The last two days and nights of Henk and Carla’s private safari tour were spent in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Park. This is the oldest game reserve in South Africa. It used to be King Shaka’s hunting ground but was proclaimed a game reserve in 1895. It is a Big Five game reserve and is only about 60kms from St Lucia.
We were staying in the KZN Wildlife permanent safari tents at Mpila Camp, which is located on the iMfolozi side of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Park. By spending the night in the park, you have the chance of seeing hyenas wandering in the camp as well as experiencing the incredible night sounds of the bush.
It was a little cool and overcast on our first afternoon in the park, but the secnd day was brighter, especially by the afternoon. We were lucky to see many different herds of buffalo. Each herd had over 50 buffalos. It was really quite amazing. Carla was convinced that the lions in the park must have become vegetarians, there were so many buffalos around.
We also had some fabulous close up sightings. There were plenty of rhinos around. It is such a pleasure to sit and watch these incredible animals. I have no idea, how people can poach and mutilate such beautiful creatures. When I see them, I always stop and watch for a while, as one day in the not so distant future, there may be none left for us to enjoy!
We also saw several solitary male giraffe and this one put on a great display for us, right beside the vehicle.
Carla had been wanting to see giraffe all tour, so it was geat that we were able to see such graceful creatures so close to us and that she could take some photos back to Holland with her.
We also saw several elephants. There had been a couple of grumpy male elephants in mhust in the park that day, but fortunately all the ones we saw were calm and gentle and were carrying on with their tasks of eating or cooling themselves down and didn’t pay us any attention.
We also had lots of sightings of zebra, wildebeest, warthogs and lots of antelopes and two separate sightings of lions in the distance in two of the river beds. It was a great couple of days and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Park was another favourite stop on Henk and Carla’s private safari tour.
Now Henk and Carla have had to return to Holland, but it was a great trip and extremely enjoyable for me to meet them both. Hopefully they will return to South Africa again some day to see the leopard, that as often, was extremely elusive!