Friday 10th January – Trip to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve!

So today we had an extremely early start. We left our game reserve at 03.45 in the morning in order to get to Mpila Camp in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game reserve for 06.00 to start a rhino-tracking walk. We needed to start the walk at 06.00 otherwise it would be too hot to walk.

We split into two groups again and headed off on foot in search of rhino. We had a fully qualified ranger with rifle skills with us. The group I was with headed off in to the bush on a path heading to a stunning viewpoint over the black iMfolozi River.

Heading off into the bush!

Heading off into the bush!

What are we likely to come across on this walk...?

What are we likely to come across on this walk…?

We had walked for maybe 10 minutes when we suddenly saw four white rhino not that far ahead of it. They we a little agitated, but I think this was because of the amount of noise we seemed to be making.

They certainly heard us and were curious!

They certainly heard us and were curious!

Anyway, we watched them for a while and the continued on our walk. A mere 400 metres away, we came across a solitary, male buffalo. He looking pretty menacing (as you can see), but as with all wildlife, he was more scared of us and so he ran off in the opposite direction to us!

Lone buffalo male.

Lone buffalo male.

Our walk continued without any further close encounters and we ended up at this stunning location. We could see rhino and buffalo on the other side of the river, which was a beautiful sight to see.

 

Lexie, Caitlin, Grace, Jessa, Peixe, Danni and Mark.

Lexie, Caitlin, Grace, Jessa, Peixi, Danni and Mark.

After our walk, we spent the rest of the morning and the afternoon on a game drive round the iMfolozi side of the park to see what else we could find.

The early start was obviously catching up with Lexie!

The early start was obviously catching up with Lexie!

We came across some zebra close to the road that were totally unfazed by us.

A Burchell Zebra - they have a brown stripe in between the white and black stripes.

A Burchell Zebra – they have a brown stripe in between the white and black stripes.

We also saw more rhino, buffalo, baboons, impala and the most incredible thing of all, mating lions. It really was a spectacular thing to watch.

Male lion

Male lion

image-6It was a stunning day and the wildlife sightings were phenomenal. Everyone had a wonderful day despite it being such a long day.

It was a great way to finish off our first week in the game reserve.

 

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