Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal

This beautiful game reserve, the oldest of South Africa, is an unknown gem to many foreign visitors. I was so priviliged to visit it again yesterday and I just want to shout it out: GO SEE AND EXPERIENCE THIS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING PLACE!

As big as 60.000 soccer fields, former hunting grounds of the Zulu kings and home of the Big 5, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is, to me, the most beautiful game reserve in South Africa. Less visitors than the world renowned Krugerpark, wonderful accommodation overlooking the roling hills of the reserve and the friendly Zulu people are just a few of many reasons why this should be priority on your to-do-list for South Africa.

At the moment I’m traveling with 24 Belgium clients. They’re not very lucky with the weather because we’ve been experiencing a lot of rain (there’s a thunderstorm here in the Drakensberg where we are now) but yesterday afternoon all of them and me, climbed on the open jeeps to go on safari. Wearing all the clothes we could find in our suitcases + the rain ponchos we took of with our game ranger, Jerome. Jerome, big smile, jovial type of guy showed us within 10 minutes buffalos and rhinos. Go Jerome!! Then he got a message of the radio that lions were spotted about 45 minutes from where we were. Should he go there? I said: Jerome, pedal to the metal and GO GO GO!! Now this will be a game drive easy to remember if only for Jerome’s driving skills. WoWWWOW!!! And yes, there he was, a lion king wondering on the path, looking for the female lion. The lions were so close and relaxed, we felt we could almost touch them. Lions sleep about 20 hours a day and only wake up to hunt, eat or mate so to see them a bit active was quite amazing. All my clients were very happy.

This morning we left the park again but not before some more wild animals were spotted. While driving out of the park in the bus we saw heeps of zebra, a baby giraffe with mum, many more giraffes, hippos, elephants, nyala and buffalo. What a magic place!

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