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Hluhluwe to False Bay

The unique feature of this route is its Big 5 game viewing, the chance to spend time in the African bush, along with exploration of the False Bay Park. This region's central location also gives you access to the other routes although you will find that once you are absorbed by this landscape it's difficult to leave.

Rhino in Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Park

Feel the Heartbeat of Africa 
There is nothing as iconic of Africa as the Big 5, and here in Africa's oldest proclaimed reserve, the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, you will find yourself deep in the heart of an African landscape steeped in history and culture, giving a dramatic sense of being. This region is the heart of the Elephant Coast, known as the central area and renowned for its wildlife. In addition to the internationally acclaimed Hluhluwe iMfolozi game reserve, there are numerous private game reserves in this region. Spend your days in open safari vehicles game viewing which includes prolific birdlife, or experience a bush walk with a qualified ranger. Encircling this region you will find a spread of accommodation including world class lodges, bed and breakfasts, and camping too.


Hluhluwe is named after the Dalbergia armata – commonly known as the Hluhluwe Creeper or Thorny Rope. It's a thorny creeper that weaves through the bush and riverine forests of coastal Zululand with long spiky thorns, but produces small delicate flowers. Just as its name implies, so too is this region a land of contrast from the rugged bush to rolling hills, to the False Bay sand forest, home to one of Africa's smallest antelope – the Suni. 


Dalbergia Armata : Hluhluwe Creeper or Thorny Rope

Fossil False Bay Hluhluwe

Discover Ancient Fossils False Bay Park 
Situated on the western shores of False Bay, links visitors in the central route to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It is a place of discovery where you can stumble across ancient fossils, testimony that 60 million years ago the area was covered by the sea. Containing important marine fossils of both animals and coral which can be viewed in an attractive interpretive centre, the park also has a variety of habitats such as sand forests, thorn veld and an open savannah.


Explore the self-guided wooded trails, take a boat trip at sunset, or relax on the banks of the lake. Notice the butterflies, as almost half of KwaZulu-Natal's butterfly species can be found in this area which is also home to the narina trogon, purple crested lourie, pink throated longclaw – some of birds that feature on the long list of prolific birdlife. There is a spread of accommodation options found within this route all offering unique activities within their establishments including birding, game viewing, guided walks, organised trips to a local community, and of course the iconic Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. The Hluhluwe to False Bay route is where you will feel the heartbeat of Africa








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