As the sun rose behind the hills of the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, locals and tourists alike were mesmerized by the escarpment. The feeling of being completely at peace and at home set in as we drove around looking out eagerly for the movement of animals. The Reserve offers not only a romantic getaway for two but also caters for family excursions and children go wild with excitement at seeing the animals.
We watched graceful rhinos grazing right next to the road. We were completely amazed by them yet made sure we kept our distance as they got closer and the adrenalin starting pumping through our veins.
With baboons and monkeys running up and down the hills playfully, they almost stopped and posed for our photos whilst also keeping watch in the skies for the eagle that was circling around us.
The giraffes were almost camouflaged in the autumn trees and the sounds of snapping twigs alerted us to their presence. As we turned the corner a herd of buffalo were crossing the road, I felt my heart racing as the bull stopped and stared straight into my eyes. What an awesome experience.
With tails raised and feet trotting, a family of three warthogs could be seen amongst the shrubs. A herd of wildebeest and zebra stood together in harmony under the midday sun.
Although we did not see big cats or elephants, the adventure was not disappointing. It just means we will have to return to the Park which I would do in a heartbeat. The inspiring majestic scenery and the excitement of the adventure of driving on the dirt roads is enough to make my heart content.