iMfolozi Game Reserve / uMfolozi Game Reserve
Afrikaans name: iMfolozi-Wildtuin
Zebras in iMfolozi Game Reserve
A 3 hour drive up the north coast from Durban will bring you to iMfolozi Game Reserve. This reserve was established on 30 April 1895 which makes it the oldest game reserve in South Africa.
The iMfolozi Game Reserve is linked with the Hluhluwe Game Reserve and together they are called the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Visitors to either Hluhluwe Game Reserve and iMfolozi Game Reserve are freely able to visit the other park.
The main camp in iMfolozi is Mpila camp which sits on top of some hills. Other camps in the park are Masinda Lodge, Gqoyeni Bush Lodge and Hlatikhulu Bush Lodge.
Mpila Camp is only fenced to keep out Elephants so a wide variety of game may be seen around the huts. Impala, Burchell's Zebra, Warthog, Nyala and Vervet Monkey can be seen during the day. At night one should keep a cautious eye out for the Spotted Hyenas which snoop around (don't feed them!). On my last visit Lions killed and ate an Impala next to my car so be very careful after dark.
iMfolozi is world-renowned for its conservation of White Rhino. Over the years the population was built up to the point where the park is able to provide them to other game reserves. At the Centenary Centre there is a take-away restaurant as well as a small museum documenting rhino capture over the years. It is really well worth a visit and a good place to spend some time during the heat of the day.Impala, Burchell's Zebra, Vervet Monkey, Spotted Hyena and Warthogs. Be aware that Lion can, and do, also enter the camp on occasion. Above - iMfolozi Game Reserve is home to the Big 5. Out of the Big 5 the 3 that you should see are Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino. There is a chance of seeing Lion but Leopard is always a challenge. This magnificent male Lion was one of two lurking around near a water hole to the west of Mpila. Above - There is a wide variety of accommodation available at Mpila Camp. It is not really fenced and many mammals find their way into the camp. Some of these are harmless and others are somewhat dangerous! Be careful after dark... This particular hut is one of the row of 2-bedded huts near the main entrance to the camp. They have an amazing view out over the reserve. In the heat of the day you can sit on the veranda and watch Elephants in the river a few kilometres away.
Mammals of iMfolozi 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.
Antbear / Aardvark
Cape Clawless Otter
List of Birds of iMfolozi Game Reserve (uMfolozi)
Some of the birds that may be seen in the iMfolozi Game Reserve
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