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How far is it between St Lucia and Hluhluwe, do we need to stay in both places e.g 3nights in each or can we use St Lucia as a base. How many nights is recommended in total? we are going at easter 2009, do we need to pre book all our accomadation? Do we need to take malaria tablets.

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Its been a while since I was last there, but Hluhluwe is only about an hour or so drive from St Lucia.

Definitely pre-book accommodation as Easter will be school holidays and many families will be on holiday.

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Hluhluwe is a small town in its own right. It is a good base for visiting Hluhluwe/Imflozi game reserve along with Mkuze and St Lucia Wetlands. KZN Parks boards suggests a five day itinerary staying in the parks and gives details of accommodation etc on


We have stayed in all of these accomodations and enjoyed them. They are simple yet comfortable and offer the options of game drives etc. We have also stayed in St Lucia town intself. It's a small resort centred on SA families who enjoy fishing, etc. There are also lots of places to stay in and around Mkhuze town.

I could easily spend six days in the area. Great game viewing, superb birding, pleasant weather, etc. However, everything is low key and you'll need to entertain yourselves in the evenings (not a lot of nightclubs etc up there!).

As for malaria, it is partially a malarial area but relatively low risk. Have a look at the info from SA (better than that you receive in the UK/USA) on


No meds needed for Hluhluwe and only for high risk groups in Lake Lucia/Mkhuze area.

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Just returned from St Lucia/Hluhluwe (also Kosi Bay and Tembe). It's definitely worth staying inside the park because you aren't in the morning stampede through the gates and you get to the animals quicker...and often alone. We were alone early one morning with a pride of six lions...unforgettable. We didn't hire a car but used the services of Extreme Nature Tours of St Lucia. They have an excellent guide, Charl Koen, who collected us from Richards Bay airport, did tours out of St Lucia around the wetlands and then stayed three nights with us at Hilltop Camp (we rented a two bedroom place: they have en suite for the main bedroom, separate facilities for guide's bedroom and the best views). Charl prepared the braai each evening. He is ex ranger at Hluhluwe,good on birds and knows the whole area up to Kosi Bay very well, taking us along deserted sand tracks where we saw, literally, nobody. He speaks fluent Zulu, which helped enormously in our contacts with local people.

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