Crossing from Hluhluwe Game Reserve under the R618 into iMfolozi is like crossing into a different world, despite the fact that these two northern KwaZulu-Natal parks are managed as one large conservation area, though both make for great game viewing.
West of Mpila, Mpapha hide gives you an elevated view of another waterhole below a rocky outcrop. Just don’t do what three clueless foreigners were doing when we visited and sit on the rocks in front of the hide; remember that leopards are faster than you.
But most fascinating for me was the exhibition hall with its informative displays on how game capture techniques have changed over the years, and how drugs have advanced to minimise losses. Photos and models bring the different capture techniques to life, from net capture to plastic bomas, chemical capture to passive capture, and there’s potted info about some of the people involved as well.
On foot, you may be lucky enough to encounter wild dog, leopard, cheetah or lion. You’ll also learn about plants that are used for food or medicine, insects, birds, reptiles and other creatures and how they interact.
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