Hlatikulu Bush Lodge iMfolozi

“In the footsteps of Ian Player & King Shaka”

Hlatikulu Bush Lodge iMfolozi is in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park which lies in the heart of the Zulu Kingdom, where ancient trails lead through the thornveld and along the mighty rivers of Africa’s oldest established wilderness area. Once the exclusive royal hunting ground of King Shaka, where the first conservation laws were put in place, this rich tapestry of natural and cultural history still beats with the rhythms of Africa.

Towering grassland hills, wide open spaces, thornveld and Tamboti thickets are home to the Big 5 as well as a diversity of other wildlife, including hyena, wild dog, cheetah, various antelope species and over 300 bird species. The Black and White iMfolozi Rivers wind their way through the reserve where you often see wildlife at the water’s edge coming down to drink and cool off. This truly is a place which touches the soul – take it all in… the sights, sounds, smells… feel the bush… as soon as you become one with this magnificent wilderness area, it shows itself in the most incredible way which you will discover for yourself when you are there.

Hlatikulu Bush Lodge Accommodation + lookout

Hlatikulu Bush Lodge iMfolozi

Hlatikulu Bush Lodge iMfolozi is an 8 Bed self-catering lodge in the iMfolozi wilderness, sited on a terrace overlooking the Black iMfolozi River in the heart of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park and provides excellent opportunities for walks into a part of iMfolozi that most people never see.

The view from the deck stretches down across the Black iMfolozi River where crocodile and hippo occur and as you sip your early morning coffee or gather for sundowners in the evening you may see a variety of animals make their way out of the surrounding bush to drink from the river.

Visitors’ needs are attended to by staff who cook and clean and a knowledgeable field ranger who, on request, takes visitors on walks through the African bush. Visitors must bring food for the meals they would like prepared and cooked for them and the drinks of their choice as well as drinking water. Our cooks can produce a variety of tasty meals to suit the bush lodge life style. Limited supplies of food and drink can be purchased at the shop at Mpila Camp which is a half hours drive away. Bush camps and lodges only cater for one party at a time so for the period of your stay it becomes your home on the edge of this beautiful iMfolozi River.

There is an open lapa area and barbecue (braai) facility where guests may gather around the fire under the open sky as well as a peaceful lookout deck at the end of a wooden walkway looking over the river.

The water at Hlatikulu Bush Lodge iMfolozi is not fit for drinking. Please bring your own drinking water.

Hlatikulu Bush Lodge iMfolozi accommodates only one group at a time, to a maximum of eight visitors in 4 x 2-bedded en-suite chalets, so for the duration of your visit it is your private retreat in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park.

There is no fence around this camp and animals may be encountered at any time day or night, so please be aware of this, and especially after dark. Electricity is supplied by generator for the lights and fans, with the fridges and stove running on gas. The generator turns off at around 22h00. It would be good practice to bring a flashlight (torch) for each guest. Hyena in the evenings and monkeys scavenging during the day can be a nuisance. Please note you may not feed any of the animals.

Note that all bush camps should only be accessed by 4 x 4, 4 x 2, SUV with high clearance.

Hlatikulu Bush Lodge iMfolozi Experiences

Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park

The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed protected Game Reserve area in South Africa, dating back to 1895. It is in these valleys where King Shaka of the Zulus, unbeknown to the world, pioneered a culture of conservation long before the concept was coined by European settlers. It is here, amidst these timeless, undulating hills, where visitors will be able to walk in the footsteps of giants, past and present.

The DNA of all white rhinos alive in Africa today can be traced back to the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. Once the royal hunting grounds for the Zulu kingdom, this is where the first steps with Operation Rhino were taken almost seventy years ago under the guidance of revered conservationist, the late Dr. Ian Player.

A 1953 aerial survey counted no more than 437 of these pre-historic creatures left in the wilderness. Here, at 25 years old, Player fell under the spell of these magical creatures and conceived Operation Rhino, a serious attempt to translocate the dwindling numbers of remaining rhinos to reserves and parks across the globe in order to give them a better chance of survival. Through his sixty plus years at the forefront of conservation and eco-tourism, Dr Ian Player shaped an ethos towards nature and wildlife that forms the DNA of the industry and many of its most successful operators. When you visit the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park the footprints of this giant of conservation can be seen, figuratively, all over.

PRICING 01 Nov 20 – 31 Oct 2020 & 2021:

From R5 100.00 for 6 adults for the camp per night

Thereafter R850.00 per adult per night

From R6 090.00 for 6 adults for the camp per night

Thereafter R1 015.00 per adult per night

Price is based on a minimum rate of 6 persons per night.  The camp sleeps a maximum of 8 persons.    

Game Drives: R720 for 2 pax, thereafter R360 per person.

Included: Exclusive use of Hlatikulu Bush Lodge, cook and cleaning staff, personal guide for bush walks, all linen, towels, cutlery and crockery; Community Levy and Emergency Rescue Levy.

Excluded: Night drives (to be booked and paid for in camp) conducted by your personal guide; Food, drinks and drinking water; 2021 Daily Conservation Levy of R240 per adult and R120 per child under 12 years will be charged for international guests and SA residents / citizens and SADC nationals will be charged a daily Conservation Levy of R120 per adult and R60 per child under 12 years – proof of identity must be provided & this is payable at Mpila Office on check-in; All transfers; Increased in prices beyond our control.

High season dates are as follows:
02/12/2020 – 12/01/2021
19/03/2021– 21/03/2021
01/04/2021– 05/04/2021
23/04/2021 – 27/04/2021
06/08/2021 – 09/08/2021
23/09/2021 – 27/09/2021

T&C’s apply. Subject to Availability. E&OE


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