Yes, one can say that the Mkhuze Game Reserve could be such a great place, a real insider tip. But then again, we are quite disappointed. The map of the park promises 6 Bird Hides, the two best, next to the lake at the Nsumo Pan are closed and dilapidated, a further Hide, the kBbubu is closed for so long, that the stone that lies on the road with the inscription “Hide Closed”, is already green overgrown. The relatively newly renovated Hide kuMasinga is so full of bats that they had already laid mats on the floor. It smells so awful after the bat droppings that we have to go after a few minutes. Bad. Specially that Hide was wonderfully built over the water.
We see an incredible number of different rare species, Black Eagle, Yellow Billed Stork, Pelicans, a Suni, a Blue Duiker, Nyalas, plus the usual suspects, Brown Snake Eagle, Hammerkop, also, of course, the giraffes, kudu, impala. In Mantuma Camp we pay for our overnight stay. The Curio Shop is as boring as that in iMfolozi. Oh yes, I forgot to mention, the shop at Hilltop Camp in Hluhluve is well organized and very neat, but it seems they suspect the guests to steal, so that even the caramel popcorn for 10 Rand was equipped with a chip. But back to the Mkhuze Game Reserve. We drive 60 km in 5 hours. Only at the picnic area Nsumo we stay a little bit longer until it starts raining again, we observe Pelicans, African Darter, Egyptian Goose in their daily business. The picnic area is idyllic, situated near the water under some fever tree acacias. Away from the lake do some deep-trodden Hippo highways lead to the feeding grounds of the animals, unfortunately we can not see or hear them, there must be hundreds, judging after the tracks. The local giraffes organize a little show for us. The young ones exercise in necking. The whole thing is just a sham battle, they wave their necks around each other without violence, one would normally hear pop the necks together. A young Impala is posing for the camera. Some Vervet Monkey wound ants (or termites) from a tree trunk.
After the 60 km even the last part of our car is covered with red mud. That stuff really sticks to the car, on the shoes, everywhere. So we must think about washing the car, the mud is just everywhere.60 km in 5 hours, 22 ° overcast,
R 150 at the eMshopi campsite in uMkhuze Game Reserve, Kwazulu Natal Ezemvelo Wildlife (Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park)
Tags: uMkhuze Game Reserve, Kwazulu Natal Ezemvelo Wildlife, Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park, Giraffe, Imapala, Nyala, Vervet Monkey, Black Eagle, Yellow Billed Stork, Pelicans, Suni, Blue Duiker, Nsumo Pan, Hilltop Camp, Hluhluve, Hippo, Hide