Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve – 3 Day Tour
Our 3-Day/2-Night Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari Tour started with a late pickup just outside of Durban near the town of Margate. My two guests and I only hit the road at about 1:20pm and so I figured we’d only get to the park at about 5pm, turns out we got there a little earlier at 4:30pm. And lucky for us, some unofficial greeters hung around and welcomed us into the park!
The 3 days we had in the park were fantastic. On entering the park, we came across a “crash” of White Rhino who posed obligingly for photo’s in the late afternoon sun. We had only been in the park for about 20 minutes so it was a great start. Further along the road we saw plenty of birdlife on the way to Hilltop camp where we were staying, the Yellow Billed Kites being especially busy as a group of about 12 were swooping down into the bush.
Day two saw a 5:30am start, with our very first sighting being Bushbuck in Hilltop camp enjoying breakfast along side the road. They too patiently allowed us to take loads of photos with such poise!
The whole of day 2 saw loads of animals being spotted, the highlight for my guests being a “journey” of Giraffe that they were looking forward to seeing. Up until now we had spotted the odd Giraffe or two on the hillsides just out of camera range, so bumping into about 12 or so of the Giraffes next to the road side was a special treat!
We were also lucky enough to come across some Elephant, a herd of about 30 strong (at least). They were headed down to the river and when they got there had a ball splashing about!
That evening my guests headed out for a night time game drive while I decided on a little nap. On my way to the rondavel I came across a troop of Samango Monkeys which you don’t see too often! So I grabbed the camera and snapped away while they played around in the trees until it grew just too dark to take any more pictures.
My guests returned at just after 8pm and reported they had a fantastic time on the drive and although they hadn’t really seen anything we hadn’t already seen, they were able to get closer to some Giraffe, Rhino, Elephant and some antelope than we had been able to earlier.
Our final day started with an early game drive before breakfast. The weather turned a little and so we had more overcast conditions with some light rain here and there. We decided after breakfast to head down towards the south of Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park and were pretty pleased we did just that.
Not too far from the main gate we came across 3 Lion just disappearing into the thick bush. Pulling up alongside we were able to grab a glimpse of them settling down for the day near a clump of acacias. We just had to hold our breath and wait for a Lion’s head to pop up every now and again as they made themselves comfortable.
While down south in the Imfolozi we also sighted some larger herds of Impala and Zebra, as well as some lone Wildebeest just chilling out with the Impala. There were also two Elephant not far from the main gate that took no notice of the cars stopped nearby to photograph them.
All in all it was a great tour with some really nice guests and almost picture perfect weather. I can’t wait to do it again!
Spotted on this tour (French in parenthesis)…
- Lion (lion)
- White Rhino (rhinoceros a gueule large)
- Elephant (elephant de savane d’afrique)
- Impala (impala)
- Warthog (phacochere cummun)
- Nyala (nyala)
- Giraffe (girafe)
- Leopard Tortoise
- Plains Zebra (zebre des plaines)
- Chacma Baboon (babouin cynocephale)
- Vervet Monkey (Vervet)
- Samango Monkey (cercopitheque de sykes)
- Blue Wildebeest (gnou bleu)
- Buffalo (buffle d’afrique)
- Bushbuck (guid narnache)
- Yellow Billed Kite
- White Backed Vulture
- Glossy Starling
- Blue Duiker
- Crested & Helmeted Guineafowl
- many more birds….