Durban day safari - Tim Brown Tours

Durban day safari – 19th June 2015

 

 

I met my clients at their hotel in Durban to begin their Durban day safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve is the oldest proclaimed national park in Africa and home to the Big 5. We were hoping we would see as many of the Big 5 as possible and anything else that would show up.

 

Hluhluwe Imfolozi being proclaimed a national park in 1895 is only 2.5 hours from Durban and is an ideal place to visit if you have a day off from conferences or work in the city.

 

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Hluhluwe Imfolozi day safari tour 

 

On route I chatted to my client about some of the history of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa.

 

It was great that my clients were interested and had some questions of there own, this always makes my job easier.

 

We eventually got to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve to begin our Durban day safari and it began rather slowly with distant sighting of Zebra, Buffalo and Elephant.

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Elephants

Durban day safari; Elephants
Durban day safari; Elephants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After these long distance sighting I was really hoping we would see some animals closer and we did! It began with the Impala and Zebra and then we saw some Giraffe a bit closer up.

We continued over the Umfolozi river and managed to find a few Rhino and later a big bull Rhino sleeping under a small tree. We were pretty happy about this chap as he was is such a lovely position for a photo.

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Rhino

Durban day safari; Rhino
Durban day safari; Rhino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was beginning to feel a little pressure as we had been a couple minuted late to see a cheetah and had missed her totally so it was a little frustrating but I knew this was nature and that is how life goes. We did manage to spot a lovely bird the Lilac breasted Roller.

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Lilac Breasted Roller

Durban day safari; Lilac Breasted Roller
Durban day safari; Lilac Breasted Roller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made a big call and headed straight for the Bhejane hide where I knew there was water and we would see something down here. Fortunately the gamble paid off and we spotted lots of Animals at the watering hole.

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Wildebeest, Nyala and Impala

Durban day safari; Wildebeest, Nyala and Impala
Durban day safari; Wildebeest, Nyala and Impala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Durban day safari was coming together now with 3 antelope species together in one photo and we even got a great set of Photos with Zebra drinking. They were a bit skittish but that is normal for Zerba.

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Zebra drinking

Durban day safari; Zebra drinking
Durban day safari; Zebra drinking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was now time to try and see if we could some how locate this Cheetah again but it would not be easy. On route however we managed to find some beautiful Giraffe on 2 occasions near to the road.

 

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Giraffe

Durban day safari; Giraffe
Durban day safari; Giraffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then hit the jackpot and finally had some really good luck and found this female Cheetah on a kill with here youg cub! Our Durban day safari was not kind of complete!

 

 

 

 

Video: Durban day safari; Cheetah on a kill


 

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Cheetah mother and cub on kill

Durban day safari; Cheetah mother and cub on kill
Durban day safari; Cheetah mother and cub on kill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mother Cheetah had killed a young female Nyala and stashed it near to a tree only 5 meters off the road in clear view of us. She was super relaxed with us but very concerned about the chance of predators stealing her kill and was looking around as well as getting up to make sure she and her cub were safe!

Lions will kill Cheetah as they are competition for food!

 

 

 

 

Video: Durban day tour; concerned Cheetah on a kill with Cub

 

 

 

 

 

After what was a splendid sighting we let others have a look and moved on for what would be a very late lunch at 3pm! Wow, but we had had and amazing day and the Cheetah on a kill capped the day off.

Lunch was lovely and we had very little time after lunch to find any more animals but before we could exit the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve we did find more Elephants and Giraffe!

 

 

Wow what an amazing Durban day safari we had!

We made our way back to Durban very happy with how our Safari from Durban had gone!

1 Comment

  • Esther Brouwer
    Esther Brouwer
    23rd June 2015
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    Thank you Tim, for what turned out to be a truely amazing day. The variety of animals, the constantly changing scenes of nature at the watering hole, the warning calls of the male impala, the dozing white rhino, the cheetah and her cub we were able to observe from so close… it was nothing short of spectacular. Something I will always remember. Thank you for guiding us through Hluhluwe Umfolozi’s wonders last Friday 20th June 2015,
    Esther

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