After your guide collects you from your Durban Hotel/B&B or Guest house he will take you on a educational 2.5 – 3 hours drive to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve – The oldest game reserve in Africa established in 1895. Points of interest like the History of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa are covered as well as different population group and how the came to be in South Africa. There is special focus on the Zulu Nation the major Black African tribe in the area as well as the different crops we come across on route to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game reserve.
Before we get to the game reserve we will make am hour and 15 minute stop at a Cat rehabilitation center outside Hluhluwe. This is an amazing place where there are trying to get the Cat back to the wild. There are 4 Species of Cat the Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African wild cat. We get to interact with them all. The cheetah being the most special as it is a large an intimidating cat. Always good for a new Facebook profile picture!
Me at Emdoneni Cat rehab center
After we are done at the Cat rehab center we take 20 minutes to reach Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game reserve and Memorial Gate. Upon entering game viewing begins immediately and your guide will talk you through the different animal behavior you may encounter. Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve has the highest population of White Rhino in the World for the area of 960 Square Kilometers. Projects in the 1950′s and 1960′s brought back this large prehistoric looking herbivore from extinction!
We will stop for lunch at either Hilltop camp and Check in before deciding what time to go back out to look of animals. There is also an option of and evening open vehicle game drive from 5pm -8pm. This focuses on Nocturnal animals.
After lunch your Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari Tour continues and we could encounter any of the Big 5 – The 5 most dangerous animals to hunt of foot : Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard! There are also Giraffe, Zebra and a wide range of antelope species to keep you interested. You guide will be able to inform you of different tracks and signs as you make your way through the African Bush on this Special Safari Experience.
Once we are back its either the optional evening to night drive for a rest and dinner.
Dinner will be at the Hilltop camp restaurant, a traditional buffet will be laid out. This will add to your bush experience especially if the lodge is busy as the staff get up and sing and dance in a traditional Zulu way.
Hluhluwe Imfolozi 3 Day Safari Tour
At your guides discretion – After enjoying a buffet breakfast, we head out for a game drive. Leaving Hilltop camp we have the opportunity to see any one of the Big 5 and a variety of Antelope, Giraffe and Zebra. We make our way towards the Umfolozi side of the reserve, where sightings of Lion, Hyena and Black Rhino are more common. The above itinerary can be changed depending on what you may or may not have seen.
The open vehicle game drive is an option that can be taken at 5pm – 8pm at night where the guide will use a spotlight to find animals after dusk. This gives you more chance for finding the Cats as the Lion and Leopard are Nocturnal.
Dinner is at the Hilltop camp restaurant, a hot and cold buffet with a variety of traditional African and international dishes. There is also a lovely bar at the restaurant which you can have a drink at chatting about the days adventures. Amarula cream on crushed ice is one you have to try!
Hluhluwe 3 day safari tour
A final buffet breakfast is followed by a game drive with your safari guide. This is a final chance to find what we have not or a chance to recap on what we have seen. We will then make our way out of Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve and onto the St Lucia Estuary-Isimangeliso Wetland park, for a boat cruise along the Estuary. Here we will have the opportunity to see, Crocodile, Hippo, Fish Eagles, King Fishers as well as Monitor Lizzards. A perfect opportunity for photographers to capture the beauty of South Africa’s 1st World Heritage Site!
After we are finished with the Boat cruise it is time for some Lunch in St Lucia town before heading back to Durban feeling really satisfied!
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