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Before last Friday (12th February) I’d never been on a ‘game drive’ (safari) around a ‘game reserve’ before. For those of you unaware of what that is, it’s where you get into a 4x4 vehicle and go driving in a reserve/park in search of animals that have been taken out of their original habitat, but replaced in a very similar and very big one. So basically, it’s a drive around a big zoo that isn’t cruel.
I booked my tour with Tekweni Ecotours. They’re based in Durban, have been operating for years and have a very good name when it comes to tours. The reserve I decided to visit was Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Reserve, the oldest game reserve in Africa that covers 96,000 hectares.
Our guide/driver for the weekend was Alfred. And doing the tour with me were Marianna, a lady from the UK, and two guys from Hong Kong (I didn’t speak to them a lot so didn’t catch their name).
Our drive started around 12 noon and our guide was Brian, an extremely nicely mannered guy who told us all about the animals. Over the two and a half hour drive we saw giraffe (quite close as you can see), zebra, warthog, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and rhino. The latter two are part of the ‘Big 5’ but I’ll explain that in another post.
The drive was a nice short one and we were back in St Lucia (place where we were staying) by 3pm. After a mix-up with our accommodation (there was no air-con rooms in the lodge we were meant to be staying in but the people at Tekweni ensured we got a room in a lodge that did have air-con), we eventually checked in and settled in to where was going to be our humble abode for the next two evenings.
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