Welcome to Hluhluwe Back Packers

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Hluhluwe Backpackers is set up in a very peaceful environment, surrounded only by a few Zulu huts in a distance and a panorama view of hills of the National Park.
We are based in a World Heritage Site namely the Isimangaliso Wetland Park.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values.
The 332 000 hectare Park contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old vegetated coastal dunes – among the highest in the world. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place.


In his words

iSimangaliso must be the only place on the globe where the oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest terrestrial mammal (the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale) - Nelson Mandela


Guest Reviews

Awesome stay with great hospitality and clean facilities. Thank you guys we will be back soon.
Ann, Stayed April 2017, South Africa.

Well equipped kitchen, a nice braai are. Situated just 2km from the entrance gate is simply great. We can indeed recommended it.
Michael M, Prague, Czech Republic. Stayed Oct 2016

The accommodation had everything we needed, it was clean, functional, fun and cosy. The safari was beyond expectations, just amazing to see all the wildlife in their natural habitat.
Arden D, Sept 16

Perfect location, almost in the Hluhluwe nat. park. Bar, some games like pool, darts, table football ... perfect hostel! Tip. Ask the owner for a game of darts, beat him and write your name on the wall!
Belgium, Male, 25-30 2nd Nov 2016

Had a super time with a super guy Dave such a knowledgeable person and very pleasant We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there we will definitely go there again.
Annabelle de Maroussem, South Africa .04 September 2016


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accommodation in HluhluweHluhluwe Backpackers is an Afristay Valued Member.

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Camp and caravans spots available!

Please email us for rates and information info@hlubackpack.co.za

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We have wheelchair friendly facilities


As well as game drives in Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve there are numerous exciting activities near us to enjoy including:

  • Elephant Interaction
  • Cheetah Park
  • Bush walks
  • Zulu Cultural Village
  • Visit to traditional zulu healer
  • Canoeing on a lake with hippos and abundant birdlife
  • Visit to False Bay Nature Reserve with its lake and lots more!

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We are the ultimate in The Zululand Safari Backpacking experience!

Backpackers and Budget Accommodation set in a peaceful Zululand environment.
Please note our check-in time is 14H00 and check out-time 10H00

Contact us

Cell: +27 76 375 3831 • info@hlubackpack.co.za

Decimal: 28.056750 / 32.154694 • Degrees: 28°3’24,3000’ S / 32°9’16,8984’ E

Physical Address: We are situated 2km before The Memorial Gate, Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa