Day 11: It's Safari Time!


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Published: April 17th 2020
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Cape buffalo up close and personal
Morning safari at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve




Today we had to wake up extra early and leave Bibs Backpackers by 4:30 am to get on the bus to arrive at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve for the morning safari. We had a packed breakfast at the safari courteously of Bibs Backpackers. Then we were off on our African safari, a highlight of our trip. I got to chance to sit in the shotgun seat which was pretty awesome and a new experience for me.



The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa and is known for its rhino conservation. As of 2008 there are more than 1600 white rhino in the reserve and hundreds of animals have been moved from here to game reserves around the world. However, due to the increase in rhino poaching for their horns the success of the parks rhino preservation program has been compromised as well as rhino conservationism countrywide.



The park is home to Africa's big five: lion, elephant, rhinoceros (black/hook lipped and white/ square-lipped), cape buffalo, and leopard.



Some of various animals we observed included impala, nyala, cape buffalo
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A zebra by the drinking hole
(up close and personal), a white rhino family, an elephants peeing, giraffes, and zebras. Although, we did not get to see a lion from up front or a leopard, I did get my rhino fix as I got to witness these magnificent animals interacting in the wild.



I absolutely loved going on safari and would definitely go back to Africa again to experience seeing animals in their natural habitat. After the safari we headed back to our accommodation at Bib's Backpackers. In the afternoon we got the chance to go on a nature walk at iSimangalsio Wetland Park with Johan, an employee from the Crocodile Centre. Stay tuned as I will describe our Nature walk experience in my next blog post. Until then!


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Lunch Break
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Only Lion encounter
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Butt sniffing grandpas (Cape Buffalo)
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Beware of Cape Buffalo. They are vicious
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Warthog on a stroll
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The many bird sightings
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Another bird sighting
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Zebra Crossing
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Zebras on the road
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White rhino sighting
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Baby white rhino
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White rhino family
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Female impala gathering.
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Male with herd of female nyala. The female nyala is much lighter color that the male.
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Giraffe
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Giraffe sighting
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Giraffe looking right at me
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Nyala
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Elephant strolling through a tree
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Elephant peeing
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The tree that looks like an elephant


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