If your idea of a great holiday is to get out in nature and actively experience the wonders of the natural world, a stay at Hluhluwe River Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal will keep you on your toes. Here, you get the best of many worlds – the bush, the beach, the forests and the wetlands – accompanied by guides who know their onions and lead you on some fabulous adventures.
Your bush experience in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is bound to be exciting and eventful, whether you opt for a self-drive or a guided experience. Because the park has two distinct areas, at least a full day here is recommended. All the mighty Big Five can be seen in Hluhluwe iMfolozi, and the Hluhluwe section of the park is exceptional for rhino viewing, having Africa’s largest concentration of rhino. But there’s much to see besides the Big Five, so set off from the lodge with a picnic basket and be prepared for a fabulous day in the bush.
Take to the water on a thrilling hippo- and crocodile-watching boat tour in the St Lucia Estuary. The scenery is awesome, the birding is exceptional, and who knows what wildlife may be lurking …
Day trips to unadulterated beaches at Sodwana Bay and Cape Vidal are one of the high points of a stay at Hluhluwe River Lodge. These are approximately an hour’s drive from the lodge. Sodwana Bay is heaven on earth for scuba divers, swimmers, snorkelers and game fishing fans. At Cape Vidal, swim, snorkel and walk in a world of breathtaking beauty, uncrowded and pure as ever.
Hluhluwe River Lodge is a walker’s dream, with a fantastic 2km walking trail near the lodge that weaves through exquisite sand forest and sand veld. Allow about an hour for this. Nyala, Red Duiker and Impala hide away in this magical world, and you will very likely spot them on the walk. Bird-lovers will be in their element, with tons of varieties to see.
Go biking in this beautiful world, and make use of the bikes available at the lodge. Do a wonderfully scenic 20 km ride to False Bay Park, a reserve stretching along the western shoreline of Lake St Lucia and forming part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. If 20 km sounds a little tame and you’re an experienced mountain biker, go for one of the more challenging 30-40 km rides.
To go justice to all that’s on offer at the lodge, you would be wise to stay for at least three nights. The rule of thumb here is the more, the better.
Stay in a gorgeous forest setting where birds chirp abundantly, and where the chalets and the central lodge offer lots of comforts. See More.
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Mail us to book, or call 0860 102 907 (local) or +27 21 797-7122 (international).