We were staying at a private game reserve but decided to drive over to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park. We paid our entrance fee and bought a map book and were on our way in our rented car. Immediately we began seeing giraffes and zebras on the side of the road. We had to wait while a giraffe slowly walked down the road in front of our car. On another occasion we stopped because we thought we saw something move in the the trees. It was a herd of elephant coming across the road. The park recommends that you stay 50 meters away from the elephants. We had to back up quickly (while taking pictures, of course!). We saw a mother and baby rhino, buffaloes and crocodiles eating a buffalo that they pulled into the water. There were also baboons playing in the road in another part of the park. Sadly the lions proved illusive. We were told that since it was winter there, that the lions were probably lying in the brush somewhere. We'll have to return to see them. We stopped at Hilltop Lodge for a snack. It seemed like a lovely place and if I were to return, I think I'd just stay there and take a sunset tour. The park closed before sunset which was around 6pm when we were there.
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