear / Aardvark

Banded Mongoose

Black Rhino

Black-backed Jackal

Blue Duiker

Blue Wildebeest

Brown Hyena

Burchell's Zebra

Bush Pig


Cape Buffalo

Cape Porcupine

Chacma Baboon


Common Duiker



Honey Badger





Mountain Reedbuck


Pangolin / Scaly Anteater

Red Duiker


Rock Hyrax

Samango Monkey

Scrub Hare


Spotted Hyena



Striped Polecat

Vervet Monkey


Water Mongoose


White Rhino

Wild Cat

Wild Dog

List of Birds of Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Some of the birds that may be seen in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Crested Francolin

Natal Spurfowl

Crested Guineafowl

Helmeted Guineafowl

White-faced Duck

Egyptian Goose

Spur-winged Goose

African Black Duck

Yellow-billed Duck

Red-billed Teal

Lesser Honeyguide

Red-throated Wryneck

White-eared Barbet

Black-collared Barbet

Crested Barbet

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

Crowned Hornbill

Trumpeter Hornbill

Southern Ground-Hornbill

African Hoopoe

Narina Trogon

European Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller

Malachite Kingfisher

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

White-fronted Bee-eater

Little Bee-eater

Speckled Mousebird

Red-faced Mousebird

Burchell's Coucal

Brown-headed Parrot

Purple-crested Turaco

Grey Go-away-bird

African Scops-Owl

Spotted Eagle-Owl

Marsh Owl

Speckled Pigeon

Laughing Dove

Cape Turtle-Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove

Tambourine Dove

Blue Crane

Black Crake

Common Moorhen

Three-banded Plover

Blacksmith Lapwing

African Wattled Lapwing

Crowned Lapwing

Black-shouldered Kite

Black Kite

African Fish-Eagle

White-backed Vulture

White-headed Vulture

Black-chested Snake-Eagle

African Marsh-Harrier

African Harrier-Hawk

African Goshawk

Little Sparrowhawk

Black Sparrowhawk

Steppe Buzzard

Jackal Buzzard

Tawny Eagle

Martial Eagle

Long-crested Eagle


Lanner Falcon

Little Grebe

African Darter

Reed Cormorant

Black Heron

Little Egret

Great Egret

Grey Heron

Black-headed Heron

Purple Heron

Cattle Egret


Hadeda Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

African Spoonbill

Yellow-billed Stork

Black Stork

Woolly-necked Stork

White Stork

Saddle-billed Stork

Marabou Stork

Black-headed Oriole

Square-tailed Drongo

Fork-tailed Drongo

African Paradise-Flycatcher

Black-backed Puffback

Southern Boubou

Chinspot Batis

Pied Crow

White-necked Raven

Red-backed Shrike

Common Fiscal

Magpie Shrike

Grey Cuckooshrike

Southern Black Tit

Barn Swallow

Dark-capped Bulbul

Sombre Greenbul

Long-billed Crombec

Cape White-eye

Rufous-naped Lark

Groundscraper Thrush

Olive Thrush

Southern Black Flycatcher

Fiscal Flycatcher

African Dusky Flycatcher

Red-capped Robin-Chat

White-browed Scrub-Robin

African Stonechat

Mocking Cliff-Chat

Black-bellied Starling

Cape Glossy Starling

Red-billed Oxpecker

Olive Sunbird

Grey Sunbird

Amethyst Sunbird

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Collared Sunbird

White-bellied Sunbird

Spectacled Weaver

Southern Masked-Weaver

Village Weaver

Red-billed Quelea

Southern Red Bishop

Fan-tailed Widowbird

White-winged Widowbird

Thick-billed Weaver

Common Waxbill

Blue Waxbill

Green-winged Pytilia

Bronze Mannikin

Red-backed Mannikin

Pin-tailed Whydah

Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah

House Sparrow

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow

African Pied Wagtail

Cape Wagtail

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Cape Longclaw

Yellow-fronted Canary

Golden-breasted Bunting

References and further reading

Wild Issue 45 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 10

Wild Issue 37 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 44

Wild Issue 21 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 42

Wild Issue 20 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 14

Wild Issue 19 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 50

Wild Issue 1 - Author: - Published: 2007 - Page: 49

Where to see Birds in KwaZulu-Natal - Author: Bennett and Herbert - Published: 1995 - Page: 50

Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 1992 - Page: 267

Things to do in Moer & Gone Places - Author: Jacques Marais - Published: 2015 - Page: 64

The Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa - Author: P. Briggs - Published: 2020 - Page: 147

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 135

Stuarts Field Guide to National Parks & Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd ed - Author: Chris & Mathilde Stuart - Published: 2018 - Page: 89

Southern African Birdfinder - Author: Cohen, Spottiswoode and Rossouw - Published: 2006 - Page: 138

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 318

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 253

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2014 - Page: 145

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 353

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 156

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 265

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 144

Maps of the Zululand and Maputaland Reserves - Author: Honeyguide Publications - Published: 2016 - Page: 1

Insiders Guide - Top Wildlife Photography Spots in South Africa - Author: Shem Compion - Published: 2010 - Page: 286

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 153

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 191

go! - Issue 151 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 41

go! - Issue 135 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 52

Country Life - Issue 267 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 84

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 214

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1989 - Page: 112

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Published: 2006 - Page: 72


Got a comment about the content on this page?

This website features affiliate links, meaning we’ll earn a small commission if you purchase through these links.

Copyright Steven Herbert Projects, 2013 - 2023. All rights reserved.

Privacy Policy - FAQ - Terms of use