Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Trip Start Apr 14, 2008
40Trip End Jun 18, 2008
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Hilltop Camp, Hluhluwe Game Reserve
We drove into the game park at about 4ish, and didn't see much except a giraffe right on the road ..;. had to wait for it to amble across, and then a darling little warthog. Our night ride left at 5, and we had about an hour of daylight. We saw 13 wild dogs, which I believe is a rare sight in the park, as there are only about 30 in the whole 96 000 hectares. Saw a rhino so up close that we almost reversed into him
We went for supper, and the main meat dish was warthog. I took some, and had one bite, when I remembered that darling little warthog from the afternoon, and couldn't eat another mouthful!! Shame ... darling little thing!!
We got up early (and I mean early!! ... 5.15) ready for the morning ride. We didn't see much at first, but then came across a huge herd of elephants. They were soooo close, that you can see in the pics Ashy's anorak, and the side of the truck! It was fun!!! Saw lots of giraffe, buck and buffalo. The herds are not as big as they used to seem, but friends said that they have just had the big yearly game auction, and the animals always seem a bit skittish after the auction, as they use helicopters etc to round them up to put them in the bomas. The stacks of rhino also seem to be a bit shy.
We came out of the park at lunch time, and went back through Mtuba, back to Brenda's. Drove to St Lucia, which has become a very commercialised little seaside town. Very nice, and seems to be where the Mtuba people now do all the shopping, banking etc, as Mtuba is soooo third world!
Drove back to Durbs on Friday morning, and took a short stop at the Sharks Cage (the Natal rugby teams shop), to buy a few things, before getting to my aunts house where we stayed until we left Natal.