Buffalo Hills

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This morning we follow the coastline west, towards the landscapes of the famous Garden Route and the beautiful setting of Tsitsikama National Park. Tsitsikamma is a marine and forest park, stretching for some 80 km, from a lagoon at Nature’s Valley, to the mouth of the Groot River. The lush forest, delicate fynbos and the sheer cliffs provide a superb backdrop to the suspension bridge spanning the mouth of Storms River. It is cold and wet along the coast and we decide to cut short our stay in the NP and head towards Plettenberg Bay and the Elephant Sanctuary and then the Tenikwa Wildlife awareness centre.

It proves to be a good choice as both are wonderful places to visit.

The 5 Elephants at the sanctuary were rescued from Zimbabwe and otherwise would have become victim to poachers and bush meat dealers. We learn more about Elephant conservation and take the Elephants by the trunk for a walk down to the lake for lunch and bath time.

Tenikwa’s Rehabilitation Centre is always busy with lots of injured or abandoned wildlife. The  Rehabilitation Centre is  unique in that they accept Marine as well as Terrestrial animals and birds.Rehabilitating Caracals which have been displaced from the wild, remains one of the priorities and the biggest challenge is to find safe places for them to return to the wild. Gondwana Game Reserve accepted 2 such Caracal recently from Tenikwa for ‘soft’ release and another 2 were released at other suitable locations. We take a guided tour with some of the volunteers for a closer look at some of the cats including a pair of cheetahs rescued from the exotic pet trade.

After lunch we continue to our camp in the Bitou Valley at Buffalo Hills.Late this afternoon, having checked in after a wonderful day we enjoy another African sunset and a delicious dinner, before an early night in readiness for our dawn bush walk tomorrow.

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