It has been many years since I last visited uMkhuze so this year, instead of visiting Ndumu like I normally do, I decided to spend the weekend in this magical game reserve in Zululand, Kwa Zulu Natal.
The drive from the gate to Mantuma Camp where we had booked a safari tent is about 10 Km. As soon as we drove through the gate, off went the safety belts and air conditioner and down went all four windows. Ah, the sights, smells and sounds of the bush warm my soul. I had three whole days to drink in this pleasure – a feeling of happiness and privilege.
Smiles and waves showing my apologies before leaving the cuckoo still hiding in the trees, I head off for the camp, filled with much anticipation.
The tents are basic and need some maintenance, the kitchen pretty bare but sufficient, and hey I’m not here to make gourmet meals but to bird. I was surprised to see the kitchen was not enclosed as in this area monkeys can be a nuisance whenever there is food around. The fridge is ‘barred’ so our cold food was protected, and I ensured all the dry food was locked away. Nothing worse than being ransacked by these critters.
That night two uninvited guests paid us a visit – a pair of Thick-tailed Galagos (fondly called Bushbabies).
Soon it was time to hit the sack to the call of tree frogs and occasionally a Fiery-Necked Nightjar. Another perfect day in Africa. So much better than being at home.