Hluhluwe game reserve sighting today where great ..
After a week long cold spell we finally are experiencing warmer weather, sightings during the cooler weather was poor with the odd Lion and Rhino sighting. However as the weather has warmed up it would seem so too are the animals, yesterdays safari to Hluhluwe was incredible with Elephants virtually around every corner, one being so bold as to put his trunk onto the bonnet of the game drive vehicle. As you can imagine incredible pictures and fast beating hearts. Its truly amazing being ,seeing these animals so so close ,They are so strange intelligent ,, when they look kina like, they could be big and dumb.
With the rest of the days safari, We saw some beautiful in great condition Lions in the lower Umfolozi, and lets not for get the might cape Buffalo in the plains and Rhino browsing.
A great safari happy clients
with even more great weather expected we are sure to have a splendid week in the reserve. Departure times will remain the same for winter safaris and departure times are 5:00 am from St Lucia or meet us at the gates at 6:00 am. Early departures gives us a chance to witness the predators within the reserve as this is the most active times to view them. Warm coffee, tea and more awaits you. Here is some interesting Facts on Elephants hope you enjoy Their are 3 Species of Elephants 1. African Savannah Elephant 2. African Forest Elephant 3. Asian Elephant The Elephants tusk is most definitely the most important characteristic both the Male and Female have tusks however it is the Males that grow to be the largest. Did you know that up to a quarter of the tusk is buried within the skull of the Elephant. Teeth are made of dentine. The tusk is used for numerous activities such as digging, breaking bark of trees and defense. The tusk also never stops growing. Some of the larger tusks recorded have weighed up to 100kg. The Elephants trunk can suck up to 4 lt of water at a time and squirt this into his or her mouth.
This is also a way of cooling down when the squirt the water over them selves. Their trunks can pick up weights of upto 270kg with upto 100 000 muscles inside of their trunks. The trunk is also used to feel and smell this may be seen when a Elephant picks his trunk up into the air. The ears of an Elephant is also used to fan themselves as this cools their blood, this constant flapping ensures a moderate temperature is maintained. When a Elephant mock charges he or she will open their ears wide and run at you, this is done to intimidate you and make you move away it is when the Elephant charges you without opening his ears that you really have to get out of the way. One needs to be really carful when a male is in musk , You can tell when a Elli is in musk by the eyes they weep as if he is crying. Also wet between the legs .The best thing to do when you see one like this is get out of there ,they are very unpredictable like this . This is one of the great reasons to be with a professional guide who knows what to look for and what to do in case . Experience is key at these times .There are a lot of elephants in Hluhluwe game reserve . The best part about coming to Hluhluwe umfolozi is that it’s a small park compared to Kruger ,and so the concentrations of animals is high. So you will have less ground to cover to see them .Its not uncommon to see all big 5 game in few hours on entering the hluhluwe game reserve .. The hluhluwe umfolozi game park is the oldest in South Africa and where animal conservation started in the world…This park allso has the largest population of rhino…
Wellt hats it for today see you next time with more sighting stories..