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Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia October 10th 2016

Got up early again to have a cruise down the estuary to watch for hippos and crocodiles. We weren't disappointed as we saw both. Thankfully the rain had stopped and it was a beautiful morning. Following this we had a great game drive with a wonderful guide who showed us not just animals but plants and insects. The strangest were the red locusts and flying dung beetles!! We then travelled down to the Indian Ocean.The sea was quite rough but some of us chose to jump up and down over the surf. I had a go at body boarding which was a great experience being pulled along with the tide. We then had lunch overlooking the ocean surrounded by monkeys who wanted to take our lunch! At about 8pm we had a night safari which included ... read more

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia October 9th 2016

We left our camp at 5.30am to ensure we got to the gates of Hluhluwe-Imfozi sadari park at 6am when it opened. We used the 4WD vehicles in the park and it was not long until we saw our first White Rhino! These are an endangered species and this park is the best place in the world to see them. Later on we were very lucky to see them very close, as well as zebras, elephants, antelope, giraffes, and birds of prey, We were supposed to have a BBQ for lunch but it was raining so we went to a restaurant where I had an ostrich burger. It has a distinctive taste but very appetising. By the time we left the park it was raining quite hard. We still stopped by the estuary at St Lucia ... read more

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia May 18th 2015

With Durban now done, it was time to go off the BazBus trail for a little while as I caught a shuttle to King Shaka Airport to pick up a hire car. It was nice to get behind the wheel again and it was also nice to know that in South Africa, cars drive on the same side of the road as the UK and NZ. I got an awesome deal on the car – just £83 for 11 days – less than £8 a day! You notice a lot more things on the road when you become the driver as opposed to being a passenger – like how South African drivers tailgate you. Slow cars are expected to pull onto the hard shoulder in order to let faster cars pass and to honest, I actually ... read more
Rhinos On The Road
Katerina & The Waves
Antelope!

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia March 17th 2015

En route pour le nord du pays on s'arrête au parc naturel d'iSimangalo, dans le village de Saint Lucia. Dès l'entrée de la ville la couleur est annoncée avec des panneaux routiers ; ici il peut y avoir des hippopotames partout dans les rues et ils ont tous les droits (sans compter qu'ils n'aiment pas trop notre compagnie donc c'est pas la peine de s'approcher...) On part une journée explorer le parc naturel avec notre petite voiture. Pour la première fois je suis au volant au milieu de tous ces animaux, avec Catherine en copilote, la carte à la main et scrutant le paysage à la recherche d'animaux. Ici on est entre mer et terre, avec le lac de Saint Lucia d'un coté et la mer de l'autre. Vitesse limitée, on n'a pas envie d'entrer en ... read more
Un pieton a cote de moi
La couleur est annoncee !
A la soupe !

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia November 13th 2014

Cruise on the St.Lucia Wetland Park and Hilda the Hippo being mounted. We arrived at the cruise around noon, and promptly entered the boat and sat up front so I could see everything. We would be going about 6 km down the river to see the Hippo habitats. On our way we encountered some Big Alligators sunning themselves. They were about 17 .5 feet long. Big ugly dinosaurs if you ask me. Kept a respectable distance. Was having a beer when we came upon a pod of Hippos bathing. Off to one side we found Hilda the Hippo carousing with a gentleman Hippo and then THAT gentleman subtly mounted Hilda from behind. She let out a yell and opened her mouth in anger or rapture. We will never know. The other Hippos in the pod looked ... read more

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia March 17th 2014

St. Lucia, Surgarloaf Camp to Pongola. Monday, March 17th. We all drove our RVs down to the St. Lucia dock and parked so that all 14 of them would fit in the parking lot. We boarded the river boat and off we went to look at hippos mainly, but also to see what other wildlife we could see along the shore. Approximately, 1/3 of the world’s hippo population can be found in the area surrounding St. Lucia. It wasn’t too long chugging up the estuary before we were shown pods of hippos in the water. Lots of pods, with lots of hippos—generally 25-30 animals stay in a pod made up of females and young with one territorial bull who stakes out a section of the water. What you see is mainly a rough circle of heads ... read more
1403-332 Our first spotting was a hippo nursery near the landing
1403-333 Then came the monitor lizard
1403-334 An African fish Eagle

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia March 16th 2014

Ballito Bay to St. Lucia Sunday, March 16th. Very overcast with low clouds and fog. First thing this morning, is a stop at Wimpy’s for breakfast and to use the internet there. We then got back on the N-2 heading north paralleling the Indian Ocean. We are traveling in the sub-tropics now and the vegetation is like that of Mexico or Central America—palms, bananas, huge sugar cane fields. Labor is imported from other countries (in the past a lot from India) to work the cane fields and conditions are very poor with wages very low. The cane is still cut by hand here and when a field has been cleared, it is then burned. The drive was through planted forests as well as the cane fields with lots of cops out with speed cameras. Even with ... read more
1403-311 iMfolozi Game Reserve--Cape Bufflo
1403-312 iMfolozi Game Reserve--European Roller
1403-313 iMfolozi Game Reserve--Rufous-naped lark

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia February 12th 2014

Tuesday and it was time to leave again. The caravan park was a very nice one but I was really looking forward to getting out in the bush a bit more, and hopefully some more birds and animals. We stopped next at St Lucia campsite. One we've camped at many times before so it was going to be interesting to see what had changed. Well first we were told that we had to camp on the area near the gate for safety reasons. Not a good start. The camp was still lovely though and there was plenty of bird life around us. The monkeys were around and we had been warned that they are very troublesome so we went to great lengths to make sure they couldn't steal our food, locking away everything inside the caravan, ... read more
Troublesome vervet monkeys

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia February 12th 2014

We decided to take a drive into the Eastern Shores Wetland Park. This has been in existence for a while but this was our first time visiting it. With quite a lot of game having been introduced to the area we were keen to see what it was like. We were very pleasantly surprised. The roads are good and it is obvious hat a lot of effort has been put into making the area an enjoyable one for visitors. We visited the hide, the picnic spot and the aerial walkway which is a boardwalk at tree height with good views. But we opted to stop for our picnic at one of the waterholes with good views and plenty of shade, althouhg naturally we had to stay in the car. We weren't Lucky enough to see the ... read more

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia January 28th 2014

We got across the border and it is quite bit nicer than the crossing before. We had a long and boring drive to St. Lucia. We slept and played games for the time to pass. We eventually got there but were all tired by that time so we settled in. There was only a little time before we went on a search for crocodiles and hippos. We were going down the river when a hippo popped up and we took some pictures then as we started to leave it charged us. No one had their cameras out because we were leaving the hippo and going up the river. But you guys believe me right??? The guide explained why it went under the water then came back up. It is because hippos run on the bottom then ... read more
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