Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

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Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, located 280 km north of Durban, is the oldest proclaimed park in Africa. It consists of 960 kmē of hilly topography in central Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

History

  • Throughout the park there are many signs of Stone Age settlements.
  • This area between the Black and White Umfolozi rivers was also once the personal hunting area of King Shaka Zulu.
  • The Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Game Reserves were proclaimed separately in 1895. Their turbulent histories have included temporary deproclamations for veterinary programs and mass slaughter of game under the banner of "disease control"!
  • Operation Rhino was started during the 1960s, resulting in the white rhino being saved from extinction. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi is now focusing its efforts on saving the endangered black rhino, whose number in Africa has dwindled from 14 000 to a pitiful 2 550 in the past decade. You'll find at least a fifth of the world's black and white rhino population here.
  • It was also here that the first guided wilderness trails in Southern Africa were run.
  • Both reserves were joined in 1989 through the Corridor Reserve.
  • Due to inbreeding Hluhluwe-Umfolozi introduced the Lion Project in 1999. This project is to save the lions by infusing new blood into the existing bloodlines.

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See also: List of conservation areas of South Africa, Rhinoceros

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