Yesterday, 3rd December 2014 I took some volunteers from one of the volunteer companies in St Lucia on a sunset safari on the Western Shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park for EuroZulu. This side of the park, really is stunning at sunset. We headed out at 16h00 and drove the Western Loop where we saw lots of large herds of waterbuck and some reed buck, plus the elegant kudu. We also found a lot of evidence of the elephants, their spoor in the road, branches strewn across the road and of course the delicate piles of dug… but unfortnately no sighting of the ellies themselves.
We completed the loop and as we reached the large water pans and were looking at the incredible bird life there, I looked ahead and saw a fabulous sight in the distance. Three of earth’s largest land mammals close to the road, ambling along, very relaxed and happily eating away! What excitement began in the game viewer then! After asking the group to try and keep the noise levels down, we headed towards the elephants. Before we reached them though, we passed an large herd of wildebeest and a large herd of zebra, and then there they were!
We stopped a little way off, behind another vehicle and watched the elephants heading to the road to cross. These two crossed over and the third one was still busy eating on the left-hand side.
We moved a little further forward to pass them and stopped quickly for a couple of photos. The one on his own, clearly didn’t like us being between him and his friends so he started speeding up his walk, at which point I decided we should move off and leave them in peace!
That really was a wonderful sighting and being the first safari the volunteer group had ever been on, you can imagine how excited they were. As we drove on, we then had another beautiful sight. Several young giraffe together with a couple of adult females. Some of the young were still suckling. Fantastic!
We are so lucky to live in such a stunning area and have all of this on our doorstep! In a 3-hour sunset safari with EuroZulu, we saw all these incredible animals, as well as some beautiful birds and an breath-taking sunset!