Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia 3 Day Tour 4-6 April 2012 - Tim Brown Tours

This was truly a great tour for me and for my clients.

We started from Durban/Umkomaas(South Coast) late in the day due to a Shark dive my clients were doing in the morning. This didn’t matter one bit as we had a great educational drive up to the park and when we got their we spotted a lot of game.

Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe etc it was crazy to think in a short drive from memorial gate to Hilltop camp that you can see 3 of the big 5! The light wasn’t good for photos at times so I told the clients we will be starting the count again the following day.

I got the clients checked in and settled and then came a big dinner which was in great need…

We did some star gazing and I was amazed at how much Yan knew about the stars it was great for me as I was able to teach him and his wife Delorus something new with finding North and South with 2 constellations in our Southern sky.

So to bed it was.

 

5:30 am we left the camp before anybody else and I took a route I was sure we would find some good game. Well it was better that I thought!

We drove on Maqanda just east of the river crossing and stopped for a photo and to my great surprise glancing in my wing mirror was a Big Male Leopard wandering back into the road. Then I looked in front and there was a Hyena!

Typical the Hyena following the Big Cats like in all the documentaries you will watch, trying to scavenge a meal.

I very quickly did a 3 point turn and the Leopard darted into the bush, we turned off the car and waited, 1 minute later he returned to the road and continued marking his territory by urinating on the bushes. Wow what a great sight and I got a great picture for the clients.

I of course had to make mention of the rarity of Leopard sightings in Hluhluwe section of the reserve and I covered a few interesting things but really the sighting spoke for itself. The great beauty of a Leopard and a big male at that… Stoked…

Anyway we had a few other sighting of Crocodile, monitor lizard and others which seemed a little less exciting after the leopard…

 

Back at camp we had a great breakfast and discovered that other people had not seen anything that morning so we really were very happy that we were the lucky ones.

 

The clients rested for the middle of the day and then I arranged the evening open vehicle game drive for them and bamm what did they see, A Lion! so they 5 had been completed and they were very happy and lucky all at the same time.

 

On the following day I collected the clients luggage and brought them down for breakfast before heading out into the African bush for the last time. It was a little more quiet this drive to the gate but Lake St Lucia was the next stop and Hippos and Crocodiles on the cards.

 

After a great cruise with my friend Themba who can speak like 7 languages and made my clients feel very welcome and comfortable we headed back to the airport.

It was great to have met Yan and Delorus and I’m sure they will be back with the son in a few years.

 

Tim Brown Tours

 

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