Country & Coastal Touring

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Overnight Safari Tour

i was asked my my most recent clients what animals I considered a favorite in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. Right away I though about Elephants, Lions, Wild Dog etc, but too be honest, I really don’t have any favorites. I find that whatever animal we see next, becomes my favorite, whether Impala, Rhino, Waterbuck; for me it doesn’t really matter, I guess it’s just the thought that we get to see the animals on our Hluhluwe Imfolozi Overnight Safari Tour.

Waterbuck on the St.Lucia Estuary
Waterbuck on the St.Lucia Estuary

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Overnight Safari Tour

I collected my clients from their accommodation in uMhlanga and get straight on the road, our first stop as usual being Emdoneni Cheetah project out side of Hluhluwe on the N2 north. It takes us about 3 hours to get to Emdoneni including a stop for snacks and coffee.

Emdoneni Cheetah project

Once at Emdoneni my clients got to enjoy a fantastic tour around the project, not only learning about the Cheetah, Caracal, Cerval and African Wild Cat, but also being able to pose alongside and interact with Juba and Moya, the two long-term Cheetah residents! What a great way to start their Hluhluwe Imfolozi overnight safari tour!

Chacma Baboon Resting in the Shade
Chacma Baboon Resting in the Shade

Memorial Gate, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

After saying goodbye to the Cheetah’s, we headed into the Hluhluwe section of the game reserve through the northern most Memorial Gate. And it wasn’t long before we started spotting animals, Buffalo, Impala, Zebra and even Rhino were first up, with Baboon and Nyala following.

After a spot of lunch my guests rested up before they joined a, evening game drive which starts at 5pm and returns only at 8pm. My guests were pleased to report that they saw Giraffe and Elephant close up, as well as Buffalo and other animals.

Lion on the Bank of the Hluhluwe River
Lion on the Bank of the Hluhluwe River

Day 2, Lion!

On our second day we headed into a section of the park that Lion had been spotted the previous day. After spending a little time in the area I was told to look with no luck, I decided to head down to one of the last remaining waterholes (the area is horribly dry right now) where I hoped the Lion would put in an appearance.

And we weren’t to be disappointed! I stopped at an overlook and there on the rivers edge was a pride of about 6 Lion. It was fantastic! The Lions had made a kill not an hour before and were relaxing nearby the kill.

Rhino Somewhere in Africa
Rhino Somewhere in Africa

Too make the moment more incredible, it turned out the kill was over a Buffalo female, and not 10 meters away from the Lion was a Buffalo male that seemed determined to face down the Lions! For about an hour we got to watch as the Lions and Buffalo has this stand off. Finally though the Buffalo moved off and the Lions seemed to relax and get started on their breakfast.

St.Lucia Estuary in the iSimangaliso Park

After breakfast we started on our way out to the last stop on our Hluhluwe Imfolozi Overnight Safari Tour, St.Lucia estuary.

It’s interesting that the estuary is now considered a lake because of the fact that the estuary mouth to the ocean has been closed for so long. The fact is the drought hasn’t helped either. The estuary (or “lake” as I have to keep reminding myself) is was actually looking far better than it has in the last few months, but the water levels have again begun to drop.

The Gorgeous Hluhluwe Imfolozi Veld
The Gorgeous Hluhluwe Imfolozi Veld

Crocodile and Hippo

The cruise was a success non the less. It turned out that we had the entire boat to ourselves and so enjoyed a wonderful and personal cruise. What made it extra special for me was the bird life; I have never seen so many birds before, I hardly knew where to point the camera! And the Hippo were fairly active, we got to watch a dominant male have “words” with a young male. Not too many Crocodile, but they were there.

Back to Durban

After the 2 hour cruise we went into the little holiday town of St.Lucia and enjoyed lunch at a favorite spot. Being that South Africa has so much coastline, it’s no surprise that seafood is popular. In fact in St.Lucia the sea has become really the central part of life, in that people visit to go fishing in the estuary or the ocean, The benefits of that is seafood that’s about as fresh as can be.

After a good lunch we started on our way back to Durban chatting quite a great deal about South Africa and where we’re headed. I personally think South Africa has potential to really be a fantastic destination for visitors and cannot wait for what the future holds.

The Beautiful View at Hilltop Camp
The Beautiful View at Hilltop Camp

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