Hilltop Camp – Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Hilltop Camp is the main camp in the reserve and caters for budget travelers as well as for people looking for a bit more comfort. All units are serviced daily. The Mpunyane Restaurant and the Uzavolo bar provide for those who do not wish to self-cater. The camp has a rustic thatch design, which tastefully compliments the natural surroundings, and being at a high altitude is cooler than most other areas of the reserve. The main building includes the restaurant, an attractive pub, and lounge, decorated with photos and memorabilia of the park, as well as a gift shop and convenience store. The main building also has a fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding areas and is a wonderful place to try and spot the eagles and vultures of the reserve in flight.
Mtwazi Lodge is close to the renowned Hilltop Camp. Mtwazi Lodge offers the visitor total privacy and can accommodate a total of 8 guests, with 3 double en-suite bedrooms. Open vehicle game drives may also be arranged at Hilltop Camp reception, or guests at Mtwazi Lodge may prefer to arrange a private open vehicle game drive. Mtwazi is a self-catering facility which is serviced once a day. The services of a cook are provided and visitors also have the option of eating in the Hilltop Camp restaurant. You are required to report in at Hilltop Camp reception on arrival.
Munyawaneni Bush Lodge – Hluhluwe
Built on the banks of the Hluhluwe river, Munyawaneni accommodates 8 guests in four 2 bed reed and thatch units, each with en-suite bathrooms, linked by walkways to the central open plan lounge unit with a fully equipped kitchen. A cook and a guide are in attendance.
Muntulu Bush Lodge – HluhluweMuntulu Bush Lodge – Hluhluwe
Consisting of two 2 bed units which each having individual viewing decks, private shower, and toilet facilities. Muntulu offers 8 guests accommodation in pristine surrounds. The units are linked by wooden walkways to a main living area. A cook and a guide are in attendance.
Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Muntulu 8 Bed Bush Lodge Bookings only open 3 Months prior to arrival date
Munyawaneni 8 Bed Bush Lodge Bookings only open6 Months prior to arrival date
Please note that children pay adult rate at all bush camps and lodges.
Imfolozi Game Reserve
Gqoyeni 8 Bed Bush Lodge Bookings only open6 Months prior to arrival date
Hlathikhulu 8 Bed Bush Lodge Bookings only open3 Months prior to arrival date
Please note that children pay adult rate at all bush camps and lodges.
Directions and Gate Information
Nyalazi Gate is open from 05h00 – 19h00 from October to March, and 06h00 – 19h00 from April to September. The road to Nyalazi Gate from N2 is tarred all the way (occasional potholes, so drive carefully). To get there, take the N2 (travel towards Mtubatuba), and turn west onto the Nongoma Road – R168. The distance from the N2 to the reserve is 27kms. This gate is particularly useful if staying in Umfolozi, as it is on the border for both Hluhluwe and Umfolozi. It will take approximately 1 hour to get to Hilltop, and 45 minutes to get to Mpila, in game viewing territory.
Memorial Gate is open from 05h00 – 19h00 from November to February, and 06h00 – 19h00 from March to October. The road from N2 to Memorial Gate is tarred all the way. The road is in good condition. From the N2, take the Hluhluwe off-ramp and turn west towards Memorial Gate. The distance from the N2 to the reserve is 21kms. This gate is for the north entrance to Hluhluwe reserve. It will take about 2 hours to go straight from Memorial gate to get into the Umfolozi reserve. The drive to Hilltop Camp will take approximately 40 minutes.
Is open from 05h00 – 19h00 from October to March, and 06h00 – 19h00 from April to September. We do not recommend this gate due to bad road conditions and difficult directions, however, if you do choose this route, use the road from Ulundi which is 30kms from Cengeni. You will need a map as the route is not signposted.
Watch out for animals such as cows & goats on the roads from N2 to both gates.
Rest Rooms are available at both Nyalazi and Memorial Gate.
Request a map of the reserve from the gate which clearly labels the roads in the reserve.
Policies of Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Amenities of Hluhluwe Game Reserve
- Bird Watching
- Complimentary Breakfast
- Conservation area
- Filling station
- Free Parking
- Game Viewing
- Guided Walks
- Housekeeping daily
- Open Vehicle Game Drives
- Pets not allowed
- Picnic sites
- Satellite television
- Swimming Pool
- WiFi (limited)
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Game Walks with an armed ranger are also available from Hilltop Camp. These are normally 2 - 3 hours in duration
No, guests need to supply their own coffee, sugar, milk, and tea.
There is a shop selling basic foods and supplies, including bread, biscuits, milk, drinks, eggs, meat, charcoal, candles, matches, oil, butter, and a variety of tuck foods. We recommend that you do not rely on the shop as stocks occasionally run low.
No, All chalets and rondavels have single or twin beds.
Room numbers can be requested, but not guaranteed.
No, Gate opening and closing times are strictly enforced. Gate Opening and Closing Times: November to February: 05h00 to 19h00 March to October: 06h00 to 18h00 All guests please be advised that if you are going to be late arriving at Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve that a late Entry will be charged to the amount of R 500-00 per vehicle (subject to change). Late entries will only be collected from gate from 19h00 until 22h00. All late arrivals must please contact Hilltop Camp to make arrangements to be escorted to Hilltop as no persons may drive without an escort after gate closing times.
An early check-in is only possible if housekeeping has finished cleaning your room by the time you arrive.
Yes, rates include a complimentary breakfast. Breakfasts are always a buffet, with fruits, yogurt, cheeses, muffins, cereals, and all cooked foods including bacon, sausages, beans, eggs, etc.Breakfast is served from 07h00 – 09h30
It is advisable to book and pay for dinners on arrival as it cost substantially more to book ahead of time.Dinner usually consists of either a Barbeque dinner, a la carte or a lavish buffet. Dinner is served from 17h45 – 21h00.
Yes, the restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch.Lunch is usually a la carte, however on Sundays, a buffet lunch is served, and occasionally during the week, a buffet may be served which is left to the restaurant managers discretion. Lunch is served from 12h00 – 14h30 We recommend making a reservation for lunch at the camp reception, whether or not you are staying at Hilltop, as there are many daily visitors also using the restaurant.
Yes, Packed lunch normally consists of sandwiches, dried meat, muffins, juice, etc. Enquire at the restaurant for more information. You should try to book these at dinner the previous day, and they are ready for collection at breakfast time. Price depends on the menu.
The signal is poor and is best at the reception desk area.
Yes, Hilltop Camp has an electric fence.
No, guests will have to arrange their own transport.
07h00 - 19h00 (daily)
A filling station is available at Hilltop Camp's entrance and is opened at 07:00 – 12:00 and 13:30 to 17:00. The station offers Hi-octane, Diesel, and unfortunately cannot repair punchers. Cash and recognized petrol or garage cards only. Cheques, MasterCard and/or Visa Cards are not accepted.
It is perfectly safe for you to conduct your own game drives. There are simple rules and regulations you should follow. There is a speed limit throughout the park of 40kms per hour. You should not get out of your vehicle except at designated picnic spots and view sites, and even then only after you have had a good lookout for dangerous animals. Remember that this is a Big 5 reserve, and therefore it is dangerous to be exposed. You should not go within 30 - 50m of large game such as elephant and rhino for risk of being charged in your vehicle. The white rhino is reasonably placid and will let you get quite close as they are not too easily antagonized, however, the rare black rhino is very excitable and quick to charge, especially if accompanied by young. Unless you know the difference, please do not endanger yourselves and your family by taking unnecessary risks. If driving past baboons and monkeys, keep your windows closed. Keep voices low when viewing wildlife. Hippos may look cute, but they are responsible for more deaths of humans in Africa than any other animal. Therefore, if you see them by a river bank, keep well away. To get the best out of your game drives, try not to look at specific bushes or trees that you pass, and try to avoid darting your eyes to the left and right. Rather, try to keep your eyes on a particular angle, scanning the bush as you pass by. It will take you a while to accustom yourselves to spotting game, but once you get the knack, you will find that animals will be much easier to spot. Don't underestimate the camouflage properties of most of the game species in the reserve. It is quite incredible how you can pass game very close by, and not notice at all. On many of our game drives, vehicles in front of us have just driven on, not noticing what is in plain view close by. As one experienced guide said, 'if you leave the park without seeing lion, be comforted by the fact that the lion definitely saw you'. If you are staying in the reserve for a few days, then it is worth keeping an eye on the sightings board kept at Hilltop Camp, as the latest sightings of lion, leopard, elephant, eagle etc are reported there. If you see something unusual or spectacular, it would be a kindness to report your sighting on the board, so that others may have the opportunity to try to see what you saw. Please adhere to the rules of the park, and not try to go on any of the roads marked no entry. These are private camps and staff accommodations, and trespassers will be prosecuted.Guests can only explore the park between gate opening and gate closing times.
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