Next we headed out of Durban and head north up to in of the must do’s when you go to Africa. What am I referring to, but a safari of course. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi was the location we headed to. Located in South Africa and filled with every possible large animal you can find. We saw all of them with the exception of the big kitty-kat. It appears it was too hot for the little guys to come out.
Taking the time to go and watch massive animals is so worth the trip! Our tour guide picks us up at the hotel and off we go. We are ready to roll. He picks us up in an SUV and drives us around for the day.They are otherwise known as the Impala. We drive through the protected lands, making stops to see these giant creatures as we came upon them. The McDonalds deer aka the ones that have the M on their butts was the animal we saw the most often. They are a snack for the large predators, hence the McDonald’s concept. Cute as can be and oddly enough very friendly, either that or they were far too hot to actually move when we came across them so we were able to walk among them.
From there, we saw the ultimate of all animals, The Rhino, which were huge even from a distance. They were about a ½ block’s length from us and that’s as close as I ever really wanted to get. They were the size of the SUV we were in and larger. Made of straight up armor, my guess is that they would have crushed our poor little SUV like a bug if they would have sensed anything was wrong.
Then we came up on the Giraffe. Most of the herd was down to the right of the road, but there was one lone little guy that was up over the hill to the left. He hung out for a bit and roamed around. We just watched as he so gracefully moved throughout the area. He came up and onto the road in front of us and decided the road was much easier to walk on. So, he took off walking up the hill in front of us. His butt stood as high as the top of the vehicle, legs scrawny and thin, and more majestic than one could imagine. I’ve been to a zoo before, but wow, there’s nothing like seeing the real thing.
One thing to also keep in mind, the animals in the zoo are so much smaller than the ones in the African wild. The elephants, oh my gosh. Gi-normous. I can’t say I would have ridden on one of these like I did at the circus so many years ago. These guys were huge and luckily far enough away in their pack to not notice us standing there watching them.
The other part of the trip was a water safari. The hippos would come up and out of the water and would generally submerge if we got too close. These animals were just impressive. They served drinks on the boat which was a bonus. It was your typical bay cruise in a very unique environment.
But the one part of the safari that I enjoyed the most was seeing Pumba, aka, the little guy from Lion King. Well, it was a little girl this time around, with her two little baby pumbas. The were the ugliest and most adorable animals I had ever seen. They would run along in front of us and when they decided to turn, the tail would turn first. Then their bodies would turn the same direction. Zoom. Those little suckers had a rudder! It was far too cute, beards and all.
Here’s a good site you can look up various locations and various safaris for you trip. The next time, I’d like to go back and check in Kruger National Park.
Hope you all enjoy! The next part of the trip is coming up!
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