Once, the great Zulu kings, Shaka, Dingaan, Cetswayo hunted here, but also realized the importance of their natural wealth. The laws they laid down, form the basis of conservation today.
After the parks were proclaimed Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve in 1895, larger herds of game and the ‘Big Five’ increased in numbers.
In the 1950’s and 60’s-“Operation Rhino” was started. Almost brought to extinction, the White Rhino population is now stable and florishing thanks to some hard working environmentalists.
Other focus points which contribute to the reputation of the Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve are amongst other,its spectacular fauna and flora, the Wilderness trails, and recently upgraded “Centenary Game Capture unit” where game management has set high standards for the whole of the African continent and the world.
The Area of the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve is 96000 ha.
Even though the name of the reserve recently has been changed to Hluhluwe Imfolozi, most of the time the old name Hluhluwe Umfolozi is still used.
Hluhluwe is pronounced as sh-lou-sh-lou-way.
For further information on the Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve check out the Internet site: www.kznwildlife.com