Durban day safari - Tim Brown Tours

Durban day safari 23 September 2015

 

 

Our Durban day safari began in Durban city where I met my clients and we headed off to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

It was going to be a hot day and not only with the weather but with the game viewing as well. It was a bit of a Ferrari safari as I had some racing to do to get around Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve to maximize our safari time.

 

On route I covered some of the history of the area and the country of South Africa before we arrived at the gate just before 10 am.

 

Our Durban day safari began and off we went having some good luck. It wasn’t long before we spotted Zebra and Giraffe as we made our way south in the national park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Zebra

Durban day safari; Zebra
Durban day safari; Zebra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Zebra was a real poser and stood still for a while before calling out to the rest of his harem which had got to far away from him. As we continued our Durban day safari we enjoyed some Giraffe feeding on some leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Giraffe

Durban day safari; Giraffe
Durban day safari; Giraffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spotted some Elephant some distance away so I’ve put a picture from later in the day when we managed to get them a little closer to the road. Our Durban day safari was beginning to take shape as we also spotted Buffalo in the distance meaning we had now seen 3 of the big 5 in we include the Rhinos on the hills too.

 

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Elephant

Durban day safari; Elephant
Durban day safari; Elephant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We continued on with our safari in the hope we would find Lions at a carcass of Giraffe which was now 4 days old. Sadly it was only Vultures and some big ones at that, the Lappet faced Vultures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Lappet faced vulture with Giraffe tail

Durban day safari; Lappet faced vulture with Giraffe tail
Durban day safari; Lappet faced vulture with Giraffe tail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video: Durban day safaris; Vultures feed on Giraffe carcass

 

 

 

 

 

We then made our way round the loop and found an amazing sighting of Rhino together with Warthog. Our Durban day safari was really heating up even the temperature was 32 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Rhino and Warthog

Durban day safari; Rhino and Warthog
Durban day safari; Rhino and Warthog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then spotted our Elephant in the distance again before we stopped for lunch. Our lunch was great and we made our way up north as quick as we could as I heard that there was some Buffalo near to the road as well as a slim chance of Lions.

It wasn’t long and we spotted the Buffalo but not the heard I was aiming for! One old male came up a big hill and we watched him settle in with a big her before we moved off and continued our Durban day safari.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Buffalo bull

Durban day safari; Buffalo bull
Durban day safari; Buffalo bull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It had been a great day it was about to become greater as we found our Lions! The best part was they had just killed an Nyala and then decided to vocalise as well as chase a herd of Buffalo away from the river! It was amazing and my client loved it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Lions

Durban day safari; Lions
Durban day safari; Lions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video: Durban day safaris; Lions in Hluhluwe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After enjoying an amazing time with these Lions we went to see the Buffalo which had just been chased by the Lions and we got them to cross the road in front of us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Durban day safari; Buffalo herd

Durban day safari; Buffalo herd
Durban day safari; Buffalo herd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this great Durban day safari we began to make our way towards the gate. We were lucky to see a Rhino with little baby but we did not get a clear photo. It was time to start the 3 hour drive back to Durban. We stopped for some coffee and then arrived in Durban after 7pm. It had been a great Durban day safari!

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