4. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, Part 2
for Part 1 of this safari please click on this link:- On safari in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Part 1
After 2 days of extreme heat, the expected frontal system arrived and we had a gloomy, damp day for our game drive in the iMfolozi section of this reserve.
The riverside loop, which usually has the best wildlife, was unfortunately closed due to flood damage, so we were restricted to the hills.
Not much wildlife showed up but we did have a great view of this vulture and wildebeest!
It was a welcome break from being in the car to spend the afternoon enjoying the wildlife around our chalet.
The next morning we left the hills of the Zululand interior and headed for the coast......
|iMfolozi Game Reserve|
No trip to Kwa-Zulu Natal is complete without spending time on our magnificent Indian Ocean coast. Cape Vidal, our destination, is part of South Africa's first World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso. I can't describe it better than this quote from the iSimangaliso website:-
Come and experience the diverse experiences in the 10 Jewels that make up the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Enjoy the endless beaches that stretch 220 kilometers from Maphelane in the south to Kosi Bay on the Mozambique border, view game on self-guided or guided trails and routes on the foothills of the Lubombo mountains in uMkhuze or in the coastal forests and rolling grasslands of Lake St Lucia’s Eastern Shores. See the spectacular coral reefs and colourful underwater life whilst diving or snorkelling or embark on adventures ranging from kayak trips to horse rides."
We spent 3 nights at Cape Vidal and made the most of the beach, snorkelling in the small lagoon, game viewing in the Lake St. Lucia Eastern Shores and doing an estuarine boat cruise.
This destination really has almost everything one would want to experience on a South African holiday, and our chalet was just behind the sand dune from the beach.
|Vervet Monkeys on my car|
|Sunrise over the Indian Ocean|
|Early launching for the sports fishermen|
On the beach.....
|Relaxing after a snorkel...|
|Hippo in the mangroves|
and on the boat cruise......
So it was time to head south to Durban, a doctor, and a weekend spent with family, and the end of our amazing Kwa-Zulu Natal trip.
On the way, we diverted inland to the Dlinza Forest, hidden in the town of Eshowe.
Here, there is an aerial boardwalk which gives impressive views of the canopy forest.
After breakfast, a morning walk on one of Durban's beaches.........
|View from our table at the entrance to Durban harbour|
|Blue-bottle or Portuguese Man-o-War|
But once you have fallen in love with this amazing country, and can manage to visit again, then this province should definitely be in your plans.