Hluhluwe River Lodge is located near one of the most remarkable protected sand forests in South Africa. This unique forest type is typified by its sparse understory and sandy soils. The theory is that these forests originated on ancient dune deposits along the original coastal seaboard of Zululand’s eastern coast some 80 000 years ago. These ancient forests are home to some of South Africas most remarkable trees including the Lebombo Wattle ( Newtonia hildebrandi ) which are literally hundreds of years old. Whilst at Hluhluwe River Lodge guests are able to walk with a field guide in the sand forests and enjoy a informative and fascinating interpretation of this unique environment. Matt King our in house field guide is particularly interested in local botanical diversity and the smaller features that are so often disregarded when game viewing on a vehicle. By walking one feels much closer to nature and connected with the environment. Walks are usually between about 3 and 6kms depending on guests ability and fitness level. Walks are conducted in the mornings and evenings and followed by either a cup of tea and coffee or in the evenings a gin and tonic as is custom in this part of the world.