We visit Hluhluwe-Imfolozi (Imfolozi) Park which is not only the oldest reserve in Africa, but also the place where the white rhino was saved from extinction. Today the park is the third largest in South Africa and the only reserve where you are virtually assured of good rhino sightings.
The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park 2-day safari puts the emphasis on the wildlife of the Reserve where we spend both days in the park searching for wildlife. The region is also the home of the mighty Zulu's and the African Wildlife Experience offer some insight into their age-old culture.
This two day Imfolozi Safari introduces us to renowned Zululand.
We cruise on Lake St Lucia inside iSimangaliso world heritage site where we see an abundance of birdlife and hippos and crocs in their natural habitat.
The second day of this Imfolozi Safari is spent in search of the wildlife.
The Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park and Lake St Lucia introduce us to the Northern KwaZulu-Natal area which, within its geographical borders has arguably the greatest diversity of habitats in South Africa. These include open bushveld, coastal dune forests, lakes, rivers, mangrove forests, sand forest, subtropical marsh-lands and a magnificent coastline with endless, and in some areas completely deserted, sandy beaches.
The region is also the home of the mighty Zulus and we are introduced to their age-old culture when we visit an authentic Zulu village(Dumazulu Cultural Village).
At Lake St Lucia, we join a boat cruise on the lake to see a proliferation of bird life, crocodile and hippo in their natural habitat.
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A variety of habitats provide homes for more than 900 species of birds, or 10% of the world's total. They range from the ostrich - farmed in the Oudtshoorn district of the Western Cape, but seen in the wild mostly in the north of the country - through such striking species as the hornbills to the ubiquitous LBJs (Little Brown Jobs).
Less generously endowed with freshwater fish (112 named species, 1.3% of the world total), South Africa nevertheless has one river-dweller that is, like the Big Five, a symbol of Africa - a reptile, not a fish. The crocodile still rules some stretches of river and estuary, lakes and pools, and still exacts an occasional toll in human life.
Other aquatic reptiles of note are the sea-roaming loggerhead and leatherback turtles, the focus of a major community conservation effort at their nesting grounds on the northern KZN shoreline. Image
And they take to the sea. The largest mammal of all, in South Africa and the entire world, is the blue whale which can grow to 33m in length. But of the eight whale species found in South African waters (including the dramatic black-and-white killer whale), the most frequently seen by humans is the southern right whale. This imposing creature comes into coastal bays to calve, allowing for superb land-based viewing. Image
With the cheetah we move away from the Big Five. Other quintessentially African large animals of the wild are hippo, giraffe, kudu, wildebeest (the famous gnu) and zebra, all frequently seen in conservation areas.
It hardly needs to be said that aside from being on the top rung of the predation ladder, the lion also tops the glamour stakes. Sadly, it does have one formidable enemy in humankind, who has expelled it from most parts of the country so that it now remains almost exclusively in conservation areas.
The beautiful leopard survives in a larger area, including much of the southern Cape and the far north, although numbers are small in some places.
Originally used only by hunters, the term 'Big Five' refers to five of Africa's greatest wild animals - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. As during the bygone hunting era the term "Big Five" still conjure up the romance and excitement of Africa's exotic destinations and experiences.
Imagine watching the sun set over the horizon whilst you capture the moment of a pride of lions stalking their prey. Watching a buffalo stolling to a water hole with strength and size that makes it more likely to kill a human than any other mammal.
The term wildlife, sometimes also called 'game', refers to mammals, birds, fish and reptiles that can be found in the wild. Africa has its "'lion's" share of wildlife and here we take a quick look at some of the most important and / or obvious animals in the African wildlife.
The reason for loosely calling wild life 'Game' is said to have come from the culture of animal hunting by the early day English Aristocracy who called it 'Gaming'.