The Mphafa hide is a really nice hide in the park. It is very different from the more popular Bhejane Hide. It is a smaller hide that over looks a small water hole but sits quite high. In the wet season it would over look a small water fall as the river bed drops somewhat dramatically here. The most interesting part about this hide is the birds. We saw mocking chats, golden breasted bunting, glossy starling, blue waxbill, blacked collared barbet, fork tailed drongo, hoopoe, spotted weaver, yellow eyed canary, blue-naped moosebird, southern black tit, and marico sunbird. Wildebeest and duiker visited the water hole and the dozen turtles also made for some entertainment.
The Bhejane Hide is one of the nicest hides in Africa. It is a large hide that over looks an equally large water hole. Animals come all day to drink in large numbers. There are plenty birds to keep your interest like brownhooded kingfisher, egyptian goose, mousebirds as well as frequent animals coming to drink like, impala, nyala, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, warthog, buffalo, and even white rhino. The hide is very close to the water; therefore your photo opportunities are very nice.
The seats are cushioned and bathrooms are available in the parking lot. We stayed here nearly all day and saw so much without driving all over the place.
I consider this an activity but done by the Rhino , pulling yourself out of the mud when you are that heavy cannot be an easy task, but it is sure interesting to watch.
It is possible to hire a car from Imperial Car Rental in St. Lucia located. When I was there over the summer they had a weekend rate that was really good. You can rent a Tazz 1.3 for R153 a day with 100 km per day free. The mileage isn’t much and you have to watch it, but the weekday rate is a ridiculous R295 per day. We hired the car Friday afternoon and returned it Monday night and still got the weekend rate.
If you really want to see the great parks in KZN you must have transportation and renting is much cheaper than taking a tour, especially if you have at least two people to break up the cost.
Location: St. Lucia town, on Mckenzie Street behind the petrol station.
Every where we went there were locals human and animals walking along and sometimes on the roads,you need to pay attention as a visitor and driver, this is their road and their custom.
Barely visable way up a big Hill we spotted
a large group of Buffalos, a very impressive
sight to see, we wished they were a little closer.
I will feature several maps , first a South -Africa ,then a general area map and also
a map of the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve Trail for vehicles.
This map will help you out when you go the
Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve Park.
The trail is good and the animals are not afraid to be seen , remember not to leave your vehicles.This map shows 2 self guided
trails through this 96 000. hectares Park.