The Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Game Reserve has definitely become one my favorite places to visit at any time of the year. The weather two weeks ago was absolutely beautiful, with clear blue skies, hot days with enough of a breeze to keep one cool. And there’s few things as enjoyable as driving through African ‘veld’ with the windows down, listening to the myriad of bird calls interrupted by elephant trumpets!
It’s quite alarming the way in which the early pioneers and settlers of Durban and KwaZulu-Natal went about decimating the local wildlife during hunting trips. In his notes of 1886, John Dunn enthusiastically describes hunts where he ‘bags’ numerous rhino, sea-cow (hippo), lion and of course all manner of buck; and that’s just Dunn, not the other members of his hunting party; in one memorable hunt he mentions “bagging” twenty-three (23) hippos before lunch! Elephants were common place in early Durban days, but the demand for “tuskers” from every quarter, British, French, Portuguese, Zulu, meant that it was only a matter of time before “extinction” became a watchword with many African wildlife species!
We’re lucky that today that game parks like the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve exists not only for conservation, but also to educate.
We offer tours through out KwaZulu-Natal, from short half-day tours of the city of Durban, to full-day and overnight tours in and around Durban including a few game reserves, as well as longer 7 day tours featuring everything KwaZulu-Natal has too offer. Our tours have a bit of everything, from cultural experiences, to hair-raising adventures!
Some of the highlights include…