Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve – 3 Day Durban Safari Tour 4-6 October 2013
After a slightly later start we left the Benjamin in Durban and headed off for our Durban Safari Tour to the Cat rehab center Emdoneni where we began with the Tour of the Rehabilitation center. The clients loved this and it is always an amazing experience to get close to such big cats aswell as the smaller more elusive and endangered Cats – Caracal, Serval and African Wild Cat.
Once done we headed off to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve where we entered the park and in the heat of the day still found animals, Buffalo, Zebra, Rhino and a few others.
We stopped for lunch at Hilltop camp our destination for the next couple of nights.
After this we headed straight back out onto the reserve and were lucky to have two amazing sightings with elephant crossing the road and swimming across the Hluhluwe River.
Already by this point we had seen so much including giraffe and Wildebeest that we only had the Cats Missing.
We returned for dinner and then Bed.
Day 2; Durban 3 Day Safari Tour
We got up early and like Race car drivers waiting for the green light we shot off into the reserve and had again some good luck. Sadly though no cats but we saw load of other things and great sightings too.
We returned for Brunch Buffet and a little rest before lunch and we then returned to the reserve to see what we could find.
We again did well considering we detoured to the curio shop at the gate for 30 min. The sightings where thick and fast up north. We the needed to get back for the evening open vehicle game drive where the clients saw Hyena, Gennets and Scrub hares as part of the nocturnals.
When the returned I met them back at Dinner and they were happy to be back.
Day 3; durban 3 day Safari Tour, St Lucia(isimangeliso Wetland Park)
The next morning I knew it was do or die and nature can be cruel sometimes so I just kept positive. We had breakfast and flew down south in search of lions in the open areas. At the Umfolozi bridge we did find a subadult Lion cub and after a quick visit to Mpila camp we returned and found 2 adult Lioness up of the banks of the river. So where hit the jackpot!
From Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve we headed off to Isimangeliso Wetland park where we nailed the Hippos and crocodiles even though it was very windy. It was great and then it was time for lunch. No Wimpy this time but and new place where the waiter was so intent on telling jokes that he forgot one of my clients main meals! – Gosh … Never again.
It was finally time to hit the road for Durban and we got back after dark to the hotel. We had a quick group photo and it was time to say goodbye to my clients.
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