Hluhluwe River Lodge is located in a wonderful setting with a superb view of Lake St Lucia. Apart from the pristine surrounding environment the lodge is also perfectly located to access the surrounding game reserves, beaches and local attractions. Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is an easy 30 minute drive and Mkuze Game Reserve is a 1 hour drive away. The beaches of St Lucia and Sodwana Bay are both a 1 hour drive from the lodge. Hluhluwe River Lodge does not encourage visits to the Elephant and Cheetah interaction attractions in Hluhluwe, we do not support exploitation of wild animals for financial gain.
The Hippo and Crocodile boat tour at St Lucia Estuary is highly recommended, these tours can be booked when at the lodge with one of our preferred tour-boat operators. We prefer the smaller personalized boat tours carrying a maximum of 12 guests with excellent guides who deliver an informative and fascinating interpretation of the estuary ecosystems and the roll of Hippo and Crocodiles within that realm. There is also wonderful bird life and beautiful pristine scenery to be enjoyed.
If the weather is good ( which is most days ) a trip to the beaches either at Sodwana Bay or Cape Vidal is highly reccomended. Sodwana is a scuba divers paradise, great for swimming, snorkeling and offshore game fishing whilst Cape Vidal is a swimming, snorkeling and beach walking paradise. The road to Cape Vidal passes through the Eastern Shores Coastal reserve and is home to some superb game viewing especially Kudu, Waterbuck, Reedbuck and Bushbuck. St Lucia Village has several restaurants for a lunch stop.
Alternative activities in the area would include a walk down Hluhluwe’s bustling main street to experienece the hustle and bustle of an hour in the life of a small trading town. the street traders, barber shops and hairdresser’s all share the pavements along with a myriad other informal traders selling anything from traditional herbal remedies to fried fish and roasted corn. Ilala Weavers is a local craft outlet specializing in Ilala grass baskets which are beautifully woven with palm fronds of the Ilala Palm. The Indigenous Creations Coffee Shop is the perfect stop over for an excellent coffee fix and slice of the cake or light meal.The market at Zamimpilo is a colorful affair with a brilliant display of fresh fruit and locally grown vegetables. Zamimpilo is en route to St Lucia so conveniently located to pay a visit when you do a day trip to see Hippo and giant Crocodiles on one of the many boat tours on offer in the estuary.
The DuMaZulu Cultural Village is a 30 minute drive from Hluhluwe River lodge. Cultural villages can be sometimes disappointing if visitor expectations are for a authentic experience so it is important to know that Dumazulu is a contrived 1 hour ‘show’ with dancing and interactive opportunities. In 1 hour the visitor is introduced to an interesting insight into Zulu cultural tradition as it once was. Bead-work, spear-making and traditional weapons are fascinating for children and adults alike and the dancing is always very entertaining. All aspects of traditional Zulu life are touched on including the layout and architectural style of a homestead and Beehive huts is explored in this interesting guided experience.
At the lodge there is a wonderful walking trail of 2 kilometers that meanders through the 80 hectare conservancy and passes through very beautiful sand forest and palid sand veld. There are Nyala, Red Duiker and Impala to be seen at close range on the walking trail and so is there plenty of bird life to enjoy. The shy Suni which is Africa’s second smallest antelope also frequents the forest and a glimpse of this elusive and rare species is a highly sought after sighting. The trail is well marked and takes about 1 hour to complete.
There really are a variety of things to do in the area and we reccomend a 3 night stay at Hluhluwe River lodge as a minimum stay but 5 days would be ideal for self drive visitors wanting to explore Mkuze, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Cape Vidal or Sodwana Bay and have time to explore the immediatte surrounds of the lodge itself. Feel welcome to ask our reservations for suggested itinerary’s before or on arrival.