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  • 14th December 2014

    Wild dogs mating and then get chased by Rhinos during one of our safari tours

     

     

     

    These moments I get to share with my clients and with nature are very special to me. This particular day we had clients arriving late so we just began our safari tour later.

    We got out into the African bush and were truly blessed to have such an amazing sighting just a couple kilometers from the lodge.

    The Wild Dogs where just playing around an were also about to go hunting when the Alpha Male and Female began to mate. As you can see in the video these Rhinos did not take kindly to these predators in the feeding grounds and chased them! Very exciting to witness.

    Wild Dogs are a breed of their own they are not related to wolves and are only found in Africa. What makes them even more special is the fact that they are the most endangered carnivore in Africa with less than 5000 individuals left in Africa.

    Major issues which have kept their number down are : Habitat loss and mostly getting into contact with domestic dogs outside the National parks which have Rabies or Canine distemper. This has been the major contributing factor to their decline in numbers.

    Rhinos themselves are in a battle to survive with some experts suggesting that by 2020 their will be no Rhinos left in Africa. This is probably slightly incorrect but they are being killed at an alarming rate with numbers killed in 2012 being around 868 and in 2013 around 1004. This year of 2014 is no different with close on 1000 killed that we know about by mid December.

    The reason for the poaching are simple. Their are two major markets, China and Arabia. The Chinese believe that the crushed Rhino horn can cure cancer as well as general cold and flu. Some Arabian countries like Oman believe that when there son reaches the age of 12 he becomes a man and the father give the gift of a Rhino horn handle on the Dagger which is the gift. This is of course reserved for those fathers that can afford to use this material.

    Rhino horn is made of 3 major compounds: 

    Keratin – a compacted hair formation which is what forms horns on antelope and our own finger nails.

    Calcium – a bone structure adding strength the the horn and;

    Melanin – which is what we have in our skin to protect us from the UV rays of the sunshine, some people have more than others.

     

    Sadly traditional beliefs in this situation are to the detriment of the Rhino and not their to protect them as in most cultural beliefs.

     

    Why don’t you join us, Tim Brown Tours on a Durban Safari or Durban Tour to any of the 3 major destinations in KwaZulu-Natal that we offer. The Big 5 game reserves, Drakensberg mountain tours or Battlefield tours.

    Within these category’s we cover: History, Culture and Nature.

    We look forward to meeting you and showing off our beautiful country to you and your family or friends.

     

  • 28th January 2014

    Durban Day Safari Tours – Tim Brown Tours

    I have put this post together just to show clients that there really is so much that they can do in Durban on the Day Safari and Tour front. In fact there even more that can be covered on overnight or multiple day Safari Tours from Durban.

    You all will know if you look at my website that I offer Durban Day Safari Tours to the “Bush”, “Berg” and “Battlefields” of KwaZulu Natal but what are these you ask? I have put together a description of what the Big 3 are, one of them includes the Big 5 as well.

    Durban Bush Day Safari Tours or overnight Safari Tours :

    This encompasses Tour and Safaris to the Nature or game reserves as we call them. So focusing on the National parks of South Africa mostly in KwaZulu Natal. Within these national parks we find the Big 5 which are the Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino.

    The Big 5 of Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve on Durban Safari Tours

    Above is the picture of these mighty animals which used to roam totally free in Africa and this beautiful country of ours South Africa! We are however fortunate to still be able to go on a Durban Safari Tour in just a day and usually see at least 3 of the Big 5. There of course is no guarantee as it is a large national park – Hluhluwe Umfolozi of about 960 Square Km or 96 000 Hectares.

    Really this in itself is worth the visit especially after our Rhinos are being killed at an alarming rate by poachers supplying mostly the Chinese with the horn for there traditional medicines to cure cancer!… Last year alone 2014 there was a massive 1004 Rhinos discovered killed for there horn in South Africa. The Rhinos are being killed at an alarming rate and by 2050 there probably wont be any left in Africa.

    Even more reason to take a Durban Day Safari Tour with Tim  Brown Tours and get into the “Bush” to experience the amazing animals before they are wiped off the face of the earth!

    Durban Drakensberg Day Safari Tours:

    The Drakensberg is the most beautiful mountain range I have ever seen, they cover a vast area from the south western parts of KwaZulu Natal to the North Eastern parts and beyond into the Limpopo province. They are a sight to behold and picture just don’t do the place justice!

    Drakensberg Cathedral peak Day Safari Tour

     

    Drakensberg royal Natal national park Day Safari Tour

    These two section of the Drakensberg are but a couple of the amazing wonder of the mountains. We also run Durban Day Safari Tours over Sani Pass into Lesotho which is a land locked country in South Africa. It is a Kingdom and the Drakensberg is the natural boundary separating the two countries.

    The first picture is of Cathedral peak which is an amazing 3004 meters above sea level it is a mean feat to reach the top on foot even I have not yet made the summit as at the end it is scrabbling and rock climbing to reach the very peak which is very hard after 5 hours of hiking up up and up only!

    The second image is another great place that we take Durban Safari Tours however its mostly done over a few days as apposed to a Durban Day Safari Tour. Having said that we can do it if you request it.

    In these great mountain the spirits of the bushman live and the painting Eco in the caves.

    Durban – Bushman Painting in the Drakensberg Mountains

    Bushman Paintings at Giants Castle Day Safari Tours

    The Eland the largest antelope in Africa was there divine animal which linked them to the ancestors. The painting on the right you will see the Eland lying upside down this is because the Bushman had killed one for food. The great detail that went into the painting of the Eland shows how much respect the Bushman aka the San people had for the animal. They only hunted for food and used every part of the animal: Skins for clothes, Fat for paint, Small bones for hooks to catch fish. They were truly the Original South Africans and the rest of us including the Zulu have migrated here!

    So if the Bush and the Drakensberg with there Bushman Paintings were not enough to visit this area of KwaZulu Natal and take a Durban Day Safari Tour with Tim Brown Tours then there is more…

    The Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal:

    The Battlefields are an amazing experience if you are into the intense history of South Africa and the savage battles that led to Thousands of deaths over the years. There have been Anglo-Zulu battles, Anglo-Boer and Boer-Zulu battles. Many of these battle sites can be visited in a Durban Day Safari Tour or better so on an overnight Safari Tour.

    Battlefield picture of Elandslaagte
    Graves from the battle of Spionkop

    The above battles are just two of hundreds that took place for power of land. This cost many lives as all battles do but the sites are such peaceful and tranquil places to visit. Many a time a tear will fall from the eye as the magnitude of the scene wrenches at your heart. Durban Safari Tours to these areas are a must if you are interested in the rich history we have to offer. Nothing makes this more amazing than having a Specialist Battlefield guide with you who can extract the battle out of the soil and reconstruct if for you on the day you visit for your Day Safari Tour from Durban.

    Having said all of the above there is still so much more for you to visit from Durban:

    Zulu Cultural villages  

    Zulu Culture is rich and locked in deeply with the British it is amazing to read of how the great King Shaka lead his people to destroying the British soldiers at the battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879.

    Traditional Zulu Dancing in the Valley of 1000 Hills Phezulu

    I find the Culture of the Zulu incredibly interesting and on some of our Durban Day Safari Tours we take client to visit these amazing Zulu Cultural villages. This villages can be incorporated into a Day Safari tour or a half Day Durban Safari Tour. Again we can arrange these Tours from Durban in overnight packages for you.

    They valley of 1000 Hills which is the backdrop to the above image is also an amazing place and is visited a lot on Durban Safari Tours. It is a mere 45 Minutes outside of Durban city.

    Zulu woman at Shakaland demonstrate how to carry pots on their heads

    On the Shakaland Durban Safari Day Tour you will witness the above scene where young girls demonstrate how they go about learning how to balance pots of water/Beer/milk on their head. Shakaland was actually the place where the movie Shaka Zulu was filmed in the 1980’s. The village has continued to function as authentic as possible.

    Would you not want to visit Durban, KwaZulu Natal after seeing these amazing offerings? Durban Day Safari Tours are really worth undertaking and Tim Brown Tours will ensure you are well looked after.

    Reviews can be found on TripAdvisor : Tim Brown Tours – Day Tours (TripAdvisor)

    If this is not enough there is more! A Cat rehabilitation center outside of Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve.

    Cat Rehabilitation Center 

    Me at Emdoneni Cat rehab center

    This Durban Day Safari tour can be take as a day tour linked with St Lucia or taken as a overnight package where on route to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve we stop off at this Cat rehabilitation center to interact with this beautiful creatures.

    This Safari Tour included interaction with 2 male cheetahs, Serval, Caracal and African Wild Cats. All four of these great cats are highly endangered so it is a joy to have this kind of opportunity to interact in this manner.

    Durban Day Safari tours really have a lot to offer the client and headed by our company Tim Brown Tours you are guaranteed to experience something different to what you have anywhere else in the World!

    Tim Brown Tours run with a 2013 Ford Tourneo 8 Seated vehicle which is very comfortable and luxurious at the game reserve this is an option of the extra open vehicle game drive which is worth the experience. This can also be arranged on a Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve.

    Open vehicle game drive in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

    Above is the idea of the open vehicle game drive experience in Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve on Tim Brown Tours – Day Safari Tours from Durban.

    If you are still not sure please feel free to take a look at reviews on TripAdvisor or the Tim Brown Tours website.

    The World is waiting for you to experience it and Tim Brown Tours is here to make those Durban Day Safari Tours that much more amazing. Book with us now!

     

     

     

  • 17th August 2011

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  • 7th April 2011

    Special – Tour Tala game reserve and Phezulu Cultural Village/Reptile park.
    Contact me for details – Tour this Saturday : 9 April 2011

  • 8th February 2011

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