Being a complacent Durbanite, it is regrettably far too seldom that I get to this magnificent part of the country.
Having a friend visit from Washington however forced our hand, and we decided to take our visitor to see the “wild life”.
I had forgotten how blessed we are to live where we do… And how close this World Heritage site is to the hustle and bustle of our everyday corporate life.
We decided rather than doing a self-drive safari, we would use Heritage Tours & Safaris and arrange a half day game drive… a decision we did not regret for a second!
We were collected just after 5:00am outside our accommodation by our guide David, and driven from St Lucia town to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve - around 50 minute drive.
We literally had not even entered the park before we spotted out first Rhino, and the morning simply got better from there.
David was INCREDIBLY knowledgeable and frankly made the trip worthwhile.
We seemed to possess telescopic vision, spotting game where we would, if we were self-driving, had driven on by.
We were fortunate enough, with his expert guidance, to spot all of the big five, with the exception of Leopard, and had an elephant come within touching distance of the vehicle.
If you are planning a trip to this area, I cannot recommend this tour or our guide David enough!
A tip: If you are going in winter, it’s advisable to take a blanket to put over your knees. It is an open safari truck, and even although it’s down on the Southern tip of Africa, the air can be a little nippy until 9 or 10:00 ish.
Breakfast was provided, which was basic, but adequate and very fitting for the location.
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