It was all a little last minute but I was asked to conduct an overnight, 2 day tour to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve for 2 international business men working in Durban.
I collected the guys from their hotel in Ballito and we headed out to the first destination which was St Lucia, a 2,5 hour drive north from Durban. On the way we chatted a great deal about Durban, the history, what’s happening currently etc.
We got to St Lucia at lunchtime and since the two hour cruise wasn’t scheduled until 1pm, we decided on a lunch in St Lucia at a favourite restaurant, the “Ocean Grill”.
After lunch my guests boarded the boat and went off on their 2 hour cruise where they spotted quite a few hippo and a lonely crocodile sunning itself on the river bank. They got some great sightings of birds as well.
Hluhluwe Imofolozi Game Reserve
After the cruise we left St Lucia at around 3pm and headed for the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, arriving at the main gate at 4pm. I signed us in and we started on the drive from the main gate to Hilltop Camp where we were staying; this usually takes around 30min/45min though it took quite a bit longer for us because of all the animal sightings!
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On the way to the camp we spotted rhino, buffalo, giraffe, nyala, impala and a Martial eagle kill; this meant instead of the usual 45min it took us 90min! It was totally worth it and my guests were really pleased. After checking in my guests went for a rest and then we met at 7pm for dinner and finally headed to bed.
Open Vehicle Game Drive
One of the definite experiences everyone needs to try is the open vehicle game drives. I had arranged for my two guests to enjoy their own personal open vehicle experience for the 4 hours on day two. So after making sure they had some coffee and breakfast packs, I delivered them to the waiting vehicle and off they went.
I then went and grabbed some breakfast, filled the vehicle up with fuel, cleaned the windows, loaded luggage and checked us out. When my guests got back they were so excited as they had seen a huge herd of elephant and spotted some lions! That means they got to see 4 of the Big 5 as well as loads of other wildlife.
We then decided on a bit of lunch at Centenrary Center which was an hour away so they got to enjoy a game drive through a new area of the park where they got to see more giraffe, zebra, nyala and kudu. After lunch my guests were so thrilled with the amount of game they saw already that they were happy to call it a day and head back to Durban.
Here are just a few pictures taken by me over the two days.
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