Trip Update: Tala Game Reserve


Blesbok antelope

After 4 flights and 30 hours of travel, I finally made it to Durban, South Africa last Friday. Durban is a beautiful, laid-back city with a Mediterranean climate featuring warm, sunny days and cool, clear nights. After a rest day on Saturday, Christine and I decided to take a Durban city tour and the Tala Game Reserve tour with Country & Costal Touring.

Our first stop was Moses Mabhida Stadium and a trip up the SkyCar ride to the top for 360 views of the city. Next we headed into the foothills west of town to Tala Game Reserve to check out some wild life. Hippos, impala, giraffe, wart hog, gnu, and Blesbok were some of the species we saw.

In the evening, my partner Brian arrived on his flight from Seattle (via Dubai) and the three of us headed out to the trendy Florida Street area for a late supper.

Next up we are headed down to Umkomass and Awalal Shoal for two dives before finally arriving at Port St. John’s for the Sardine Run. The reserve had lost 3 rhinos last week to poaching, and the remaining 4 are scheduled to be relocated to a safer area.