After a few days spent underwater we headed to Hluhluwe (pronounced shoo-shloo-ey)/iMfolozi game reserve to dry out a bit. I say dry out but game driving (spotting animals from your own car) always involves an eski full of beers and plenty of dried meat products.
Not much point saying too much else the pictures say it all.
We took this about 30 seconds after we got in the gate, I’d not see such a big herd of Buffalo before, as we were to find out Hluhluwe/iMfolozi is known as the Buffalo and Rhino park, for obvious reasons.
One of the “big 5″ down in the first minute.
Here’s a buffalo up nice and close, they’re not just an ordinary cow.
Female Kudu, these are quite common at the parks we normally go to, but here they were very scarce.
This was our first nights accommodation in iMfolozi, technically it’s a tent but with proper toilet, shower and kitchenette it’s hardly roughing it.
Normally where you stay the whole camp area is enclosed in a game fence (8 foot high and electric), these tents weren’t and as we found out later a lot of different animals come past in the night.
Initially we saw a couple of big bush-pig (which we only found out later can be pretty dangerous) while we were playing cards and having a night cap, as I was brushing my teeth later on I saw a leopard scoot past Lamby and Sam’s tent, suffice to say we made sure the tent was properly zipped up before we slept.
Here’s leopard print we found out the front of our tent the next morning, there was quite a big thunder storm during the night and the rain washed away all the earlier prints, we obviously had more that one visit during the night.
These little bastards are what happens when tourists start their own rogue domestication projects (as mentioned in the last post), this “raiding party” came and terrorised us while we were having breakfast. The bread they’re eating was only half a loaf of white bread we had left… we were forced the eat Sam’s “arse scorcher” bread from then on.
It took many rocks to eventually shoot them away, well away from our camp to someone elses, little pricks!
Prior to that Zett and Sam had a face-off we a similar group of monkeys on their morning walk, lucky Zett was there to face them, Sam hadn’t quite learnt the golden rule when being attacked by animals “DON’T RUN!” as she hightailed it out of there.
This is a Male Nyala, probably not that noteworthy but I hadn’t seen them before.
This is us roughing it at the restaurant in the second camp back up in Hluhluwe, we’d had a few solid days game driving in the car so just sat back with a few bottles of wine enjoyed the view and birds of prey that were all around.
Once again silly tourists were start their own rogue domestication projects putting out bits of their lunch on the lawn and watching the birds swoop down and catch it. It was all fun and games will one woman had here toasted sandwich snatched out of hand by a yellow billed kite as she went to take a bite.
While we were hanging about an elephant came up beside the restaurant and started having a mud bath.
It’s pretty cool to think this is a wild animal, and you’re standing about 10 metres away at a restaurant!
This is us heading out on a night drive, you have to be in you accommodation’s camp by sun down in all these game reserves, so if you want to see the nocturnal animals (leopard and lion included) you have to go on an organised game drive with a ranger.
Unfortunately we didn’t have much luck on ours, so we didn’t see anything very noteworthy… we did almost hit a rhino with the troopy though.
Usually elephant are quite abundant but this was the only other one we saw.
These are Red Buck/Impala or as we refer to them “Rats of the Bushveld”, your see them everywhere.
This was one of the best shots I got the whole trip, that horn was almost a metre long. Apparently the females tend to have the long horns as the males sharpen theirs for fighting buy rubbing them down.
This was a warning sign at a designated spot where you’re allowed to get out of your car, still not all that safe apparently.
Last but not lease the humble Zebra, you see them everywhere and they’re just a dressed up donkey but I still recon they’re pretty cool.