Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

Hluhluwenatal-Umfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest declared park in Africa is situated outside Durban, KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. This park is owned and run by the State as part of an effort to protects the largest population of rhino in the world. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve has an abundance of Wildlife, including the “Big Five” and therefore conservation is a major factor in province.

KwaZulu Natal is considered to be “Home of the Zulu” people and Hluhluwe; once a royal hunting ground, has long be a part of the Zulu Kingdom. The Umfolozi Game Reserve was developed to protest the South African white rhinoceros from extinction, at time the game park was established the white rhino was on the endangered list but was removed due to the success behind the conservation of the species. The park started out with a small population of 20 rhinos in the early 1900 to 10 000 today, today the white rhino faces the same fate it faced decades ago however this time, it seems like we are losing war.

Poaching has led to a rapid decline in the population of rhino, thankfully, so have the efforts to save the rhino from extinction. National and Privately owned game parks are engaging in global campaigns to spread awareness about the poaching of the Rhino species. This has led to an increased interested in Wild life and Nature Conservation, the Hluhluwenatal-Umfolozi Game Reserve has experienced an influx of people seeking guided tours to view what’s left of the diminishing rhino population.

There are many tour operators that can offer day tours; donation can also be made to the Rhino Conservation Trust and SAWLA.

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