It was a really early start to this, with my colleague Tim Brown (of Tim Brown Tours fame) and myself travelling to the Margate area to collect 12 Italian guests for a 2-night/3-day tour of the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve and St.Lucia estuary.
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve
We arrived at the game reserve just on 11am, entering at Nyalazi Gate and travelling north slowly to Hilltop Camp. And what a start to the tour it was, within 20 minutes of starting we had come across lion and elephant, that’s 2 of the “Big 5” already!
The day quite honestly only got better. After an excellent lunch we had a bit of rest before heading out again at about 5pm, this time not only did we come across lion at a kill, but also a crash of Rhino with a male attempting to mate with a female!
Day 2 started with a fairly quiet morning game drive, we saw a number of buffalo, nyala and of course impala. There were also some giraffe spotted by they were some distance away. Also exciting was the amount of bird life spotted during the morning, from little Red Bishops, Masked Weavers, Sunbirds and so many more!
The afternoon drive is where the excitement really lay though. We headed out at about 3pm with the intention of heading as far south as we could in search of elephant. We arrived at Nyalazi gate at about 4pm after stopping to view Rhino and there at the gate were elephant! We were able to get out the cars and stand with the park staff and just enjoy the sight!
Hyena and Wild Dog!
Then word came through that just some 2km’s away a hyena was fighting with wild dog over a carcass, so we rushed back into the vehicles and headed directly to the site they were last seen in.
We were a little late, but still spotted a victorious hyena carrying his prize off into the bush. We couldn’t see the wild dog, but spotted instead two cheetah lying some distance away in a patch of comfy looking long grass! Binoculars and telephoto lenses came into view along with cries of “belissimo!”. It was a fantastic view.
After cruising around some more it was finally time to head back to camp and would you believe it, on the way back, we came across two wild dog lying in the long grass. At first we could only spot an ear twitching about, but after some patience, both wild dog stood up, posed for a few seconds and then wondered off deeper into the bush! Again, it was a fantastic sighting.
The 3 days quickly flew day and soon it was time to head back to Durban, but not before stopping off in St.Lucia for the 2 hour cruise of the estuary. Fortunately the day was bright and sunny and so it was a pleasure for everyone to just while away the time on the cruise.
The cruise was an enormous success, with both Hippo being spotted, as well as Crocodile and a beautiful “African Fish Eagle!”
That done, it was a 2 hour drive back to King Shaka International Airport where our group of tourists were headed off back to Italy.
For more information about this tour, or for any of the other tours that we offer, please contact us today and we’ll get back to you and start planning that amazing trip!