Durban Overnight Tours Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 3rd March 2015

    Durban 5 day tour – Historical, Cultural and Nature 25th Feb – 1st March 2015

     

    We began our 5 Day Durban tour in Umhlanga and made our way to Eshowe where the Fort Nongqayi is positioned. The Nongqayi were the Zululand police for the British and were based at the fort in 1883 when it was built.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Fort Nongqayi

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Fort Nongqayi

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was also in this area of Eshowe that the Norwegian missionaries assisted the great king of the Zulu Nation, King Mpande who was estimated to weigh in at 250 KG’s. He was so big that he became ill and Rev. Shroeder built this wheel chair for the king.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; King Mpandes wheel chair

    Durban 5 Day Tour; King Mpandes wheel chair

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The history in this area continues as near by in Empangeni in 1893 the first Zulu Priest was ordained Ndlela.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; First Zulu Priest

    Durban 5 Day Tour; First Zulu Priest

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This next image is of a monument inscription wishing peace, blessings and unity over our beautiful country and memory of those that fought and died in the 1879 war of Isandlwana, the 1906 Mbambatha rebellion and 1883 Zulu force at Fort Nongqayi.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Monument in Eshowe

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Monument in Eshowe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then finished up at Eshowe and moved on to Shakaland where we had some lunch and a rest before beginning our tour of Shakaland. We first watched a short 10 minute clip of the movie Shaka Zulu filmed in 1984. We then moved on to the Isivivane where if a Zulu warrior was killed his body would be covered in stones as people passed in respect for the dead.

     

    At this point we moved up into the Zulu Cultural village at Shakaland and watched the Zulu Beer being brewed before tasting it.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zulu beer tasting

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zulu beer tasting

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We also saw a short demonstration on how King Shaka’s tactics changed the history of the Zulu nation.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zulu weapon display

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zulu weapon display

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was time for a rest before the 6pm Marimba playing at the bar and then the 18:30 Zulu dancing and singing which was spectacular.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zulu Dancing

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zulu Dancing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After the Zulu dancing we made our way through for dinner and waited for the chief to taste the food to make sure it was safe to eat and then we all tucked in to the great meal.

     

    We had some good conversation and then we headed off to bed for a well deserved rest.

     

     

    Day 2: Durban 5 day tour – Historical, Cultural and Nature

     

     

    We began our day at 8am with some breakfast before we watched the Zulu ladies being “shela(ed)” down by the river. This is basically where the young men meet the girls and try to get them to love them.

     

    As we left them and moved up into the Zulu village we began with a demonstration of Zulu stick fighting which of course I had to get involved in!

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Stick fighting with the Zulus

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Stick fighting with the Zulus

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next was the Zulu spear throwing also one of the things that I need to improve on but at least I give it a go and see what I can do. It was great fun and some of us had a go. David one of my clients used to be a javelin thrower and he did a great job!

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Spear throwing with the Zulus

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Spear throwing with the Zulus

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next we watched how the Spears were made and got a demonstration on the use of all the traditional Zulu weapons. We then moved on to the Sangoma and Inyangas hut. It is important to understand that a Sangoma is a fortune teller and not a witch doctor as many people say, an Inyanga in a medicine man like a western doctor but used natural products for his medicine.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Sangoma and Nyanga

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Sangoma and Nyanga

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time to head into Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve to make our way to Hilltop camp for lunch and check in. We saw very few animals; this was fine as we had 3 nights here.

     

    We arrived had lunch, checking in and had a 45 minute rest before departing for Emdoneni cat rehabilitation centre.

     

    True to form and Murphys Law at every turn there were animals which made it hard to get out of the game reserve to get to the Cat Tour.

     

    First we saw Elephant heading down to a mud wallow.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Bull Elephant walks down to mud wallow

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Bull Elephant walks down to mud wallow

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next was a huge herd of Buffalos as well as Rhino, Zebra and Impala.

     

    We stopped for the Buffalos and saw two males having a tussle.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Buffalo Bulls fighting

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Buffalo Bulls fighting

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued we spotted some Rhino and the one Male came to the road so we waited for him to cross in front of us.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Rhino crossing road

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Rhino crossing road

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    When you see so many animals you really appreciate being on a Durban safari tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    Finally we got to the gate and made our way to the Cat rehab centre which was 25 minutes away.

     

    We began the tour with the African wild cat then the Caracal and we got to see this kitten feeding.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Caracal kitten

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Caracal kitten

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next was a visit to the Cheetah males and for the first time we didn’t interact with them so we could interact with the 5-6 month old Cheetah cubs in their new enclosure.

     

    This was interesting as for them it was new and they we still very interested in the Zebra and other cats in the other enclosures.

     

    We then visited the Serval and got to see one high up in the tree and interact with some on the ground.

     

     Durban 5 Day Tour; Serval in tree

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Serval in tree

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then made our way back to the gate in Hluhluwe and back up to Hilltop camp seeing 3 of the Big 5 in the process just now cats. This had been a great second day and first day in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    We went straight through for dinner and then bed. What a great day in Africa on our 5 day Durban safari tour.

     

     

    Day 3: Durban 5 day tour – Historical, Cultural and Nature

     

     

    Day 3 of our Safari tour in Hluhlwue Imfolozi game reserve began early for my client who went on the 5am early morning game drive safari. I stayed behind to do some work and when they returned they had seen a couple new things; one of those being Giraffe.

     

    We then sat down to a buffet breakfast and then took a rest until I got work of Lions near the road in a tree. This could only be the Tree climbing lions of Hluhluwe and I knocked on the clients’ room door to ask if they would like to come and see. They of course agreed.

     

    We began the long 30 minute drive to get to them and hoped they would stay in the tree. On route we spotted a Rhino in the mud wallow which quickly got up and crossed the road in front of us.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Rhino crossing road

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Rhino crossing road

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then found some Giraffe and Zebras near the road too and we enjoyed them before rushing off to the Lions.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Giraffe and Zebra

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Giraffe and Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Lions were actually really easy to see as they were 5 meters off the road in a Marula tree. They we not going anywhere soon, one was a young male and the other a Lioness.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Tree climbing Lions of Hluhluwe

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Tree climbing Lions of Hluhluwe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This is unusual behaviour for lions as they do not have a locking mechanism in the wrist like Leopards do which enables them to come down the tree safely. This pride of tree climbing Lions is a young pride and they have just adapted to climbing well.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Tree climbing Lions of Hluhluwe picture two

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Tree climbing Lions of Hluhluwe picture two

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video of Hluhluwe tree climbing Lions:

     

     

    We shot off back to Hilltop camp and rested until 4pm when I met my clients again for a 3 hour safari.

     

     

    Our first major sighting was a huge herd of Elephant on the other side of the Hluhluwe river which were playing and feeding all at the same time. One of these Elephants was lying down and rubbing on the river bank. What amazing scenes on our Durban safari tour.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Elephants on river bank

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Elephants on river bank

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next was some Buffalo drinking, watching them for a short while we decided to move on to see if our Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari could bring us any more luck.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Buffalo drinking

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Buffalo drinking

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were lucky as we spotted a male Rhino which had just come out of the mud and it was rubbing himself on a tree which had been pushed over by an Elephant. I decided to make a video of this for your benefit!

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Rhino rubbing himself

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Rhino rubbing himself

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video of Rhino Rubbing himself of tree Trunk:

     

     

     

    We made our way down to one of the Picnic sights where I new a male Nyala had got stuck in the mud. When we arrived there were 6 African Wild dogs visible in the river bed sleeping and the carcass was finished! After watching them for a while we saw the puppies all almost adult now wake up and walk around. Tim Brown Tours really can be amazing!

     

     Durban 5 Day Tour; African Wild dogs

    Durban 5 Day Tour; African Wild dogs

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then made our way around to the other side of the north section with out to much luck. It then began to rain and was getting very dark so we made our way back to the lodge for some dinner.

     

    After dinner it was bed and we would be up early to head out at 6am to see what we could find.

     

     

     

    Day 4: Durban 5 day tour – Historical, Cultural and Nature

     

     

    We rose up early and headed out just before 6am to see what animals we could find on our 5 day safari tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    Our first major sighting was Elephants on the hills but we had seen so many we continued and found a mother Rhino and calf covered in mud.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Muddy Rhino

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Muddy Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued our safari tour we found some Giraffe in the road and Zebras which was great, so we enjoyed them for a while before continuing on.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Giraffe and Zebra

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Giraffe and Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    All of a sudden things became very quiet it was like we were chasing ghosts as even the Lions had moved to an area we could not access with out scratching the car. With no success here we found a large herd of Buffalo and it was again the case of well not another Buffalo. This happens after you have seen 100 or more in the 3 days.

     

    We then got lucky with some Baboons on the road and they were grooming each other and one of the males gave us a big yawn which I managed to capture on camera!

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Baboon yawning

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Baboon yawning

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then headed to the main road and got two Buffalo bulls crossing the road in front of us. Wow what an amazing Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari tour.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Buffalo crossing

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Buffalo crossing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was time to get back for some coffee and breakfast at Hilltop camp where we were staying and this was lovely.

     

    I then let my clients catch their breath before we met later in the afternoon for another 3 hours safari.

     

    At 4pm we headed out and tried a new area where we spotted 3 of the Big 5, Zebra and Giraffe in the first hour and a half. Our first good sighting was of these Zebra.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zebra

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on and found Giraffe and Rhino before finding a great sighting of an Elephant bull near the road. We were hoping he would cross the road but then a car came from the other side and messed it up for us.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Elephant

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Elephant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I had heard in the morning that the 2 Lions we had seen the day before were still kicking around just another few kilometres down the road. We headed off down their and were luck to spot them. The young male had his head up and this helped us see them otherwise we would have driven past.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Young Lion

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Young Lion

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then raced back to get to the lodge in time on route spotting a Puff Adder on the road, Zebra, Elephant and a night Jar.

     

    It had been a great safari tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi and now we headed through for some dinner. Dinner was a buffet and was great the chocolate cake was too tempting and I had to have a piece or two!

     

    It was time for bed and after a good day in the African bush we deserved a sleep.

     

    We would meet at 7am the next morning for breakfast before heading to St Lucia for the 2 hour boat cruise to see Hippos and Crocodiles.

     

     

    Day 5: Durban 5 day tour – Historical, Cultural and Nature

     

     

    After meeting for a great breakfast and checking out we made our way to St Lucia South Africa’s first world heritage site. Before we could get there we spotted a Leopard Tortoise in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Leopard Tortoise

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Leopard Tortoise

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We exited out of the famous Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and took a two hour boat cruise on Lake St Lucia viewing Hippos and crocodiles.

    Our boat cruise on St Lucia estuary began at 10am and it was pleasant as it was not to busy and the sun was shining. We had immediate luck with some Hippos and must have seen about 120 Hippos by the end of the boat cruise.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Hippos at St Lucia

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Hippos at St Lucia

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    At St Lucia we have Mangrove swamps and aside of the Hippos you can also see other things like the amazing African Fish eagle. We were lucky to see one siting in a tree resting and later in flight.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; African fish eagle

    Durban 5 Day Tour; African fish eagle

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was not long until we spotted our first crocodile swimming in the estuary. It is always amazing to see these prehistoric creatures still moving around in our country. We are very lucky to have them in South Africa and if you take a Durban safari tour with Tim Brown Tours you can see them for yourself.

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Crocodile at St Lucia

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Crocodile at St Lucia

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What an amazing cruise on lake St Lucia, its so relaxing to spend time on the boat and its an ideal way to end a Durban overnight tour before heading into the small town of St Lucia for lunch.

    We had a lovely meal at Ocean sizzler in St Lucia they always make great food.

    At this stage we began our journey back to Durban which took us 2.5 hours, we covered any last questions and before arriving back in the City with some rain about.

    This had been a great Durban 5 day tour and we had all enjoyed it.

     

  • 19th November 2014

    Durban 5 Day Safari Tour – Historical, Cultural and Natural Tour of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa with Tim Brown Tours; 12th -16th November 2015.

     

    We began the first day of our 5 Day Tour experience of KwaZulu-Natal in Eshowe at Fort Nonqgayi and the surrounding Museums.

     

    Fort Nonqgayi was first built in 1883 by the British and was used as a stable and offices as the area of Eshowe became the capital of Zululand in those days.

     

    Fort Nonqgayi was never attacked probably because it was deep in Malaria and Sleeping sickness country as well as being on a Hill surrounded by thick vegetation.

     

    Nonqgayi was the name given to the Zulu “Soldiers” manning the Fort and assisting the British in their take over of Zululand which really began on the 11th of December 1878 with the Ultimatum which was handed to the Zulus.

     

    Fort Nonqgayi in Eshowe on our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour

    Fort Nonqgayi in Eshowe on our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    With in Fort Nonqgayi today there is a lot of Historical things to look at. The Fort contains furniture and pictures of the famous John Dunn the only western man to ever become a Chief in the Zulu Nation.

    There is also Bead work, the structure of a traditional Zulu hut as well as the original wheel Chair that the Norwegian missionaries constructed for the immobile King Mpande! Mpande Suffered with his health and obesity and was the only one of his fathers sons to die of “Natural Causes”.

     

    Model of King Mpande and his original wheel chair built by the Norweegion Missionarys seen on our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour

    Model of King Mpande and his original wheel chair built by the Norwegian Missionary’s seen on our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where the stables used to be there is again a wide range of artefacts but the most interesting to me is this image below which is a copy of the cup which was presented to King Cetswayo the son of Mpande KaSenzangakhona by queen Victoria of England in 1882.

     

    A carbon copy of the Cup presented to King Cetywayo by Queen Victoria if England see in Eshowe on our Durban Tour

    A carbon copy of the Cup presented to King Cetywayo by Queen Victoria if England see in Eshowe on our Durban Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    There is also a recent addition to the museum grounds a church build to commemorate the work a Norwegian missionary did in Eshowe – Bishop or Reverend Schreuder.

     

    Honestly I have never been to a better museum if you are in any way interested in Zulu Culture. It is amazing!

     

    We departed and had some time to kill so I took my clients to the Dlinza forest board walk it was incredible. Apart from the views and the call of nature we spotted a Narina Trogan Male which is such a rare forest bird that it felt like I had just seen a Leopard! I could not believe our luck and I got a great photo. This was only the second time in my life to see this bird!

     

    Narina Trogon found in the Dlinza forest in Eshowe on our Durban Safari Tour

    Narina Trogon found in the Dlinza forest in Eshowe on our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We exited Dlinza forest and I have to admit I took a wrong turn and I ended up taking my clients on a lovely scenic route through rural Zululand. All the kids were happy lots of people were fetching water and when we got back to the main road we continued to Shakaland.

     

    We Checked in at Shakaland and had some lovely lunch before we began the first part of our Tour at Shakaland.

     

    We began with a short clip of the moved “Shaka Zulu” to wet the taste buds before heading to a depiction of and Umuzi or a Traditional Zulu Village so we could learn the structure of it. We then visited an Isivivane (pile of stones used as a burial stop during battle. You are meant to pick up a stone, spit on it and throw it on the pile of rocks if it stays up you will have good luck if it rolls off you will have bad luck… It’s a bit more complicated than that.

     

     

    We moved into the real Zulu Cultural village and began with watching how the Zulu make grass sleeping mats, then Zulu Beer (Umqomboti).

     

     Zulu lady demostrates how to make umqomboti or Traditional Zulu beer on our Durban Tour

    Zulu lady demostrates how to make umqomboti or Traditional Zulu beer on our Durban Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this we saw the ladies demonstrate how to carry the different Zulu Clay pots.

     

    Zulu girls demostrate how to carry the Zulu pots during our Tour from Durban

    Zulu girls demostrate how to carry the Zulu pots during our Tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we moved up into the heart of the Umuzi we met with the Chief who showed us the change in strategy of attack between King Senzangakhona and King Shaka his son.

     

    Demonstration by a Zulu Impi on how to fight seen at Shakaland in Eshowe on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour

    Demonstration by a Zulu Impi on how to fight seen at Shakaland in Eshowe on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The next stop was the tasting of the Zulu Beer it was lovely as I didn’t need to drive the rest of the day I felt a sip of 2 % beer would be fine. What and experience for my clients I was thrilled!

     

    The Tasting of Zulu Beer on our 5 Day Tour from Durban

    The Tasting of Zulu Beer on our 5 Day Tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then moved out of the village for a rest before meeting at 6pm for some lovely Marimba playing and then headed back through the village to the main hut for the Zulu Dancing and singing! It was out of this world, what a performance!

     

    Zulu dancing seen at Shakaland during our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour

    Zulu dancing seen at Shakaland during our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time go get some dinner and some sleep as we had another big day coming up.

     

    Day 2: Durban 5 Day Safari Tour – Historical, Cultural and Natural Tour of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa with Tim Brown Tours.

     

    We began with breakfast at 8am and at 9am we went through to meet Joe for the second part of the Cultural tour. We starting with watching “Ushela” or the wedding proposal.

     

     The proposal to a Zulu girl seen at Shakaland on our Durban 5 Day Safari and Tour

    The proposal to a Zulu girl seen at Shakaland on our Durban 5 Day Safari and Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After the proposal we walked up into the village to watch the young men throwing the spears or Isiphaphas at a target. This is always great as you know you are up next and I naturally volunteered to have a go. I must say I think I did ok.

     

    Zulu spear throwing demonstrated for us on our 5 Day Safari tour from Durban

    Zulu spear throwing demonstrated for us on our 5 Day Safari tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was at this point we got to see how the spears were made and then we entered the Sangoma and Nyangas hut.

     

    Inyanga the traditional healer seen on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour

    Inyanga the traditional healer seen on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    That was now the end of our cultural tour and we checked out and headed to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve for the next part of our tour a 4 day Safari.

     

    We got to Nyalazi gate around midday and at the gate we were greeted with 5 Bachelor Elephant drinking and mud wallowing, some Buffalo Bulls doing the same and a Dazzle of Zebra.

    What a start to our Durban Safari.

     

    Bull Elephant chases a Buffalo Bull away from a mud wallow during our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour

    Bull Elephant chases a Buffalo Bull away from a mud wallow during our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we made our way up into the Hluhluwe Section one of my clients spotted a Rhino Laying down next to the road. We stopped and had a great look at a big territorial male Rhino.

     

    Rhino Bull seen close up on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour

    Rhino Bull seen close up on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We finally got to Hilltop camp for lunch and check in. After a quick lunch we headed back out onto the game reserve and spotted some Zebra near the lodge.

     

    Zebra seen on our 5 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Zebra seen on our 5 Day Safari Tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had to keep our foot on the gas as we had a 16:30 appointment at the cat rehabilitation centre. Once we got to Emdoneni Cat rehab centre, we began our Tour with the feeding of the African wild cats and then the Caracal.

     

     

    Caracal leaps for it food at a Cat rehabilitation center during our 5 Day Tour from Durban

    Caracal leaps for it food at a Cat rehabilitation center during our 5 Day Tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Caracal can jump over 3 meters and the highest recorded jump is 6 meters.

    The next enclosure was the Cheetah were my client got to interact with the Cheetah hands on and experience these amazing creatures.

     

     

    Cheetah at Emdoneni Cat rehab center on our Durban Safari Tour

    Cheetah at Emdoneni Cat rehab center on our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next was the Serval which where so beautiful and interactive. We first however fed the adults and only interacted with the younger cats that had been fed earlier.

     

     

    Serval waiting in a tree for her food at the Cat rehab center during our Durban Safari Tour

    Serval waiting in a tree for her food at the Cat rehab center during our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After we had finished up with this amazing Tour we returned to the game reserve where we found some Buffalo close to the road. Our Safari continued…

     

    Buffalo bull in Hluhluwe on our way back to Hilltop camp Day 2 of our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour

    Buffalo bull in Hluhluwe on our way back to Hilltop camp Day 2 of our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next was a Bull Elephant which was in Musth and was not interested in moving off the road, we waited and followed him along until he decided he would let us past.

     

    Elephant bull in Musth taking up the road on day 2 of your Durban Safari Tour

    Elephant bull in Musth taking up the road on day 2 of your Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We arrived at the camp and I got everyone settled before dinner which was great as usual. At this point it was time for bed after a bit of a sing and dance from the staff for us.

     

     

    Day 3: Durban 5 Day Safari Tour – Historical, Cultural and Natural Tour of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa with Tim Brown Tours.

     

    We began our day very early as the clients were booked onto the evening open vehicle game drive (Safari) at 04:50 am.

    Once they were all aboard I got some admin work done and at 8am met with them again to see how it went and for breakfast. During the game drive I could not believe my luck as in the camp I spotted a pair of Narina Trogons which was just crazy to see two days in a row!

     

    Narina Trogon at Hilltop camp Hluhluwe on our Durban safari tour

    Narina Trogon at Hilltop camp Hluhluwe on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We all decided on a rest and after lunch we headed back out to see what we could find. I had heard that the Lions were around and being a cool cloudy day we may have a chance of them not seeking dense cover.

     

    We spotted some Rhinos and Elephants in the distance but our main goal was to get to the Lions. We arrived and they were lying on there backs as if they had eaten a big meal.

     

     Lions with young cub seen on our Safari from Durban

    Lions with young cub seen on our Safari from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this we continued on feeling very lucky indeed. We found a lovely relaxed bull Elephant which made his way towards the road and crossed in front of us for the perfect photo.

     

    The next major sighting as some Giraffe and one Elephant chased the Giraffes a little.

     

     

    Giraffe with an Elephant behind it on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour

    Giraffe with an Elephant behind it on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then decided we would return to the Lions and while we were there a Bull Elephant in Musth walked passed the Lions clearly frustrated and heading for a herd of Elephant on the hill in the distance. We gave him some room but had 3 vehicles behind us so couldn’t really go anywhere as the vehicles in front had moved forward but blocked our way out. This left me trying to push an inexperienced rental car to reverse back to give the Elephant and ourselves more space.

     

    This did not work to well and in the end I had to go with our safety first and I rev’d this Bull to get him to change his line he was walking in. This did the trick and we were able to get by with a few clients and others feeling very stressed. I would not normally do this but when our safety is in jeopardy I will do what I have too.

    This is also a lesson to never go to a game reserve without a guide. “Durban” Guides have the experience and knowledge to deal with situations through there experience and studies of animal behaviour. This is the same as me operating on a person but not being a qualified doctor/surgeon!

     

     

    Bull Elephant in Musth walk past Lions towards the road on our Durban Safari Tour

    Bull Elephant in Musth walk past Lions towards the road on our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We made our way back to the lodge and got everyone ready for the evening open vehicle safari Tour which began at 5pm.

     

    I met the group again at 8pm for dinner and then a well deserved rest; we had achieved a huge amount in this day and seen so many wonderful animals.

     

    My clients got on really well and they also agreed to walk to the next morning which meant I could have a little sleep in instead of getting up at 04:30 am.

     

     

    Day 4: Durban 5 Day Safari Tour – Historical, Cultural and Natural Tour of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa with Tim Brown Tours.

     

     

    The next morning I met my clients at 8am and we had some breakfast before relaxing.

     

    After lunch our Durban Safari continued and we headed out after a huge storm had stuck and still were able to do well on the game viewing front.

     

    One of the best sightings we had was a herd of Elephant crossing the road right in front of us, they were very relaxed and just moved on to feed.

     

     

    Herd of Elephant in Hluhluwe game reserve during our 5 day Durban Safari Tour

    Herd of Elephant in Hluhluwe game reserve during our 5 day Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued we past a Land Rover that was about to be towed by his friend, every one seemed pretty happy about the whole thing.

     

    We came across a nice Rhino sighting with the Red Billed ox peckers on its back removing ticks.

     

     

    Rhino with Red Billed ox pecker on its body during our 4th Day of our Durban Safari Tour

    Rhino with Red Billed ox pecker on its body during our 4th Day of our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Later we spotted some Buffalo bulls near the road they always look like judges to me with there horns looking like a judges hair do!

     

     

    Buffalo Bull during our Safari from Durban

    Buffalo Bull during our Safari from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We returned to the camp to cancel the evening game drive as it was raining. We stopped to have a cup of coffee before heading back out in my vehicle to see what else we could find. We did well again with a troop of Baboons. One of which was a real poser!

     

     

    Baboon posing after the rain on our 5 Day Safari from Durban

    Baboon posing after the rain on our 5 Day Safari from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We also spotted a lovely Dazzle of Zebra before we went to try find some cats. We had no luck this time but were all pretty content.

     

    Zebra on the 4th Day of our Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Zebra on the 4th Day of our Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this great Safari experience we headed back to camp as the sun was coming down and we settled back in for some dinner.

     

    Every night we had been away we had the staff performing Zulu Dancing and singing, we were very lucky.

     

    Dinner was great as always and it was time for bed and get ready for the final day of our Durban Safari Tour.

     

     

    Day 5: Durban 5 Day Safari Tour – Historical, Cultural and Natural Tour of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa with Tim Brown Tours.

     

     

    We began later this morning at 6am, well I did not sure about the clients but we did meet for a lovely breakfast at 7am before we checked out and hit the road for our final Safari through Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    During this final Safari we found 3 of the Big 5 but didn’t really have too much time to stop as we needed to get to St Lucia for the 10am Estuary cruise.

     

     

    Rhino seen on Day 5 of our Safari Tour from Durban

    Rhino seen on Day 5 of our Safari Tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We also managed to spot some Zebra, Buffalo and Impala as we rushed off to the gate to St Lucia.- Isimangeliso wetland Park.

      

    As we neared St Lucia I briefed my clients on the area which is 3 x the size of Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

     

    The boat cruise began at 10am and we had a great time. There was Hippos Galore and we had some very good sightings.

     

     

    Hippos at St Lucia estuary on our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour

    Hippos at St Lucia estuary on our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    One of the other major features at St Lucia is the Mangroves and they litter the Estuary with there beauty.

     

     

    Mangrove Swamps at St Lucia estuary on our Safari Tour from Durban

    Mangrove Swamps at St Lucia estuary on our Safari Tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We also had a special sighting of a Giant King Fisher which stayed focused on fishing just long enough for us to take a picture.

     

    Giant Kingfisher see at St Lucia Estuary on the boat cruise During our Durban Safari Tour

    Giant Kingfisher see at St Lucia Estuary on the boat cruise During our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It had been a great cruise and it was now time to depart and end our 5 Day Natural, Historical and Cultural Tour of KwaZulu Natal from Durban.

     

    We stop on the way back to get some lunch and then later arrived back in the hustle and bustle of the city. This was sad to be back in the city but we had all experienced an amazing 5 days.

     

    If you wish to experience much the same as we did on this tour you can contact Tim Brown Tours to arrange this. We run not only 5 Day Safaris but also Day Tours and Day Safaris from Durban.

  • 4th August 2014

    Durban 3 Day Safari Tour to the Big 5 – Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve 1 August – 3 August 2014

     

    Our Durban 3 Day Safari to the Big 5 – Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve began in Durban city where I met my clients at the Blue Waters Hotel.

     

    Huhluwe Imfolozi game has amazing Flora and Fauna and is a very diverse game reserve. The seasons have an huge effect on this protected National Park and this time of the year is really dry and baron with almost no water except in the river systems. The National park of Hluhluwe Imfolozi is home to the Big 5: Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant. Being only 3 hours from Durban it is a must visit with a Guide if you are in the area!

    As we drove up from Durban I educated the clients from Hong Kong on the history of Durban and KwaZulu-Natal as well as the history behind the national park.

     

    It took us around 3 hours to get to the Nyalazi gate into the Umfolozi section of this Big 5 game reserve and we began our Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari Tour.

     

    The fires were a problem and we no doubt effecting game viewing but we still did very well and managed to find 3 of the Big 5 before lunch. Our first sighting was of this male Elephant near the gate.

     

    Elephant Bull at near Nyalazi gate in Umfolozi on our Safari from Durban

    Elephant Bull at near Nyalazi gate in Umfolozi on our Safari from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We did try to find the cats but it was just too hot in as the southern section of Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve. We saw: Giraffe, Nyala, Buffalo, Rhino, Warthogs, Impala amongst other things like a slender mongoose.

     

    Giraffe gazes at us on the first day of our Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari

    Giraffe gazes at us on the first day of our Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Picture of Wildebeest resting under an Acacia tree during Day 1 of our Trip from Durban

    Picture of Wildebeest resting under an Acacia tree during Day 1 of our Trip from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After a while we decided to head back to the home of Operation Rhino – Centenary centre to have some lunch and a rest. My clients also bought a few things at the curio shop before we departed to Memorial gate to get to Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation centre before 4pm.
    We made it just in time to check in and then begin the feeding session. Basically there are two tours a day and the second in the afternoon is when they feed the cats cuts of meat mostly chicken or wild meats. We got to interact with 3 of the 4 different species of endangered wild cat namely: African Wild cat, Serval and the Cheetah.

     

    Cheetah at Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation centre on our Tour

    Cheetah at Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation centre on our Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After spending a good hour and a half with these amazing cats we returned to our rooms before dinner at 7pm.

     

    Dinner was a lovely affair as there was a fire burning outside the restaurant and music playing inside making the atmosphere very pleasant.

     

    I had chatted with my clients and we had made the decision to get breakfast packs and get up early to be at the Gate of Hluhluwe when it opened at 6am.

     

    It was now time for some rest and we went to bed with alarms set very early!

     

    Day 2: Durban 3 Day Safari Tour to the Big 5 – Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    At 05:30 we departed Emdoneni lodge for the Memorial gate which is the Northern gate into Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve. We had immediate success and I knew today would be a good day!

     

    We first spotted Zebra and Rhino within 20 minutes and then a large herd of Buffalo before 5 Rhinos greeted us on the main road before moving into the bush.

     

    Buffalo staring at me on Safari in Africa from Durban

    Buffalo staring at me on Safari in Africa from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    5 Rhinos on the road in the misty early morning Safari in Hluhluwe game reserve

    5 Rhinos on the road in the misty early morning Safari in Hluhluwe game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continues past all the burned sections from the run away Veld fire a couple days before we enjoyed the mist in the valleys and took a few photos. We also had some brilliant luck, as I was driving a herd a branch crack and stopped as I knew it sounded like Elephant. I was right and out of the misty thickets came a small herd of Elephant and crossed the road right in front of us!

     

    Elephant in the mist cross the road in front of our vehicle on our Durban Safari

    Elephant in the mist cross the road in front of our vehicle on our Durban Safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on to find another 2 herds of Elephant and a bachelor herd, Giraffe and Zebra amongst other species. It was turning out to be a great day of Safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    As we made our way closer to the White Umfolozi river we spotted a large male White Rhino sleeping and after watching him for 2 minutes he jumped to alert and posed for a great photo.

     

    White Rhino Bull jumps to attention as he hears something that unsettles him during a Safari Tour from Durban

    White Rhino Bull jumps to attention as he hears something that unsettles him during a Safari Tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this the weirdest thing happened, I spotted an old giraffe male and every time he blinked tears would come out of his eye! I know Giraffe cannot cry so this must have been a result of the smoke or and eye infection.

    Amazing stuff! I tried to take a picture but the tears fell so fast so I could only show the wet eye and a tear drop on the eyelash.

     

    Giraffe Cries with tears streaming down his face on our Durban Big 5 Safari

    Giraffe Cries with tears streaming down his face on our Durban Big 5 Safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We made it down to Bhejane hide a hut which you can sit inside which overlooks a waterhole. This is an ideal spot as there is no other water in the immediate area. We had great luck as when we arrived 7 different species were at the Watering hole including: Elephant, Buffalo (2 of the Big 5), Zebra, Warthog, Nyala, Impala and Wildebeest. By the time I had taken a photo with my camera I could only get 3 species which is still amazing!

     

    Bhejane hide 3 species together on our Big 5 Safari Trip from Durban

    Bhejane hide 3 species together on our Big 5 Safari Trip from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After we were done there we made our way around to find the Lions and lucky for us we were in luck and we spotted 3 Lioness on a ridge. What made this even better was that they got up and walked close to our vehicle to begin stalking Wildebeest. Of course a convoy of cars formed and kindly blocked the Lionesses path across the road so we left them to sort themselves out. It was a brilliant sighting though!

     

    Lioness on our Durban Big 5 Safari

    Lioness on our Durban Big 5 Safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After we left the Lions we headed up to the centenary center for lunch. On route we spotted Giraffe, Buffalo, Baboons, Elephant and Rhino.

     

    We settled in to have some lunch and then looked around the museum before we departed for Emdoneni lodge where we would also be staying the second night.

     

    We all were very tired after a 9 hour Safari stint in the African Bush.

     

    After a rest it was time for dinner and bed.

     

    Day 3: Durban 3 Day Safari Tour to the Big 5 – Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    We began the final Durban day Safari with breakfast before we entered at memorial gate to find a pleasant surprise! Lions and Hyenas.

    The whole reason was not so apparent as the Lions had made a kill of a Giraffe and the grass was so long that we could not see them or the kill until later on. What made it apparent was that a Journey of Giraffe approached and got very close to the Lionesses to see who they had killed! Very exciting!

     

    Young Hyena looking on at Lions that killed a Giraffe on our Durban Safaris Tour

    Young Hyena looking on at Lions that killed a Giraffe on our Durban Safaris Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The next thing when the Giraffe got close to the Lioness was very interesting as the Lioness moved away from the carcass and from the giraffes which were eyeing her up. Life over limb hey! Even a Lion has to be careful of the big feet of a Giraffe, a kick to the jaw could case the Lions death!

     

    Can you spot the Lioness that the Giraffe are looking at….

    Can you spot the Lioness that the Giraffe are looking at….

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued out of Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and with that it was the end of the the Bush Safari Experience, now it would be time for a Boat Safari Experience at St Lucia-Isimangeliso Wetland Park.

    The boat cruise was 2 hours long and very enjoyable with great sightings of Hippos and Crocodile.

     

    Crocodile on our Durban Safaris Tour at St Lucia Estuary

    Crocodile on our Durban Safaris Tour at St Lucia Estuary

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Large pod of Hippos at St Lucia estuary Isimangeliso Wetland park in KwaZulu Natal

     

    Large pod of Hippos at St Lucia estuary Isimangeliso Wetland park in KwaZulu Natal

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After St Lucia Estuarys Tour we heading into the Town for some lunch at The Ocean Sizzler and we all had some fish as its fresh being a coastal Town.

    Then it was time to say good bye to the Safari from Durban and head back to the big city. We arrived back just after 6pm very happy after the 3 Days of Safari Touring in KwaZulu-Natal.

  • 4th August 2014

    Durban overnight Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve 30 July – 31 July 2014

     

    Our Durban overnight Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve began in Umhlanga near Durban city where I met my clients.

     

    On route to Huhluwe Imfolozi game reserve I covered the usual things like the history of Durban and KwaZulu-Natal as well as the national park. The Flora and Fauna of Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve is incredible and very interesting.The National park of Hluhluwe Imfolozi is home to the Big 5, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant. Being only 3 hours from Durban it is a must visit with a Guide if you are in the area!

     

    After a quick two and a half hours drive to Nyalazi gate we entered the Big 5 game reserve and we began our Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari Tour.

     

    I wasn’t sure what to expect as it was already hot at 28 degrees Celsius and this was winter. We headed south to try and find the big cats as the southern section of Hluhluwe Imfolozi is flatter and dryer. This turned out to be a good idea as we spotted Elephants, Rhino, Buffalo and Lions out of the Big 5. This wasn’t all as we saw Zebra, Giraffe, Nyala, Warthogs, Impala and a whole array of birdlife.

    Elephant Bull in the Black Umfolozi river resting his trunk of his tusk on our Durban Overnight Safari

    Elephant Bull in the Black Umfolozi river resting his trunk of his tusk on our Durban Overnight Safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    White Rhino rests on our Durban Safari from Durban

    White Rhino rests on our Durban Safari from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Lion sighting was the most special as we worked so hard to find them and eventually we spotted them. The best part was we had the sighting to ourselves as the Male Lion wondered around looking at us and then a Lioness got up too and walked around before disappearing behind the grass.

     

    Lion found today on our Durban Safari Tour at Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Lion found today on our Durban Safari Tour at Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After all of this excitement we headed back up north to the Centenary centre for some lunch, it was already 2pm but we had done so well we didn’t worry about that.

     

    Our Safari from Durban had just begun as we headed up to Hilltop camp and realised that half the game reserve was burning down… Luckily the team at Hilltop camp had got control of the situation had the fire was being attended too.

     

    Zebra in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve during our Safari Tour
    Zebra in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve during our Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On route to Hilltop camp we spotted more Rhinos, Giraffe and Zebra. Even the Baboons we out playing today! Our trip from Durban was well worth it!

     

    We arrived at Hilltop camp and checked in to the lodge before an hour rest. At 16:30 we continued our Durban Safari and as we left we spotted a Black Rhino right outside the gate to Hilltop camp.

    I couldn’t believe it!

     

    Photo of our Black Rhino on this Durban overnight Safari

    Photo of our Black Rhino on this Durban overnight Safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We the moved on to do a Safari down by the river and it was here we spotted a mother and calf White Rhino near the road.

     

    As the sun began to set the Night Jars came out and we spotted one on the road. It also stayed long enough for its photo to be taken.

     

    Firery necked Night Jar found in Hluhluwe game reserve on our Durban Safaris Tour

    Firery necked Night Jar found in Hluhluwe game reserve on our Durban Safaris Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was amazing driving back to camp at dark as the fires we still smouldering and the glow looked incredible. We turned off the engine and listened to the sounds of the night. We even herd Elephants nearby breaking trees. It had been such an exciting Days Safari from Durban.

     

    Sunset in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Sunset in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban Safaris are not complete if you do not visit the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve which is Africa’s Oldest and home to Operation Rhino in the 1950’s.

     

    It was time to get back to the lodge for some dinner and rest after what was a great day in the African bush on our Durban Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    Dinner was great and we retired for the night. The following day we would look for more Elephants.

     

    Day 2: Durban Safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    After waking up and getting a buffet breakfast we checked out and began our final 3 hour game drive Safari in the reserve.

    Our Safari Tour of Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve was really going well at this point and now it was the matter of putting the finishing touches on before we headed to Isimangeliso Wetland Park for our St Lucia boat cruise.

     

    Buffalo cow stares us down in Hluhluwe on our Safari Trip from Durban

    Buffalo cow stares us down in Hluhluwe on our Safari Trip from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After spotting a few other species we had to call it a day and leave for St Lucia. Before we could leave though there was a surprise waiting at the gate! 2 Bull Elephants had crossed the road in front of us and made there way to the gate were there was some fresh water from the run off of the drains.

     

    Finally we got going to St Lucia – Isimangeliso Wetland Park.

     

    Our Safari Tour from Durban was not yet complete as we had a 2 hour boat cruise on the World heritage site’s Estuary of St Lucia.

     

    The boat cruise was amazing as usual and it was even better as we had a small group on board the boat. We had fantastic sightings of Hippos out of the water and Crocodiles. I also got a great photo of an African Fish Eagle.

     

    African Fish Eagle perched at St Lucia Estuary on our Durban Safari Tour

    African Fish Eagle perched at St Lucia Estuary on our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Crocodile at St Lucia Estuary Isimangeliso Wetland park during our Big 5 Safari Tour from Durban

    Crocodile at St Lucia Estuary Isimangeliso Wetland park during our Big 5 Safari Tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Pod of Hippos resting on the St Lucia Estuarys bank on our Tour from Durban

    Pod of Hippos resting on the St Lucia Estuarys bank on our Tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lunch was calling after the boat cruise and we went to my favourite restaurant in St Lucia – Ocean Sizzler where we all had fresh fish!

     

    After lunch we had to leave and continue our Safari Tour, Sadly for us all it was back to Durban city!

     

    We had all had such a great time in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve on our Safari from Durban and had so many memories to take back with us!

  • 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.