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About Hluhluwe Backpackers

Hluhluwe Backpackers is set up in a very peaceful environment, surrounded only by a few Zulu huts in a distance and the hills of the National Park. We are the closest spot to the Hluhluwe/Imfolozi National Park. Just a stone throw away (1.5 km), we call our neighbours the Big Five.

Enjoy a stunning 360 degree panorama view onto the hills of the game reserve and into real Zululand. At night time you will hear the giggle of the hyenas in your ear and the glittering African stars and sky over your head.

Our main house has five comfortable double rooms with shared bathroom facilities, ideal for couples or individual travellers. Our well-equipped self-catering kitchen is available for your use.

We also offer an outside double room with an ablution facility close by and a family room that sleeps three people, with an en-suite shower facility. The kitchen in the main house is available for your use.

We do not sell alcohol on the premises, but you are welcome to bring your own and enjoy your drinks and relax in our pub, outside eating area or boma areas. We offer traditional braai or potjie meals when you don't feel like cooking at an additional cost. We have ample on-site parking space and a 24 hour security guard on the premises.

There are lots of things to do and to see and we recommend you to join us on one of our open vehicle Game Drives into the Game Reserve conducted by professional field guides (three hours, six hours and full days available).

More activities include; fire shows and Zulu dancing, bird spotting on the property during the day and stargazing at night. Ask about our three day Elephant Coast Tour (three nights stay only). The programme includes a visit to Dumazulu Cultural Village, Game Drive in Hluhluwe National Park to spot the Big 5, community and adventure walk, school visit, snorkeling at Cape Vidal, hippo and crocodile viewing at St Lucia Estuary and a visit to False Bay resort for the Ingwe Trail.

Safari: We are the closest accommodation spot to the Hluhluwe/Imfolosi Game Reserve. We provide the ultimate game experience by 4x4.

  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 32 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans

Availability and pricing

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  • Double Rooms Double Rooms Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 5 Features:  Double beds, Shared bathroom, Self-catering, Fan, No Smoking in Rooms, Garden views
    from R520 For 2 guests
    • Rooms Adults

      Reviews for Hluhluwe Backpackers

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      Carolyn Reddy
      13 August 2019

      We did not stay here as when we got there it was dark and untidy. host should put up pictures of the room so we can know what to expect.

      Robin Cooper
      13 February 2018

      The backpackers is close to Hluhluwe-Imfolosi gate and good for this. The staff are pleasant and helpful and there have been some improvements since my last visit but it remains somewhat ramshackle and needs attention to the little things. Only one light was working in the kitchen, and there is a lack of dessert spoons and small pots. The freezer portion of the fridge had ice coming out so the door did not close ( though this was addressed whilst I was there) . There are very few glasses for cold and alcoholic drinks, and only about 6 mugs. The sink in the toilet was blocked so the water...
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      Laraine Byzewski
      06 January 2018

      We conveniently met the owner near to false bay and he was kind enough to change his plans and pick us up later in the day and bring us to the backpackers.. it was in a really nice location with plenty of wildlife around and they can arrange good tours at a good price. All the staff are friendly and very helpful, they have loads of useful information for the surrounding areas and even gave us a lift to our next destination.Would highly recommend this Backpacker’s to anyone staying in the area or wanting to do a safari in the nearby park.. would definitely come back and stay again :)

      Annabelle de Maroussem, South Africa
      04 September 2016

      we had a super time with a super guy Dave such a knowlegeable person and very pleasant We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there we will definitely go there again

      Greg Kirsten, South Africa
      29 August 2016

      Greg & I stayed at Hluhluwe Backpackers over the weekend. Accommodation comfortable & clean. Kitchen well equipped.A huge thanks to Dave at Hluhluwe Backpackers very accommodating enjoyed our stay thank you will be back.Greg & Dot

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      Hluhluwe Backpackers is 14.8km from the centre of Hluhluwe , the nearest airport 84.1km (Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling