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  • 3rd July 2014

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

    Our Durban Big 5, 3 Day Safari Tour started.

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 29th June 2014

    Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    We began our Big 5 Private Durban Day Safari Tour to the Big 5 Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve in Durban City where I collected my Clients who were here for business. I covered the usual things like the history of the area we were entering into and of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The history of the world famous Big 5 Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve is always interesting as well as the Flora and Fauna in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve.   We made good time and our first stop was at North coast plaza to get coffee.   After this short stop to rest we entered at the Nyalazi Gate of the Big 5 Umfolozi Game reserve.   These Big 5 Game reserve can be misunderstood as being a guaranteed sighting of the Big 5 but this is not the case as animals roam freely in an area of 960 Square Kilometers. We were lucky and had immediate success as we got a Kudu near the road.

    Kudu Bull on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    Kudu Bull on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    We continued on the main road and we found Elephants in the valley between the airstrip and Masinda lodge. Our Durban Private Big 5 Day Safari Tour was hoting up! It was like the animals can out especially for us in the heat of the day!   We must have had some good vibes for our Durban Safari Tour to be going so well.

    Elephant Bull on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    Elephant Bull on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    After the Elephants we got a small bachelor herd of Buffalo crossing the road in front of us and the really posed for us. This was becoming a great Big 5 Hluhluwe Umfolozi Private Safari Tour.

    Buffalo Bull and Calf on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    Buffalo Bull and Calf on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    Our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour started well and we even spotted Rhinos up on the Hill!

    White Rhino and Calf on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014
    White Rhino and Calf on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    Our Big 5 Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour continued and we headed down South deep into the Umfolozi section of the reserve where we would attempt to find cats. We didn’t have very much luck at first but then made our way to Bhejane Hide. On route we spotted a Journey of Giraffe and some Zebra.

     Journey of Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014
    Journey of Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    At Bhejane hide we spotted Warthogs drinking and mud wallowing as well as some Baboons. The one Male had just had sex with one of the females and was resting. We were lucky to see this twice on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve.

    Chacma Baboon after intercourse on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    Chacma Baboon after intercourse on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    Our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour continued and we spotted a Male Cheetah walking up a ridge and scent marking on the trees, he even rolled over in the dust before disappearing out of sight.

    Male Cheetah Scent marking on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    Male Cheetah Scent marking on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    As our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Day safari tour continued we found some wildebeest resting near the road and even a Puff Adder which we nearly hit with the car. I reversed to show the client the beautiful markings and the short fat nature of the snake.

    Wildebeest rest on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014
    Wildebeest rest on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014
    Puff Adder on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014
    Puff Adder on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    Our amazing Durban Private Big 5 Day Safari from Durban had really turned out well and we hadn’t even had lunch yet! We made our way to the Centenary centre home of operation Rhino and looked at an old carcass of a Buffalo which was killed a week ago by Lions.   We also saw some Zebras crossing the road which was great. Zebra crossing road on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    Zebra crossing road on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    After we got some lunch and had a look around the shop our Day Big 5 Safari Tour from Durban was coming to an end. Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve had been a good host for us and still had a couple things to show us.   We started to head to the gate and saw some Giraffe trying to cross the road as well as some baboon again playing. We got to see the big male give one of his wives some action and then it was time to finally head out of Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and Malaria free game reserve.

    Baboon on our way out of Umfolozi on our Durban Big 5 Private Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 28th June 2014

    The long drive back to Durban City was made easier by having seen so much great things and experiencing the wonders that the Big 5 Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve has to offer. Although a Durban Day Safari Tour to this Big 5 game reserve is not ideal to maximise game viewing it is a lot better than not going on a Durban Day Safari Tour at all!   Join Tim Brown Tours on your next visit to South Africa we can arrange the best possible experience for any time frame and ensure you leave South Africa – Durban with a lifetime of memories.

  • 16th June 2014

    2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    After meeting my clients in Durban at Tekweni Backpackers off Florida Road we began the Journey to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve covering the History of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and Hluhluwe Umfolozi.

    We stopped along the way at Emdoneni Cat rehabilitation center where the clients were able to interact hands on with 4 endangered Wild Cats the Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African Wild Cat!

    I was lucky to have the Serval take to my boots on this Durban Safari Tour and eventually needed to put somebody else’s boot in my boots place to get away.

    Serval get hold of my boot at Emdoneni on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    Serval get hold of my boot at Emdoneni on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    Cheetah at Emdoneni on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    Cheetah at Emdoneni on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    After enjoying these cats and getting educated on the plight we continued to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve; Africa’s Oldest proclaimed national park established in 1895.

    The Flora and Fauna in Hluhluwe Umfolozi is remarkable and I knew the clients would enjoy it.

    Upon entering Hluhluwe Umfolozi for our Safari tour we spotted some Buffalo and Impala but that was really all the luck we had! In fairness it was the middle of the day an you can expect the animals to be resting more during these times.

    We continued on to Hilltop camp and stopped there for lunch with a view and to check in. We had only 2 days on this Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour that we rushed back out 30 minutes after checking in to maximise our time in the game reserve.

    Before we could exit the gates we spotted these Samango monkey’s which are an endangered forest monkey which you usually find in coastal forests and in select areas like the forest around Hilltop camp.

    Samango Monkeys on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    Samango Monkeys on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    Our luck really picked up as I spotted Elephants down in the valley so we made our way down there and had brilliant sightings of a large herd of Elephant!

    Elephant bull cools himself on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014
    Elephant bull cools himself on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    After leaving these Elephants we continued our Durban Safari Tour to the Northern parts of the reserve. We were lucky that at a view point we spotted some Hippos out of the water down in the Hluhluwe River.

    Hippos out the water on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014
    Hippos out the water on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    After watching these Hippos for a few minutes we drove off to try and find some Rhino, We actually found more Elephants and had a vehicle which was adamant he wanted the sighting to himself so we reversed and turn to go another way. We again were at the right place at the right time as we found some Rhinos and Buffalos on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve Tour.

    Buffalo Bull on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014
    Buffalo Bull on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    This big Male gave us a weird gaze which chewing his grass! Our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour was really hotting up as we spotted Giraffe in the distance and had some amazing photos as it was the full moon on Friday the 13th and as the sun set behind the mountains the moon rose in the East!

    Marula tree at sunset on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    Marula tree at sunset on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

     

    The Moon on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    The sun had now set on our first day safari tour from Durban and as the moon rose we had beautiful stars starting to appear.

    We drove back to Hilltop camp and it was Friday night! Braai night so we enjoyed some braai’d meat the South African way and the staff came out and to sing and dance for us.

    It was time for bed but before bed some star gazing.

    Day 2: Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    We got up really early and left the camp by 6am to try find the Big Cats as luck would have it we found 2 Lionesses on the road walking together before they cut off into the thick bush before anybody else could see them!

    Lionesess walking down the road on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    Lionesess walking down the road on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    Sadly for us these were two Lionesses which had been collared by the research team to monitor there movements I was so glad it was still dark otherwise they look like big dogs. This was an error by the research team which has yet to be rectified as these two Lionesses we collared in different sections of the reserve and then joined up with each other and have been together ever since.

    We continued on, on our 2nd day safari tour of Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve and found some more Elephant, Rhino, Zebra and Giraffe.

    Giraffe male on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    Giraffe male on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    After watching this giraffe feed we continued down south to look for more lions sadly we did not find anymore Lions but came across some other amazing animals along the way in Umfolozi.

    White Rhino Bull on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014
    White Rhino Bull on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    We found this Big male Rhino making his way to his latrine before we continued on to Bhejane hide and found a large herd of Wildebeest drinking at the watering hole. The great thing about this was that there was Lion tracks in the parking lot which I pointed out to my clients.

    Herd of Wildebeest drinking at Bhejane hide on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014
    Herd of Wildebeest drinking at Bhejane hide on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    Our Hluhluwe Umfolozi safari tour was really turning out to be a great 2 days!

    We needed to get to St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park by 12 o’clock so we need to do some rally driving to get there as we had traveled so far to get to Bhejane hide.

    We arrived in St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park actually early which meant the clients could look at the curios and gift for friend etc. Isimangeliso wetland park is South Africas 1st World heritage site and the Drakensberg which is also in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal is the second.

    We boarded the Santa Lucia boat for our 2 hour Estuary cruise and even I was surprised at how many Hippos were out the water! It was brilliant. First though we spotted an African Fish eagle and a Monitor Lizard.

    Fish Eagle on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    Fish Eagle on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    Water monitor Lizard on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    Water monitor Lizard on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    As the boat made its way up the Estuary of St Lucia we spotted the large pods of Hippos on our Durban Safari Tour.

    Pod of Hippos on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014
    Pod of Hippos on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    St Lucia in my experience is even better than the Zambezi river far more Hippos down here! What a great place to spend a few hours on a Durban Safari Tour.

    The next thing we saw was more Crocodiles resting on the sand banks of the St Lucia estuary.

    Nile Crocodiles on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014
    Nile Crocodiles on our 2 Day Big5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 13th to 14th June 2014

    Once the boat cruise was concluded we headed into the town of St Lucia for some lunch. The town was filled with Bikers so we had to got to a different restaurant which was still nice.

    Our 3 Day Durban Safari Tour was coming to an end and we departed from St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park and made our way back to Durban all of us feeling really happy with the rushed 2 day Safari Tour of Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve and St Lucia.

     

  • 2nd June 2014

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014

    I collected my clients from Durban for there Durban Day Safari Tour and we headed up to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve Africas oldest. On route I chatted about some of the history of Durban and KwaZulu-Natal as well as general political issues we face in our wonderful country of South Africa.

    It was a warm day for winter in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and I was still expecting to see more Rhinos but Sadly we only has one decent sighting the whole day.

    We arrived at Memorial gate where we began our Hluhluwe Imfolozi day Safari Tour. As we passed the usual road works we came across a nice male young male Elephant crossing the road while his mates were on the other side moving further away from him.

    Young Bull Elephant crosses road on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014

    Young Bull Elephant crosses road on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014

    We continued on and an tried to find some Lion cubs that were seen in the early morning game drive but alas it was to late, to thick and to hot for them to be next to the road at 10:30. We did however have a lovely herd of Elephant on the road right where the Lions would have been and they clearly were not happy about the smell of Lions!

    Breeding herd of Elephant block the road on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014

    Breeding herd of Elephant block the road on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014

    We had to wait for the mother with her calf to move away before they males shifted themselves and we continued on to find 3 White backed Vultures still waiting on the thermals to fly and look for dead meat. Our Durban Day Safari Tour was heating up. Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game reserve is an amazing place.

    3 White backed Vultures roosting on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014
    3 White backed Vultures roosting on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014

    We continued along the dirt road and spotted a bachelor herd of Nyala crossing and them waiting in the thickets close to one another so we could get a great shot of them on our Durban Day Tour.

    Bachelor herd of Nyala on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014
    Bachelor herd of Nyala on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014

    We moved on and enjoyed the fresh Durban and African air and as I got a question about the existence of Crocodiles in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve we I spotted one. He was resting on the banks of the Hluhluwe River with his mouth ajar to regulate his body temperature.  Durban Day Safari tours can be rewarding but you have to be patient.

    Nile Crocodile on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014

    Nile Crocodile on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014

    It was nearing time to head to Hilltop camp in Hluhluwe for lunch but before we did this we checked the River at a different section and found a large herd of Buffalo resting on the rivers edge probably after a scary African night in the bush with Lions at there feet. We are lucky to have a Big 5 Safari reserve so close to Durban.

    Buffalo herd rest on the banks of the Hluhluwe River on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014

    Buffalo herd rest on the banks of the Hluhluwe River on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014

    We had now seen two of the Big 5 on our Durban Day Tour and continued to see what else we could find. As we checked for Rhinos we found this Baboon with his family next to the road and in the road feeding of fruits.

    Young Baboon reaches for a fruit on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014
    Young Baboon reaches for a fruit on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014

    It was now really time for some lunch with no success on the Rhino front and my clients really wanting to see them we stopped earlier so we could get the middle of the day out the way on our Day Safari Tour.

    Hilltops lunch was great as always and we hurried it along to get back out. We headed down south and found a crash of 3 or 4 Rhinos next the the road but in the thickets which meant we didnt get a great photo. The big male got up and walked into a little opening but I didnt feel the picture was worth putting up as it was so bad. This was not 3 of the Big 5 and the clients could smile again! To get 3 of the Big 5 is hard enough in such a short Durban Day Safari.

    We were on a roll again and spotted some giraffe near enough to the road but just the sun messing up the picture.

    Giraffe female feeds on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014
    Giraffe female feeds on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014

    After looking at the giraffe for a while we continued on and got to the Umfolozi River where there was another crocodile and a Male buffalo on the rivers bank. We had to turn back and on route to the gate we finally found out Zebra, yay! Now our Durban Day Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve was complete.

    Zebra looks at us on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014
    Zebra looks at us on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour from Durban 31 May 2014

    After the Zebra male struck a pose it was time to move on and we were lucky to see a big male warthog at the Nyalazi gate as we exited and made our way back to Durban after a fairly successful Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour from Durban.

     

  • 13th May 2014

    Durban 4 Day Big 5 overnight Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Emdoneni Cat Rehab centre and St Lucia Wetlands ( Isimangeliso Wetland Park) – 29th April to the 2nd May 2014.

     

    Day 1: Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve

     

    On this Durban Big 5 Overnight Safari Tour we began in Mtubatuba outside of Durban, close to St Lucia.

     

    On Route to the Big 5 Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve I covered very little of the major history of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa. We really only had a short 45 minute drive to the game reserve.

     

    We entered the reserve and discovered that on Sunday a Rhino has been poached but they had managed to kill the poachers. This is becoming such a big problem with 1004 Rhinos being killed in South African last year (2013) that we know about.

     

    We had some luck of the bat and found a big herd of buffalo as well as a couple of giraffe and warthogs within the first 15 minutes of entering Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve.

     

    It was quiet after that and we got to the lodge to check in and I had some lunch before taking the clients back out onto Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve for a couple more hours till 6pm of Safari Touring.

     

    We had a great sighting of Giraffe where a younger male just started running for a moment I thought he had seen a Lion bet he ran straight past the females and disappeared. It was clear to see what had scared him. A much older stronger male strode in and started to test the females to see if they were in season. What a great sight of our 4 Day Safari Tour from Durban.

    This is my girl the giraffe says…on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    This is my girl the giraffe says…on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    We also spotted a monitor lizard and a crocodile before heading back to Hilltop camp for dinner at 7pm.

    Water Monitor lizard relaxing on a rock on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Water Monitor lizard relaxing on a rock on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    We then retired to bed with the following day being a big day for us as it was the early morning open vehicle game drive and then breakfast. Then the Cat reb centre of emdoneni before lunch and game drive. Finally the evening open vehicle game drive and dinner. Busy Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour indeed! After day 1 we had seen only 2 of the Big 5 which was actually quite nice.

     

    Day 2: Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve

     

    I collected the clients for there early morning open vehicle game drive at 05:45. I was lucky that when my alarm sounded at 5am I heard a Lion roaring down in the valley from Hilltop camp. I mentioned this to the guides but they could not locate.

     

    I was bored so I went out on a bumble for an hour and found a Big Bull Elephant trouble was it was still dark, I did however get a great sunrise shot.

    Sunrise on Day 2 on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Sunrise on Day 2 on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

     

    When the clients returned we had a quick breakfast and headed off to Emdoneni an endangered cat rehabilitation centre where clients can interact with cheetah and other Cats hands on. It is a great additive to the usual Durban Day Safari Tour or Durban Overnight Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve but before we could leave the Hilltop camp we spotted this Baboon.

    This Baboon looked like he wanted to hit me on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    This Baboon looked like he wanted to hit me on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

     

    The clients had a great time and took some good pictures at emdoneni cat rehab centre.

     

    We entered back into Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve and went back to Hilltop camp for lunch and a rest. On route we spotted 2 of the Big 5. The Rhino and Buffalo really close to the road.

    Young strong Buffalo bull covered in Red Billed Oxpeckers on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    Young strong Buffalo bull covered in Red Billed Oxpeckers on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
     Young female Rhino close to the road on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    Young female Rhino close to the road on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    After arriving back at Hilltop camp we rested and got ready for the evening open vehicle game drive.

     

    Day 3: Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve

     

    We left Hilltop camp at 7:30am and headed straight down south to the Umfolozi section to look for Cats. We were lucky and saw 3 different prides of Lion, Black Rhino, Cheetah and Elephants. So we saw 4 of the Big 5 on this day on our Safari Tour from Durban to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve.

    Always good to see one of the Big 5 but the Lion was a real bonus as well as the cheetah and Black Rhino!

     

    First it was a Baboon that we saw in a Sycamore Fig tree on this big 9 hour Day Safari Tour.

    Young male Baboon eating figs on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Young male Baboon eating figs on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    We spotted this old male Buffalo as well which was good to see but little did we know that our Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Umfolozi had only really begun today!

     

    We were approaching the Umfolozi river crossing and a pair of Lioness with two 6 month old cubs ran across the road. I didn’t manage a great photo but it didn’t matter…

     

    As we continued we found this Lioness on a Kill which we could not see but she was full and had 3 others with her. Our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour was hot’n up!

    Young Lioness in the reeds with a kill on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Young Lioness in the reeds with a kill on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    After having a great time watching rest and move around the sand bank with Vultures sunning themselves we moved on and spotted this beautiful male cheetah relaxing rather close to the Lions. Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tours are amazing.

    Cheetah Male resting on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    Cheetah Male resting on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    We continued on to Bhejane hide very far down South and were again insanely lucky with a Lioness and 2 big Males near a mud wallow. The catch was the Lioness had positioned herself for an ambush in Paradise! She waited first for a Warthog that got wind of her and moved off. But a Male impala came in and she bolted out the bushes like a bullet sadly for us just missing the Impala which lived to tell the tale!

    Lioness and Lion at Bhejane Hide on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    Lioness and Lion at Bhejane Hide on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Lioness nearly catches an Impala at Bhejane Hide on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Lioness nearly catches an Impala at Bhejane Hide on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    By this point we were buzzing with adrenaline and made our way back to check on the cheetah which had moved into a better position! Our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour was really becoming a treat on this Day Safari Tour.

     

    We also returned to the Lions at the Kill and briefly saw them before the moved into the reeds. Amazingly we saw 2 Black Rhino I haven’t seen in months! Thank You Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve for the animals!

    Black Rhino and calf suckling on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Black Rhino and calf suckling on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    At this point we were so pumped up we made our way towards Centenary centre for some lunch but not before spotting some giraffe in a beautiful position.

    Giraffe climbing the hill on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    Giraffe climbing the hill on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    Eventually it was lunch and we rested a little before deciding we would not go back to camp until we had see Elephants close.

     

    I pushed up north and an hour and a half later we got them crossing the road in front of us and displaying. The day was complete; we even had a baboon mate in front of us! We could not expect more but there was more on a Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour from Durban.

    Elephants cross the road in front of our vehicle on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve 
    Elephants cross the road in front of our vehicle on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    A 6 month old White Rhino calf crossed the road in front of us and the stood in the road to have his photo taken. Wow what a day. I don’t think we will be able to sleep tonight!

     

    6 month old White Rhino Calf on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    6 month old White Rhino Calf on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

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    We returned to Hilltop camp for a rest and some dinner before a good rest.

     

     Day 4: Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve

     

    We headed through for a breakfast at Hilltop camp restaurant after having loaded up the vehicle with our luggage. If was a great breakfast and the African Sun was beating down on us again!

    We had only about an hour to see what we could find but after the cracker of a day the day before we were chilled and happy to see what ever showed up.

     

    After checking out of Hilltop camp we began our last day safari tour of Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve. We saw Rhino in the distance, Giraffe, Buffalo, Zebra and monkeys.

     

    This Male Nyala crossed the road in front of us he was really beautiful.

    Male Nyala walking across the road on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Male Nyala walking across the road on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    We also spotted they lovely baby vervet monkeys playing on the main tarred road before we spotted our last herd of Elephant.

    Young vervet monkeys play on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Young vervet monkeys play on our 4 day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    So this was it basically the end of our 4 day Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour from Durban. It was somewhat sad after the amazing things we had seen. We all will not forget the great show the animals of Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve put on for us on day 3 of our Safari Tour.

     

    We all had a really good time and now it was time to head back to Durban with my clients and reminisce about the whole Safari Experience. Some of my favourite moments were the Lions we saw as well as the Cheetah, even the Elephants mock charging was so enjoyable.

     

    I dropped my clients off at the airport in Durban (King Shaka International) before heading home to my wife.

     

    If you would like a Big 5 Safari experience like this contact Tim Brown Tours and we can make this a reality for you.

     

    Kumnandi Africa!

  • 4th May 2014

    Durban 4 Day Big 5 overnight Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Emdoneni Cat Rehab centre and St Lucia Wetlands ( Isimangeliso Wetland Park) – 29th April to the 2nd May 2014.

    Day 1: Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve

     

    On this Durban Big 5 Overnight Safari Tour we began just outside of Durban.

     

    On Route to the Big 5 Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve I covered most of the major history of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa before covering Hluhluwe Umfolozi History and Early Zulu History.

     

    Before we entered the game reserve we stopped at Emdoneni an endangered cat rehabilitation centre where clients can interact with cheetah and other Cats hands on. It is a great additive to the usual Durban Day Safari Tour or Durban Overnight Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve.

    Bazil with the Cheetahs at Emdoneni cat rehab centre on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve 

    Bazil with the Cheetahs at Emdoneni cat rehab centre on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     Juvenile Serval at Emdoneni cat rehab centre on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve 

    Juvenile Serval at Emdoneni cat rehab centre on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    We arrived at Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve at about 12:00 at the Memorial gate where we entered this majestic, scenic game reserve for our Durban Big 5 Safari Tour. Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve is 960 square kilometres in size, home to the Big 5 and the beginning of our Durban Big 5 Safari Tour.

     

    Our Safari sightings began immediately as we stumbled across two White Rhinos, a herd of Buffalo, Giraffe and a Huge Herd of Elephant. This was making our Durban 4 Day Safari Tour experience very interesting… We still had 3 days of Safari to go and had seen 3 of the Big 5 already!

     

    One of our first sightings on our Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi was these Buffalo mud wallowing. The Second of the Big 5 we saw after the Rhinos.

    Herd of Buffalo mud wallowing on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve 

    Herd of Buffalo mud wallowing on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    We also came across this young Bull Elephant Dust Bathing on the first drive of our 4 Day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve. This was now the 3rd of the Big 5 for this Safari Tour!

    Young Bull Elephant take a Dust Bath on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    Young Bull Elephant take a Dust Bath on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    We made our way to Hilltop camp where we would be spending 3 nights and had lunch before checking into the camp and heading back out for another Safari Tour game drive in Hluhluwe game reserve.

     

    We had a few good sightings but it was quieter than it was in the morning. We did see some Buffalo, White Rhino with her calf and a few other animals.

    Nile Crocodile hides under a Rock on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    Nile Crocodile hides under a Rock on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    This Crocodile with at one point had a Terrapin on his back was a great experience for the clients on this Big 5 Safari Tour from Durban. Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve was really keeping us occupied!

     

    Time was moving by fast and we decided to call it a day after the sun set and head back to Hilltop camp for the night. Hilltop camps dinner was great and we went to bed for some shut eye.

    On Day 1 of 5 days to have already found 3 of the Big 5 on a Hluhluwe umfolozi safari tour was brilliant!

    Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tours are really pumping at the moment and some brilliant sightings of the Big 5.

     

    Day 2: Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve

     

    We left Hilltop camp at 7:40am and headed straight down south to the Umfolozi section to look for Cats. We were lucky and saw Elephants again (1st of Big 5 for this day)on about 4 different occasions, Rhino Crossing the road in front of us(second of the Big 5 for this day), a Journey of Giraffe, Baboons, Zebras, Wildebeest, Impala, Nyala, Kudu, Warthog, Buffalo(the 3rd of the Big 5 on this days Safari) and even a Lioness which was not the 4th of the Big 5 to be seen on our Safari Tour from Durban to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve.

    Always good to see one of the Big 5 but the Lion was a real bonus.

    Elephant Eye on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Elephant Eye on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

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     White Rhinos Cross the road in front of us on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve 

    White Rhinos Cross the road in front of us on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    The Safari heated up and we saw these White Rhinos Cross the road in front of us on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour.

    Chacma Baboon holds her child close on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve 
    Chacma Baboon holds her child close on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    These Baboons we so cute playing and grooming each other on our Safari Tour right on and next to the main road.

     Giraffe poses on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve 
    Giraffe poses on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    This Giraffe was part of a massive Journey of Giraffe about 20 individuals which were on the move crossing the road again in front of us. Brilliant Safari experience.

    The highly endangered White Headed Vulture on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    The highly endangered White Headed Vulture on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    This was one of my Best moments of the day as a White headed Vulture is one of only about 30 breeding pairs in South Africa. The are so endangered and only found in protected areas like Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve. We were lucky to see one on our Durban 4 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve.

    We continued down South and stopped at a view sight looking over the Umfolozi river and spotted a Lioness on the Sand bank. She got up and started to move towards the reeds. A great sighting on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi 4 Day Safari Tour.

    Lioness on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve 

    Lioness on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    After we had left the Lioness we spotted some Wildebeest and Zebra that were keeping there eye on the Lioness over 300 meters away!

    Blue Wildebeest on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    Blue Wildebeest on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
     Dazzle of Zebra pose on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve 
    Dazzle of Zebra pose on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    We headed from here back up to the Centenary centre home of Operation Rhino in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Here we had a look around the Museum, shop and grabbed a bite to eat.

    Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve has been good to us today and we have really seen so much, 4 out of the Big 5 so far on this Durban 4 Day Safari Tour.

    We returned to Hilltop camp for a rest and some dinner before a good rest.

     

    Day 3: Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve

     

    We headed through for a breakfast at Hilltop camp restaurant and then pushed to get down South for these Lions. We were lucky that there had been a report of 2 Lionesses on the other side of the river bank of the Black Umfolozi River. We made it there on time and saw then resting in the open on the opposite bank.

    Lionesses resting on the sand bank of the Umfolozi River on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Lionesses resting on the sand bank of the Umfolozi River on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    We were so lucky as we continued on we spotted another Lioness in the river bed at a different location and later on a Cheetah which was lying in the shade under the trees. Our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Safari Tour has really heated up at this point!

     Cheetah rests very close to a big Lioness on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Cheetah rests very close to a big Lioness on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    We also spotted 4 of the Big 5 on this day on our Durban Safari Tour; Lion, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant. Even Cheetah which was a real bonus.

    Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve really is a hidden Gem so close to Durban city. Join us for a Durban Day Safari Tour or Hluhluwe Umfolozi Overnight Safari Tour.

    As were continued we spotted and Elephant drinking in the dry river bed by digging the sand away to get to the fresh water below. This top view was great.

    Top view of an Elephant bull drinking from a dry river bed on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    Top view of an Elephant bull drinking from a dry river bed on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    On our drive out on our morning Safari Tour before we reached the first sighting of Lions for this day “May Day” we spotted a beautiful male giraffe walking down the road towards us.

    Giraffe walking in the road on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    Giraffe walking in the road on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    We then returned for a late lunch and rested before dinner and bed at Hilltop camp.

     

    Day 4: Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve

     

    On our final Day of this Durban Safari Tour we had our breakfast before heading out onto the reserve. Having see what we wanted to see we kept to the northern section and spotted Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra and a few other beautiful animals.

     

    We also spotted this Crested Guinea fowl which you don’t see very often the more common one is the Helmeted Guinea Fowl.

     Crested Guineafowl on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    Crested Guineafowl on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

     

    We continued on and our time began to expire so we headed out so we could get to St Lucia or Isimangeliso Wetland Park as it is known now.

     

    When we got there we did a 2 hour long boat cruise at this world heritage site and viewed loads of hippos a couple of Crocodiles and some great birdlife.

     Hippo on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park

    Hippo on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park

     

    The views were also great on the Lake St Lucia so I took a picture with Maphelane the Worlds second largest vegetated sand dunes at about 180 meters above sea level.

     The view of the Estuary and Maphelane on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park

    The view of the Estuary and Maphelane on our 4 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park

     

    We all had a really good time and now it was time to head back to Durban with my clients and reminisce about the whole Safari Experience. Some of my favourite moments were the Lions we saw as well as the White Headed Vulture.

     

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  • 28th April 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    We had some other great sightings:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    We Still were not done and saw more:

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

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

    We also saw this Big Elephant near to the road!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 7th April 2014

    Durban Day Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve 5th April 2014

    We began our Durban Day Big 5 Safari Tour in Durban city Ethekwini as its known the Zulu word for (By the bay/sea). After meeting my client at the Beverly Hills Hotel we traveled up to the Big 5 Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve for our Durban day Big 5 safari tour.

    The Drive up I covered the History of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal and Durban as well as the different population groups and how they came to be here in the are of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and Hluhluwe Umfolozi. One of the other major things I cover is the Flora and agricultural crops like Sugar Cane and Eucalyptus Siligna  trees we come across on route to the Big 5 game reserve of Hluhluwe Umfolozi.

    Today was to be a good day for us all! Even though we didn’t come right with any cats. We had some amazing sightings on our Durban Day Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve.

    We were lucky with our sightings and managed 3 of the Big 5 and Elephants on three or 4 different occasions.

    Upon arrival at the Nyalazi gate we had a patch of quietness where we only saw a herd of Buffalo in the distance and a few impala but then things began to pick up and we found Wildebeest, White Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Warthogs as well as Elephant in the distance.

    As our Durban Big 5 Day safari Tour progressed we spotted more and more animals and eventually got a great big male elephant next to the road.

    Our first major sighting was these Zebras next to the road on our Safari Tour.

    Dazzle of Zebra pose on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    As we continued our Durban Big 5 Safari Tour we spotted this beautiful crash of Rhinos 5 in total which was on of the Big 5. The really were so striking all lined up a breast.

    Crash of 5 White Rhinos on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    So with one close up of the Rhino one of the Big 5 we continued where we spotted some lovely giraffe. Our Durban Big 5 Safari Tour was really picking up.

    Young Male Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    An other crazy thing happened on our Big 5 Safari Tour from Durban when this young male giraffe mounted the back of a bigger male giraffe.

    One this which is important to note is that in Nature there is no such thing as “Gay” animals. Male animals will mount the backs of other males as a sign of dominance and nothing else!

    A male Giraffe tries his luck in a dominance Mating display with another bigger male giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    After all of this action in the bush on our Safari Tour from Durban we came across this lovely small breeding herd of Buffalo before we stopped for lunch, they were very skittish but stuck around to pose for a photo.
    A small breeding herd of African Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    It was now time for lunch and instead of stopping at Hilltop camp hluhluwe we stopped at the centenary center as we had been so far south in the Umfolozi section of the reserve. Centenary center is home to operation Rhino which brought back the White Rhino population from about 60 individuals in the 1950’s and 1960’s to approximately 2300 in Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve and stocked Kruger national park with there White Rhinos now sitting at 4000 individuals approximately.

    After lunch we headed back out into the bush to Tour the Northern section, Hluhluwe. We were very lucky as we came across this bull Elephant drinking.

    Big Bull Elephant drinks water on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve
    In a matter of minutes he had had his fill of about 50 litres of water and showed us another amazing side to an Elephant you will have to see below image. The male part is said to weight about 25 kg’s.
    Big Bull Elephant shows us his 5th leg while he defecates on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    After this rather interesting Bush experience we had to start looking for things quickly as our time was running out on our Durban Big 5 Safari Tour from Durban.

    We came across more Elephant and captured this great images of a Golden Orb Spider in the foreground with a Bull Elephant in the back ground. Our Durban day Safari Tour has really heated up and really turned out to be a great Safari Tour in the African bush. 

    Golden Orb Spider takes the focus away from an Elephant behind her on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    If you wish to experience a part of Durban which few know about contact me and we can arrange a Durban Day or overnight Safari Tour to the Bush-Hluhluwe Umfolozi, Berg-Drakensberg Mountains or the Battlefields- KwaZulu-Natal.

     

     

     

     

     

  • 31st March 2014

    Durban 5 Day Big 5 overnight Safari Tour to Hluhluwe

    umfolozi Game reserve, Emdoneni Cat Reb centre and

    St Lucia Wetlands ( Isimangeliso Wetland Park) – 24

    March – 28 March 2014.

    Day 1: Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve

     

    On this Durban Big 5 Overnight Safari Tour we began in Durban city as usual but there would be nothing usual about this Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve!

     

    On Route to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve I covered most of the major history of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa before covering Hluhluwe Umfolozi History and Early Zulu History.

     

    We arrived at Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve at about 12:00 at the Memorial gate where we entered this majestic, scenic game reserve for our Durban Big 5 Safari Tour. Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve is 960 square kilometres in size, home to the Big 5 and the beginning of our Durban Big 5 Safari Tour.

     

    Our Safari sightings began immediately as we stumbled across a pair of White Rhinos resting in the mud wallow before finding a Journey of Giraffe on the main road! This was making our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour experience very interesting…

     

    One of our first sightings on our Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi was these Giraffe on the road.

    A Journey of Giraffe on the road on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    A Journey of Giraffe on the road on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

     

    We made our way to Hilltop camp where we would be spending 4 nights and had some lunch before checking into the camp and heading back out for another Safari Tour game drive in Hluhluwe game reserve.

     

    We had a great sighting of some dung beetles rolling there balls on the road as well as a Flapped Necked Chameleon. I was happy about this as they are hard to spot on while driving in the day time.

    Flapped neck Camelion on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    Flapped neck Camelion on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

     

    Later this fine afternoon we found a big breeding herd of Buffalo and a few decided to mud wallow in front of us next to the road. This was a great experience for the clients on this Big 5 Safari Tour from Durban. Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve was really keeping us occupied! This was now the Second of the Big 5 for this Safari Tour.

    Cheeky Buffalo Cow in a mud wallow on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve
    Cheeky Buffalo Cow in a mud wallow on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    We continued on and came across a White Rhino and her calf grazing near to a big Male Rhino. She really posed for us and we added her to our collection of the Big 5 of this Safari Tour to Hluhluwe.

    Female White Rhino poses on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve
    Female White Rhino poses on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    Time was ticking and we got ourselves stuck behind a stubborn Elephant Bull who happened to be in Musth which made him extra dangerous and frustrated with the noise of the engine. On Day 1 of 5 days to have already found 3 of the Big 5 on a Hluhluwe umfolozi safari tour was brilliant!

    Durban Safari Tours are really pumping at the moment and some brilliant sightings of the Big 5.

    A Bull Elephant in Musth Trys his luck with us on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve
    A Bull Elephant in Musth Trys his luck with us on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

     

    We had to rush back to Hilltop camp before our Safari time was up. Dinner was a great event and the food at Hilltop camp was very enjoyable.

    We were all very tired after a busy Day of Safari Touring, it was time for bed.

     

    Day 2: Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve

     

    We left Hilltop camp at 6am when the gates opened and headed around the loop of Seme/Maqanda. On our Morning Safari Tour in the Hluhluwe section we came across a lot of plains game animal. We actually had 4 different species at one watering hole, the Rhino, Wildebeest, Zebra and Impala.

    Always good to see one of the Big 5 and Zebra is also a bonus.

     A Dazzle of Zebra and a foul suckles from her mother on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    A Dazzle of Zebra and a foul suckles from her mother on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    After a while of looking at these great animals interacting the Rhinos got up off the ground and this is what we saw on our Safari Tour game drive.

     White Rhino Mother and calf on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    White Rhino Mother and calf on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

     

    We also had a lovely herd of Wildebeest playing near the Zebra and Rhinos of Our Durban 5 day safari Tour.

     A crazy herd of Wildebeest on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    A crazy herd of Wildebeest on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

     

    It was time to crack on and see what else this Morning Safari would bring and as we drove thru the forest we found the monkey’s playing in the Sycamore fig trees. This dominant male seemed to lose something… Silly monkey!

    Vervet monkey dominant male IT WAS IN MY HAND BUT NOW… on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve
    Vervet monkey dominant male IT WAS IN MY HAND BUT NOW… on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

     

    It was time to get back to the lodge for some breakfast and a rest before the afternoon Safari Game drive in the Hluhluwe section. We would also have an open vehicle Safari Game drive Tour with the Lodge from 5pm -8pm.

     

    On our afternoon Safari Tour we did have some luck and got this great interaction of a Young elephant trying to chase a Rhino, Well it back fired and the Rhino chased the Elephant and sent him trumpeting away.

    Baby Elephant gets chased by a Bull White Rhino on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve
    Baby Elephant gets chased by a Bull White Rhino on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

     

    It was time to get back to Hilltop camp for the open vehicle Safari ride from the lodge. After this I had a little rest.

    Dinner was great at Hilltop camp as usual.

     

    I really slept well this night but knew we had a lot of work ahead of us as we needed some cats!

     

    Day 3: Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve

     

    We got up insanely early at 4am before departing to Muyaneni bush lodge where we would meet a National park Guide and head out for a Safari Bush walk. Once we began it was so beautiful just to smell the bush and really just to experience nature at its rawest. We found some Leopard tracks on the Safari Walk but no Leopard. We spotted an Owl, Rhino twice, Impala, Zebra and Giraffe. All in all this 5 Day safari Tour from Durban to Hluhluwe Umfolozi was turning out to be good.

     

    When we arrived back at Hilltop camp at 9am we had some breakfast and rushed back out as I had heard that Lions had been spotted in the Umfolozi section. Again our Safari was rushed down to get to them and we were in luck as the Lions crossed the road in front of our vehicle. This was the second time in a row this happened to me on the past to Durban overnight safari Tours.

    3 Lionesses crossing the road in front of our vehicle on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    3 Lionesses crossing the road in front of our vehicle on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

     

    The were so beautiful these Lions and just when we thought it was to stop there we found 2 Larger Male Lions Under an Acacia Tree! This was the 4th of the Big 5 we had seen of our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi.

    Lion Scratches his face on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    Lion Scratches his face on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

     

    Just 30 -40 meters from these two sleeping male Lions was an Old Buffalo Bull in the mud but he didn’t care one big as he rested peacefully.

    Buffalo Bull mud wallowing 30 meters from 2 Male Lions on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve
    Buffalo Bull mud wallowing 30 meters from 2 Male Lions on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

     

    Day 4: Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve

     

    We began our day a lot more relaxed than we would usually a Durban Safari Tour. Having said that we had some great sightings after breakfast. Giraffe, Zebra and a few other animals including a bushveld gerbil.

    This Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve was turning out to be a great one! One sighting I really enjoyed was these Zebras below: The male crossed the bridge and the females were not that comfortable at crossing after him so he kept looking back at them as if to say come along girls!

    Dazzle of Zebra Girls are you coming…on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    Dazzle of Zebra Girls are you coming…on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

     

     

    Later at Hilltop camp I sat down with the clients to look as some of the pictures and videos they had got and some were really good from the first few days of our Durban 5 Day Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi.

    After lunch we headed out for a Safari Game drive on route to Emdoneni Cat rehabilitation centre for the Cat Tour.

    We were so lucky to find these Chacma Baboons on the road and they were so funny it even looked like one was giving us the finger!

    Chacma Baboon Showing us what he thinks of us… on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    Chacma Baboon Showing us what he thinks of us… on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

     

    At Emdoneni the clients really enjoyed the Tour through the rehab centre and Touching the Cheetah, Caracal, Serval and African Wild Cat.

    We had to rush back to get in by 6pm at the gate and then back to Hilltop camp for dinner.

     

    Dinner was lovely as usual it seemed we were all tired as dinner only lasted a bit less than an hour before we walked back to our rooms to get a good nights rest.

     

    Overall the Big 5 Safari Tour today has been great and relaxing especially with the cooler weather.

     

    Day 5: Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve

    After a bit of rain falling over night on our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve we got ready for breakfast before checking out and beginning our final 3 hour Safari Game Drive in the park.

    It was sad to leave Hilltop camp Hluhluwe but we had another big day ahead of us as we were also visiting Isimangeliso wetland park AKA St Lucia Wetlands for a 2 hour boat cruise viewing Hippos and crocodiles.

    We headed down into Umfolozi section of the reserve and were lucking as the puddles in the road game us a chance of taking this great picture of a Baboon is estrus drinking out of a puddle.

    Female Chacma Baboon drinks out of a puddle on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    Female Chacma Baboon drinks out of a puddle on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    As we continued our Durban Safari Tour we were so lucky and found this beautiful male Lion just out marking his territory after the rains. This common practice but to see if was great for all of us.

     

    Big Male Lion marking his territory on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    Big Male Lion marking his territory on our Durban 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    We were running out of time and had to rush our Durban Safari Tour along and depart from Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve and head to Isimangeliso wetland park (St Lucia wetlands).

    After a short hour drive from the South Eastern gate Nyalazi we arrived in St Lucia for the Boat tour. This was a great Tour as the weather cleared up a bit and was lovely and warm on the boat. At St Lucia wetlands we spotted about 50 odd Hippos and about 3 crocodiles with Fish eagles and Goliath Herons as well. Visiting St Lucia Wetlands with out doing a Safari Tour of the Estuary on a boat to view Hippos and Crocodiles is not a option!

    After the Cruise in St Lucia we headed to the small town to get lunch and then departed for Durban where we began our Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi, Cat rehab center and Isimangeliso Wetland park (St Lucia) 5 days prior.

    It was overall a great Safari Tour from Durban with 4 of the Big 5 being seem more than once! Just the Leopard eluded us but this is common to not be seen.

    To experience a Durban Safari Tour with Tim Brown visit our website www.timbrowntours.com an look at our TripAdvisor Reviews from fellow Tourists. You wont be dissapointed!

     

     

  • 14th March 2014

    Durban 2 Day overnight Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia(Isimangeliso Wetland park) 12 – 13 March 2014

    I collected my clients from Umhlanga just outside Durban for there 2 day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umoflozi game reserve and Isimangeliso wetland park(St Lucia).

    This overnight Safari Tour from Durban had a quick start even with the weather being a little cloudy at times. We entered into the umfolozi section of Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve through the Nyalazi gate and headed down south to try get lucky with finding the Cats. This was not to be, however we did find White Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant, Kudu, Warthog, Impala, Zebra, Wildebeest and Giraffe before the day of Touring as done.

    Actually the number of animals we saw was amazing for the weather and time of day on the Durban Safari Tour in KwaZulu-Natal.

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

    We found this Bull Elephant actually there was a small breeding herd and about 4 Bull Elephants which were grazing away enjoying the grass after the big rains we have been experiencing. The rain can be both a blessing and a hindrance in Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve when we Tour there. Basically the animals do not need to stay close to the permanent water sources if there is a lot of water around which means they could move far and wide in a 960 square Kilometer reserve.

    Later on our Safari Tour from Durban we came across some Giraffe feeding on the Acacia trees.

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

    We continued on further on our Durban Safari Tour in the Bush and found more animals.

    This was a beautiful image of a Dazzle of Zebra resting there heads on each others backs which also means the tail of the other keeps the fly’s off the others  nose.

    Dazzle of Zebra on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    We eventually stopped for lunch at the centenary center home to operation Rhino in the 1960’s. The food was great for a place in the middle of the bush. We continues our safari tour shortly after and moved into the Hluhluwe Section of the Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve.

    It was a little quiet and we needed to check in so we stopped at Hilltop camp before heading back out into the bush to Tour the northern Section.

    We we lucky as the grass was at eye level to find this young male White Rhino on the road.

    White Rhino on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    By this point in time I was feeling pretty tired with all the driving and concentrating mostly because the sightings became harder to come across with the long grass in Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve.

    We found a troop of baboons which were about to go and sleep in the Sycamore fig trees for the night.

    This beautiful Male Baboon sat in the road for use posing before darkness fell upon our Safari Tour from Durban.
    Male Baboon on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve

    We began our Safari Drive back to Hilltop camp where we would be spending the night and in the darkness we had some excitement but not the kind you really want. A branch of a tree almost fell onto the car and as we came around another bend 2 big elephant bulls were standing in the road. What excitement.

    Day 2 of our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve and St Lucia (Isimangeliso Wetland park).

    We got up really early and were on the reserve Hluhluwe by 05:30 in the dark. It was great but sadly a little quiet on the animal front. So after 2.5 hours we returned to Hilltop camp for Breakfast and big Buffet. The coffee was most welcome.

    We then did a very quick check out and began a final Safari Tour of Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve before heading out at Memorial gate in the North and onward to take a 2 hour boat Tour at St Lucia(Isimangeliso Wetland Park).

    When we arrived and hopped on the boat at St Lucia it was a little cold but it warmed up as we saw load of Hippos and 2 big crocodiles. There were some beautiful Fish eagles and Kingfishers as well on the estuary in the mangrove swamps.

    After the 2 hours it was time for lunch and then we began the 2.5 hours back to Durban after a great Durban overnight Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve and St Lucia(Isimangeliso wetland park).

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