Photo Credits: Wendy Buchanan (thanks, mom!)
A while ago, Travelinds told you about one of our favourite game reserves in Kwazulu-Natal – iMfolozi-Hluhluwe National Park. The few days spent at Nselweni Bush Lodge was a great family holiday and we couldn’t wait to go back again! This time we tried a new hideout – the Hlatikulu Bush Lodge!
Hlatikulu Bush Lodge
The bush at your door
The camp can accomodate eight people at most, in four lovely huts (each for two people), all of which boast views of either the river or the bush. The booking includes… (wait for it!)… TWO bush walks with Siyabonga and his gun (2-3hours, one morning, one afternoon) for every night that you stay. New Year will cook any food that you can bring (and he will insist on setting up AND cleaning up everything in the communal lounge and diningroom himself, too). These two wonderful humans keep the huts immaculately clean and look after you while you simply relax and enjoy the wildlife.
Nature up close
The resident bushpig, Georgina, can get a little persistent in the evening, but please, do not feed her even if she follows you down the boardwalk or begs. There are also hippos, crocodiles, lions, elephants, buck and other creatures that roam in and out of the camp at their leisure – look around when you are outside and do remember that you are living in the real African wild now!
A different perspective
The bush walks were also well worth the effort and if you do what Siyabonga tells you, you’ll be in good hands. He’s an experienced game ranger and takes his job, and your safety, seriously. The animals are wild and unpredictable, especially where humans provoke and disrespect the natural order of things. It is our responsibility to preserve and care for nature and a bush walk is a great way to remind yourself of your roots.
Hlatikulu, we’ll be back!
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Use your rhino card to receive discounts on day fees, accomodation and more. It was worth it for us to buy the card (for a couple) just to cover our day fees during the week here. Ezemvelo KZN wildlife is also a great cause to support!