Province of KwaZulu-Natal

Signs such as this can be seen all around the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park. This park is the oldest national park in Africa, covering 960 square kilometres in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. The Hluhluwe and Umfolozi wilderness reserves, about 250 kilometers north of Durban, were established as early as 1897 to protect the last rhinoceroses, thus making them the first animal protection areas in southern Africa. In 1998, both parks and the corridor between them were united to form today’s Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park. In the middle of the 20th century, white rhinoceroses were almost extinct in southern Africa, until Operation Rhino began operating in the 1960s. Today, the largest rhino population in the world lives in the park.

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