The Hluhluwe river lies just a short walk from the lodge and forms the boundary between conservation area and Crown Land ( Ingonyama Trust ) which means it belongs to King Goodwill Zwelethini and the Zulu people. Essentially this means that the Hluhluwe River floodplain is community land and is fortunately only utilized for cattle grazing. The flooplain is home to thousands of breeding birds especially in the summer months and the river is lined with sedges and riverine forest which combine to form a diverse habitat ideal for birds. The lodge can arrange a guided canoe trip if weather conditions and Hippo activity allows it. Cruising along a river in a canoe is a wonderful way to watch birds and explore a environment from a unique vantage point. For those less adventurous soul’s there is also a boat trip which is ideal for all ages and allows one to enjoy the river from the comfort of a safari chair with a gin or glass of white wine in hand. Be sure not to let the lodge dog’s follow you to the river, they frighten the birds and can unbalance the boat.