Hluhluwe is a small town surrounded by game reserves and cultural attractions.

The sheer beauty of the landscape alone would justify conservation of the area of the Hluhluwe and it's companion, Umfolozi.

Added to this is a wealth of plant life and animals, and an atmosphere so pervaded by romance that it seems to be distilled from the ancient past of Zululand.

The Hluhluwe River, which got its name from the thorny monkey ropes (Dalbergia armata) which grow in the riverine forest, flows through high hills and is about 85 metres above sea level with the summits of the hills reaching almost 600 metres.

Visit a traditional Zulu weaving operation where you can buy baskets, mats and other woven goods, or do a tour of Dumazulu Cultural Village – a living museum of traditional Zulu culture and lifestyle.

The nearby Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest game reserve in South Africa and is renowned for the conservation push which rescued the white rhino from the very brink of extinction in the 1960s. Today the black rhino is under threat – so get in there and spot one while you still have a chance. This park, which originally consisted of two different parks, Umfolozi and Hluhluwe, is where the first wilderness safaris were run from. The idea took a couple of years to catch on but now many other reserves also offer this exciting experience.

Hluhluwe is at the southern end of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, from where you can take a boat ride to see hippos and crocs, kayak on the lakes, or do a hike or a horse trail. Keen birders are advised to visit Mkuze, which has the reputation of being one of the best birding spots in South Africa, and divers will love the nearby Sodwana Bay, with its lovely coral reefs, extensive dive infrastructure and party atmosphere.

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