Here in South Africa they say that the leopard is only seen when it wants to be, and that’s just our luck really. Five days on and there was still no sign, but we had to give it one more shot before changing things up a bit:
Day 6 – Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve
We set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered Rhinoceros. The reserve has played a critical role in the preservation of these endangered animals, both Black and White Rhinoceros occur in the park and many populations owe their ongoing existence to animals that have been raised here. While Rhinoceros are the most famous of the parks inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the Big-5 that we all hope to see. Returning to our lodging for a siesta, we freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on St Lucia estuary.
Accommodation is at the Shonalanga Lodge (Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom).
Day 7 – Durban
Durban has long been the favourite holiday destination for South Africans, the golden mile with its warm seas and safe swimming beaches attracts visitors throughout the year. This afternoon we have time to spend on the beaches of the golden mile or make an optional visit to the world-class aquarium complex at Ushaka Marine World. Tonight we enjoy a dinner out and an opportunity to sample the Indian influenced dishes that have become a hallmark of Durban cuisine.
Accommodation is at the Garden Court South Beach Hotel (Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom).