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Weekly Sightings in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Reserve


Hi again folks just some quick information from the safari’s that we offer and the safari sightings that we have been having in the park. The Hluhluwe Reserve has once again been good with safaris going almost daily. The sightings of animals have included Black Rhino regularly with the Lions and cubs. Other animals that we are seeing on Safari are lots of White Rhino, Hyena and Buffalo. The reason for the increased sightings in Black Rhino could be due to the rains and that they are now comming out of the thick bush. The Black Umfolozi River has also once again come down so please should you be venturing into the southern section of the park please make sure that you are aware that the river does fload this time of the year. Should you find your self on the opposite side remain calm as it will subside.

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Hi again from the best Reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. Well its been a week of great safaris with awesome sightings and after months of dry river beds we have finally started recieving more consistent rains.

The Black Umfolozi River is running well at present and most of the waterholes have recieved some good water. This as a safari operator does however cause the sigthings of the Cats to become a bit more difficult. As the cats ( Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs now no longer remain at the remaining remnants of water they now venture deeper into the bush tracking the animals. Elephant sightings however become a lot more frequent as they are more prominant along the river banks of the Umfolozi. The safaris for the week included sightings of Cheetah’s mating, African Wild Dog and Black Rhino with the odd sithing of Lion’s. The hides with good water are now very good places to venture too. After the controlled burning in the Hluhluwe game reserve as well as the Umfolozi Game Reserve side they have well absolutely transformed into a paradise. The lush green grass and rolling hills make for portrait pictures and video footage. The grass will now start to grow rapidly and soon the self drive safari will become more difficult as the height restictions will become problematic. It is vital should you want to go safari in your own vehicle to make sure that you are at the gates as early as possible.

Heritage Tours & Safaris has been fortunate in sighting the African Wild Dog ( Endangered ) with the new pups and we are very excited to see them doing well. Once again if in the Reserve please enquire from other vehicles as well as the Heritage Tours Staff as to what it is that they have seen. Also please drop us a email should you like some information with regards to the Hluhluwe Umfolozi or Isimangaliso Wetlands Park reserves.

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This week’s sightings from the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve once again has been awesome.

Lion Kill, Wild Dog Kill, Wild Dog Pups, Cheetah, Rhino, Ellephants and the highlight must have been the Black Umfolozi running once again. After months of experiencing virtually no water in both sides of the Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Game Reserve and the controlled burning that occured earlier in June to August the transformation has already started. We have compiled a short video clip of last weeks highlights. At present the Wild Dogs and Pups are still in the Umfolozi Section and the Pups are now being witnessed more frequently, one of the safaris witnessed 11 Pups and approxiamately 22 Dogs on Friday.

Please take note when crossing the Black Umfolozi River as this time of the year it can come down incredibly quickly leaving you stranded on the opposite side. Should this happen it still is possible to travel around back to Hluhluwe Town or St Lucia. One will have to travel Ulundi and then onto Nongomo then onto the corridor road back.

Enjoy the clip

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