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After considering a few other options for our (very short) trip to South Africa the decisionswas taken, we would go KwaZulu-Natal to visit Hluhluw-Imfolozi Park and St Lucia and iSimangaliso Wetland Park, staying to nights at each of those places. We flew to Durban and spent the first night at Ballito, from where it would take us about 3 hours to the entrance of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi by the Nyalazi Gate. I must say that my expectations were on the low side but it turned out to be a real surprise, the park is very beautiful, not crowded at all and although it´s not as prolific as Kruger in predator sightings we had lots of great sightings, especially of rhino, the park is rhino heaven, in 2 days we saw about 40 different ones, although we didn´t get to see any black rhino it was really a treat. The park is split in two, the western part is Imfolozi and eastern is Hluhluwe, where we would stay at the Rhino Ridge Lodge. After entering the park we headed to the Imfolozi sector by the main road up to the Sontuli loop and back again to Hluhluwe sector and to the lodge, it was a 4 hour drive and it was a really good one, with plenty of game, much more than we expected at the middle of the day. The first animal we saw was this warthog And it didn´t take us much time to see the first rhino, although a very sleepy one And the second one, also resting in the shade Then a few buffalos And a nyala, there are plenty of nyala in the park, more than impala I would say. Warning sign at the picnic spot (unfenced) in the Sontuli loop And our Toyota Fortuner, great car to self-drive in the park
My first trip report: if you want to know something I didn’t mention, feel free to ask. If my report is too long, just let me know. I just like using words In September en October my wife and I travelled to South Africa. This trip was going to be different compared to other safari trips. Usually we just book a flight and one or two nights on arrival. This time we went for a selfdrive and booked almost everything in advance to prevent fully booked accommodations. Our itinerary: Jo’burg – 1 night Kruger NP – 4 nights Ohrigstad – 1 night Piet Retief – 1 night Hluhluwe-Imfolozi – 3 nights Durban – 1 night Swellendam – 1 night Cape Town – 4 nights Jo’burg – 4 nights For this trip report I'll just write about the wildlife, not all places I've visited in SA.
Tom Kellie posted a topic in African wildlifehttp://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/on-the-trail-of-africa-s-wild-dogs-1.1874391#.VZV0ZXi1-PM This article from the Pretoria News explains the steep challenges for wild dogs, which require substantial habitat in which to roam. Brendan Whittington-Jones lived in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game park in KwaZulu-Natal, monitoring and protecting wild dogs.
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