Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari Tours Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 20th January 2015

    Durban 3 day safari tour 15-17th January 2015

     

    We began in Umkomaas where I collected my clients after they had been diving the reefs of Aliwal Shoal. It would now be time to do a 3 day Durban safari tour with them and show them the land animals.

     

    We began the almost 4 hour drive up to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve on route covering the history of the area and any questions my clients had.

    We stopped at a Cat rehabilitation centre near Hluhluwe for interaction with 4 different species of endangered wild cats, namely Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African Wild Cat.

     

    Upon arrival we got to interact with tour 3.5 month old Cheetah cubs which will be being used for breeding. My clients loved it!

     

    The cutest things was when it was time for them to leave and they were inside the Land Cruiser which for me is a warped sense of reality as usually they are outside the vehicle and we are inside the vehicles.

     

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Cheetah cubs in game viewer

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Cheetah cubs in game viewer

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then moved on to the African Wild cats the most primitive specie of small cat in the world; all our domestic cats would have had their origins from the African Wild cat.

     

    After spending time with these chaps we moved on to the Caracal and I got a decent photo of one of them.

     

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Caracal stare

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Caracal stare

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In the Caracal enclosure I also spotted a Damsel fly which I managed to get a photo of so I could look it up at a later stage!

     

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Damsel Fly

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Damsel Fly

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was then time to visit and interact with the big male Cheetahs which my clients really enjoyed. I managed to get a nice picture of one of the males while he stayed away from his brother during our interactions with him.

    This was turning out to be an exciting Durban safari tour.

     

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Cheetah at Cat rehabilitation center

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Cheetah at Cat rehabilitation center

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time to visit the Serval and we managed to get a great shot of one up in the tree snarling at us below.

     

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Serval snarl

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Serval snarl

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After having such a great time with the Cats we decided to head into Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve the oldest game reserve in Africa and home to the Big 5, the Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant.

     

    Upon arrival we covered the usual entrance procedure and did not really see too much before we stopped for lunch. Having said that it was a hot day and it was the middle of it!

     

    We settled into Hilltop camp and had some lunch before checking in and getting luggage to the rooms. At 4pm we headed out and began our Safari to see what we could find. We found loads of herds of Buffalo in the distance so I did not bother with taking those pictures.

     

    We did have a great sighting with some Rhino crossing the road in front of us.

     

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Rhinos cross the road

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Rhinos cross the road

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued we spotted some baboons on the road and got a nice picture during the Durban 3 Day safari tour of this Baboon.

     

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Baboon crosses the road

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Baboon crosses the road

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We found some lovely Giraffe and our first sighting of Giraffe was an old male we later on found a whole journey of about 10 Giraffe. One of these Giraffes decided to stick his tongue out which looked really funny!

     

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Giraffe with her tongue out

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Giraffe with her tongue out

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    At the same spot we found a Dazzle of Zebra which also crossed in front of our car and we managed to get a great photo. Man our Durban 3 day safari tour was turning out to be really good.

     

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Zebra crossing

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Zebra crossing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was time to prepare for the sunset and the good light we would experience. As my client we keen photographer I took then to one of the highest points in the game reserve and we got out as it was a safe spot and enjoyed the views. I tried my hand at the art of Photography and thought I would advertise myself!

     

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Rolling hills of Hluhluwe

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Rolling hills of Hluhluwe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were not going to move off to another spot for the actual sunset and on the way came across a large herd of Buffalo one of which gave us the stare!

     

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Buffalo at dusk

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Buffalo at dusk

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued we found our way to a lovely spot to view the sun set which had some cloud around it at this point and was not as good as I was hoping but still great to see on one of my Durban safari tours.

     

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Sunset in Hluhluwe

    Durban 3 day safari tour; Sunset in Hluhluwe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had to rush back and got in on time at 7pm. Dinner was also booked for 7pm so we just went straight in and enjoyed a meal in the restaurant before heading off to bed to prepare for the 05:30 start the following day.

     

    Day 2 Durban 3 day safari tour

     

    We began day 2 of our Durban safari tour at 05:30 am and took with us our breakfast packs that we got from the lodge.

    We headed down south into the Umfolozi section of the game reserve to try and find cats and Elephants.

     

    Within minutes we spotted Zebra, Giraffe and Rhino!

     

    Our first good sighting was of a lovely Giraffe.

     

    Durban safari tour; Giraffe

    Durban safari tour; Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Moving along we found some amazing Zebra in a large herd which posed so well for us that I had to put the picture up from this safari tour.

     

    Durban safari tour; Zebras

    Durban safari tour; Zebras

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Finally we spotted an Elephant and he was right next to the road so we spent some time with him before moving on and having some great luck in finding a Black Rhino and calf. It is so rare that I was really happy about it.

     

    Durban safari tour; Black Rhino and calf

    Durban safari tour; Black Rhino and calf

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We made our way down to the White Umfolozi river where we found a lot of Vultures 2 of them being the endangered Lapped faced Vulture. This is always interesting as they are natures clean up team and they were all either sunning themselves or bathing.

     

    Durban safari tour; Vultures

    Durban safari tour; Vultures

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then made our way down to Bhejane hide and we had some amazing sighting at this watering hole that we ended up spending 2 hours their.

     

    First the Zebra came, then the Elephants and Buffalo. Then we had Impala and Wildebeest with Vervet Monkeys, Monitor Lizard, Warthogs and even more Elephants.

     

    Durban safari tour; Elephant mud wallowing

    Durban safari tour; Elephant mud wallowing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Buffalo, Elephant and Monitor Lizard

    Durban safari tour; Buffalo, Elephant and Monitor Lizard

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Wildebeest drinking

    Durban safari tour; Wildebeest drinking

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Vervet monkeys drinking

    Durban safari tour; Vervet monkeys drinking

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was like a zoo as we just had animals keep coming for the 2 hours to the watering hole. This really made our day safari and the quality of these sightings was also amazing.

     

    We had been very lucky and escaped the midday heat. By the time we got back on the road it was 40 degrees and humid like you cannot believe. We decided to revert to air-conditioning before we got to our lunch stop at Centenary center.

     

    On route we spotted an Elephant or 4 and one as I like to say had 5 legs! What an amazing sighting.

     

    Durban safari tour; A 5 legged Elephant

    Durban safari tour; A 5 legged Elephant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We got up to lunch and also had a look at the curio shop before the long drive back to camp. We arrived back at 3 pm at Hilltop where we sorted out dinner arrangements and the rest of the day. After 9 hours of driving or being out their looking for animals we decided to rest and not go back out as a big storm was on they way and then it hit up.

     

    Good job we did not go out it was a big storm which briefly stopped for us to get down for dinner before it bucketed it down and we got drenched just getting back into the vehicle to go to the rooms.

     

    Day 3: Durban 3 day safari tour

     

     

    Day 3 of our Durban safari tour went exactly as I wished it to and finally the dream I had on the first night of Lions feeding on a Zebra almost came true.

     

    We began with breakfast and check out before heading down south into Umfolozi as we had 3 hours Safari time left before we would head to St Lucia for the 2 hour boat cruise.

     

    Our first major sighting apart from what we had seen already was Black Rhino mother and calf with a male who was keen on mating with her. She just kept moving away.

     

    Durban safari tours; Black Rhino mother and calf

    Durban safari tours; Black Rhino mother and calf

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we made it down to the Nyalazi gate I spotted 4 Southern ground hornbills and being an endangered bird was really exciting for me.

    They were just roaming around as they do looking for grubs, grasshoppers etc

     

    Durban safari tours; Southern ground hornbills

    Durban safari tours; Southern ground hornbills

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We moved on and to our surprise we spotted Hyenas on a hill munching on a Carcass of a Wildebeest that must have been killed by Lions. This was close enough to my dream on night one so I was really happy until; 2 park field staff walked straight up to the Carcass and removed the tail and the leg!

    I could not believe my eyes as I am aware that these items are used by Sangomas (Fortune tellers) in the Zulu Nation for muthi medicine.

     

    We obviously confronted them getting some elaborate story about it being for research. I also reported this and then more stories came out from the management as well as apologies. It is clear the rot always starts at the top I am afraid.

     

    Durban safari tour; Hyenas and vultures feeding on Wildebeest carcass

    Durban safari tour; Hyenas and vultures feeding on Wildebeest carcass

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We moved on and with some great luck spotted a male Lion under some bushes not that far from the Kill we had just seen.

     

    He was really tucked away and this made it really hard for a photograph but a Lion is a Lion as I always say to my clients.

     

    Durban safari tour; Lion yawning

    Durban safari tour; Lion yawning

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We returned to the Carcass and found the Hyenas back and a few vulture but we needed to continue on and get to St Lucia wetlands for our 2 hour boat cruise. It would be there that we would see Hippos and crocodiles.

     

    The hour drive went smoothly and we drove through the rural communities to St Lucia – Isimangeliso wetland park about an hour away from the gate.

     

    The boat was fairly quiet and it was very pleasant and we cruised in the estuary and enjoyed all the wild life.

     

    Durban safari tour; Crocodile at St Lucia wetlands

    Durban safari tour; Crocodile at St Lucia wetlands

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had many great sightings of Hippos which are a guaranteed sighting as St Lucia is the largest estuarine system in Southern Africa.

     

    Durban safari tour; Hippos at St Lucia wetlands

    Durban safari tour; Hippos at St Lucia wetlands

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We ended our cruise and had to head straight back to King Shaka International airport as my clients were on a flight out that evening.

     

    We made good time and sadly for my clients their journey had come to an end and they had to head home but not after having a great 3 days with me and diving with Sharks down the coast.

     

     

  • 11th November 2014

    Durban Safari Tour 2 Day Package with Tim Brown Tours – 6-7th November 2014

     

    I collected my clients from a couple of different stops in the Durban area and after a briefing of the itinerary of the 2 day Durban Safari Tour we began our 3 hour drive to Emdoneni cat rehabilitation centre. (Hluhluwe)

     

    On route I covered some of the major history of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa and some issues and concerns we have in South Africa moving forward as a democratic country. This is always a bit on “Sitting on the fence” but you learn how to get your point across over the years.

     

    When we arrived at Emdoneni we began a lovely tour of the Cat rehabilitation centre to discover that the 2 new cheetah cubs will soon be available for interaction with the public. They will be used for breeding purposes and will not be released back into the wild.

     

    We began with the African wild Cats which is almost a disappointment but this only makes it that much more special when you see the Caracal, Serval and the Cheetah.

     

    Cheetah at Emdoneni on our Durban Safari 2 day package tour

    Cheetah at Emdoneni on our Durban Safari 2 day package tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Cheetahs were a little agitated this day which was very unusual but we all had some time to interact with them before moving on to the Serval cats in another enclosure.

     

    We always need to keep in mind that the cats we interact with will never be added back to the wild due to hand rearing etc and are merely being used as ambassadors for there specie in educating us on there plight in the wild.

     

    Serval at Emdoneni on our Durban Safari 2 day package tour

     

    Serval at Emdoneni on our Durban Safari 2 day package tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this part of our Durban Safari Tour we headed on to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve. In 20 Minutes we were there and we entered the gate and very quickly saw 3 new born Impalas with there mothers. They would have only been 3 days old. Very exciting!

    I didn’t take any great photos as they were so far away and lying down.

    As we continued we hit the jackpot with a Crash of Rhino and herd of Buffalo resting and feeding next to one another.

     

    Rhino and Buffalo resting during our Durban Safari Tour

    Rhino and Buffalo resting during our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After spending some quality time watching these amazing animals we continued on and found a warthog and a herd of Elephant in the distance. We were lucky as not far from there we got another Elephant closer to the road and then nailed 2 male Elephants crossing the road which was great for such a short time into a Durban Safari Tour.

     

    Elephant bull seen on our Durban Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Elephant bull seen on our Durban Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After spending some time with the Elephants we moved on to the lodge for a late lunch and checked into the rooms. At 16:15 we headed back out with the luxury of an extra hour on the reserve due to the 1st November time changes for summer!

    As we entered Hilltop camp we came across and endangered forest monkey, the Samango monkey. He was just posing in the tree for us.

     

    Samango Monkey an Endangered forest monkey seen on our Durban 2 Day Tour

    Samango Monkey an Endangered forest monkey seen on our Durban 2 Day Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I first wanted to follow up on the African wild dogs that we seen in the morning but they had not become active and were not visible from the roads, so we continued on and found  a huge herd of Buffalo on and next to the road.

     

    Herd of Buffalo during our afternoon Safari drive with Tim Brown Tours

    Herd of Buffalo during our afternoon Safari drive with Tim Brown Tours

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After enjoying the moans and groans of the Buffalo herd and all the odd stares we continued on to find a lovely herd of Elephant with some young babies. Unfortunately the mothers with the small babies kept moving away but the others hung around for a while.

     

    Elephants crossing the road on our Durban Safari tour

    Elephants crossing the road on our Durban Safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After watching a young Elephant suckling and having a section of the herd cross the road in front of us we continued to the Hluhluwe river. We again spotted more Elephants and some down by the river.

    We stopped at a view sight to see what we could spot and as the Elephants were a safe distance away we could enjoy them away from the noise and comfort of a vehicle. We just listened to the sounds of nature and feeding Elephants, one was even wallowing in the river.

    Again another animal to add to the list was a Nile Crocodile basking on the river bank.

     

    Crocodile seen in the Hluhluwe river at a view point during our Durban Safari Tour

    Crocodile seen in the Hluhluwe river at a view point during our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The sun was setting but that was not it for the day. As we continued on in low light we spotted a Red Duiker, Grey Duiker, Nyala, Zebra in the distance and even a Large spotted Genet.

    As we drove back into the camp at 7pm I was so happy as in the tree as we drove in was a Thick Tailed Bush Baby which I haven’t seen so clearly for a while. Sadly no picture.

    It was now time for dinner and we would need an early night due to a 04:45 start the next day on the open vehicle safari tour.

    It had been a great Durban Safari Tour so far and we were hoping for much the same the following day.

     

    At Dinner the staff got up and did some singing and dancing for us which my guests really enjoyed. This sort of this just adds that little bit extra touch to a stay in the African Bush. Very special experience.

     

    It was time for bed.

     

    Day 2: Durban 2 Day Safari Tour package

     

    We got up bright and early and I made sure the clients were awake and on the open vehicle game drive for 5am which I knew they would enjoy. If the just saw the same animals it would still have been an experience to be in an open vehicle in the African Bush.

     

    They returned at 8am and we settled in for some breakfast.

     

    After the morning open vehicle Safari my clients returned after a great experience and saw the same animals that we had already seen on our first day. Its always nice to have the open vehicle experience if possible and to see animals with out the windows on a Durban Safari.

     

    We then had some breakfast and I popped out to see if I could locate any giraffe as the client were getting there bags ready before we left the lodge. I was lucky and located some Giraffe to show them after we left the lodge.

     

    Giraffe seen on our Durban Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve with Tim Brown Tours

    Giraffe seen on our Durban Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve with Tim Brown Tours

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After enjoying our first journey of Giraffe we headed down South to see what else we could find on our way out of the game reserve of Hluhluwe Imfolozi.

     

    We found more Warthogs with tiny babies and more giraffe.

     

    Warthog with Piglets on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Warthog with Piglets on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our Safari continued and we had a special sighting of a Female Baboon with a baby who was grooming the little one! It was a great sight to behold.

     

    Durban Safaris can be very special and are well worth taking a guided Tour of the area to maximize the experience.

     

    Baboon mother grooming her baby on our Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari Tour with Tim Brown Tours

    Baboon mother grooming her baby on our Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari Tour with Tim Brown Tours

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was time to depart the famous Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve. We began the one hour drive to St Lucia estuary in Isimangeliso Wetland park.

     

    The clients took the opportunity to rest before the boat cruise to see Hippos and crocodiles.

     

    Our first sighting at St Lucia was some Hippos and this lovely Crocodile.

     

    Crocodile seen at St Lucia estuary with Tim Brown Tours on our Durban Safari

    Crocodile seen at St Lucia estuary with Tim Brown Tours on our Durban Safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued up stream we spotted some beautiful pods of Hippos and were so lucky as on pod kept yawning so we could see the perfect Hippo Shot.

     

    Hippo with her mouth open at St Lucia estuary on our Durban 2 Day Tour

    Hippo with her mouth open at St Lucia estuary on our Durban 2 Day Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our Safari Tour from Durban was coming to an end but we did stop in the town of St Lucia for some lunch before I drove my clients back to the big city of Durban.

     

  • 3rd October 2014

    Safari Tour from Durban for 3 Days with Tim Brown Tours to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 game reserve.

     

    After collecting my group of clients from Durban for there Big 5 Safari at Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve we headed up to St Lucia or Isimangeliso wetland park to view Hippos and Crocodiles. We were very lucky as we had cooler weather during this 3 day Durban Safari tour and the animals were out and about!

    Safaris from Durban have become very popular in recent years with many clients coming out of conferences or meeting in Durban to join a Day or Overnight Safari Tour with us.

    I covered all the usual things like the History of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa and the History behind the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve, Flora and Fauna.

    I actually didn’t take my camera on the boat cruise at St Lucia so did not take pictures there except on with my phone which I posted to my Twitter and Facebook accounts.

    We had such a great time at St Lucia and a great lunch before heading onto Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve to check into our accommodation at Hilltop camp for the next few days.

    Little did we know at this stage that our Safari near Durban would be very memorable. Driving in from Memorial gate we say a fair few species including a herd of Buffalo on the road, Giraffe, Rhino, Zebra, Monitor Lizard and some antelope species!

     

    Water Monitor Lizard seen during our Durban safari tour

    Water Monitor Lizard seen during our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued to the lodge and again spotted some Buffalo on the road! This was amazing as we just sat and watched them for 10 minutes while at the same time looking at Giraffe.

     

    Buffalo seen near the gate on our Safari near Durban

    Buffalo seen near the gate on our Safari near Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After checking in and having a few minutes literally to message my wife we headed back out onto the reserve to see what else we could find. It was just one of those Durban Safaris where you know that the animals are going to show up some where some how! We could not have been out 30 seconds and I spotted this beautiful bird, the Trumpeter Horn bill.

     

    Trumpeter Hornbill seem close to our lodge on our Safari from Durban

    Trumpeter Hornbill seem close to our lodge on our Safari from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This was amazing an after seeing more animals we in this one day seen 2 or the Big 5 and some amazing other interesting sightings. This was only the beginning of our 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban so we still had 2 days to see more and boy did we see more!

    We settled in for the night at Hilltop camp and enjoyed some great food before we all rather quickly retired to bed. It had been a long day. I tried to get some work done but the Wifi was not strong enough to send out my quotes so I had to wait a couple days…

     

    Day 2 of our 3 Day Durban Safari tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    I met my client very early for them at 6am and we departed for a 3.5 hour Safari to see what new animals and wildlife we could spot. The day began with sighting after sighting of these amazing animals we have in Africa.

     

    Zebra posing for a photo on Day 2 of our 3 day Safari Tour from Durban

    Zebra posing for a photo on Day 2 of our 3 day Safari Tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After a great sighting of Zebras it was the turn of the Giraffes, it is so difficult to choose the best pictures so I just put this picture of this Giraffe bending down to feed right next to the road! Durban Safaris and Durban Tours are a must do if you are visiting Durban city for business or pleasure!

     

    Giraffe seen on our Durban 3 Day Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Giraffe seen on our Durban 3 Day Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We did find Elephant which is one of the Big 5 making it 3 of the Big 5 Spotted over the 2 days before breakfast on day 2 however the next picture was taken after breakfast. We has heard that Lions we spotted in a nice open area and had killed a Buffalo so decided to follow up on this, before we arrived this Big Bulls Elephant was wondering down the road towards us! He was resting his trunk over his tusk!

     

    Bull Elephant walking down the road towards us on our Durban Safari Tour

    Bull Elephant walking down the road towards us on our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was at this point that the rest of our Safari from Durban would change for the better and we would have unbelievable sighting of the Big 5 as well as other animals.

    We arrived at the area where the Lions had been spotted an as there was a burned section it was clear to see these lions well a couple of them. This is a Pride of 7 Lions, 2 adults females with cubs aged 18 months – 2 years. They had killed a Buffalo female in the night and one was guarding her prize while the others were hiding in a bush.

     

     Lioness give us the stare as she feeds on her Buffalo kill during our Durban 3 Day Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Lioness give us the stare as she feeds on her Buffalo kill during our Durban 3 Day Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had an amazing time watching these Lions especially later on when a Rhino walking right up to the Lions that were sleeping under the tree and he had no idea they were there. The Lions just stayed still keeping an eye on him and once we wondered past they relaxed again. A Rhino is to big to be taken by Lions generally speaking as they have a horn they use to protect themselves if needs be.

    I made a video of this as you just wont believe me otherwise: Rhino Walks past Lions with a Kill Video click here.

     

    Rhino walks past Lions on a Kill on our Safari near Durban

    Rhino walks past Lions on a Kill on our Safari near Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We enjoyed this amazing sight for some time before heading back to the lodge for a rest of 2 hours. We then headed back to the Carcass to see what had changed. It was great as now we had 3 of the lions active and this one young male was wondering around feeling sorry for himself as he must have eaten to much. He kept eating grass like your domestic dog and cat at home when they feel ill. Wow what a Safari from Durban this was turning out to be!

     

    Young Male Lion rests after over eating during our Big 5 Durban Safari Tour

    Young Male Lion rests after over eating during our Big 5 Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The next image also has a video link to it as it was the one Lioness feeding on the Buffalo during our Durban Safari Tour.

    Lioness feeds on the Buffalo Carcass click here for video.

     

    Lioness give us the stare as she feeds on her Buffalo kill during our Durban 3 Day Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Lioness give us the stare as she feeds on her Buffalo kill during our Durban 3 Day Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We decided it was time to go and look for different animals in the remaining time we had before the night drive and headed back round to the main road to continue our Durban Safari, here we spotted some lovely Rhinos and a mother with a tiny baby.

     

    Rhino mother and new born calf sleeping next to her seen on our Safari near Durban

    Rhino mother and new born calf sleeping next to her seen on our Safari near Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    That was it for the day apart from the evening game drive where the client saw not new to what we had showed them but the experience non the less was exciting for them. It was time for dinner and then a good nights rest after a crazing day of more than 8 hours of Safari.

     

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

     

    I got the clients up a little later this morning at 06:50 and we packed the luggage and made a move down to reception for some breakfast and to check out. It was nice to sit down with a cup of coffee while the clients sorted out there accommodation for the night in Umhlanga. We then departed for the last 2 hours of Safari time and this would also be amazing.

    We spotted load of Elephant down in the valleys but was not a great picture so we just enjoyed them. We also spotted more Zebra and returned to the carcass. The Lions had gone and the carcass had been dragged closer to the road, the vultures were polishing off the rest…

     

    Carcass of the Buffalo after being taken over by the Vultures on our 3 Day Safari Tour near Durban

    Carcass of the Buffalo after being taken over by the Vultures on our 3 Day Safari Tour near Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We moved on after a short time here and spotted the same mother Rhino with her calf, the calf showed great interest in my car and we actually moved back so that the mother didn’t get to interested in us. Baby crossed the road and mother followed her.

     

    Rhino calf shows a little to much interest in us on our Durban Safaris excursion

    Rhino calf shows a little to much interest in us on our Durban Safaris excursion

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this lovely sighting we headed out on a dirt road and found the African Wild Dogs, to me like gold as they are the most endangered Carnivore in Africa. They had all there pups with them and it was amazing amount 1/3 of the entire game reserves wild dog population were in one spot with us! So exciting you cannot believe!

    I have to make a video when they all lined up on the road for us.

     

    Wild dogs all over the road video click here.

     

     

    African Wild dogs and there new litter of puppies on a road during our Safari from Durban

    African Wild dogs and there new litter of puppies on a road during our Safari from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were running out of Safari time so we headed out of Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve to Emdoneni Cat rehabilitation Center for the 10:30 Tour of the 4 endangered Cats the Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African Wild Cat.

    The client loved it and at the end of a great 3 days of Safari from Durban we began to head back to the Airport to drop the clients of for there flight back to Norway.

    As Durban Safaris go this had been a brilliant Tour and we had seen lots of different animals but also the quality of the sightings were outstanding. If you would like to join Tim Brown Tours on a Safari near Durban contact us!

     

  • 23rd August 2014

    Durban KwaZulu-Natal 5 Day Safari of the Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and Tour to the Drakensberg 18 August – 22 August 2014

     

    Our Durban, KwaZulu-Natal 5 Day Safari began in Durban(Umhlanga) where I met my clients. Neil had been with me a year ago and had returned with his wife and son to share his experiences with them.

    I am always happy when clients return for a second taste of the South African National parks.

     

    I began by covering some of the history of Durban and KwaZulu-Natal as well as the history behind the national parks we would be visiting on day one.

     

    Day one began at St Lucia – Isimangeliso Wetland Park where we would embark on a 2 hour Estuary cruise to view Hippos and Crocodiles. Isimangeliso Wetland Park is South Africa’s first world heritage site. It was decided by UNESCO in 1999.

    Upon arrival we had a look at a craft market and began this exciting cruise where we also spotted lots of birdlife.

     

    One of the first things we spotted was this African Fish Eagle which was perched on a tree in the Estuary of St Lucia.

     

    African fish eagle on Day 1 of our 5 Day Safari tour seen at St Lucia

    African fish eagle on Day 1 of our 5 Day Safari tour seen at St Lucia

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued on and enjoyed the breeze we came across a few large pods of Hippos. This picture below was one of many we saw this day.

     

    Hippos seen on Day 1 of our Durban Safari Tour at St Lucia

    Hippos seen on Day 1 of our Durban Safari Tour at St Lucia

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    During this St Lucia boat safari we spotted some crocodiles as well but I chose this picture of the Estuary mouth with the Crocodiles resting on a sand bank. The Indian Ocean is in the back ground.

     

    St Lucia Estuary mouth with 2 Big crocodiles on a sand bank during our Durban Safari Tour

    St Lucia Estuary mouth with 2 Big crocodiles on a sand bank during our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Once we finished up here we went into the town and got some lunch before making our way to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve, Africa’s oldest protected area.

    We entered at Memorial gate and spotted some Rhinos, Zebra, Buffalo and Wildebeest before arriving at Hilltop camp and checking in for 2 nights.

     

    Zebra foul seen on Day 1 of our 5 Day Durban safari tour seen in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve
    Zebra foul seen on Day 1 of our 5 Day Durban safari tour seen in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The view from Hilltop camp is spectacular and after a short rest it was time for the evening game drive Safari Tour in the open vehicle. The clients got to see Elephant and Genet which we had not seen on the drive into Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    Huhluwe Imfolozi game has amazing Flora and Fauna and is a very diverse game reserve. The seasons have a 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!

     

    Upon our return to Hilltop camp we had dinner and went to bed ready for the new day.

     

    Day 2: Durban KwaZulu-Natal 5 Day Safari of the Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and Tour to the Drakensberg 18 August – 22 August 2014

     

    We met at 7am for breakfast before heading into the Umfolozi section of the game reserve. We spotted many things including Giraffe, Zebra and Impala.

     

    I selected this picture of the White backed Vulture on a nest as the first one as Greg loved Birds.

     

    Day 2 of our Durban Safari tour we spotted this white backed vulture on her nest

    Day 2 of our Durban Safari tour we spotted this white backed vulture on her nest

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A bit further on we found a bull Elephant but he was in the thick bush so his picture didn’t get selected. However the next sighting was a Buffalo bull and he gave us a great stare which I captured and you can see below.

     

    Buffalo bull gives us the stare on Day 2 of our Durban Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Buffalo bull gives us the stare on Day 2 of our Durban Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued on our Big 5 Safari we had a great sighting of a Rhino chasing warthogs as he tried to cross to the road. It was a burned section so it looked great.

     

    Rhino chases warthogs as he tries to cross the road on our 2nd Day of our Durban Safari tour
    Rhino chases warthogs as he tries to cross the road on our 2nd Day of our Durban Safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We went to a view point to see if we could see anything and there were no cats but we spotted this great shot of a White fronted Bee eater.

     

    White fronted bee eater seen in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve on Day 2 of our Durban Safari Tour

    White fronted bee eater seen in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve on Day 2 of our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Near to the same spot were a Journey of Giraffe and a Dazzle of Zebra. The Giraffe got his picture taken.

     

    Giraffe seen on our second Day in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve on our Durban Safari Tour

    Giraffe seen on our second Day in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve on our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    At this point I figured we better try a watering hole as we were not finding the cats, So we headed to Bhejane hide and got a great picture of 3 different species at the watering hole. This was a great sight during our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour.

     

    Day 2 at Bhejane hide we saw 3 species of animals at the watering hole on our Durban safari Tour

    Day 2 at Bhejane hide we saw 3 species of animals at the watering hole on our Durban safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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 Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation centre for the 4pm Cat Tour.

    We were lucky as at the gate we spotted an old bull Elephant and he was feeding on some fresh shoots from an Acacia tree.

     

    Elephant bull feeds off the fresh shoot of an Acacia during our Durban 5 day Safari Tour

    Elephant bull feeds off the fresh shoot of an Acacia during our Durban 5 day Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We made it just in time to begin the feeding session Tour of the endangered Cat rehabilitation center.  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 center during our 5 Day Safari Tour

    Cheetah at Emdoneni Cat rehabilitation center during our 5 Day Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After spending a good hour and a half with these amazing cats we returned to Memorial gate and got back to camp for dinner at 7pm.

     

    Dinner was great and after the food and conversation it was now time for some rest and we went to bed.

     

     

    Day 3: Durban KwaZulu-Natal 5 Day Safari of the Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and Tour to the Drakensberg 18 August – 22 August 2014

     

    We began at 7am when I met my clients to collect there luggage and get down for some breakfast. Today was our final day of our Durban Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    After checking out we began a very long journey as we had one last chance to find Lions before driving cross country to Didima in the Central Drakensberg (Cathedral peak).

     

    On route we saw loads of animals and on this Day we Spotted 4 of the Big 5! We finally found our lions resting in the Black Umfolozi river.

    We also spotted Black Rhino to add to our collection of White Rhino.

     

    Giraffe on day 3 of our 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Giraffe on day 3 of our 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Lions were a real great stroke of good fortune and they were all resting in the river on a sand bank. The heat of 38 degrees the day before must have taken its toll on them.

     

    Lions on Day 3 of our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Lions on Day 3 of our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I bumped into an old friend who I did my training with years ago and he mentioned a sighting of a sleeping Black Rhino. We were heading to that spot and we managed to relocate the Rhino sleeping in the shade of a bush.

     

    Black Rhino seen on our Big 5 Stretch of our Durban Safari Tour
    Black Rhino seen on our Big 5 Stretch of our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After exiting Cengeni gate we heading to Ulundi, Vryheid, Dundee and Ladysmith before getting to the Drakensberg and Didima Lodge. This Journey took us 5 and a half hours to complete but we passed through rural South Africa and the Zulu Capital Ulundi. The battle of Ulundi saw the capture of the great Zulu King Cetswayo and his exile to Cape Town. Chelmsfords men defeated the Zulus and took over Ulundi.

     

    After lunch in Vryheid we made it to Didima at 16:30 where we checked in and recovered before dinner and a nice fire place in our rooms.

     

    Day 4: Durban KwaZulu-Natal 5 Day Safari of the Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and Tour to the Drakensberg 18 August – 22 August 2014

     

    We began day 4 with a great breakfast at Didima. After this we headed down to the Bushman Interpretive centre and Museum in the rain, thank goodness when we came out the rain held off somewhat and we headed to the hikers parking lot to begin our hike.

     

    We hiked up to Doreen falls and up to a view point in the mountains before we headed back to the vehicle. During the hike up we spotted an Eland on the hill.

     

    Female Eland on the Drakensberg mountain on our hike during our Durban Safari Tour

    Female Eland on the Drakensberg mountain on our hike during our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued with our Drakensberg Hike we enjoyed the views and sights and sounds. We spotted Baboons, heard a Jackal and found dung of Porcupines, Eland, Baboon and Jackal.

     

    Stuck between and rock and a hard place are a Cabbage tree and a Yellow wood tree during our Drakensberg leg of our Durban Safari Tour

    Stuck between and rock and a hard place are a Cabbage tree and a Yellow wood tree during our Drakensberg leg of our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Doreen falls had a fair amount of water and we spent some time there enjoying the scenery.

     

    My clients in a cave with Doreen falls in front of then on our Drakensberg Durban Safari Tour

    My clients in a cave with Doreen falls in front of then on our Drakensberg Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Once we left the falls we hiked to a spot where we could enjoy the view and get a good picture.

     

    The view of Cathedral Peak on our rainy day of hiking in Central Drakensberg during our Durban Safari Tour
    The view of Cathedral Peak on our rainy day of hiking in Central Drakensberg during our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    When we returned to the vehicle we got back to Didima lodge and I had some lunch before exhaustion set in and I rested my eyes for a couple hours before dinner and a bit of work.

     

    After dinner I had some work to do before Bed.

     

     

    Day 5: Durban KwaZulu-Natal 5 Day Safari of the Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and Tour to the Drakensberg 18 August – 22 August 2014

     

    After meeting my clients at 7am and collecting there luggage we went though for some breakfast before checking out.

     

    It was then time to drive to my favourite part of the Drakensberg, the Northern Drakensberg. I have been visiting this area to hike since I was knee high to a Grasshopper.

     

    We would first start with the Bushman paintings which are 800 years old on a guided hike in the Northern Drakensberg which has to now be guided due to people defacing the San-Bushmen artwork.

     

    Bushman paintings seen on our second hike in the Drakensberg on Day 5 of our Durban Safari Tour

    Bushman paintings seen on our second hike in the Drakensberg on Day 5 of our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On this hike we also spotted Eland and this was the second day in a row and it brings you good luck.

     

    Eland seen on our Drakensberg hike up to the Bushman paintings on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour

    Eland seen on our Drakensberg hike up to the Bushman paintings on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Once we had enjoyed this short hike we went on to do a 3 hour hike via Tiger Falls, Look out Rock and Gudu Falls before making our way back down to the Mahai camp.

    The views are spectacular!

     

    Northern Drakenberg Royal Natal national parks view up the mountain during our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour

    Northern Drakenberg Royal Natal national parks view up the mountain during our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This was very enjoyable and we then visited Hlalanathi Berg Resort where we had some lunch before enjoying the great views.

     

    It was then time to head back to Durban and drop my client off after 5 great days of Safari and Drakensberg Touring! What an amazing experience it had been!

  • 11th August 2014

    Durban Private Day Safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game reserve 10th August 2014

    We began our Durban day safari from the big city of Durban were I was running a private day Safari Tour for a client from Chile.

    After introductions and mentioning the itinerary for our Durban day Safari we headed out of the city along the coast of the Indian Ocean. On route I chatted about the History of Durban and the Province of KwaZulu Natal as well as the different crops we were seeing as we got further away from the the city of Durban.

    After a rest stop along the way we still arrived nice and early at 09:20 at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve, we depart Durban at 06:30 to maximise our Safari time in the nature reserve. Durban Day Safaris are a must if you are in Durban and are more successful if run over a few days.

    We entered and had immediate luck as we spotted some Giraffe.

     

    Durban Day Safari watching Giraffe and a White backed Vulture on a nest

    Durban Day Safari watching Giraffe and a White backed Vulture on a nest

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We didn’t have to continue much further before we spotted more amazing animals! This time is was a Dazzle of Zebra which were attempting to cross the road.

     

    Zebras in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve on our Durban Day safari

    Zebras in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve on our Durban Day safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had a really lucky photo opportunity as a Bataleur Eagle flew over the roof of the vehicle and I snapped away getting a decent picture in the mean time! Bataleur Eagles have the most flight feathers of any eagle in Africa and tend to be the bird which finds the carcasses before the Vultures. This then alerts the Vultures to the presence of a Caracas and they move in to feed.

     

    Durban Day Safaris at Hluhluwe Imfolozi watching a Bataleur Eagle in flight

     

    Durban Day Safaris at Hluhluwe Imfolozi watching a Bataleur Eagle in flight

     

    We continued on further into the Umfolozi section of the game reserve on our Safari from Durban and spotted Elephants on a ridge as well as Rhinos. The distance made it pointless to for a photograph so we enjoyed them through the Binoculars and continued on. It was much further before we spotted another on of the Big 5 on our Durban Safari. This time it was the Rhino!

    All of a sudden we had seen 2 of the Big 5 on our Safari trip from Durban.

     

    Rhino rests with her calf behind her on our Durban Day Safari

    Rhino rests with her calf behind her on our Durban Day Safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our Durban Big 5 Safari continued and it was not much longer before we found more amazing animals, the African Buffalo! The sighting of the African Buffalo pushed our tally of Big 5 sightings ups to three!

     

    Safaris from Durban puts you eye to eye with the Big 5. This Buffalo Bulls gives us the stare.

    Safaris from Durban puts you eye to eye with the Big 5. This Buffalo Bulls gives us the stare.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After the Buffalo we were excited as I knew from a friend of mine that Lions we just around the corner and if we were lucky they would still be there! I kept my fingers crossed and we continued our Durban Private Safari. It was a matter of minutes and we spotted them resting in the shade on a sand bank. After spending 10 minutes waiting for some action we decided to move on and look at the Buffalo again to get a better picture before we would return to check the Lions and see if they had moved. They had moved and now we had a great view of this mating pair! 

     

    Mating Lions of our Durban Safari Tour

    Mating Lions of our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The male lion in the above picture is actually scent marking. This was not number 4 of the Big 5, but who is counting? We continued on our day Safari from Durban and within minutes again we spotted a Wildebeest or Gnu and some Warthogs.

     

    Wildebeest or Gnu crosses the road on our Durban Day Safari

    Wildebeest or Gnu crosses the road on our Durban Day Safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On our Durban Day Safari we spotted these Warthogs in Umfolozi

    On our Durban Day Safari we spotted these Warthogs in Umfolozi

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This had been an amazing Durban day Safari and this were only getting better! My client requested to see Elephants closer and in my head I felt our luck could not continue as it had been. I pulled out my protein bar and took a bit, as I looked up I could not believe it! There was a huge herd of Elephants on a ridge moving with great intent closer to the road! I was so excited. We drove further along to where they would cross the road and we waiting 2 minutes and they crossed in front of us. The amazing thing was that they had some new born babies with them literally a few weeks old!

    See this video on Youtube I posted from the Elephants crossing, Click this link!- Elephant cross the road on our Safari from Durban.

     

    Elephant cow with her new born baby on our Durban Day Safari

    Elephant cow with her new born baby on our Durban Day Safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This had turned out to be a crazy Durban Day Safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

    We had now to drive an hour to get to the Luncheon stop at the Centenary center but with smiles on our faces and all jet-lag gone with the adrenaline we made it to lunch wide awake.

    After eating some food and looking around the Museum at Centenary center as well as the craft market we continued and found more Giraffe and Elephants.

     

    6 Bull Elephants congregate at a water point during our Durban Day Safari

    6 Bull Elephants congregate at a water point during our Durban Day Safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Elephants we saw this time we all males and actually all arrived from three different directions to drink at a drain near the gate where we entered the reserve…

    After enjoying them for a bit we moved on into the Hluhluwe Section of the game reserve which has been badly burned from a Veld fire(Bush fire). This is no problem as the rains will come next month and the grass will grow again but a fresh burned section mean no animals will be there unless to keep away from predators or feed off leaves which did not get burned.

    After 30 minutes of so we turned back and exited the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve for Durban city. We were both very happy and it has been an amazing Durban Day Safari

     

     

     

  • 25th July 2014

    Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve 22nd July – 24 July 2014

     

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

     

    On route to Huhluwe Imfolozi 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 amazing and very interesting, from the Lions to the Ant Lion the National park of Hluhluwe Imfolozi has is all.

     

    Our first stop was the Cat rehabilitation centre outside Hluhluwe Town called Emdoneni where you can interact with 4 different species of Cat; Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African Wild Cat.

    Durban 3 Day Safari, Serval yawns at Emdoneni Cat rehabilitation center

    Durban 3 Day Safari, Serval yawns at Emdoneni Cat rehabilitation center

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The clients loved this and this is always a good start to a Durban Safari. The Big 5 of Hluhluwe Imfolozi can at times cause problems but mostly the big cats, Lions and Leopards. We were lucky this Safari to find Lions!

     

    We entered at Memorial gate and we began our Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari.

     

    As the day was warm and it was the middle of the Day we didn’t see a huge amount but what we did see was enough to keep us going until lunch.

     

     Durban 3 Day Safari, Baboons feeding at Hilltop camp

    Durban 3 Day Safari, Baboons feeding at Hilltop camp

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we pulled into Hilltop camp we spotted these Baboons feeding away in the camp not bothered at all by use being near to them.

     

    It was time for some lunch and after lunch we checked in and decided to go back out at 3pm to till 6pm to see what animals we could find on our Safari in Hluhluwe.

     

    We drove the Hluhluwe section of the game reserve and found Hippos in the Hluhluwe River as well as some White Rhinos near and even crossing the road.

     

     Day 1 on our Durban Safari, White Rhino Crosses road

    Day 1 on our Durban Safari, White Rhino Crosses road

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The view over the Hluhluwe River at any time of the year is spectacular but in winter when we get very little rain it is always nice to see it looking so good.

     

    Durban Safari, Hluhluwe River in Winter
    Durban Safari, Hluhluwe River in Winter

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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.

     

    As we continued on we spotted some Giraffe, Buffalo and even an Elephant Bull which had walked over the electric wires into the car park to feed off the Acacia tress. This time of the year being winter the grass is so dry that Elephants turn there attentions to eating more trees, bark and leaves.

     

    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.

     

    I had arranged breakfast packs for us for the next morning so we could leave at the crack of Dawn, 6am and get down into the Umfolozi section of the reserve to try and find cats.

    The Umfolozi section is a little flatter; it gets less rain and therefore makes it easier for spotting Cats.

     

    Day 2: Durban Safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    Once we got going we spotted a few giraffe which was great.

     

    Durban Safaris, Giraffe posing in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Durban Safaris, Giraffe posing in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had a fairly quiet time of it until we stopped at Bhejane hide. Bhejane hide is a hut which is set up over looking a watering hole where people can observe animals coming to drink water or mud wallow.

     

    We spotted Zebra, Nyala, Wildebeest, Warthog, Impala and Giraffe in the hour we spent there!

     

    This is always a real highlight of a Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari as you know when its so dry animals have to drinks and anything can come and visit the watering hole.

     

    Durban Safari, Dazzle of Zebra drink together in Umfolozi

    Durban Safari, Dazzle of Zebra drink together in Umfolozi

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nyalas Drinking on our Durban 3 Day Safari

    Nyalas Drinking on our Durban 3 Day Safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Warthogs drink in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Warthogs drink in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Once we had absorbed as much as we could we drove off to find lions which I had got word of from a friend of mine. We made our way there and found 2 Lionesses resting on the hill across the other side of the White Umfolozi River.

    Lioness rests on our Durban Safari Tour

    Lioness rests on our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Being so far away we didn’t spend to long with them and we moved on to get some lunch at the Centenary centre near to the Nyalazi gate.

    Here we ate and refreshed ourselves with a spot of curio shopping before heading back to Hilltop camp.

     

    We rested for an hour and a half before going back onto the game reserve to see what else we could find.

     

    Lucky for us our Safari began well with some Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant!

     

    Day 2 on our Durban Safari we found this old Buffalo Bull in Hluhluwe

    Day 2 on our Durban Safari we found this old Buffalo Bull in Hluhluwe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Elephants cross the road on our Durban 3 Day Safari

    Elephants cross the road on our Durban 3 Day Safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After 2 hours of Safari time we went back to Hilltop camp for some dinner and after dinner I did some star gazing with the clients using my Laser Pointer.

     

    We were all very tired so it was another early night after 10 hours of Safari in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    Day 3: Durban Safari to 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 to 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.

     

    We spotted Elephant again and a lovely mother and foul Zebra on a burned section of land.

    Zebra and her foul on Day 3 of our Durban Safari Tour

    Zebra and her foul on Day 3 of our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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.

    We spotted load off crocodiles and Hippos on this tour and we all enjoyed it!

     

    Crocodile suns himself at St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park

    Crocodile suns himself at St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hippos at St Lucia on our 3rd Day of Safari from Durban

    Hippos at St Lucia on our 3rd Day of Safari 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 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!