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    Zebras Grazing
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    PRIMATES ---VERVET MONKEY

    by LoriPori Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    Vervet Monkey in a Tree

    Favorite thing: The Chacma Baboon and the VERVET MONKEY (Cercopithecus aethiops) inhabit approximately similar areas of Southern Africa.. These primates are the watchdogs of the veld with both animals having good eyesight and exceptional senses of smell and hearing. Both can be cunning, resourceful and dangerous. Primates are sociable by nature and are usually seen in groups of some thirty animals and are extremely protective towards their young.

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    PRIMATES --- CHACMA BABOON

    by LoriPori Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    Chacma Baboon

    Favorite thing: The watchdogs of the veld, the CHACMA BABOON along with the Vervet Monkey, have good eyesight and exeptional senses of smell and hearing. Both can be cunning, resourceful and dangerous. Primates are sociable by nature and are usually seen in groups numbering some thirty animals.

    Fondest memory: We enjoyed the antics of the Baboons as they swung from the tree tops and ventured on to the road right in front of us. But don't try to approach them, as they are very nasty critters.

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    IMPALA

    by LoriPori Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    Male Impala Grazing

    Favorite thing: With only the males carrying the lyre-shaped horns of approximately 50 cm, IMPALA (Aepyceros melampus) are elegant animals. Very sociable, they can be seen in herds of 300 or more. Impala was abundant at Mkuzi.

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    BLUE WILDEBEEST

    by LoriPori Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    Group of Blue Wildebeest

    Favorite thing: There are two types of Wildebeest, the more common BLUE WILDEBEEST (Connochaetes taurinus) and the smaller Black. The Blue prefers the open plains and is very sociable, often joining herds of Zebra or Impala. The Black (Connochaetes gnou) is a highveld antelope and is a scarcer breed.
    The Blue variety has high shoulders and a pronounced sloping back.

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    GIRAFFE

    by LoriPori Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    Giraffe

    Favorite thing: Long legs and a very long neck, make the GIRAFFE one of Southern Africa's most unusual mammals. But these oddities enable the Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) to feed on leaves and seed-pods at a height where grass-eating animals cannot reach. Although the Giraffe has a height of 5.5 metres, it has the same number of vertebrae in its neck as a tiny sparrow. Calves when born, after a gestation period of 15 months are already 2 metres tall.
    Giraffe are very sociable and are often seen in the company of Zebra and Antelope and are present in most large game reserves.

    Fondest memory: Strangest of all the animals in shape and size, they are also the most docile of creatures. We were amazed at how close we could get to them. But, oh yes, they were watching. Apart from the ability to gallop at 50 km/h, they have no means of defense - though a kick from their long back legs would certainly deter any predator. They are at their most vulnerable when drinking at a water-hole in open country where their camouflage does not blend in with the open surroundings.

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    AREA MAP

    by LoriPori Written Apr 19, 2005

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    Map of the Area

    Favorite thing: The accompanying map show the areas we visited during our four days/three nights adventure to Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Mkuzi Game Reserve and St. Lucia Estuary. Our Tree House in Bonamanzi was well situated and within short driving distances to all three areas.

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    WATERHOLES

    by LoriPori Written Apr 19, 2005

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    Animal at Waterhole

    Favorite thing: Depending on the surface water in the reserve, but normally during the drier winter months, large concentrations of game may be seen at the WATERHOLES. Visitors are usually offered excellent views of most of the reserve's larger animals. At the time we were there, the waterhole was mostly a mudhole and we only got to see one lone animal trying to get a drink from it.

    Fondest memory: Waterholes are the favourite hunting ground of Lions, so grazing animals are very wary as they approach and while they stoop to drink.

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    GAME VIEWING HIDES

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 19, 2005

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    Game viewing Hide

    Favorite thing: The best way to watch a waterhole is from a HIDE and Game Reserves, especially Mkuzi provide the best GAME VIEWING HIDES for this purpose.
    Four game viewing hides have been constructed next to the Kubube, Kumasinga, Kwamalibala and Kumahlala pans.
    Visitors park their cars and enter the hides on foot.

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    WARTHOG

    by LoriPori Written Apr 19, 2005

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    Family of Warthogs

    Favorite thing: Named after the grotesque growths on its flattened face, the WARTHOG (phacochoerus aethiopicus) is perhaps the ugliest of all creatures. The upper and lower tusks rub against each other so that the lower ones are kept razor sharp. Tusks enable Warthogs to dig for bulbs and roots, while kneeling on their fore-legs.
    Warthogs usually run in family groups of seven and are often seen with their tufted tails raised stiffly upright as they trot through the veld. The upright tail assists in keeping the family together when going through tall grass, as they can then see the tail of the one ahead. When threatened they run for their burrows.

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    BURCHELL'S ZEBRA

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 19, 2005

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    Zebras Grazing

    Favorite thing: A highly sociable animal, BURCHELL'S ZEBRA ( Equus burchelli) prefers to live in family groups comprising large herds. They are also very gregarious and are often seen in the company of wildebeest, waterbuck, impala and sometimes kudu. Found in most game reserves, including Mkuzi, Zebras are slower than a horse and with less stamina. Timid grass-eating animals, they prefer the open savannah-type plains and grasslands.

    Fondest memory: Burchell's Zebra differs from the smaller Mountain Zebra in that its stripe markings extend right around the body. With its stripes for camouflage, the Zebra blends well into parkland savannahs.
    In this accompanying photo, two Zebras are grazing. See how well they blend in? You really have to have a keen eye to spot them.

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    Main Map of the Trail in Mkuzi Game Reserve

    by Waalewiener Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Map of Trail Mkuzi Park

    Favorite thing: This Map will show the outlay of the Park It will show you were the Hides are located , also were the picnick areas are.
    Mkuzi has large areas of rare Sand Forest,where you will see dark leafed Sherbet trees,(Dialium Schlechteri) and also
    the Red Heart Tree (Hymenocardia Ulmoides) which looks lovely in the autum.

    Fondest memory: What I missed the most about Mkuzi is all the great animals , the excitement of seeing everything .We did not see Elephants, that was dissapointing but the Giraffes and Zebras and others made up for that.

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    When you go to Mkuzi Game Park take this Trail.

    by Waalewiener Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Top part of Map

    Favorite thing: This will be a two part tip , the Map was too
    big to make it readable in one foto.
    The prices on top of Map might be outdated , these are 1994 prices.

    Fondest memory: The Trail can be done self guided or a guided Jeep may be hired through the Camp office.

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    This is a picture of what you will see from a Hide

    by Waalewiener Written Jan 6, 2003

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    Antelope at water hole.

    Favorite thing: From a Hide you can see very well the animals come and drink the water in the waterhole at this picture there was only one Antelope, but of course many animals use these water holes .I believe early in the morning is a good viewing time.

    Fondest memory: This really is an experience not to be missed
    when visiting this Game Reserve.

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    The Mkuzi Game Reserve has several Hides

    by Waalewiener Written Jan 6, 2003

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    Entrance to a Hide.

    Favorite thing: The Mkuzi Park Hides gives visitors a change to have an close up look at the wild life .The entrance to a hide is a narrow walk way as shown on picture , this way the people can get to the viewing area without being seen by the animals.

    Fondest memory: The next tip will show what you see from inside a hide.

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    Several Picnick areas available in the Park.

    by Waalewiener Updated Jan 6, 2003

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    Picknick area

    Favorite thing: If you get tired or hungry there are several picknick areas with tables , they are marked on the map of the park.

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