Year in the Wild Blog

Posts with tag Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

Imfolozi Wilderness Trail – the home of the wild

It didn’t take long for the ancient creatures to show themselves. We had just started the Imfolozi Wilderness Trail, when two white rhinos rose up in a cloud of dust from where they were sleeping in the shade of an acacia tree.

A mother and her young calf, thirty metres from us. Rhinos have poor eyesight, but excellent hearing and smell. The mother could sense the presence of humans. Her ears turned like radars on her head, listening intently. The calf stayed close by her side. Both were
Read more »

Imfolozi Wilderness Trail – Day 4 – Lion pride

Our last full day in the bush. We headed off across the river from our campsite, to go back to one of the lookout points, to see if we could find some lions which were calling in the night.

Nunu gathered us together before we started walking, and read from his notebook: “Man will realize that he is an animal, and as such, he must abide by the laws of nature, and must not destroy God’s creation.”

“We’ve used all our senses so far: sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. Today, I want you
Read more »

Imfolozi Wilderness Trail – Day 3 – Rhinos at camp

We started off after breakfast, leaving our heavy backpacks in the camp. We felt light and free without them!

As we headed down onto the river bank to start our walk, a hyena drank from the river, and trotted off in the distance, passing our camp which we had just left. I asked Nunu whether it would try take our food which we had left at camp, but Nunu explained that all the animals in the wilderness area – including the hyenas and the baboons – are so wild that they stay well away from
Read more »

Imfolozi Wilderness Trail – Day 1 – The sacred wilderness

A few days ago I finished the primitive wilderness trail at Imfolozi Game Reserve. For five days and four nights we were led by trails ranger Nunu Jobe through the dedicated wilderness area in the south of Imfolozi Game Reserve. We walked every day through the bush, along the trails made by the animals. We slept on the ground under the stars. We drank from the river. We ate simple food. We cooked on a fire. We swam in the river. We woke up and went to sleep with the sun.

There are no roads
Read more »

Imfolozi Game Reserve – Back in the bush!

Seven white rhinos and two hyenas welcomed me to Imfolozi Game Reserve in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. It’s great to be back in the bush! As much as I’ve enjoyed the landscapes of uKhahlamba Drakensberg, with their towering peaks and endless vistas, I’ve really missed the smells, sounds and sights of “real” Africa. And as I drove into the reserve just before sunset, I came across two hyenas which were setting off on their nocturnal hunt (they were too quick for my camera!). Then a few minutes
Read more »