1 day durban safari Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 3rd April 2015

    Big 5 Safari from Durban to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve 2nd April 2015

     

    We began our Big 5 safari from Durban in Ballito one of the lovely suburbs of Durban. After meeting my clients we began the 2.5 hour drive to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve covering the history of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and surrounding areas.

    This was meant to be a 2.5 hour drive but as it was the Easter weekend we usually find lots more monkeys driving cars and this means lots more accidents. Unfortunately we came across one of these and has to turn back and enter the game reserve at another gate costing us 40 minutes. This was no major problem though and we arrived at Nyalazi gate in the Umfolozi section of the game reserve and began our Big 5 safari from Durban.

    Our first sighting was of a Buffalo bull but he was pretty far away so the pictures didn’t really warrant being posted here. We enjoyed some of the scenery before spotting Rhinos in the distance and the some Zebra. Waterbuck and Rhebuck on a ridge a lot closer to the road.

     

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Zebra

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These two Zebra were having a little scratch against one another and resting their head on each others back. After spending some time with them we moved on to cross the Black Umfolozi river and just before here we spotted our first Impalas and Rhinos. One of the baby Rhinos was Suckling but again it was hard to get a clear picture.

     

    At the Umfolozi river itself on our big 5 safari from Durban we spotted a Bull Elephant again he was far away! I was now a little frustrated but knew we had all day and the animals would eventually show up and so they did.

    The next sighting was of a Rhino male mud wallowing with the Red Billed Oxpeckers on his back. This was amazing to see as he was in the open about 15 meters for the road. Our safari was hotting up!

     

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Rhino in mud wallow

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Rhino in mud wallow

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After spending time with him we spotted another 3 Rhinos in the area and lots more Impala. Moving further South stopped at a lovely view point over the White Umfolozi river and one we continued on we found a Wildebeest with some Impalas.

    It is always interesting as the Male Wildebeest if they have not acquired females for themselves will hang around other species like the Impala to have that added safety of number around them. The more eyes and ears I always say the better!

     

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Wildebeest and Impala

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Wildebeest and Impala

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next was the Zebras turn with the Impala! We spotted 3 male Zebra so a small bachelor herd relaxing with the Impala for the same reason! Safety! Zebra are always interesting creatures as they are the only animal in the world known to kick and bite at each other and at predators.

    They are also beautiful to look at with stripes which are all individual, like our thumb prints!

     

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Zebra and Impala

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Zebra and Impala

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We made our way around the river as I had seen tracks of a herd of Elephant moving through this big loop but sadly they did not come out the other side this was bad luck for us for the moment but still we had had a great big 5 safari from Durban.

     

    We stopped at one of the view sights again and were luck as down in this stretch of river was a big herd of Buffalo which were just resting the day away. Always lovely to see so many animals together on any of our big 5 safaris.

     

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Buffalo in Umfolozi river

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Buffalo in Umfolozi river

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were all getting hungry now so it was time to complete the loop and get back up to the lunch stop at the Centenary center built for the Centenary of the game reserve in 1995. Yes that mean that Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve was established in 1895! Making it the oldest game reserve in Africa.

     

    Before we could get back to lunch we found some Baboon playing on the road, I was to slow with the camera and could only get this one male in the bush looking sadly into the sky perhaps wishing for rain!

     

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Baboon

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Baboon

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Finally lunch came and we had seen so much to this point but still wished for more closer sightings of Elephant and some Giraffe!

    We enjoyed the lunch and looked at the museum before heading back out on our big 5 Safari from Durban. We had a great start with Elephants crossing the road in front of us and a couple kilometers later 2 bull elephants came together to share a mud wallow but only for drinking! It was an amazing spectacle.

    We watched these Elephant for about 15 minutes as they were on the road and we couldn’t got anywhere but mostly because it was a special sighting. It was so special I made a 5 minuted video to share with you all!

     

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Elephants

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Elephants

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I could not have wished for a better Elephant sighting on this enjoyable day on Safari from Durban!

    It was really special and here is the video!

     

    Video of Elephants drinking on the road during our big 5 Safari from Durban.

     

     

     

    After this we move on to try find Giraffe but time was running out and we only saw more Buffalo and Elephants!

    It was not a major problem and we headed for the gate and exited onto the main national road which heads out of the game reserve.

    It was at this point we had 2 kilometers to find Giraffe and that is exactly what I did! I spotted them far away that even with a powerful zoom on my camera it was not clear in the picture but we had seen them and now everyone was happy about our big 5 safari from Durban.

     

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Giraffe

    Big 5 Safari from Durban – Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    With all the satisfaction in the world we began the 2.5 hour drive back to Ballito where I would be returning my clients, of course we had to stop for coffee and a refuel alone the way but it had been an amazing big 5 safari from Durban and we all had smiles on our faces.

    If you wish to enjoy a big 5 safari from Durban join me Tim Brown Tours and we will show you what KwaZulu Natal has to offer!

     

  • 7th January 2015

    Durban 3 day safari tour – Hluhluwe Imfolozi 3-5 January 2015

     

    I met my clients in Durban which was a family of 5 from western Europe for their 3 Day Durban safari tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

    A few of the clients had been to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve 20 years ago and had enjoyed it but no seen any cats. This would be the Safari which could change that. We began by heading to the Cat rehabilitation center where we interacted with baby cheetah and adult cheetah as well as Serval, Caracal and African wild cat. All of these species are endangered hence the breeding program.

     

    Cheetah cub at a Cat rehabilitation center on our Durban day safari tour

    Cheetah cub at a Cat rehabilitation center on our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After the introduction of the baby Cheetah we moved to the adult Cheetah where my clients took their own photos and enjoyed the interaction and education of the whole tour.

    We entered the African wild cat enclosure after we visited the Caracal where we saw the most beautiful little kitten! It is always special to see such endangered cats with babies during our Durban overnight Safari tours.

     

    Caracal kitten at a Cat rehabilitation center during our Durban safari tour

    Caracal kitten at a Cat rehabilitation center during our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then saw the African wild cats and their new babies which some clients got to interact with before we moved onto the Serval cats to enjoy them as well. This is something which is rare to be able to do but always a blessing for the clients on our Durban overnight safari tours.

     

    Serval cat seen on our Durban safari tour

    Serval cat seen on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We departed from the cat rehabilitation center and in 25 minuted were inside Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve, Africa’s Oldest proclaimed nature reserve! As we began our Durban safari we struck gold as we found some Rhino near the road mud wallowing. This was amazing for the clients to be able to see as they are so endangered!

     

    Rhino, Buffalo and Zebra in one photo seen in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Rhino, Buffalo and Zebra in one photo seen in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As you can see in the picture it was not only the Rhino we saw but also some Buffalo and Zebra in the back ground! A very lucky start to our Durban overnight Safari tour!

     

    We made our way straight through to Hilltop camp for some lunch and to check in before heading out again to see what else we could see from 4 pm.

    It was really a great day and not long after leaving Hilltop camp our base for the 3 days we spotted some Water buck on one of the dirt roads in Hluhluwe.

     

    Waterbuck male seen on our Durban safari tour

    Waterbuck male seen on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued our Durban overnight safari tour and came across some Rhino right in the road facing us it was a Rhino Road block and we would have to wait for them to move. So that is exactly what we did! In the process I made a video of the occasion and got to chat more about these amazing animals.

     

    Rhino road block on our Durban safari tour

    Rhino road block on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video of a Rhino road block in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve with Tim Brown tours.


    This was very exciting and after these Rhino moved off the road we found more Buffalo before stopping at the gate to use the facilities! At the gate is a Sausage Tree which I told my clients about and its traditional uses among the Zulus.

    So far we had had a great Durban overnight Safari tour we were only on day one!

     

    As the sun was setting we spotted some Elephants in the distance one two occasions but it really was not worth putting the photo up in such low light! So instead we stopped for a sunset picture know full well we would find Elephants the next day!

     

    Sunset on day one of our Durban safari tour

    Sunset on day one of our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We settled into the camp for the night and enjoyed some good food at Hilltop camp before a good night rest.

     

    Day 2 of our Durban overnight safari tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    We had decided to come for breakfast at 7am before heading out down into the Southern part of the game reserve the Umfolozi section. This was a good choice as their was no animals about before then as people told us later. It was a hot day though and the mercury rose to 39 degrees! We used the African air conditioner which my clients requested which was the outside air only which kept us sweaty but it was still great.

     

    Our first major sighting was a Crocodile at one of the river crossings on our way down south for todays day safari. It was just resting in the water taking it easy!

     

    Crocodile seen on our Durban safari tour

    Crocodile seen on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was not much longer before we found our next reptile a Rock monitor Lizard which had been digging through some Rhino dung looking for some grubs and Dung beetles!

     

    Rock Monitor seen on our Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari

    Rock Monitor seen on our Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued our Durban overnight safari tour and were hoping to see some Giraffe but they did not appear to be so easy as you would imagine. In fact our next sighting in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve was that of a new born Buffalo with umbilical cord still hanging down and it tired mother who had been away from the herd to give birth. We were very lucky as the herd near by began to move away and mother got her new born baby up and made it walk with her across the road in front of us. This was beautiful, new life!

     

    Buffalo mother with new born calf on our Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari

    Buffalo mother with new born calf on our Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video of new born baby Buffalo crossing the road with its mother


    It was not long before we got that elusive Elephant close to the road so we spent about 10 minutes with it enjoying it as if fed near the road. We kept a safe distance and then I realised the Elephant wanted to cross the road so we help back a bit more and hey presto he crossed in front of our vehicle calmly and fed on the other side of the road.

     

    Elephant bull next to the road on our Durban safari tour

    Elephant bull next to the road on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then spotted some Giraffes in the distance but it really was not a great photo so we continued with our Durban safari tour and ended up at the Umfolozi river where we spotted some Baboons and an Elephant bull drinking!

     

    Baboons relaxing near the river on our Safari from Durban

    Baboons relaxing near the river on our Safari from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our next sighting was of some Kudu which we at a mud wallow drinking water, it was a lovely sighting until someone decided to race past us chasing the Kudu away. Our Durban overnight safari tour was really becoming something great we had seen 3 of the Big 5 and just needed some cats to spice things up a bit!

     

    Kudu drinking water on our Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari tour

    Kudu drinking water on our Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued south and after a long period with very little activity we finally spotted some Zebra and Rhino as well as some Warthogs near to one another.

     

    3 Rhinos and a warthog seen on our Durban safari tour

    3 Rhinos and a warthog seen on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our Zebras up to this point had been very far away so this was a relief to see them close to us during our Durban overnight safari tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    Zebra and Impala on our Durban safari tour

    Zebra and Impala on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The temperature was soaring and we slowly began our journey back the centenary center for some lunch.

    A lot was still to happen for us on our Durban safari tour before we would reach their. At the White Umfolozi river we stopped for a rest and we spotted a massive herd of Elephants coming to drink near a herd of Buffalo. The dust the kicked up was amazing!

     

    Elephants storm down to the Umfolozi river for a drink

    Elephants storm down to the Umfolozi river for a drink

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Later we spotted a Masked weaver making his nest and trying to impress the ladies! This does not always work and sometimes if the lady does not like his nest he has to cut it down and start again!

     

    Masked Weaver makes his nest on our Durban safari tour

    Masked Weaver makes his nest on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were about to head back through Mpila camp when we saw another Elephant Bull which was in Musth but very relaxed so we watched him for a few minutes before he crossed the road behind us.

     

    Big Elephant walks past us on our Safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Big Elephant walks past us on our Safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We finally made it to lunch and we enjoyed some good food before looking at the craft shop and beginning the journey back to Hilltop camp. We had had such a great day to this point and had just missed the cats out of the Big 5. I honestly was satisfied with the day and realised that it was hot and that we had very little chance of seeing much else between 2 and 3 pm.

    I did however as always tell my clients that animals do not read the books we write about them and anything is possible during a Durban safari tour!

     

    We were again lucky and saw two Black Rhino which are very rare and hard to spot as they love the thick areas.

     

    Black Rhino mother and calf seen in Hluhluwe Imfolozi on our Safari tour

    Black Rhino mother and calf seen in Hluhluwe Imfolozi on our Safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then resigned ourselves to the fact that we would need to look for Cats the next day as a priority and would you believe it at 3pm at the hottest part of the day a Lioness with a broken leg hobbled across the road in front of us and lay down in the thicket next to the road! I could not believe our good fortune but as I always say you just never know!

     

    Lioness with broken leg on our Durban safari tour

    Lioness with broken leg on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We finally reached Hilltop camp and the smiles on our faces told the story of our day safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi with Tim Brown Tours!

    We decided some rest was needed and then before you knew it it was time for dinner and bed!

     

    Day 3 of our Durban overnight safari tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    Our day began very early as the night before we had been told we could do the bush walk which was amazing! We left the camp at 5am to meet Xolani, our guide at one of the bush camps and we began an amazing bush walk in Hluhluwe imfolozi.

    We walked and found a herd of Buffalo which ran away from us, it was like a stampede! We found some Hyena tracks and learned more about the smaller things in nature like – Insects, trees, birds and tracks.

    Having said all of this we did see some Giraffe close so we approached and I took a photo of the clients with the Giraffe on our Bush walk in Hluhluwe.

     

    Picture of client on bush walk with Giraffe behind them

    Picture of client on bush walk with Giraffe behind them

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We completed the walk and it was already hot at about 07:30 am,heading back up to Hilltop camp for some breakfast we saw a few animals but were all so tired we didn’t spend much time with them.

     

    Breakfast was great and after a shower and check out we made our way down south for a final 2 hours of safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    We found this Big Elephant relaxing in a mud wallow.

     

    Elephant on day 3 of our Durban safari tour

    Elephant on day 3 of our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was time to head to St Lucia Estuary for the 2 hour boat cruise to view Hippos and Crocodiles before I would leave my clients in St Lucia as they were staying on a couple of nights to investigate Sodwana bay and Cape Vidal.

     

    At the St Lucia estuary we spotted some lovely Hippos and even a Fish eagle in flight!

     

    Hippos at St Lucia on our Durban safari tour

    Hippos at St Lucia on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fish eagle in flight at St Lucia on our Durban safari tour

    Fish eagle in flight at St Lucia on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We even got to see a Goliath Heron the worlds tallest heron fishing at the shoreline! The cruise was really relaxing and the sun was hot so my clients could enjoy the sun on their skin!

     

    Goliath Heron seen at St Lucia on our Durban safari tour

    Goliath Heron seen at St Lucia on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This was now the end of the Durban safari tour for my client and I took them around the town of St Lucia to see where everything was and then I drove them to their guest house and we said our goodbyes. It had been a nice group to take around my beautiful country for the 3 days but now it was time to return home to see my wife and catch up on computer work ie: BLOG POSTS! lol.

     

     

  • 16th December 2014

    Durban day safari tour – 15th December 2014

     

    We began our Durban day safari tour in the city of Durban where I collected my 3 clients, one of which was in South Africa for his wedding but lives in the UK and the other two who were from Saudi Arabia. It was a great mix of friends and I got to practice my Arabic which I seemed to remember from my 5 months living in the UAE all those years ago when I worked for one of the Sheikhs in his palace breading birds, vaccinating animals and building enclosures…

    A Durban day  safari is always special as it is a rushed tour of the game reserve but you just never know what you will see in those 6 hours of being in the game reserve of Hluhluwe Imfolozi. Each Durban day safari tour is different from the next not only on animals seen or quality of sightings but also the clients make the day safari special.

    We spent the first few hours chatting about the history of KwaZulu Natal, Durban and South Africa. This is always fun but this time was more so because Fahad had to translate to Achmed from my English to Arabic. This was honestly great fun and what was so amazing was that Fahad could remember all that I had said in English! I was very impressed!

    The next part to our Durban day safari tour was to enter at the Nyalazi gate of Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve to begin our actual “Safari”. The word “safari” is one which is very often overlooked but it is actually a Swahili word meaning “a journey”. MaShalah! Amazing!

     

    As we entered the gate I was actually a little surprised to see no animals near the gate or for the first couple of kilometers. We have had some heavy rains a week ago which has filled the mud wallows, rivers and streams. This is not always a good thing for a Durban day safari tour as animals then have more freedom in their movements and can travel further from the permanent water sources for food!  

    We however have to take what we are dealt and get on with it. So as I say our Durban day safari started very slowly and then we saw some Warthogs near to the road. The first was a big male but I did not get a great picture but later we spotted two mothers with 3 piglets.

     

    Warthog piglets seen on our Durban day safari tour

    Warthog piglets seen on our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued our Durban day safari in the famous Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve we spotted a female Wildebeest. Now females are not usually on their own unless they are giving birth or are spending that first week getting to know their baby before returning to the herd.

    We heard her calling to her baby but we could not spot the young one, this could be that is was nervous and laying flat in the thickets or that it had been killed by predators… Who knows…

     

    Wildebeest seen on our Durban day safari tour

    Wildebeest seen on our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued our Durban day Safari tour and found Impalas more Warthogs as well as Rhinos and Zebra in the distance. I was beginning to think we would see a Rhino close!

    I was obviously wrong and we got a great sighting of an Elephant close to the road feeding and relaxed. I noticed he wanted to cross so I moved back and allowed him to cross the road in front of us. This was a great sighting for my guests as it was close up Africa!

     

    Elephant bull crosses the road on our Durban day safari tour

    Elephant bull crosses the road on our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    KwaZulu Natal our province is really a place which is not so well advertised meaning that we do not have to share this beauty with that many people which when you are on a Durban day safari tour, means its that much more special!

     

    Our next major sighting was of  large herd of Impalas and their lambs, being the birthing season it is always nice to see the new babies!

     

    Impalas with their lambs on our Durban day safari tour

    Impalas with their lambs on our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued further down south and after crossing the Umfolozi river and seeing it flowing so strong I was really happy for the animals, they have waited so long for the rains!

    We kept going deeper and deeper into the African bush and found more Elephants and lots of their dung on the road. We made our way around to another section on a dirt road which overlooks the Umfolozi river and we spotted some Buffalo resting in the river.

     

    Three Buffalo bulls resting in the Umfolozi river on our Durban day safari tour

    Three Buffalo bulls resting in the Umfolozi river on our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These old Buffalo bulls had found a safe spot to rest where the Lions would battle to get to them in a rush and where they could see any predators coming from all angles! Our Durban day safari tour was starting to get better and betters.

    We enjoyed this view point before looping around another stretch of road where we found our first Giraffe. This was actually a bit of a relief as ever body else we spoke to said it had been very quiet. This first male Giraffe led us to another and we watched him feed for a few minutes before moving on.

     

    Giraffe male seen on our Durban day safari tour

    Giraffe male seen on our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Moving along now as time was flying we spotted more animals and it was a Dazzle of Zebra right next to the road! What luck we had found! This was turning out to be a better Durban day safari than I was first thinking it would be after the start we had!

     

    Zebras seen on our Durban day safari tour

    Zebras seen on our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We also spotted a few Vultures one of which has a palatial tag which is something which scientists are using to work out distances these amazing birds travel. Some Vultures have been know to travel 200 km in a day just to get to an area where this is food for them. It is important that when we see these tags we report the sighting of the bird.

     

    White backed Vulture with a patatial tag on its wing seen during our 1 day Durban safari tour

    White backed Vulture with a palatial tag on its wing seen during our 1 day Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were not behind scheduled but its never a problem, we too a rest room break as some real toilets in the game reserve and moved on back to the river where we spotted another Bull Elephant and finally 3 Rhinos close to the road. This was not really making our Durban day safari tour! 

     

    Rhino mother and calf seen on our Durban day safari tour

    Rhino mother and calf seen on our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    At this point we began our journey or shall I say Safari back up to the Centenary center for some lunch. On route we kept finding animals which meant our lunch was a lot later than usual but we did have snack packs which helps keep everyone going!

    We spotted some Kudu with Impalas near to the road which looked lovely.

     

    Kudu male and some Impalas seen on our 1 day Durban safari tour

    Kudu male and some Impalas seen on our 1 day Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We found a monkey running along the road with a few others in the bushes playing around which was very cool to see and we still had not got to lunch yet… Not a problem we all agreed and continued on our merry way.

     

    Vervet monkey sticks his tongue out at us during our Durban day safari tour

    Vervet monkey sticks his tongue out at us during our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our last sighting that we stopped for before a late lunch was one of an old Buffalo bull which was very slow in moving toward a mud wallow. He looked a big worse for ware but that life I am afraid! Their was a Rhino near by also in the mud, but this was the closest African Buffalo we had seen all day on our Durban day safari tour.

     

    Old Buffalo bull seen during our Durban day safari tour

    Old Buffalo bull seen during our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We finally made it to the luncheon stop after what had been a very long stint in the African bush but it was also very successful as we had seen 3 of the Big 5, and a whole lot of other animals.

    I had my usual a Burger before we got stuck in the curio shop which was my fault as Achmed could not make his mind up over what he was to buy for his friends and family…

    By the time we got away it was already after 15:30 and we made our way to the gate where we were greeted  by a Bull Elephant which had broken the drain and was drinking the runoff water. It was brilliant! We got out by the safety of the building and I got a great group photo of the lads to take home with them.

     

    Hussein, Achmed and Fahad posing with a male Elephant drinking water behind them

    Hussein, Achmed and Fahad posing with a male Elephant drinking water behind them

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What a great Durban day safari tour, we had been blessed with great sighting and I with great guests. We now had to begin the long 3 hour drive back to Durban city where I would return my clients.