Hluhluwe derives it’s name from a river named after the thorny monkey rope called umHluhluwe.
The area is probably best known for the Hluhulwe-Umfolozi park which is internationally acclaimed for it’s conservation efforts and is home to the big five: lions, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Hluhluwe Game Reserve is also renowned for it’s abundance of raptors. In additon to this several top-rated birding spots are also along the Hluhluwe route, amongst them, Bonamanzi which is arguably on of South Africa’s top birding spots with a huge variety of birding habitats and over 350 species recored on the property. The reserves on the western shores of Lake St Lucia, part of a world heritage site, offer abundant water and forest birding with great walking trails and breathtaking scenery.
The Hluhluwe area must be one of KwaZulu-Natal’s busiest tourism areas and has an abundance of top quality accommodation facilities, from peaceful campsites to five-star game lodges. The roads are all in good condition and all birding spots can be accessed with a sedan car. Hluhluwe town has all the supplies that one may need when travelling including banking facilities.
The variety of bushveld and woodland birding found in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, combined with the natural wonders of the Lake St Lucia system and it’s central position to the rest of the Zululand Birding Route make this an excellent area for the keen birder to spend time.