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Our visit to Zulu Nyala was one of the best adventures we have ever taken. We arrived the day after the pond on the property dried up, and the resident hippos decided to commandeer the resort’s swimming pool. Wish we had been there to see that exhibition! Barry and I have a history of breaking droughts wherever we go, and South Africa was no exception. After 4 very dry years, we arrived and the rains came with us. Being from Seattle, we had no problem with a little liquid gold falling from the sky, and the local people and animals were thrilled. Our normal morning and evening jeep tours of the reserve were interrupted for a day while the mud and water got absorbed by the thirsty ground, but watching the bloom from the resort was wonderful.
We were very happy with our accommodations, meals and friendly staff. We were seated at a table with folks who became our companions for all of our excursions. We met adventurers from all over the world and also literally from next door.
Several excursions were exceptionally noteworthy. We visited a Wild Cat Rescue group and got to hold a Caracal, feed the Serval, feed and pet the Cheetah and learn about African Wild cats.
Wow! We visited the national refuge and heard the call of the African Eagle, which folklore says ensures we will return to this beautiful place again in our lifetimes — we hope so!
We also were amazed and excited to witness a leopard lunching on a small deer (dika), which our driver said was exceptionally rare, as leopards do not hunt in the open.
And on one of the evening jeep excursion, we witnessed a Rhino and Elephant confrontation. The Rhino, who is nearsighted, did not realize that Madam Elephant, with her sister and daughter right behind her, was in his path. But Madam Elephant was truly unhappy with Mr. Rhino. She started flinging sticks and brush and trees at him and made it clear to all that he was unwelcome in her territory. Again, our driver said he had never seen such a confrontation.
From the family of warthogs that came to breakfast in the main courtyard on the elegant and stately fig tree, to the many Nyala, gazelles and zebra on the Zulu Nyala preserve, to George—the one-eared giraffe, to the exceptional adventures available from this group, you will find lasting and meaningful memories of Africa. It was an adventure of a lifetime. I hope the eagle was right and that we will return. Please give him our regards when you see him.
Then come home to your local wildlife and be thankful for all we have.
Becky and Barry Reid Safari Veterans!