Sunday 26/06/11 day hike at Gwahumbe Reserve
Report by Carolee
[Link to Gwahumbe website (click on pic below) added by the Editor]

Gwahumbe is a private game reserve & spa, located near Mid-Illovo & is named after the river which encircles the reserve. We were running a bit late, so there was no time for a swedish massage. Instead the 7 of us, Bushy, Pat, Brian, Mark, Dale, Libby & myself, set off along the river route, on a beautiful winters day. We were given a map of the reserve & a mammal check list. Unfortunately the rhino & giraffe were evasive but we did pass Zebra, Impala and Wildebeest.

The highlight was a close veiwing of the family of 3 hippo in the green hippo pool, from an old wooden veiwing deck. The many Egyptian geese loudly announced our arrival & we also spotted different species of duck & a hammerkop. It was a case of who was eyeballing who, as the hippo periodically peeped up at us from beneath the water. Their lunch of Chinese spinach was between us on our exit route from the pool, which we discovered on leaving the area!

The flat topped arcacia trees, & the beautiful orange flowering aloes, made us appreciate that we have all this on our doorstep! There is also a very challenging 4x4 route, to sober up anyones testosterone levels! On the climb up we stopped off at "Thirsty's deck", a great veiwing platform, to look back down over the valley & hippo pool. Except for a bit of a climb back up, it was an easy 13.2km hike, with a refreshing beer/drink in the Lodge pub, to end off a perfect day.