Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park offers an unforgettable game viewing experience with three hides to choose from. To get the most out of your wildlife encounter, make sure you plan a visit during the dry season between June and October - ideally around sunrise or midday! Patience is essential; making time for longer sessions at each hide can pay off in spades when it comes to sightings.
Hluhluwe is an area with a low risk of malaria transmission; however, it is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure your health and safety during your visit. Make sure to speak with your doctor or a travel clinic prior to travelling, as they can provide you with the necessary medical advice and the recommended malaria prevention measures for this region. These preventive measures include using insect repellent at night, as well as wearing long-sleeved clothing in the evenings when possible.
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is home to a variety of wild animals, including lions, leopards, black rhino, southern white rhino buffalos hippos and crocodiles and the best place to view hippos and crocodiles is on the Hluhluwe River and the Hluhluwe Dam. It's important to take safety precautions when exploring the self-guided trails; these magnificent creatures are unpredictable by nature so remaining alert at all times will promote a safe journey! For overnight guests staying at Hilltop Camp and Resort must be aware that although fenced off there may still exist potential risks during dark hours - it's advised you remain close within your assigned area for optimal protection against any unwelcome surprises after sundown.
Keep your chalet secure while you spend time outdoors while staying in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park as leaving food unattended and having windows or doors open could attract monkey visitors. To be proactive, refrain from displaying fruits outside the home - this will discourage any potential primate guests!
To ensure a sanitary environment in the area, please help us keep oil and sugar spills to a minimum as they may attract ants.
Despite the Hluhluwe Imfolozi park's designation as a low risk malaria area , visitors should stay vigilant against malaria by using insect repellent and wearing clothing that covers their exposed skin in the evening. In addition, mosquito coils or mats can provide extra protection at night while prophylactic medications may be an option for those concerned about contracting this disease.
When exploring the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, take precautions against "pepper" ticks - their bites can cause intense irritation and may transmit tick-bite fever. Applying Byticol to skin and clothing helps repel them. If bitten, consult a doctor to properly treat the potentially severe illness.
Doing a guided walk in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is rewarding, but be sure to protect yourself. Tuck your trousers into socks when navigating the bush and carry medicated soap to quickly deal with any tick bites you find on yourself. If an itchy rash develops over time after visiting a rural area, apply antihistamine cream for relief before seeking medical attention if flu-like symptoms soon arise—such as fever or headaches—and the bite site looks red and inflamed two days later.
Opening and Closing Times (gate times are strictly enforced)
Summer: 05h00 to 19h00 (November to February)
Winter: 06h00 to 18h00 (March to October)
Distance and Time from Memorial Gate to Hilltop Camp: Approximately 15km
Hilltop Camp, one of the oldest camps in KwaZulu-Natal and perched atop a forested hill offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside, has undergone extensive renovations to provide luxury lodge style accommodation as well as an array of self catering units. All are serviced daily for your convenience. With its reception area also acting as home to an elegant restaurant, comforting pub & lounge filled with memorabilia from historic Hluhluwe and a gift shop/convenience store - Hilltop Camp truly offers something special!
20 x 2-bed rondavels
7 x 2-bed self-catering chalets
20 x 2-bed non self-catering chalets
20 x 4-bed self-catering chalets
1 x 8 bed Mtwazi Lodge (sleeps up to eight people)
1 x Montulu Bush Lodge (self-catering accommodation) - Closed
1 x Munyawaneni Bush Lodge (self-catering accommodation) - Closed
Unforgettable experiences await at Main Camp, where thrilling game drives offer the chance to explore South Africa's wildlife. Taking place in 10 seater open vehicles with optional private hire available for an additional cost, these unforgettable excursions are around 2-2.5 hours long and can be booked via our onsite reception desk along with payment and necessary indemnity forms completed prior to departure time - ensuring you'll return ahead of meal times!
Experience the wonders of nature through our guided game walks in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve! Our certified guides will take you on an extraordinary journey, limited to 8 people a day. This experience is not suitable for children under 12.
Enjoy a leisurely exploration of nature with Umbombe Trails! This self-guided 10 minute journey starts from the swimming pool and ends by Chalet 3. Along this path, you can learn more about your natural environment through informative boards while appreciating rare glimpses at native wildlife (protected as our resort is fenced).
Hilltop Camp and Resort Reception
Reception and front desk hours: from 07:00 19:00 daily
Guests are invited to share their wildlife sightings in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve at the reception area board, managed by other visitors. Accurate entries will help create a vibrant repository of animal encounters for everyone's enjoyment!
Take a plunge in the refreshing waters of our swimming pool! Located at the Northern end beside rustic rondavels, this private oasis is bound to bring you relaxation. Remember to pack your towels - none are provided on-site. Our policy requires that all swimmers be supervised and no diving permitted, making it safe for fun by everyone!
Enjoy the natural beauty of our reserve with two picnic sites - Siwasamakhosikazi and Maphumulo which is on the banks of the Hluhluwe River . Both provide picturesque views, a place to set up your braai stand, as well as clean ablution facilities for convenience. Make sure you visit Mapmhumulo where gas barbeque and braai services are available too!
Awaken your taste buds and come to the renowned Mpunyane Restaurant. Our breakfast and dinner menus are packed with culinary delights, sure to satisfy even the most discerning of diners!
Breakfast 07h00 - 09h30
Dinner 18h30 - 21h00
Lunch 12h30 - 14h30
Our Curio Shop is well stocked with a variety of items ranging from clothes, curios, books, cards, photographic films, binoculars, beers, wines, cool drinks, ice, wood, charcoal and so forth, and is open everyday between 08:00 19:00
Our self-catering chalets come with the luxury of a braai stand, so you can enjoy your favourite barbeque meal in comfort. Please be sure to use this facility only on designated areas for everyone's safety and enjoyment!
With ease, our convenient filling station at the resort entrance has you covered from 7am to 12h00 and 13h30 to 17h00. Our selection includes Hi-octane, Diesel and air but unfortunately not punchers repairs - cash payments only please! Other accepted forms of payment include petrol or garage cards; however we are unable to accept Cheques, MasterCard or Visa Cards.
To ensure you have a comfortable stay, our team is available to provide daily servicing between 07:30-14:00. For your convenience, pull out beds are available in self-catering units and can be requested before 15h00. Baby cots are also provided upon request from Housekeeping at no charge; simply let reception know if needed! To gain access to these services or decline service when desired, please use the 'Do Not Disturb' sign located inside each chalet unit - helping us make sure all of your needs are met on this holiday!
To keep your clothes clean and fresh during your stay, the Rondavel complex offers convenient laundry facilities. Choose to operate coin-operated washing machines or tumble dryers yourself - alternatively you can contact housekeeping before 3pm for assistance!
Enjoy the ultimate convenience of your self-catering chalet, equipped with a retractable drying line - perfect for all those beach towels, swimming costumes and other laundry! Just remember not to hang any washing on the verandah.
Let us take the burden of childcare off your shoulders! Please provide reception with prior notice by 15:00 and we'll be more than happy to help you in finding an experienced babysitter.
Our customers can enjoy satellite TV in each of our chalets. We serve only hotel baguettes for breakfast. Further instructions on how to operate the TV can be found in the operational manual that is enclosed with every chalet.
Our chalets enjoy the convenience of electricity, but we take it one step further by providing a backup generator that activates in case of Eskom power outages - ensuring an uninterrupted stay.
Check-in: From 14h00
Check-out: Before 10h00