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Welcome to the Hilltop Hluhluwe Honorary Offices website!

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Geographical Area

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park - H.I.P is located in the province of KwaZulu-Natal on the east coast of South Africa. The closest town to the park is Mtubatuba and Hluhluwe village.

 

The geography of the area differs from the north, or Hluhluwe area, to the south, or Imfolozi area. The Hluhluwe region has hilly topography where altitudes range from 80 to 540 metres above sea level.

 

The high ridges support coastal scarp forests in a well-watered region with valley bushveld at lower levels. The Hluhuwe area is more rugged and mountainous with forests and grassland, than the Imfolozi area that is flatter and more grasslands.

 

 

 

Thank you for visiting our web site. We will be keeping this site as 

 

up-to-date as possible with current events, news, photos and general information. The purpose of this site is to promote conservation in general, to give credit to those who

contribute their time to protect and care for the environment.

 

Should you require any further information or if you would like to contribute, please don't hesitate to contact the chairperson or site administrator

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Who are we ?

An Honorary officer is a volunteer who offers their time and expertise to supplement and support the staff of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. 

 

Our Vision:

 

As Honorary Officers we are committed to a conservation ideal based on maintaining the bio-diversity of our national parks and game reserves in sustainable populations in protected areas where the wildlife has priority and humans can enjoy visiting a fully-functional eco system.

 

Our Mission:

 

We use our expertise, time and commitment to support the Ezemvelo /KZN wildlife management and permanent staff of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve to achieve their stated goals and objectives by fostering cordial relationships and thereby, make a meaningful contribution to the wellbeing of the park.

 

Objectives:

 

1.       Maintain close contact with management and senior staff in the reserve;

2.       Through regular monthly work weekends as a close-knit group, to ensure the

            Park’s amenities and services are maintained and improved.

3.       Identify areas and projects where we can become involved, providing the impetus  

           for successful completion;

4.       Raise funds or sponsorships for projects identified as being beneficial to the park;

5.       To be recognised as contributors to the park and conservation through our efforts,

           by Park Management, Staff and Visitors.

 

 

VALUES

We promote the ideals of Conservation Management through

Helping and Assisting

Observation

Nurturing

Openness

Respect

Accountability

Reliability

Yielding a Service​

 

The H O team:

Dee Honman

             Clive Honman (Chairman )

Pieter van Vollenhoven

Sharon van Vollenhoven

Heinrich Coetzee

Liesl Coetzee

Christo Brett ( Vice Chairman)

Saritha Brett

Leamor Brett 

Vian Brett 

Chantelle Slabbert (probation)

Hendrik Slabbert (probation)

Past Members:

 

Bill Toughey 

Brigid Toughey

Dawn van der Walt

Martin van der Walt 

Pieter Oosthuysen

Sue Oosthuysen 

Christian Kroll 

Tenille Kroll 

Peter Stott

Denise Stott

Mat Jackson  ​

Mike Nel

Lindi Nel

Martin Hopkins

Lara Hopkins

Sybrand van Niekerk​

Shane Mc Intyre​

Jess Mc Intyre​

Vick Partington​

Jenny Partington​

David Potgieter​

Amanda Potgieter​

Mia Oosthuysen​

Peter Du Bruyn

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What is an Honorary officer?

Ezemvelo Honorary Officers volunteer their time and expertise to supplement and support the staff of Ezemvelo  KZN Wildlife.  Donations

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What is an Honorary officer?

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Future & Current Projects 

 

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    Fix and repair:

  • Vukuzame Craft Centre & Permit Office 
  • Toilets at memorial gate
  • Siqwashu Field Rangers Camp
  • Nqumeni Stables
  • Maphumulo Picnic Site
  • Replace missing:- no entry signs, do not drink water signs
  • Siwasamakhosikazi hand rails
  • Thiyeni hide
  • Continue to upgrade and maintain HO camp  

 

  • Night patrols
  • Citizen Scientist
  • Investigating additional fund raising projects
  • Christmas hampers for Field staff and to extend the project into Imfolozi
  • Continue with fence patrols
  • Vulture counts and Data collection
  • Monitoring of priority species                                                             

                                 - Wildlife Act

                                -  EWT Road kill project

                                 - Virtual Museum

 

 

How you can help us achieve our projects - no matter how small , every bit helps. 

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What is an Honorary officer?

Ezemvelo Honorary Officers volunteer their time and expertise to supplement and support the staff of Ezemvelo  KZN Wildlife.  Donations

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2020

  • Rhino watch patrols 
  • Fixed and repaired Thiyeni Hide
  • Tourist monitoring and control
  • Road patrols 
  • Maintenances of HO camp 
  • Vulture nest monitoring and annual vulture count
  • Wild Dog Monitoring and reporting with photo's and id's.
  • Monitoring and reporting of Wild dog and other priority species with

      Kznsightings 

  • Painted the picnic benches at Maphumulo and Memorial gate

 

2019

 

  • Rhino watch patrols

  • Raised funds for/received donations of Christmas hampers for Field Scouts        and APU on duty over festive period - Thanks Spar 2019

  • Raised Funds at SPAR golf day  

    Developed an Anti-poaching Display and Fun event to sell raffle tickets 

  • Leomat Family day - Fund raiser 

  • Fixed Electrics at Field ranger camps

  • Fixed and repaired Thiyeni Hide

  • Installing new water tanks at Thiyeni Hide

  • Rhino watch patrols

  • Fixed Electrics and hot water at Nqumeni

  • Gates replaced at Nqumeni Stables 

  • Tourist monitoring and control

  • Road patrols 

  • Maintenances of HO camp 

  • Vulture nest monitoring and annual vulture count

  • Wild Dog Monitoring and reporting with photo's and id's.

  • Monitoring and reporting of Wild dog and other priority species with

      Kznsightings 

  • Painted the picnic benches at Maphumulo and Memorial gate 

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Projects 

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What is an Honorary officer?

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Projects 2018 - 2016 

 

  2018

 

  • Rhino watch patrols
  • Raised Funds at SPAR golf day  
  • Developed an Anti-poaching Display and Fun event to sell raffle tickets 
  • Repairing pump at the pump-house
  • Repairing Thiyeni Hide
  • Building water tank plinths and install water tanks
  • Repaired wall down
  • Repair to reservoir walls 
  • Paint the poles at Maphumulo 
  • Picnic tables donated for the scout camps at both Hluhluwe and Imfolozi. 
  • Tourist monitoring and control
  • Road patrols 
  • Maintenances of HO camp 
  • Repaired parking area demarcations Maphumulo poles pulled out
  • Donate and erect No entry sign to quarry
  • Repaired Reservoirs at the Nzimane pump station supplies water to hilltop
  • Repaired Pump enclosure Nzimane pump house
  • Vulture nest monitoring and annual vulture count
  • Wild Dog Monitoring and reporting with photo's and id's.
  • Monitoring and reporting of Wild dog and other priority species with help of Kznsightings - www.kznsightngs.co.za

 

  2017

  •  Raised funds for/received donations of Christmas hampers for Field Scouts and APU on duty over festive period -     Thanks   SPAR 2017 (both parks)  
  • Snake kit for Mike for Hilltop camp
  • Isimangaliso MTB 
  • Fundraiser - Shongweni Winter Festival Equine Show
  • Extended the equipment for the field ranger camps, with additional equipment and punching Bags.
  • Repair to pump house 
  • Sponsored three Code 10 drivers to upgrade to Code 14 - to help with the water crises in park - so that they could drive water tankers  
  • Anti poaching patrols
  • Boss roof repairs
  • Towel Project - (Sale of embroidered bath and hand towels) Now available online store , Hilltop shop or order via email
  • Repairing and maintaining toilets and benches at Maphumulo
  • Tourist monitoring and control
  • Road patrols 
  • Maintenances of HO camp 
  • Vulture nest monitoring and annual vulture count
  • Wild Dog Monitoring and reporting with photo's and id's.
  • Monitoring and reporting of Wild dog and other priority species with help of Kznsightings - www.kznsightngs.co.za

 

2016

  • Raised funds and mattress for orphaned Rhino's
  •                        - Article click here  
  • Raised funds for/received donations of Christmas hampers for Field Scouts and A P U on duty over festive period -Thanks   SPAR 2016 ( Both parks ) - Article click here 
  • Anti poaching patrols 
  • Supplied first aid kits for guided walk staff
  •  Anit poaching Dogs food drive for H.I.P - Article click here
  • Equipped 6  gyms in Hluhluwe with gym equipment - Article Click here
  • Raised Funds at Spar golf day 
  • Helped with Isimangaliso wetland park MTB
  • International Coastal Clean up 
  • Assisted Marine Division with major fishing competitions
  • Towel Project - (Sale of embroidered bath and hand towels) Now available online store , Hilltop shop or order via email
  • Repairing and maintaining toilets and benches at Maphumulo
  • Tourist monitoring and control
  • Road patrols 
  • Maintenances of HO camp 
  • Vulture nest monitoring and annual vulture count
  • Wild Dog Monitoring and reporting with photo's and id's.
  • Monitoring and reporting of Wild dog and other priority species with help of Kznsightings - www.kznsightngs.co.za
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What is an Honorary officer?

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   2015

  • Equipped 5 gyms in Hluhluwe with gym equipment - Article Click here
  • Raised funds for/received donations of Christmas hampers for Field Scouts and A P U on duty over festive period - Thanks SPAR 2015 ( Both parks ) - Article click here
  • Citizen Scientist - Chips 
  • Helped with Isimangaliso wetland park MTB
  • Towel Project - (Sale of embroidered bath and hand towels) Now available online store , Hilltop shop or order via email
  • Repairing of the Flied guide camps
  • Repairing and maintaining toilets and benches at Maphumulo
  •  Repairing and maintaining picnic sight at Memorial gate                               - 
  • Tourist monitoring and control
  • Road patrols  
  • Maintenances of HO camp  
  • Vulture nest monitoring and annual vulture count 
  • Wild Dog Monitoring and reporting with photo's and id's.
  • Monitoring and reporting of Wild dog and other priority species with help of Kznsightings - www.kznsightngs.co.za

 

2014

               

  • Towel Project - ( Sale  of embroidered bath and hand towels) - now available online store , Hilltop shop or order via email.
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  • Raised funds for/received donations of Christmas hampers for Field Scouts and A P U on duty over festive period - Thanks SPAR 2014
  • Press release in Zululand Observer 
  •    Tourist monitoring and control
  •    Road patrols  
  •    Maintenances of HO camp  
  •    Vulture nest monitoring and annual vulture count
  •  Wild Dog Monitoring and reporting with photo's and id's. Monitoring and reporting of Wild dog and other priority species with help of Kznsightings - www.kznsightngs.co.za
  • Continued with fence patrols to restore electric fence operations
  •     Assisted Marine Division (Richards Bay) - Major fishing    competitions
  •  Assisted Marine Division  (Richards Bay ) - International   Coastal Clean up  
  • Re painted staff housing
  • Repairing and maintaining picnic sight at Memorial gate
  • Cast Concrete slab for generator at Hilltop Pump Station
  • Completed work on sagging lapa roof at Siwas Picnic Site

 

2013

  •  Repairing and maintaining picnic sight at Memorial gate
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  • Repaired wiring and DB Boards, fitted plugs in staff houses and upgraded electrics at Ngumeni Field Ranger Post

 

•Lifted borehole pump at Munyaweni Bush Lodge for repairs or replacement

 

•Lifted borehole pump at Nomagege Scouts Camp for replacement

 

•Participated in 10,000 Voices “save the rhino” walk in Hluhluwe town, assisted with traffic control

 

 

  • Removal of trees and branches on roads after elephants have visited

 

•Raised funds for/received donations of Christmas hampers for Field Scouts and A P U on duty over festive period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Projects 2015 - 2013

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What is an Honorary officer?

Ezemvelo Honorary Officers volunteer their time and expertise to supplement and support the staff of Ezemvelo  KZN Wildlife.  Donations

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  • Anti poaching patrols

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  • Running of Kznsightings 

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  • Towel Project - ( Sale  of embroidered bath and hand towels) - now available online store , Hilltop shop or order via email.

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  • Maintaining Picnic spot

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  •  Education centre

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  • Road patrols collecting refuse on all Park roads

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  • Assisted Research with lion and hyena call-ups (on-going)

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  • Wild Dog monitoring and reporting with photo’s and ID’s.

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  •  Monitoring of priority species

                   - EWT Road kill project

                   - Virtual Museum

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  • Vulture nest monitoring and annual vulture count

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  • Continued with fence patrols to restore electric fence operation and remove earth faults / obstructions: (approx. 27 km of fence line)

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  • Eastern Boundary from Nomagege to Gunjaneni, 4km.

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  • Eastern Boundary from Gunjaneni to Spikelephikelele, 3,6km

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  • Eastern Boundary from Spikelephikelele to Nyalazi gate,6km.

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  • Western Boundary from Hlabisa Gate to Sqashe, 8km.

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  • Northern boundary from Gontshi to Memorial Gate, 5 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Projects on going

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Sponsors & Partners
 

Big thank you to these organisations that help make this all happen. We, the Honorary Officers

(and hopefully you) are eternally grateful.

 

Our partners and Sponsors are vital to helping us achieve our goals. Here they are listed as either Donors. Sponsors (who have sponsored one or more of our events) or Strategic Partners (partners who we work closely with to achieve our conservation goals).

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Support Hilltop Honorary officers by selecting us as one of your MySchool, MyVillage, Myplanet, programmes. Simply swipe when you shop at Woolworths, Engens, Waltons u don't pay more the participating stores donate from your purchase for more information , to add use as a beneficary or to sign up go to -  www.hilltophonoraryofficer.org.za (click donation tab)

 

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While big donations are important, what about little donations? Have you ever considered not giving because you don’t think that your ‘small’ donation will make a difference? If so, think again. Because in a word, YES. It will. See how you can help

 

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Our wish list is a few things need to help complete projects or help where it's needed.

Remember every bit helps!

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There are a few ways in which you can donate to help the Honorary officer they are as follows:

 

 Support use by selecting Hluluwe Hilltop Honorary Officers as your Beneficiary in the Myschool/Myvillage/Myplanet Programme. Simply swipe when you shop and you can help support us.
Fill in your application today !

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More info on the Myschool/Myvillage/Myplanet click here

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you can make your much needed donation / donation in kind directly into our bank account or email us  on: admin@hilltophonoraryofficer.org.za

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Citizen Scientist

 

What is a citizen Scientist ?

 

A citizen scientist is an individual who voluntarily contributes his or her time, effort, and resources toward scientific research in collaboration with professional scientists or alone. These individuals don’t necessarily have a formal science background and collect and analysis  data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.

 

 

 

How can I get involved in citizen science projects?

 

There are a number of ways that you  can help assist the Researchers in H.I.P and other KZN parks. Here are the following ways in which you can help:

 

You can join the whatsapp group Kznsightings, run by Hilltop Honorary Officers – www.kznsightings.co.za for more info or see our blog

You can become a member of C.H.I.P.S (Citizen Hluluwe imfolozi park scientist ) – email chips@hilltophonoraryofficers.org.za for more info

The idea behind these projects is that anyone anywhere can participate in meaningful scientific research.

 

 

Benefits of Citizen Scientist

Citizen Science is much more than just science. Getting involved is fun, helps develop skills and connection with others. It improves health and wellbeing and helps us all feel more connected to the environment around us. we believe working this way has a number of  advantages, a few of which are listed below.

Larger volumes of data from different varieties of times and locations

Cover larger areas

More data the more researchers can learn

It’s one of the most useful ways you can help the environment and expand our scientific knowledge

Bring people of different ages together

Work together around a central activity, locally focussed projects

Develop and share local  skills and knowledge

Work together to tackle environmental or social justice issues

Gather knowledge about the environment to inform community based environmental projects

Gather knowledge about the environment to support scientific research and environmental management decisions​

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With Covid 19 lockdown and everything on lockdown, hopefully the parks , rangers and game will get a well deserved rest. But for the rest of up park junkies this means we will have to go through the DT'S yip i'm sure most of you know exactly 

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