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Nyala male – King of Mpila

Nyala angasii Mpila Hluhluwe-iMfolozi KwaZulu Natal South Africa

Mpila is a place that will stay in our memories forever. Perched on one of the numerous hilltops in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Park, this camp offers stupendous views of its surroundings. The rich wildlife is the main drawcard though, wandering about freely as there are no fences to protect the nature-loving visitor. On our first night hyenas checked out the braai with the roar of a distant lion enhancing the overall wilderness experience. At dawn we were woken up by the chorus of the birds foraging in front of our bungalow, with mixed parties of Black-bellied starlings, Burchell’s coucals, Bush-shrikes, Crested-Barnets and African Hoopoes, followed by some late-morning entertainment of the inevitable gang of Vervet monkeys, ready to snatch about everything lying around unattended. After lunch our lawn was cut by a family of warthogs, and with the occasional herd of Kudu and Impala close-by, we felt no urge to go on a game-drive.

The highlight of this relaxing day was a personal encounter with this lone Nyala male, his horns covered in mud to show his prowess to the ladies nearby. As the real king of Mpila he grazed undisturbed, looked back to inspect the surroundings before continuing his way.

Nyala angasii Mpila Hluhluwe-iMfolozi KwaZulu Natal South Africa

Nyala angasii Mpila Hluhluwe-iMfolozi KwaZulu Natal South Africa

2 Comments

  1. Beautiful shots of the graceful nyala Maurice!
    Mpila’s one of our favourite destinations too, we’ll be spending some time there again just before Christmas and we can hardly wait…

  2. Thanks for the kind words guys! I can understand you’re going back there, so beautiful. Never been in summer though; but who knows, maybe early next year… I’ll be looking forward to your stories and pictures!

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