By P.J Odendaal
Umfurudzi has many activities available in the park. Visitors have the choice of having a Parks’ scout accompany you to show you all the wonders, or as in our case, you can try and patiently figure out the poorly made-up map with the help of your spouse. The tranquility of discussing a map with one’s wife in the middle of nowhere could almost be its own attraction; we soon realized there had been new developments with the road system, but the map has yet to be updated.
Once we had set sterling examples of how decent adults behave for our boys we found ourselves, purely by accident, at the much talked about ‘Pot Holes’ on the Mazoe River. Deep holes worn into the rock bed along the river definitely ticks the box for a must see. This site is an awesome place to picnic and enjoy relaxing chill time under the shade of a tree while the kids swim in the cool shallow pools nearby.
The tented camp we stayed at is in the heart of the ‘Buffalo Zone,’ and we did get to spend some really good time with these impressive bovines. Being able to get so close to this amazing member of the Big Five is a privilege that only Umfurudzi has ever allowed me. In the early evening, sitting around the crackling fire, a waterbuck and her young calf grazed nearby. As the dark of night enveloped us, all was so quiet that as they made their way through the bush, it sounded as though elephants were tearing down the branches.