This morning was our last morning at Storms River Mouth Camp. After breakfast we loaded up our luggage and belongings into our vans and set out to Amakhala Game Reserve. The drive was roughly 3.5 hours including a stop for lunch at Nanaga Farm Stall which is world famous for their meat pies. For those who didn’t choose a meat pie there was a South African meal called Roostekoek, a type of grilled sandwich. After lunch we finished our journey to Amakhala, spotting warthog in fields of other game reserves on the way to the Woodbury Tented Camp.
Once at Amakhala, the wildlife came to life where there were Zebra (plains), Impala and more warthogs. We all went crazy! We were then assigned to our tents which will be our homes for the next 13 days. From there we had an introduction by Dr. Jenn Gush, one of the owners of Amakhala, and given a brief history of the game reserve and how it was started. After the talk we were divided into two groups and assigned a tour guide for our game drives: Team 1 and Team 2. After being debriefed on the safety instructions, we set off in our vehicles one going east and one going west. Both groups were fortunate enough to find the following: Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Blesbok, Impala, Kudu, Cape Glossy Starling, Hadeda Ibis and helmeted Guinea fowl. Each team were fortunate enough to see different highlights as well:
Team 1: Saw a herd of elephants, including a baby, munch on some trees, one of which even toppled several trees while we watched. They were also fortunate enough to see both ostrich and black backed jackals.
Team 2: Saw 3 lions including a mother and 2 sub adults. They were also fortunate enough to see rhino.
Overall it was a great day and we are all looking forward for the days to come!
This is from our amazing day, Katie (S) and Stephanie.