Driving with Rick in iMfolozi

The tour we went on to the iMfolozi Game Reserve was amazing. It was the best tour of the whole world trip so far. It started of in 5:00 in the morning when our guide, Rick, picked us up. He had a some weird hair thing going on but I got used to it.

We got to the entrance at 6:00 and paid. Then we went into the park. The park was huge and the speed limit was only forty. It was going to take a long time to get anywhere in the park. Luckily, our tour guide had hawk eyes. He could spot animals from far away. He kept finding animals for us to look at.

this was the car we went into the park is

this was the car we went into the park is

There was so many impala (a type of antelope) that I even got bored of them. We also saw some warthogs. They where really ugly.

impala mother and baby duo

impala mother and baby duo

warthogs

warthogs

We stopped for breakfast and it was tasty. He set out some bread and jam and also fruit, yogurts and hot coffee and tea. We had to stay close so that we didn’t attract any animals.

breackfeast

breackfeast

After breakfast we saw a rhino only three meters from the car. He was bathing in some mud beside the road. It was an incredible sight. After that we saw some buffalo and wildebeest. Next we saw some kudu (another type of antelope). Then we saw a group of giraffe that was only five meters from the car. One stood on the road and started posing for us!

rhino in the mud

rhino in the mud

Rhino bathing in the mud

Rhino bathing in the mud

giraffe

giraffe

geraffes

geraffes

these Kudu would win the horn competition

these Kudu would win the horn competition

wildebeest

wildebeest

it a GAINT! SNAIL

it a GAINT! SNAIL

Then we went into a hide near a watering hole(a hide is a hut next to a watering hole that is hidden from the animals). We did not see any animals. It had been raining the past few weeks and the animals must have found water elsewhere.

Next we ran into a herd of about one hundred and twenty elephants! Our guide told us that this was a really healthy herd. There were lots of baby elephants. One was having a mud bath near the road.

Elephant

Elephant

An elephant coming for us!

An elephant coming for us!

Elephants in mud bath

Elephants in mud bath

wandering Elephant

wandering Elephant

the herd of Elephant

the herd of Elephant

On our way to lunch we even saw a herd of zebra right next to the car.

How many are there? tricked ya there is three

How many are there?
tricked ya there is three

zebra

zebra

more zebras

more zebras

Then we went to lunch and had a barbecue and it was really good.

On our way back, we spotted a lioness that was stalking a herd of impala. It was an incredible sight. The lioness was just off the road in the grass. The lion was so close that she could have jumped in the truck with us. Then a dude in another car scared the lioness away. He made a stupid excuse that he was protecting the impala. He just stole lunch from the lioness.

loiness

loiness

lioness

lioness

We went out of the park at 4:00 and went back to our hotel.

The next night we over-nighted in the park. The tent was really nice. There were two tents. They were built on stilts so hyenas, wild dogs and big cats did not come in.

It was nice. We sat for a while listening to the sounds. Emma and I played a game like grounders without the tag. We climbed around the railings on the tents.

At night we went on a night safari. It was cold. We saw a giraffe, hyena, bunnies and wild dogs. It was a bit disappointing, because I was expecting to see some more cats. We had no such luck.

the peeing Elephant

the peeing Elephant

hyena

hyena

owl

owl

heyena

heyena

wild dogs my picture

wild dogs my picture

We cooked dinner. When Emma went to get a blanket, a hyena was next to the gate. It scared the daylights out of her.

We ate dinner while my Dad watched for hyenas. One hyena even checked on the barbecue to see if there was food left. Then we went to bed.

In the morning there were no hyenas. That was a good sign. Then we got in the car and went on a long drive to our next destination: Giant’s Castle, Drakenburg..

It was amazing.

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