Difference between revisions of "Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park"
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Gateways to the Park are the towns of Hluhluwe (pronounced Shloo Shloowee) and Mtubatuba, all of them easily accessible from the N2, which runs all along the east coast of South Africa. It connects the park with nearby Durban, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Swaziland.
The next larger airport is in Durban.
The next larger railway station is in Durban.
Public buses run from Durban along the N2 but services are limited so the best option is your own transport. Alternatively take the Baz Bus which runs from Durban to Swaziland via Hluhluwe and St. Lucia.
For flexibility, Best option is your own car which can be rented at St Lucia or Durban or Ballito. Avis have fantastic online deals- some from R300 per day. Alternatively, www.nationalcar.co.za; First Car rental rents out cars on a countrywide basis.
Umhlanga Explorer(Tour Operating Company which has countrywide representation and based in Umhlanga Rocks,ph: +27 (0)31 5613846  rents out cars on behalf of National Alamo/First Car Rental which has coverage throughout the country and offers great deals. Another option offered is that of a driver/guide and vehicle. It is a more expensive one but gives you the convenience of being driven there by someone who knows the region and is a pretty safe and recommended. Companies like Umhlanga Explorer will pick you up at your place of lodging(Durban and surrounding areas) and upon return drop you off as well.
The park was formed by putting together the two parks of Hluhluwe and Umfolozi in 1989 to one park of nearly 100.000 hectares. The national park offers a great diversity of animals and is optimal for game-viewing. It's much less crowded than the Kruger National Park and has the biggest population and highest density of Rhinos of all South African parks.
Game viewing is the thing to come for. It`s worth considering a guided tour at least for one day as the rangers know where to go. There is also a trail system where several-day-hikes are available with a ranger (book ahead as they are popular)
Eat & Drink
Hilltop Campsite offers some food and drinks within park. The town of St. Lucia is a popular tourist destination and offers the broadest range off food and some pubs in the area.