Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, in the north of KwaZulu-Natal state, is the oldest in South Africa, drawing visitors for over a hundred years. Careful conservation ensures an amazing array of wildlife such as rhinoceroses (including the rare white rhinoceros), elephants and Cape Buffalos, as well as big cats including lions, leopards and cheetahs.
The landscape ranges from flat savannah to steep hills, criss-crossed by rivers and dotted with water holes, where you may well spot the Nyala, or South African antelope. There is also a huge range of birdlife, with many species unique to this area.
Hluhluwe Game Reserve covers almost 1,000 square kilometers (380 square miles) and lies 280 kilometers (174 miles) north of Durban; follow the signs from the town of Mtubatuba to reach the entry gate.
Well signposted roads allow self-drive expeditions, though guided driving and walking tours will ensure you get the most out of your trip. There are lodges for overnight stays within the Reserve, but bear in mind that it lies in a malarial area and appropriate precautions should be taken.