Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The "Big 5" a very special day - This precious wilderness area is under threat by coal miners. Updated June 2018

***2018 Update**** This precious wilderness area is under threat by coal miners.

Tendele has an existing blasting operation at Somkhele, about ten kilometres east of the park, but managers gave undertakings nearly 15 years ago that the company would not touch coal reserves within the five-kilometre–wide wilderness buffer zone but he recently-appointed chief operating officer, Ms Jarmi Steyn, met the park custodian – Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife – earlier this year to announce that the company wanted to mine less than one kilometre from the park boundary.
There seem to be no major legal hurdles to mining just outside the park, but Ezemvelo and several conservation groups fear that regular blasting, dust and other impacts will sound the death knell for the wilderness area, and harm the flagship Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.


Ibutho Coal Pty Ltd has applied for a mining license to mine anthracite coal for the next 32 years in the Fuleni area bordering on the Wilderness section of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. The mine would be mainly opencast and would operate for 24 hours, 365 days of the year.


Today, Wednesday 5th Feb 2014 we had a very special and privileged day in Hluhluwe/iMfolozi game park in Zululand South Africa. We saw for ourselves the Big Five animals, Lion, Cape Buffalo, Leopard, Elephant and Rhino. This was a very exciting day and an unusual occurrence as seeing any of the big cats is quite rare.  The leopard sighting was very brief as it crossed the road and disappeared into the bush in the late afternoon. The lion in typical lazy attitude were dozing in a riverbed just by the entrance to the park.

We were lucky to see both rhino and elephant a couple of times during the day.

A big thanks to the  workers and staff of KZN Wildlife for protecting and preserving these fabulous animals.

Finally a couple of Videos from the Elephant encounter above .

We were in the car in front - That has this view

More photos over here.

Cheers and take care out there in the wilds.

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