Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, South Africa
Fast Facts
ACTIVITIES
Wildlife
Birding
 
 
Points of Interest Nearby
 
Family Travel Tips
 

Giraffe

 

Photo by Andrew and Jodi Tanenbaum

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is the best game reserve in KwaZulu Natal and is considered by many to be on par with the Kruger. It's home to 84 mammal species, 60 types of reptiles, and more than 350 varieties of birds. It counts all of the African Big 5 - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. It is the breeding bank for the world's white rhino population. It boasts numerous game viewing hides and a number of guided game viewing activities. The 'small' reserve spans some 96,000 ha and is truly two parks in one. The hilly northern reaches of reserve, known as Hluhluwe, boast riparian forest vegetation. The southern or Imfolozi section is characterized by savannah woodland and riverine forest. Established in 1895, it's the oldest game park in Africa yet it's one of the South Africa's last wilderness areas.
White Rhinoceros Facts
Rhino

Rhino

Andrew and Jodi Tanenbaum

 

There are lots of fun facts about white rhinos. Did you know that?

  • The white rhinoceros, Ceratotherium simum, is one of five species of rhinoceros and like all other rhinos is a megaherbivore.
  • White rhinos don't get their name from the color of their hide but rather from the Dutch word weit meaning wide. They have a grayish-brown hide and wide, square upper lip and are often referred to as square-lipped rhinos.
  • The white rhinoceros is the largest species of rhinoceros and the fourth largest land mammal. Only the three species of elephant are bigger! It measures 4.2 m (13.75 feet) in length, stands 185 cm (73 inches) tall, and can weigh as much as 3,600 kg (7,920 pounds).
  • White rhinos live in savannah grassland and woodland habitats. They are found in seven African countries, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • The white rhinoceros is an herbivore; it eats only plant material. It's a grazer as it prefers grasses to leaves. While the white rhino drinks twice a day, it can live 4 to 5 days without water.
  • White rhinos, like all other species of rhinoceros, roll in dust or mud to keep cool and protect their hide from biting insects and sunburn.
  • The white rhinoceros is a semi-gregarious animal. Adult females, called cows, and calves live, feed and move in a crash up to 14 animals in size. Adult males, called bulls, are solitary creatures and only join a crash during the mating season known as the rut.
  • The southern white rhinoceros, one of two subspecies of white rhino, is one of conservation's greatest successes. Near extinct at the end of the 19th century, the southern white rhino is no longer classified as endangered. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the other subspecies, the northern white rhinoceros. Just 4 of these animals remain in the wild.
 
Free Travel Journal
Get a free kids travel journal to document your family vacation.
Download PDF
Travel Trivia
At Four Corners you can stand in which four U.S. States?