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Hluhluwe/Umfolozi and St lucia share the distinction of being the oldest Game Parks in Africa having been declared in 1895. Hluhluwe's history as a conservation area, however, is even older as game was protected in this area from the early 1800s as the private hunting reserve of the Zulu Kings Shaka and Cetshwayo.

Hluhluwe/ Umfolosi covers an area of 96,000 hectares. In the 1960s, the White Rhinoceros was almost extinct in South Africa with only 500 animals remaining all of which were protected at Hluhluwe. Such has been the success of the White Rhino Conservation Project here that every year, excess White Rhino are captured at Hluhluwe and sent to restock areas in South Africa and certain other African countries. South Africa itself now boasts a total of over 6,000 White Rhino.

Hluhluwe's work, however, is still not done as the Black rhino in the whole of Africa has seen it's numbers decline from 14,000 to only 2,550 animals over the last 10 years. Once again Hluhluwe is in the forefront of the battle to preserve this noble animal. Over 20% of the world's population of both Black and White Rhino now reside in this one park.

 

Although best known for it's work with Rhino, this park is also home to a huge range of indigenous animals- Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Hyaena, Jackal, Warthog and all the local antelope call this home and we hope to see as many as possible on our tour.

For the more adventurous, after the end of your two weeks Diving Safari, Discovering Africa can arrange for you, a four day walking Safari in the Park accompanied by an armed guard. All supplies are carried in backpacks, one sleeps under the stars and each trailist is expected to stand guard for his watch each night. Do not worry, when it is your watch, you will not struggle to maintain a lookout with the roar of lions and cackle of the hyaena all around you.

These trails are strictly limited in number to reduce their effect on the park so booking well ahead is essential.


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