the game park at Hluhluwe has played a large part in bringing the white
rhino back from the brink of extinction. It is located in the north of
KwaZulu-Natal, and its full name is Hluhluwe-Umfolozi because it is really
two game parks joined together.
We were based at the Bushlands
Lodge Hotel which is very close to the park. Starting early
in the morning, our party was divided amongst several modern, comfortable
four-wheel-drive, open-sided vehicles. The seating was high above the
driver, so there was a good view all round. We also benefited from the
absence of windows and the fold-down windscreen, which meant that photographs
did not have to be shot through glass.
For several hours we toured the park spotting exotic animals, birds and
plants, assisted by our guide who was in radio contact with the other
vehicles. Animals included giraffe, rhino, elephant, hippopotamus, nyala,
impala, zebra, buffalo, minator, waterbuck and warthog.