Heritage Tours & Safaris staff where invited to witness a Game Capture in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve with the Ezemvelo Kzn Wildlife Game Capture Team. The capture consisted of capturing 5 White Rhino in the Southern section of the Umfolozi Game Reserve and the reason for the capture being translocation of the Rhino.
The Heritage Team arrived at the Nyalazi Gate early on Tuesday morning as one can well imagine not being able to sleep the night before as this experience has never been witnessed before. With excitement and expectations high we made our way to the Game Capture Center ( Centenery Center ) Umfolozi. From here we met with certain members from Ezemvelo Kzn Wildlife Game Capture Team. With a perfect sunset as a backdrop, firepit blazing and stories of Game Capture that evening we where of to sleep ( No sleep again!! ).
The following morning early we where off to see how it would be possible to capture 5 Rhino in one day ?
With trucks, landies, landcruisers and a helicopter to spot with we could not be more impressed. The ground crew received a quick briefing as to what and how and before we knew it we where of , Helicopter report was in not 1 but 2 White Rhino had been darted. The crew and all machinery with equipment left in single file and with that of pure precission of a Swiss watch we too where to see and experience a life long dream.
It is quite unimaginable with what precision the Pilot of the Helicopter can coax the Rhino to. We sat back and watched the ground crew do the needed evaluation of the animal , all vitals taken and with the green light we where allowed to approach a White RHINO that had been darted , within an arms length lay a Rhino !!! How does one comprehend and realize this, the capture team with Vet quickly administered the needed antidote, transponder installed and at last that TOUCH of the Rhino was allowed. A multiple amount of pictures, video and questions and the Animal was loaded.
One can not imagine what it feels like to touch and feel a Rhino in the wild the breathing with its great lung capacity only allows you a glimpse of the anatomy of this animal.
The Game Capture lasted from 7:30 in the morning to 11:37 all animals accounted for, loaded and I can assure you with absolute no injuries what so ever, this only proves the professional manner in which these men and women operate in.
From the ground crew to the pilot it can only be said that to live in South Africa and realize what we all are capable of doing is admirable.
Well done and thank you to all of the Ezemvelo Kzn Wildlife Game Capture Team for making this a day never to be forgotten.
We are extremely Proud to anounce that we will be making Game Capture Client Participation available to clients wanting to experience this never before once in a life time opportunity become a dream come true.
The following dates: 16, 17, 18 August 2010 2 White Rhino will be captured in and translocated from Mkuze Game Reserve only 2 seats will be made available for this excursion.