Put up reporters Janine Moodley and Nathan Craig finding up shut and own with character on a segway safari tour at the PheZulu Safari Park in Botha’s Hill.
The duo dared to try out eating with the crocs way too by signing up for the Park’s Concern Aspect Knowledge.
Life-style – Safari on a segway
THE two-hour Segway safari and activity push, at the PheZulu Safari Park in Botha’s Hill, is a need to-do in excess of the festive year.
Positioned 35km outside Durban, one does not have to travel far for a 1st-hand experience with wild animals.
From giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala, to the spectacular watch of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, the guided tour makes one particular really feel like just one has stepped into a motion picture scene from The Lion King – exactly where Simba escapes Zazu and goes on an adventure.
Other than there are no lions, only majestic herbivores.
Our tour tutorial, Xavier D’Hotman de Villiers, taught my colleague, Nathan Craig, and I about the area, the animals and their habitat.
We begun the tour with a Segway push, by way of the thatch-and-stone residential PheZulu Estate, which is related to the park.
When we entered the estate, we have been greeted by a herd of impala grazing with their young at the roadside, in close proximity to some residences. We ongoing as a result of and reached a border gate, which prevented people from accessing the park.
As De Villiers drove down the rocky highway, we spotted an eagle perched on a tree.
De Villiers informed us about the distinct kinds of trees and flowers expanding in the park.
As we acquired to the base of the hill, we stopped at a watering gap and bought our Segways out. Our guidebook gave us a short lesson on how to use the two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transporters. We hopped on and did a dry operate right before likely into the wild.
The Segways were being simple to manoeuvre.
We observed a herd of zebra, which did not appear fazed by our existence, adopted by a household of giraffe. The youngest, we were being told, was 3 months aged. The animals’ ears pricked up as they walked towards us, but they did not get far too shut.
We also observed a group of giraffe and wildebeest playfully combating as they ran throughout the fields.
It was an wonderful experience, much better than the standard safari video game generate.
It produced us really feel just one with nature. – Janine Moodley
Dine with the crocs:
THERE were about 16 entirely-developed crocodiles housed in a pen. There was a pool in the enclosure, together with a picturesque white desk, with matching benches.
That was where by my colleague, Janine Moodley, and I were being expected to have our lunch.
You see, we signed up for PheZulu Safari Park’s Dread Factor knowledge.
We signed our disclaimers, to which just one of the workers joked: “Please print your names for the certificates, just in scenario anything transpires.”
We took it as death certificates and anxiously laughed. Janine nervously ate the mutton bunny chow she purchased, although I devoured a crocodile burger prior to they had a chance to take a bite out of me.
But our protector, Thandeka Luthuli, stood vigilantly with her adhere, to ward off the reptilian beasts.
“There’s no require to be apprehensive. You must be safe and sound, but we are going to feed them in fifty percent an hour,” she stated.
I really don’t know if it was cruel to try to eat a crocodile burger in a crocodile enclosure but it was delicious. Janine’s mutton bunny chow wafted a scent of freshly-made curry. The food items was cooked on-website, by PheZulu’s residential chef from the Nguni Cafe.
Following we had been done, we remaining the enclosure.
“Here are your certificates. You survived,” reported the very same worker, who previously bid us great luck.
Then, it was time for the crocodiles to be fed.
At the entrance is a 600kg stuffed crocodile, Junior, which died at the age of 109 in August 2012. He was just shy of 5m.
From a balcony, we viewed the crocodiles get for their 12.30pm feed.
“They do not have tongues and simply cannot flavor their food items, so if you drop your cellphone and it ends up in their mouths then tricky luck,” mentioned Luthuli.
She extra that they only ate rotten meat, but that working day they ended up fed pig and donkey flesh.
They crawled around one particular a further to get their meals.
At one level, a crocodile clamped down on another’s leg, spun and ripped it off. It made absent with a mouthful and still left the weak detail mangled.
Mom and dad shielded their children’s eyes and the staff ended up not equipped to crack up the scuffle on time.
On the reptile tour, we saw environmentally friendly and black mambas, a Mozambican spitting cobra, a bearded dragon and infant Nile crocodiles.
Luthuli permitted me to have an African Rock Python rest on my shoulders.
We also noticed gargantuan constrictors, these as Burmese pythons, just one of which was a glistening albino.
They weighed over 35kg and were additional than 3m. – Nathan Craig
* For bookings for the two experiences, connect with 0317771000.