On Saturday, 8/15 we left KwaZulu-Natal behind and headed toward iSimangaliso Wetland Park. There we boarded a boat in hopes of seeing crocs and hippos in the water. Africa has only 1 type of saltwater croc and we were able to see 3 sunning themselves on the shore. Hippos were spotted rather quickly with their heads up and down out of the water. Our guide spotted several on shore and positioned the boat for all to see. I would describe the experience as akin to watching the grass grow, but one big fella did reposition himself in the mud for greater comfort. Hippos surprisingly kill more humans than any other African animal! We ended the day at a hotel in Durban.
We enjoyed city tour of Durban for our last day together, Sunday 8/16, and a stop at the beach to see the Indian Ocean. I had some extra time before my airport drop off so took an opportunity to visit the city mall which was adjacent to our tour guide's office. The mall was very lovely with palm trees and fountains which soared into the air under beautiful domes which reflected the light. People watching was the best part of visiting this crowded and bustling place!