I sometimes forget how lucky we South Africans really are. To think, that just a short 30 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Durban city, is a place of relaxation and peace; the Tala Game Reserve. And fortunately for me, I was able to share this beautiful area with my guest Karin from the Netherlands.
Tala Game Reserve
Starting a little later than usual, I collected Karin from the “Valley Lodge” in Hillcrest and we headed directly to Tala Game Reserve. On arriving I got a little bit of a shock as the guard at the gate told me the reserve was closed for the day due to all the recent heavy rain, it seems the park officials were worried about people getting stuck in the mud!
Thankfully, the guard gave in to my pleading and off we went after promising to stick to the main road (which I did… mostly!). The day was very overcast with a bit of a chill in the air, and I was hoping that this would mean the hippo had left the safety of their pool… and I was right. The very first sighting in the park, a “raft of hippo” resting on the small lake bank!
The rest of our morning was really good, we spotted common eland, a “tower of giraffe“, wildebeest, impala, warthog and white rhino (though they were on the hill and we needed to squint a bit!). The birdlife was fantastic as well, we spotted an African Fish Eagle, loads of LBJ’s, and the brilliant Southern Red Bishops.
PheZulu Safari Park
We headed for PheZulu Safari Park at just around lunchtime, taking the long way round so that I could show Karin the “1000 Hills” as well as the township of KwaNyswa. We arrived at PheZulu just in time for the show so we went straight in.
As usual the show proved to be a great hit. Sometimes it’s a little difficult for international visitors to follow along as it’s done in Zulu, but Karin seemed to get the hang of it of it and seemed really pleased.
Of course, it’s hard to not be impressed, the drumming and frenetic dancing set against the backdrop of the “Valley of 1000 Hills” should get anyone’s blood pumping!
After the show we enjoyed a hearty lunch, though next time round, when the waitress says the curry isn’t “hot”, then she probably hasn’t tasted it!
All in all, a fantastic day out, and one I can’t wait to repeat it again.