On one of our days staying in St Lucia we went on the Full Day Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Safari Tour, courtesy of Heritage Tours & Safaris. The tour started off with a 5am pickup from where we were staying and took us around an hour to get there. Our package included breakfast and a bush lunch, so prior to our tour we informed them of my allergies to see if this could be catered for. Not only were they amazing at providing me with separate food, they also made sure right from the offset that I had all my medication with me and to let them know if I had any concerns. The fact that they were so aware and understanding definitely reassured me and helped me to fully enjoy the experience.
We chose to have our tour in the open top jeeps in order to try and gain a better view. This is definitely the way to go! However, it can get quite cold, especially at 5am, so make sure you take multiple layers with you! Thankfully we were provided with some blankets before we set off which was a life saver seeing as I wore shorts.
The journey to the game reserve took around an hour. The sun was starting to rise as we started on the safari, which obviously called for a photo opportunity.
Our goal from this safari was to see the Big 5. This refers to the 5 most difficult animals to hunt on foot in Africa. They are as follows: elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo and lion. Unfortunately, we only saw 4 of them, however we did also see impala, waterbuck, waterhog, giraffe, zebra, snake eagle, baboon, chimpanzee and monkeys.
We stopped twice throughout the safari for food in a lovely slightly secluded area. However, you did still need to be wary of animals passing through as this is, of course, their natural habitat. The breakfast provided for us included yoghurt, rolls, cheese, cereals and fruit juice. The tour guides were also amazing and helped cater for me being nut and gluten free by giving me fresh pineapple, papaya and strawberries! For lunch they cooked steaks on a braai (South African word for barbecue), accompanied by either a pasta salad or rice salad. Once again they also provided me with my own food, and it’s safe to say they were generous with the portions! I was given 4 chicken breasts and a bean salad all to myself! Definitely didn’t need any more food after that!
The tour guides were all super friendly and very knowledgeable about not only the animals, but also the best spots to try and find them. I would strongly recommend going on a safari and having a tour with Heritage Tours & Safaris. An extra bonus is that it is decently priced, especially if you bear in mind how much food you’re provided with!