After breakfast in the bush you will take a short walk through the property for a tour of the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. The centre has been operating since 1991 and its main focus is on helping injured or poisoned animals to be placed back into the wild, where possible. Many of the animals you will see today will never be able to go back due to the severity of their injuries so they are cared for at the centre and used to educate the populous on the damage done to animals by the laying of snares, traps and poison baiting. Staff from Moholoholo run educational visits to local schools and assist farmers to safely relocate wild animals from their farms. Their main focus is to educate all on the importance of wild animals to the environment.
Moholoholo is involved in a number of animal programs including breeding of endangered animals, tracking of leopards in the local area and research into vulture species. During your guided tour you will get an insight into the wonderful work being done here and you will get the opportunity to get up very close and even touch some of birds and animals. One of the most famous guests at the Moholoholo, which you will not be able to handle, is Stoffel, the Honey Badger who is also a master escapologist. Check out the numerous videos on YouTube
Following lunch on the banks of the Blyde River, your afternoon will be spent cruising on the Blyde River Canyon. This is the largest green canyon in the world due to the abundance of subtropical foliage and it has some of the deepest precipitous cliffs of any canyon on the planet. The canyon is part of the Panorama Route which you will visit tomorrow.
The canyon is home to a large diversity of life: hippos, crocodiles, all South African primates. The exceptional bird life includes eagles, vultures, owls, louries, doves and cuckoos to name a few. It is also home to the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth, the Kadishi Falls. Tufa waterfalls are unique. Unlike most waterfalls that erode the surrounding rock, Tufa falls create rock through sedimentary deposits of limestone over millions of years.
After a full day, you can relax on the deck back at Forest Lodge whilst dinner is being served.
Dyana na mina – eat with me in Shangann