June 7 - 14, 2020
8 day expedition / 6 days wildlife viewing
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve and Bonamanzi Game Reserve
Join us for a week long expedition in search of the *Photographers - BIG 10 at both, the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve and Bonamanzi Game Reserve. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest game reserve in Africa, and one of the most important game sanctuaries in the world. This reserve is famous for its Southern white rhinoceros conservation work. In the 60’s the Southern white rhino population was decimated to less than 500 individuals. Thanks to the hard working conservationists, the population rebounded. Sadly the poaching is still a huge factor for these animals, but the persistent and tireless work of the rangers will hopefully win this battle.
Bonamanzi is a privately owned Game Reserve, with the Hluhluwe River forming the Eastern border. Proclaimed a Natural Heritage Site in 1995 in recognition of the biodiversity of the Reserve, they offer Sand Forests, Savanna & Wetland Areas. Here is where we will lodge, and where we spend part of our time, searching for; giraffes, rhinos, elephants, bush babies, ganets, leopards, hippos and crocodiles.
*Photographer’s Big 10 - Elephants, Rhinoceros, Hippos, Giraffe, Buffalo, lions, cheetah, leopards, hyena and wild dogs.
Day 1 - We pick you up at the Durban International Airport (DUR), and drive you 3 hours to the Bonamanzi Game Reserve, which is where we will be staying during our time here. Bonamanzi Game Reserve offers rustic, Hobbit houses (as we call them), all air-conditioned, with a view of the river and amazing wildlife, all within a short walk to the bar and dining room.
Day 2 - We meet up with our guide at 6:30AM and head out in search of wildlife at Bonamanzi. Bonamazi game reserve is a Big 4 park, no lions. We will be seeking out, close up encounters with elephants, buffalo, rhinoceros, giraffes, wildebeests, nyalas, zebras, leopards, and monkeys. Here we will also seek out bird species, as Bonamazi is recognized as one of the best birding destinations in Southern Africa. (Each day we will have pack lunches.)
Day two continued - We break for lunch, then at 3PM we will again head out for an afternoon safari to search for more wildlife. We will stay out to watch the sunset, hopefully with zebras or giraffes grazing nearby and say good night to our first day in the wilds of Africa.
Day 3 - This morning we again meet up with our guide at 6:30 and head out to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. Today we will spend 6 hours seeking out wildlife. Hluhluwe is a Big 5 park, with a very healthy elephant and Southern white rhinoceros population. We will also seek out the black rhinos, cape buffalos, lions, leopards as well as wild dogs.
Day 3 Continues - We will return to Bonamanzi at 1PM, rest for a couple of hours, then at 3PM we will head out in a private skiff on the Hluhluwe River to seek out hippos to photograph. there are also opportunities to encounter, monitor lizards, crocodiles and a diversity of water birds, including the beautiful African pygmy kingfisher. We will watch the sunset on the river then return you back to your lodge to clean up for dinner.
Day 4 - 6:30AM, we return to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve and spend another 6 hours seeking out wildlife.
We will return to Bonamanzi at 1PM, rest for a few hours then prep for a night game drive at Bonamanzi, seeking out leopards, bush babies, ganets, and other wildlife that is active during the night.
Day 5 - 6:30AM, we return to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve and spend another 6 hours seeking out wildlife.
We will return at 1 PM, rest for a few hours, then visit the river at Bonamanzi to feed the wild Nile crocodiles a snack that live in the river and call the reserve home. These crocodiles are massive and come in extremely close for fantastic photo opportunities.
Day 6 - This is our final day of safari and we will again spend it at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve seeking out the amazing wildlife here.
In the evening for our final dinner we will enjoy a Braai (barbeque dinner), over looking a specular view of the ocean.
Day 7 - We will leave Bonamanzi at 7AM and return you to Durban International airport for your journey home.
We never offer any wildlife guarantees when we offer up any of our expeditions. However with this trip, we can guarantee that you WILL see a lot of wildlife up close and very personal. We hope you decide to join us…
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PLEASE NOTE, On these trips;
- We will not leave if there is a predation event happening. We understand that watching a lion or wild dog, making a kill is gruesome and hard to watch, however that is very natural, and part of the experience, so please keep this in mind when signing up for this expedition.
- We also break for birds. We know that not everyone is into bird watching or bird photography, however, we appreciate all wildlife and although, the big animals on this expedition are the priority, we will occasionally stop if we see something special on this trip.
If you have any questions regarding this expedition, please feel free to call us, or via Whatsapp; 1 (956) 279-8119