The birthday celebrations continued and if you missed Part 1, you can check it out here…
We arrived at Tala eager to start our game drive and it definitely exceeded our expectations. Once we arrived we were picked up at the landing spot and taken to reception where we were directed to our vehicle. The staff at Tala were so friendly and helpful, we truly felt like VIP’s! In our group, surprisingly – we were the only locals, the others were all tourists from New York and Australia. It felt kinda awesome knowing that we had international visitors who thought South Africa was cool enough to visit.
The drive was great despite the fact that the Rhinos were hiding in the bushes and the hippos refused to come out of the water, however, we did get up close and personal with a wide variety of other animals and it was ah-mazing! To see animals in those natural surroundings, travelling through thick bush in our guide’s vehicle and listening to him giving us interesting facts made me realise how important it is to take care of the world around us and why initiatives that are aimed at keeping animals safe even exist.
We saw wildebeest, giraffes, zebras, ostriches and much more 🙂 Our ranger interacted with us during the entire trip and was very knowledgeable which made it fun but educational too.
Our trip finished at about lunch time so it was about a 2 hour game drive , and then we headed back to Durban on our chartered helicopter. The trip back was bittersweet as we were happy to be checking out the beautiful scenery again but there was sadness that it was over. It is quite pricey but one would expect that for both the game drive and flight , so it’s definitely worth it if it is a special occasion. If I had the opportunity I would definitely go again so you know this experience comes highly rated.
You can choose to take your own vehicle into the reserve and navigate the area yourself but I wouldn’t recommend it. Your best option is to go with a ranger as his vehicle has been specifically designed for this purpose and he will be able to take you to the best places to spot the animals.
If you are in Durban , you could drive out to PMB to Tala Game Reserve for the day and book yourself a drive, alternatively you could even stay at their hotel and turn it into a mini-vacay. Check their website for more information , link here.