Big 5 Game reserve Durban Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 15th July 2014

    Durban Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 11 July -13 July 2014

     

    We began our Big 5 Private Honeymoon Durban 3 Day Safari Tour to the Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve in Durban.

     

    I covered the usual things like the history of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa as well as the different population groups and how they came to be here. The history of the world famous Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve is always interesting as well as the Flora and Fauna in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Game reserve.

     

    A Durban Safari Trip either done as a Durban Day Trip or Durban Overnight Trip is well worth the money and can cover the Culture, Nature and Historical points of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa.

     

    After a short stop to get coffee we visited Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre where my clients could enjoy touching 4 species of endangered wild cats. These cats the Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African wild cat are all here for sad reasons and now are used as educational tools and for breeding to release more back into the wild.

     

    Once we were finished here we made our way to the Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game reserve for our main part of the Tour the Safari!

     

    These Big 5 Game reserves can be misunderstood as being a guaranteed sighting of the Big 5 but this is not the case as animals roam freely in an area of 960 Square Kilometers. Safaris can be chance but your guide (me) does know the best areas for where animals may be found as well as the times they will be out and about!

     

    We were very lucky as we spotted Giraffe and Buffalo in the distance. We were very patient and got another Buffalo in full view, Rhino hiding, Zebra and a Bull Elephant all in the short 45 minute drive to the Lodge Hilltop camp.

    Elephant on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Elephant on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We arrived at Hilltop camp for some lunch and to check in.

    Our Durban Private Honeymoon Big 5, 3 Day Safari Tour was looking good so far! It was like the animals came out especially for us in the heat of the day!

     

    It must have been something to do with it being the day before the full moon for our Durban Safari Tour to be going so well.

     

    This was becoming a great Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi Private Honeymoon Safari Tour.

     

    We settled in for some lunch at Hilltop camp before a rest once checked in.

     

    Our Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi 3 Day Safari Tour continued at 16:00 when we met for another Safari Tour of the reserve. It turned out to be a brilliant Safari! We Spotted some giraffe near to the road and got some good pictures.

    Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

    Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then continued our Durban Safari and spotted a Big Rhino which we spent some time with trying to line up a good shot(photo).

    Rhino on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Rhino on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As the Safari Tour from Durban progressed I decided to stop at a view point and show the clients the view. We were lucky to spot Hippos as well resting on the bank all three out of the river!

    Hippos on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

    Hippos on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

    We also watched a herd of Buffalo from a safe distance moving up the bank away from us and then we thought we would get around to them to get a good photo. As we came up I spotted two Buffalo bulls about 30 meters away, I told the clients to get behind me and we made our way to the vehicle. Buffalo can be dangerous but this occasion the got a fright when I spoke and ran off.

     

    Anyway we got back to the road to meet the others in the car and got some great shots as they crossed the road.

    Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    At this point in time we had been having a good Safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve. Things only got better as on our way back to camp we spotted 2 Lionesses and 2 tiny cubs just a few months old. They were right on and then near the road. The only obstacle was the pour light.

    Lioness with young Cub on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Lioness with young Cub on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We returned after our Durban Safari to Hilltop camp where I had arranged a private dinner for my honeymoon clients and I ate earlier.

     

    It was the end of a successful Day 1 on our Durban 3 Day Safari tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve.

     

    Day 2: Durban Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Game reserve

    Our Durban Big 5 private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour continued as I got the clients up for a morning game drive which would be an 8 hour Safari so we could get down South into the Imfolozi Section. We took with us Packed Breakfasts which I arranged from the camp and that kept them going until lunch.

     

    We saw more Rhinos, Buffalos, Giraffe mating, Warthog, Kudu, Nyala, Monkeys, Lion, Zebra, Wildebeest and lots of Impala.

     

    We were super lucky on this Days Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. We spotted a Black Rhino before it was fully light and it ran off as they do but they are highly rare so I was happy.

     

    A little further on we spotted Giraffes mating which was great to see. The big male was even being mated by the younger male every so often as the young lad was trying to show that he was more dominant! It was a great laugh on our Safari.

    Mating Giraffe pic 2 on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Mating Giraffe pic 2 on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mating Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Mating Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day safari tour continued we spotted Zebra and Giraffe together as well as some Impala. As we continued our Safari we came across another Lioness but as she was in the thick brush we moved on after a few minutes.

    Zebra Foal on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Zebra Foal on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Up in one of the tree I spotted a Lappet Faced Vulture still roosting waiting for the thermals to rise.

     

    Lappet faced Vulture on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi 11th to 13th July 2014

    Lappet faced Vulture on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our Safari took us down to Bhejane hide where with a bit of time we saw 4 different species drinking at the same time. A great Days Durban Safari!

    I took random photos of the Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo and warthog.

    Wildebeest and Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Wildebeest and Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Wildebeest on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Wildebeest on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Zebra Drink on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Zebra Drink on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our amazing Durban Private honeymoon Big 5, 3 Day Safari from Durban had really turned out well and we still had lots of time left to Safari!

     

    We made our way back to the white Umfolozi river and saw some Kudu and some Rhinos. This one young male struck a pose for us!

     

    Rhino poses on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Rhino poses on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then continued on Safari back to Centenary Centre for some lunch. The food was great Ostrich Burger was my choice. After the lunch my clients had a look around the museum and the Curio shop before we headed back to Hilltop camp.

     

    When we got back to Hilltop camp we had some rest before heading back out on Safari to see if we could get luck with Lions again.

     

    Fortunately we spotted a herd a Buffalo at Dusk and a Bull Elephant in the short time we were out.

    Buffalo at Dusk on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Buffalo at Dusk on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Full moon on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Full moon on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The craziest thing happened we were destined to arrive back on time and the same two Lionesses with there two little cubs were in exactly the same place we had seen them the night before at exactly the same time! It was a brilliant Safari experience but hard to line up the vehicle in the dark to get photos. We also had some young lad decide he was going to share his frustrations with us as he had to stop and tell me how we were 15 minutes late and needed to be back at camp… very difficult when you have lions in the road and your clients of course want to take photographs. Funny how he was out 15 minute late! Different rules for different folks I guess…

    Lioness on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Lioness on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We arrived back 20 minutes late and were lucky that security was not at the gate, having said that we had a great excuse! Lions! We were all very happy about that.

     

    Our Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi was really getting better as time went by.

     

    Today we had seen 2 different Lion sightings a sum of 3 adult Lioness and 2 young cubs, not bad for a days work!

     

    We settled in for the night and some dinner which was great once again.

    Day 3: Durban Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Game reserve

     

    The next morning we slept in till 6am and then came through for a buffet breakfast before checking out and doing our last Safari game drive for a few hours in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. We would then depart for St Lucia and do a 2 hour boat cruise viewing Hippos and Crocodiles. Before we could get to St Lucia though, we had a few sightings of Giraffe, Buffalo, Warthog, Impala, Nyala, Monkeys, Elephant and Rhino.

     

    Buffalo Bull posing on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Buffalo Bull posing on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Elephant Bull Day 3 on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Elephant Bull Day 3 on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then departed Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve for St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park. I covered some of the basics of the history of the area and what we would be expected to see.

     

    Upon arrival we boarded the Santa Lucia boat for a 2 hour cruise where we saw lots of Pods of Hippos and plenty of Crocodiles.

     

    Hippos at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Hippos at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Crocodiles at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Crocodiles at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What a great Durban Safari Tour/Trip to some of the Worlds most amazing places!

     

    We had some lunch and then departed to Durban.

     

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  • 3rd July 2014

    Durban Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29th June – 1 July 2014

     

    We began our Big 5 Private Honeymoon Durban 3 Day Safari Tour to the Big 5 Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve in Umkomaas where my client had been diving with sharks.

    I covered the usual things like the history of the area we were entering into and of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The history of the world famous Big 5 Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve is always interesting as well as the Flora and Fauna in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve.

     

    We made good time and stopped twice for coffee on the 3.5 hour long drive.

     

    After these short stops to rest we visited Emdoneni Cat Rehab Centre where my clients could enjoy touching 4 species of endangered wild cats. These cats the Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African wild cat are all here for sad reasons and now are used as educational tools and for breeding to release more back into the wild.

     

    Once we were finished here we made our way to the Big 5 Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve.

     

    These Big 5 Game reserve can be misunderstood as being a guaranteed sighting of the Big 5 but this is not the case as animals roam freely in an area of 960 Square Kilometers. We were lucky and had immediate success as we got a Kudu near the road.

     

    We were very lucky as we spotted Buffalo in the distance then Rhino and then a large herd of Elephant. I decided to be patient as they looked like they could eventually make there way out onto the road. The other cars all left and 10 minutes later we has a great look at these Elephants with the babies on the road!

    Elephants on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

    Elephants on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

     

    We continued on the main road and we found more Elephants right next to the road. Our Durban Private Honeymoon Big 5, 3 Day Safari Tour was looking good so far! It was like the animals can out especially for us in the heat of the day!

     

    We must have had some good vibes for our Durban Safari Tour to be going so well.

     

    We then spotted an old male Buffalo down at Zicaceni dam where he was resting in the heat of the day and it was 29 degrees on a winters day!

    Old Male Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

    Old Male Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

     

    At this point we were all getting hungry and it was only the animals that kept the hunger away so we began to head to Hilltop camp.

    At the entrance to the staff quarters we spotted a troop of Baboon Browsing the hill turning stone looking for scorpions and spiders to eat.

     

    This was becoming a great Big 5 Hluhluwe Umfolozi Private Honeymoon Safari Tour.

    Chacma Baboon female on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

    Chacma Baboon female on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

     

    Our Durban Big 5, 3 Day Safari Tour started.

     

    We settled in for some lunch at Hilltop camp before a rest once checked in.

     

    Our Big 5 Hluhluwe Umfolozi 3 Day Safari Tour continued at 16:45 when we met for the evening open vehicle game drive. I stupidly decided not to come with and true to form a Leopard showed up for my clients!

    Sadly I didn’t get a picture to show you.

     

    I had arranged a private dinner for my honeymoon clients and I ate earlier.

     

    It was the end of a successful Day 1 on our Durban 3 Day Safari tour.

     

    Day 2: Durban Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve

     

    Our Durban Big 5 private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour continued as I got the clients up for a morning game drive in the Hluhluwe section of the reserve.

    The saw more Elephants, Rhino and Buffalo with Giraffe and warthog but sadly the cats eluded them.

     

    The returned and we shared a breakfast at Hilltops restaurant. I chatted to my clients and they wanted to go back out on the reserve so at 10:30 we went back out for a few hours.

     

    We were super lucky on this Days Safari Tour in Hluhluwe. About 5 minutes from the camp we found 2 Back Rhino which are highly rare and the male was courting the female. Every so often he would do the Flemin grimace and lift his head raising his upper lip to check if the female was ready for mating! Super cool!

    Black Rhino with Flemin grimace on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014
    Black Rhino with Flemin grimace on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

     

    As our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day safari tour continued we stopped at the Hluhluwe river and spotted a crocodile resting on the bank and Elephants in the distance.

    My Clients Picture over the Hluhluwe River on there Honeymoon on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014
    My Clients Picture over the Hluhluwe River on there Honeymoon on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

     

    We then continued to Maphumulo picnic site and saw some Hippos far down in the river. A great Days Durban Safari!

    Baby Nile crocodile on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

    Baby Nile crocodile on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

     

    Our amazing Durban Private honeymoon Big 5, 3 Day Safari from Durban had really turned out well and we still had one and a half days left!

     

    We made our way round to the main road and came across 3 different herds of Elephant which showed off and walked all over the road once we waited a few minutes.

    Bull Elephant reaches for leaves on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

    Bull Elephant reaches for leaves on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

     

    After we got back to Hilltop camp it was time for some lunch and a rest before the evening game open vehicle game drive. Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve had been a good host to us and still had a couple things to show us.

    We then spent a bit of time recovering and then it was time for the evening game drive where the clients got to see Hyenas feeding off the remains of a Buffalo carcass. This was amazingly great as they had asked me earlier in the day if we have Hyenas!

    So far out of the Big 5 we had seen Leopard, Rhino(Black and White), Elephant(loads) and Buffalo(dead and alive). So 4 out of the Big 5 plus the extra of Hyena and Black Rhino we were truly lucky! What an amazing Big 5 Durban Safari on my clients Honeymoon!

    Dinner was excellence as it always is at Hilltop camp and the only sad thing was that Nigeria and Algeria lost there world cup matches which meant there was no African teams in the last 8 of World cup 2014 in Brasil.

    It was time for a rest and bed, the stars were so bright and beautiful in Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve that night.

    After Waking up to the alarm it was time for the final morning open vehicle game drive for the clients and then some breakfast before we would check out of Hilltop camp and head to St Lucia (Isimangeliso Wetland park) for a 2 hour boat cruise to view Hippos and crocodiles!

    We had time after checkout for a final safari drive so we could recap a few animals and we were lucky to get this giraffe nice and close which the clients hadnt seen this close yet on our Safari at Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

    Male Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

    Male Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

     

    This was the end of the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve Safari experience and we departed to St Lucia – Isimangeliso Wetland park for our 2 hour boat cruise on this World heritage site.

    We had amazing sightings at St Lucia and saw lots of Hippos, Crocodiles and even Fish Eagles, Caspian Terns, Pied Kingfishers, Goliath Herons the list goes on.

    Hippo at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

    Hippo at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

    We also had a spectacular sighting of this Goliath Heron the World Tallest Heron. We flew up into a pod of Hippos and startled them so just got the picture of him about to fly!

    Goliath heron at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014
    Goliath heron at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

    After this great sighting at St Lucia Estuary we got to see about 10 crocodiles resting on a bank as there was a dead Hippo near by and they had been feeding. Behind them in the below picture are the Mangrove swamps. What an amazing Durban Safari tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve.

    Crocodiles Basking in the sun at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014
    Crocodiles Basking in the sun at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 29 June to 1 July 2014

    It was not the end of a Fantastic honeymoon Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve from Durban. I returned my clients back to Durban and would meet them the next Day for a Durban City Tour.

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  • 28th April 2014

    Durban overnight Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Wetlands ( Isimangeliso Wetland Park) – 26 and 27 April 2014

    This was a real Tim Brown Ferrari Safari Special as the lad at the Bush academy will remember from all those years ago when I got booted out the open game viewer during our training for speeding. I was made to run behind the vehicle by the Trainers… I have used all this experience now to my advantage in these very rushed Safari Tours from Durban!

    We began in Umhlanga the Zulu word for reeds and started our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve. We would however be spending the night at Emdoneni lodge which meant we only had 3 hours on Day one to see what we could in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve.

    For a rushed Durban Safari Tour I was really pleased with how the Safari went and the sightings we had.

    We managed 4 of the Big 5 – Lion, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino which was pure luck and expertise at times.

    Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve being a Big 5 reserve is always a hit with our clients as it is between 2.5 – 3 hours from Durban city. This makes Hluhluwe Umfolozi and a Big 5 game reserve just up the road from Durban where I run my Safari Tours out of.

    Anyway enough gibber gabber! We arrived at Nyalazi gate (Umfolozi) at about 3 pm on day one and pushed as far as we could down South to try find Lions. Sadly if was not to be on Day 1.

    We did have some great sightings of: Giraffe, Rhino, Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Buffalo, Elephant, Warthog, Baboons, Nyala, Kudu and a few others.

    One of our good sightings was this White Rhino and Calf crossing Hluhluwe Dirt road in front of our vehicle on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve:

    White Rhino and Calf crossing Hluhluwe Dirt road in front of our vehicle on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Later we came across some Buffalo feeding near to the road in the Hluhluwe Section of the reserve and I got this great picture of Buffalo Bull on our way out of Hluhluwe on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve.

     

    Buffalo Bull on our way out of Hluhluwe on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Before that we actually stopped next to some giraffe to take a picture of the view just as the sun was beginning to set on our Durban 2 day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve.

    The view down to the Hills at Sunset on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    The view down to the Hills at Sunset on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    This was the end of the road for us and we needed to get out to Emdoneni lodge for the night and some dinner. We had a very successful first day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve.

    After Dinner and bed, we were up again for Day 2 of our Hluhluwe umfolozi safari experience. 

    We began in the Southern section the Umfolozi side to try find these Lions. As were were almost about to give up and head back we found them crossing the road. It happened so fast I didnt even get a chance for a Photo but at least my clients did.

    We had some other great sightings:

    The endangered Southern Ground Hornbill on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    I was a little concerned that my clients would think I was mad the way a acted when we saw these guys but they are such a rare sighting and such special birds. So Glad we found then on our Safari Tour from Durban.

    The endangered Southern Ground Hornbill on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    Giraffe Bull on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    This Bull giraffe was with a female and a young one which was great to see in Umfolozi reserve on our safari Tour.

    Giraffe Bull on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    As we continued our time was running out and we needed to get to St Lucia – Isimangeliso wetland park for our 10am Boat cruise to view Hippos and Crocodiles. South Africa’s First world heritage sight is Isimangeliso wetland park.

    We Still were not done and saw more:

    Chacma Baboon scratching himself on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Chacma Baboon scratching himself on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    We also saw this Big Elephant near to the road!

    Bull Elephant Grazzing on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Bull Elephant Grazing on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    This had been a great Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour from Durban and it was time to see the Hippos and crocs. We exited the reserve and made our way to Isimangeliso Wetland Park a World heritage site and got on a boat for 2 hours and must have seen at least 150 Hippos and just 1 crocodile. Having said that we did see a Crocodile in Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve as well.

    Hippos and Goliath Heron at St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour
    Hippos and Goliath Heron at St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour

    At St Lucia we also had this great sighting of a Goliath Heron the largest Heron in the World as well as a lot of large pods of Hippos.

    Really to experience what you have just got a taste of in this Blog Post you really need to take a Durban Safari Tour with Tim Brown Tours. We are highly recommended on TripAdvisor and other Travel sites.