Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour 21st January 2014
This Safari Tour was really a great experience for all my clients. After collecting them from Durban we headed to the Umfolozi section of the Hluhluwe Umfolozi reserve. On route I covered the History of Durban, History of KwaZulu Natal and the History of South Africa.
It was a lovely hot sunny day in Hluhluwe umfolozi and we were all happy to have the air-conditioner running.
Elephant in Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve drinking water
One of our first major sighting in Umfolozi was this Bull Elephant having a Drink in the river there were also two Cape Buffalo bulls resting in the water behind him. Before this we had seen Impala, Wildebeest and Zebra but this was the first of our Big 5 Sightings!
Later we continued to find a Male Giraffe and a mother and Calf White Rhino at one of the pans in the Umfolozi section of the reserve.
Giraffe and Rhinos hanging out at a pan in the Umfolozi section of the game reserve
We only had a short time to look at these great animals as someone very kindly told us of some Lions at Bhekaphanzi Pan a bit further down the road from where we were, so of course I wasn’t going to miss out even for myself! We sped off and found 2 Lionesses and 1 Sub adult Male Lion resting under an acacia tree right next to the water. What made this even more exciting was the fact that a Bull elephant came along and had a drink lucky for the Lions he didn’t see or smell them otherwise the would have been chased away! Umfolozi section of Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve this time of the year is a better place to look for the Cats during the day! My clients were really happy and so was I!
Young Male Lion resting under an acacia tree at Bhekaphanzi Pan Umfolozi section of Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve
After leaving this great sighting we decided to head back to Centenary Center home to Operation Rhino in the 1960’s where Rhinos where brought back from extinction. We had some lunch there before continuing into the Hluhluwe Section of the reserve to see what else we could find. On our way up into the northern section (Hluhluwe) we found Kudu and Nyala which we hadn’t seen yet!
When we got nearing the exit gate of Memorial we found a huge herd of Buffalo, Zebra and Giraffe as well as Vervet monkeys and Baboons before we exited the reserve to head back to Durban.
Kudu-Buffalo-Giraffe-Baboons hanging out at Keiths Pan Hluhluwe Section of Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
After a great day of Game viewing in the game reserve of Hluhluwe and Umfolozi we departed feeling content at what great animals we had seen on this beautiful day in the African Bush.
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