I’m in Durban, in a lovely guest house, waiting for my 7 am flight tomorrow to Vilanculos, Mozambique.
The last 6 days were spent at Zulu Nyala, a resort/private gamer reserve in KwaZulu-Natal province, in the east of South Africa. Their wi-fi sucks, so I couldn’t post. I have catching up to do.
The private reserve is 2300 acres of open space, carefully curated to be hospitable to the big game they keep there. You will see giraffe, elephant, hippo and rhino, 4 of the “big 5” critters that are the goal of the tourist. The fifth, lion, requires more space than the park affords. In theory, there are occasionally leopards passing through, but we didn’t see any. Cheetahs also require more space, but there are two brothers who like to sun themselves just outside the fence.
The park holds 3 female elephants, two adults, and an adolescent. They quietly wander and eat.
The facility is an odd mix. our room has a very modern bath with an old fashioned bedroom. There is wi-fi only at the reception area–at night there are many of us sitting in front, checking email and playing games. They try to be an upscale experience, then nickel and dime you for everything—water is extra.
Now I’m at the airport with a plane to catch, so I have to sign off. There is much more to come.