Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tours Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 23rd June 2014

    Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    After some my clients booked there tour and having realised that they were repeat clients from 2 years ago, the pressure gently mounted as I was reminded that we had seen Leopard on our last Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve. Amazingly with my photographic memory I could remember the Leapard sighting which Laura had actually spotted walking down a game path after our lunch at Hilltop camp. I obviously have no control of nature I just know the best areas to look for them!

    As per usual on a Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve I cover the History of Durban and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on our drive up and what is nice is after 2 years of continuous learning I had some new information for my repeat clients.

    After departing Durban at 06:30 we had arrived 3 Hours later at Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 game reserve to begin our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour in the oldest national park in Africa!

    I chose to take a chance and go into the quieter section of the game reserve the Umfolozi section where I knew I would battle for Rhino,Elephant and Buffalo compared to the Hluhluwe Section which is full of them. My reasoning behind this decision was 2 fold! One reason being the clients wanted to see Lions and cheetah as well as Elephant. The other reason being I knew the Umfolozi section being so baron and dry makes it easier to spot the Cats, we also usually come across Male Elephants along the way so that sealed the deal! Of course there is no promised when it comes to nature, Luck plays a huge role in seeing these amazing Big 5 Animals on a Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 game reserve.

    We were blessed among the quiet times with beautiful views and some great sightings. Our first major sighting was some Rhino on a ridge resting.

    Resting Rhinos on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    Resting Rhinos on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    Once we had a quick look at them and they stayed stationary we moved off and hit the jackpot with a large Bull Elephant about to cross the road. I lined up the vehicle for my clients to give them a good view as he crossed the road and amazingly he stopped on a dirt road perpendicular to us and picked up a piece which had broken off a Car and threw it in the air! This was so cool it just made it very clear who was the boss and what he could do if he wasnt respected by us.

    Bull Elephant stands on the road on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    Bull Elephant stands on the road on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    After this male Elephant we actually went through a lean period where we only came across Impala and Warthog for about an hour! This is usual though and you just have to be patient and wait for your luck to pick up. Eventually we came across some Zebra and a Large male Kudu with big curling horns. Ok, they we not the Big 5 but they were a blessing after a drought period on our Bull Elephant stands on the road on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve!

    Zebra and Kudu Bull rest on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    Zebra and Kudu Bull rest on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    We continued on and visited Bhejane hide where I knew there had been a Lioness in the early morning. The trouble is as soon as word gets out every Tom, Dick and Harry go there usually making so much noise that the Lions move off. This is exactly what happened but this did not take away from the value of our visit to Bhejane Hide. We saw load of great animals! First was this Buffalo with the White Fronted Bee-Eaters sitting on a dead branch in front of face. What luck, Buffalo Bull resting with two White Fronted Bee-eaters on a dead branch on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve, Brilliant!

    Bufallo Bull resting with two White Fronted Bee-eaters on a dead branch on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014
    Bufallo Bull resting with two White Fronted Bee-eaters on a dead branch on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    As we waited in the “hide” to see what else would come to drink water we spotted some Wildebeest making there way in for some muddy water on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve.

    Wildebeest drinking on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014
    Wildebeest drinking on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    The Wildebeest gently waded through the mud to get to the water and quenched there thirst. It was a hot Winters day Safari Tour in Africa and the mercury rose to 29 degrees. Next to come along was a big hit everybody started to get excited and it was a Journey of 8 giraffe that come to drink on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve.

    Giraffe drinks water on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    Giraffe drinks water on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    As we decided to leave the hide mostly due to the time and distance to the luncheon stop I handed out some waters to quench our thirst. As we drove back up at a good rate of knots we reminisced over what we had just enjoyed. The trouble was it didnt end there! We arrived at a view sight over the White Umfolozi river and we stopped to see what people were looking at! It was Lions in the distance on the other bank in the shade with little cubs on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve.

    2 Lionesses with cubs and a Lion rest in the distance on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    2 Lionesses with cubs and a Lion rest in the distance on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    We only spent 5 minutes watching them through the binoculars before we decided to continue on as a cheetah had been seen in the morning and bam! There he was 100 meters away from where we had just been watching the Lions was a Male Cheetah resting in the shade on this hot African Day on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve.

    Cheetah resting in the distance on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014
    Cheetah resting in the distance on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    This was now everything my clients really wanted to see, Lions, Elephant, Giraffe and cheetah in the wild! We could now move on to get some lunch which was more like and early dinner!

    We didn’t travel to far and we spotted a Rhino Male resting up in the shade this always happens when you are hungry that you begin to see loads of amazing animals.

    Bum of a White Rhino on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014
    Bum of a White Rhino on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    At this point is was a quick photo before heading on as it was already 2pm. By the time we got up to the Centenary center which is home to Operation Rhino in the 1950’s and 60’s it was 14:30. We ordered our lunch and by just after 15:00 we had a filled our tanks and were reminiscing over the days events on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve.

    We put it out to the universe that we would like to see more Elephants before leaving and literally at the gate we were to exit was a couple of Bull Elephants feeding way right next to the road!

    Younger Bull Elephant grazing the grass before we exited on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014

    Younger Bull Elephant grazing the grass before we exited on our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 21st June 2014 

    Our Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve was basically completed with the small matter of a 3 hour drive back to Durban. Non of us were complaining of that after what had turned out to be a spectacular Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve on the 21st June 2014.

    We arrived in Durban(Umhlanga) happy and satisfied with the day and I said farewell to my clients. Im sure they will be back again for a Overnight Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve.

    If you wish to experience something similar to a Durban Big 5 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game reserve you need to contact me and Tim Brown Tours will try and make you Safari dreams come true!

     

     

  • 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.

     

  • 11th June 2014

    Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5, 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    After meeting my clients in Durban at the Quarters Hotel on Florida Road we began the Journey to the Big 5 Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve covering the History of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and Hluhluwe Umfolozi.

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

    We were lucky on this Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi as the Caracal and Servals were very interactive.

    African Wild Cat on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    African Wild Cat on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Caracal on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Caracal on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Cheetah on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Cheetah on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban
    Serval on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban
    Serval on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    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 got lucky with some Giraffes near the gate. As we went further up the road we spotted some Buffalo in the valley before spotting a Crowned eagle sitting on a Sycamore Fig Tree while the Trumpeter Hornbills cried there displeasure.

    Crowned eagle on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban
    Crowned eagle on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban
    Giraffe as we came in gate on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban
    Giraffe as we came in gate on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    On the opposite side of the road was an old male Buffalo which just lay down in the grass looking very tired and old.

    We continued on towards Hilltop Camp for some lunch and to check in to the resort.

    After a great Lunch and 30 minutes of rest we headed back out onto the game reserve of Hluhluwe Umfolozi on our Safari Tour and came across a herd of Buffalo crossing the road. We were actually looking for Elephants but they were to far away we could only hear them trumpet in the distance.

    Buffalo after lunch on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Buffalo after lunch on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Our Durban Safari Tour continued and we spotted some Rhino in the long grass, we were patient and we found them coming closer to the road which made for a great photo.

    White Rhino after lunch on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    White Rhino after lunch on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    We moved on to a view point where we spotted some Hippos standing in the shallow water feeding on the reeds at about 16:30 and a Big Crocodile on the bank. Our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour was really building up.

    Hippos after lunch on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Hippos after lunch on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban
    Big crocodile on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban
    Big crocodile on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    We continued and spotted more Rhinos and Loads of Giraffe all over the place it was frustrating at the light was fading and I needed to drop on of my clients off at the Memorial gate. After doing this we returned to Hilltop camp in the Hluhluwe Section of the reserve.

    So far on Day 1 of our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour we had seen 2 of the Big5, Rhino and Buffalo. This left me with a great challenge the next day!

    After some great steaks at Hilltop camps restaurant we headed to bed after a brief looking at the stars. We had an early morning the next day a 6am start.

     

    Day 2:  Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5, 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

     

    We woke early long before the sun was up and began our day from Hilltop camp driving down into the Umfolozi section of Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve to try find Lions. We took with us packed breakfasts and our Durban Safari Tour began!

    We sped down south and saw a few giraffe before we struck gold and got a young male Lion crossing the road in front of us. It happened so fast by I did get a photo after he lay down in the thickets 30 meters off the road.

    Young skinny Lion on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Young skinny Lion on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    We were all so happy now that we had knocked the Lion on the head so to speak. After this we moved on and spotted a Wildebeest and Impalas near the road. I heard a sound and turned the engine off, It was a Hyena calling announcing his presence. Sadly he was to far away to be seen but it added to the experience of our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour.

    We made our way down to the Black Umfolozi river where we spotted hyena tracks and a Lioness in the distance down stream which was in a bad way. She could have been attacked by a big male and was looking worse for wear!

    Sick Lioness awaits her fate on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Sick Lioness awaits her fate on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    As we left that area we were so happy having found lions twice on our morning Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour from Hilltop camp.

    We could not have asked for a better start to the day. Then we reached Mpila camp in Umfolozi and spotted some vervet monkeys and Impala before continuing down towards Mphafa hide where we were luck enough to see Zebra, Nyala and Impala drinking. Durban Day Safaris to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve are amazing and we had 3 of them back to back!

    Vervet Monkey stares at me on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban
    Vervet Monkey stares at me on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban
    Mphafa hide Nyalas and Impala drink water on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban
    Mphafa hide Nyalas and Impala drink water on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Zebras Drink at Mphafa hide on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Zebras Drink at Mphafa hide on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    After this we continued our Safari Tour of Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve and found Warthogs, loads of Impala even a Kudu and more Zebra and Wildebeest before we spotted a large Journey of Giraffe near the White Umfolozi river. Durban City had certainly become a distant memory for us at this point!

    Journey of Giraffe on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Journey of Giraffe on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Warthog rests on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Warthog rests on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban
    Bush Zebra Crossing on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban
    Bush Zebra Crossing on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    We came across a crash of Rhino resting in a open area before checking back on our injured Lioness which got up and hobbled along before sitting down again in the river on a sand bank. I think that tonight is the night that the call of the Hyenas will carry her name…!

    Giving our pathetic Lioness a final glance we had to push on and not let the inevitable consume our minds. We were quickly cheered up as I spotted some Elephants on the hills which was great as being patient for the whole day we were rewarded. After a few minutes we continued to lunch at Centenary centre, At this point I had been driving for 6 hours and was pretty shattered!

    Lunch at the home of Operation Rhino which brought back the Rhinos from extinction in the 1950’s and 1960’s was special. You always feel humbled to know that Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve saved Rhinos from a definite extinction 60 years ago. We should all be indebted to them for this miracle!

    On completion of lunch we shot off on our final stretch to Hilltop camp on what had already been a fantastic Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour in this amazing Big5 game reserve.

    We again spotted Elephants on a ridge still a little far for good photos but as we came closer to Hilltop camp we nailed these Ellies! We got a Large herd of about 25 individuals with lots of tiny babies crossing the road in front of us. They were on a mission to get to water down at the mansiya river. What a 3 Day Safari Tour this was turning out to be!

    Herd of Elephant walk towards the road on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Herd of Elephant walk towards the road on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Elephant mother and baby cross road on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Elephant mother and baby cross road on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    After an 8 hour Safari Tour of Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve we arrived back at Hilltop camp, collected the tickets for the evening game drive and I showed my clients were we had been they were amazed at home far we had travelled.

     

    After a rest for the clients I collected them and took them to the Open vehicle for there Evening – Night Safari game drive. I’m sure they would enjoy this even though it would be a bit cold…

     

    It was time for dinner and bed…

     

    Day 3:  Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5, 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

     

    We had a sleep in till 6am and met just before 7am to pack the car and get some breakfast before a final 3 hour Safari Tour of Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve.

    After this we would head to Isimangeliso wetland park for a 2 hour boat cruise on the Estuary of St Lucia.

    Days 3’s Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour was unbelievable! We could not have asked for a better finale to our 3 Day Durban Safari Tour.

    We departed after breakfast and made our way to try and relocate the herds of Elephant we had spotted the day before crossing to get a drink from the river. It was 5 minutes and we spotted the on there way back feeding in the thickets. As my clients loved Elephants we spend lots of time with the Elephant waiting on then. Eventually after 40 minutes we drop off and spotted another large herd of Elephant near the road and we waited for then to cross in front of us. We the spotted an old Big male who seems to have some sort of polio in his back left leg(old hop along we called him).

    Big bull ellie old hop along and 2 other males face off on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Big bull ellie old hop along and 2 other males face off on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    The sighting got crazier as 2 younger but still big males were challenged by old hop along and we had a great time reversing to give the 3 of them space!

    There was a 3rd herd of Elephant making its way to the road and we let them cross they has some really tiny babies and this made our day!

    What a final Day Safari Tour! We also stopped next to a large male who put his trunk up to smell us and my pour clients got such a fright but he was only smelling us nothing malicious.

    I could not believe what this day Safari Tour had brought us! After about over an hour and a half we decided to leave and see what else we could find. We also spotted giraffe, Buffalo and Baboon another favourite with my clients. We even found a Southern Egg Eater Snake in a pile of Elephant Dung!

    Southern Brown Egg eater in some Elephant Dung on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban
    Southern Brown Egg eater in some Elephant Dung on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    We had to head on to the gate to make our way to St Lucia – Isimangeliso Wetand Park. All of a sudden the wind picked up and was blowing the vehicle around a bit. We arrived in St Lucia and were disappointed that all boat cruises had been cancelled due to the strong winds.

    We made the most of this and had some great seafood and pizza in St Lucia Town. Then we headed down to the board walk and did the walk to the Indian ocean and spotted 2 hippos grazing out of the water and a crocodile on a grassy patch in the middle of the Estuary.

    Hippos graze in the day with the Indian ocean behind them on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban
    Hippos graze in the day with the Indian ocean behind them on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 and 3 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Along the walk I tried to cover things like the mangrove swamps and crabs which would have been covered on the boat had the weather played ball with us!

    After enjoying St Lucia – Isimangeliso wetland park we continued back to Durban City (actually Umhlanga) reminiscing on what the 3rd Day of our Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve had brought us.

    An amazing time, just incredible Days of Safari Touring!

     

     

  • 7th June 2014

    3 Day overnight Big 5 Safari Tour from Durban to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014.

    Day 1 of our  3 Day overnight Big 5 Safari Tour from Durban to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve

    We began our Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve in Durban City where I collected my Clients some of which had run the Comrades South Africa’s major Ultra marathon from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.

     

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

     

    We made good time and our first stop was a Cat rehabilitation centre outside Hluhluwe Town where you can interact with 4 different species of Cat, namely; Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African Wild Cat.

     

    The clients were lucky to get the photo taken with these majestic cats. This is always a good start to a 3 Day Durban Safari Tour because even the Big 5 Game reserve of Hluhluwe Umfolozi can at times cause problems with finding big cats, This Tour was not the case though!

     

    After the Cat rehab centre we entered at Memorial gate duly named as there is a grave next to the gate and we began our Hluhluwe Umfolozi safari Tour.

    We had immediate success as we got a Zebra crossing the road in front of the vehicle.

     Zebra Crossing on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

    Zebra Crossing on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

     

    We continued a mere 200 meters before we found Elephants and Buffalo crossing the road too. It was like the animals can out especially for us in the heat of the day.

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

    First was the Buffalo crossing…

    Buffalo Crossing on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

    Buffalo Crossing on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

     

    After the Buffalo had crossed we drove another 150 Meters and there was a second herd of Elephant crossing the road to the other side so we drove around and waiting on a dirt road for them to come around and the walked in front of us a second time! A great Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour

    Elephant Crossing on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014
    Elephant Crossing on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

     

    We eventually got to Hilltop camp (Hluhluwe) where we began to settle in by having some lunch and checking in. After a great lunch and 40 odd minutes in the rooms we headed back out until gate closure at 6pm.

     

    Our Day’s Safari Tour started with a female Giraffe with what looked like a broken leg and I could feel the mood drop in the vehicle after I said its nature and we don’t interfere. I wish that was always the case…

    Giraffe with Broken leg on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014
    Giraffe with Broken leg on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

     

    Our Hluhluwe Umfolozi safari tour continued and we headed out to the Hluhluwe River where we got out at a view site to look over the river at some Buffalo and we also spotted Hippos and a crocodile in the River. This was great! Durban Safari Tours are amazing if you are patient and lucky like we were.

    Our Safari Tour continued and we spotted some Nyala females coming to the road and we adjusted the vehicle so they would cross in front of us. Later we also spotted a male Nyala on the Tour in Hluhluwe Section.

    Nyala Female crossing on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

    Nyala Female crossing on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

     

    As our Hluhluwe Umfolozi safari tour continued we found an amazing sight! A big male white Rhino mud wallowing and then as he got out he rubbed himself for about 20 minutes on a rock which was once a sign. His rubbing became so elaborate that I had got myself some great pictures. See below what a great Rhino, What a great Durban Safari Tour.

    Rhino kisses a rock on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

    Rhino kisses a rock on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014
    Rhino rubs his male parts on a rock on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014
    Rhino rubs his male parts on a rock on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014
    Rhino rubs his male parts on a rock showing us his Bum on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014
    Rhino rubs his male parts on a rock showing us his Bum on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

     

    After this I was so stoked at what we had seen that I though we could find anything even Lions that had moved away from the road… We spotted more Buffalo and Elephant before I got to this area. It was now dark and we had no chance unless these Lions came onto the road so we continued in the process driving right along side and Elephant in the dark. We moved past him and got back to Hilltop camp (Hluhluwe) after an amazing Day Safari from Durban. We arrived back at camp spot on 6pm and took a rest before dinner.

     

    At dinner I think we were all tired and we rushed our meal down and then headed to bed after a great Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour from Durban.

     

    Day 2 of our  3 Day overnight Big 5 Safari Tour from Durban to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014.

     

    The next morning we slept in till 6am and met for a 7 am breakfast before heading down into the Umfolozi section of the Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve to continue our Durban Safari Tour.

    We rushed down to save time and only stopped momentarily to look at a young Bull Elephant before a rest room break at Mpila Camp (umfolozi).

     

    After this and a chat with a mate who told me that there were no cats where I was wanting to search, I decided to try another area and bang we came round a bend to a couple cars stopped and a pride of 4 Lions had killed a Wildebeest which the had wrapped around a tree next to the road. The Lions we hiding a big but after 20 minutes of waiting the showed themselves but did not feed on the carcass.

    Young Male Lion yawns on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

    Young Male Lion yawns on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

    Dead Wildebeest killed by lions on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

    Dead Wildebeest killed by lions on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014
    Lion gives me the beady eye on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014
    Lion gives me the beady eye on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

     

    We were so lucky to see these Big cats on our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour! We continued and saw a warthog, impala and Zebra only 50 meters from the Lions.

    We decided to head to a “Hide” which is a secure area over looking a water point where you can sit quietly and watch what ever comes by. We saw a male Nyala who was beautiful come and drink.

    Male Nyala drinks at Mphafa Hide on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014
    Male Nyala drinks at Mphafa Hide on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

     

    Our Safari Tour of Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve was really going well but became quiet for a while at the sun baked down at 35 degrees Celsius(so much for winter).

     

    We continued our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour and spotted some Living Wildebeest, Giraffe, Warthogs and loads of Impalas.

     

    We also stopped to look at a Zebra and her foul near the road.

    Zebra and her foul on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

    Zebra and her foul on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

     

    Lunch was beckoning so we made our way to Centenary centre home of operation Rhino in the 1950s and had some food there. The girls got cause up in the curio shop and there food got cold which was a great laugh…

     

    We had to leave and continue our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour and we moved back into the Hluhluwe Section of the reserve where we found 2 male Elephants crossing the road again!

    Arriving back we got the tickets for the evening game drive and took a rest before that would take place from 5pm – 8pm.

     

    When my clients returned at 8pm they were cold and hadn’t seen too many new things except Genets and Owls.

     

    It was time for a warm dinner and bed.

     

    Day 3 of our  3 Day overnight Big 5 Safari Tour from Durban to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014.

     

    We got up at 6am and met before 7am to pack the bags into the vehicle before heading off to have some breakfast at Hilltop camps restaurant.

    After breakfast we quickly checked out and made our way out onto the reserve for our last 3 hours of Safari Touring before we would depart for St Lucia – Isimangeliso Wetland Park.

     

    We had some good luck with this big male Elephant right next to the road dust bathing. He wasn’t the least bit interested in us.

    Elephant Bull Dust Bathing on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

    Elephant Bull Dust Bathing on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

     

    After this great sighting we continued to as many view sights overlooking the river as possible it turned out to be a good choice as we came across a Big Elephant bull crossing the Hluhluwe River.

    Durban Safari Tours really can be a treat!

    Elephant crosses the Hluhluwe River on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014
    Elephant crosses the Hluhluwe River on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

     

    Before we left for Isimangeliso Wetland Park the clients wanted to see Giraffe one more time and we nailed it! We got this beautiful old male which slowly walked closer to the road and with a bit of vehicle manipulation we got it to cross in front of us.

    Giraffe male on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014
    Giraffe male on our 3 Day Big 5 Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Cat rehab and St Lucia Isimangeliso wetland park 3rd to 5th June 2014

     

    After enjoying the Giraffe and spotting a few more species it was time to end our 3rd Day Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Umfolozi and head to Isimangeliso wetland park for a 2 hour boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary.

     

    We arrived and had to wait for a group of students to arrive which were 30 minutes late(African Time-lol) Once we got going it was a real Safari Tour treat as we spotted Water Monitor Lizards mating as well as Fish eagles! I was so frustrated with myself as I left my camera in the car! So sorry no pictures on that you will just have to trust me!

     

    After the Safari Tour on the Boat at St Lucia Estuary we headed into St Lucia town to get some lunch at Ocean Sizzler which was great as always. They do the best food and the best portions for your money!

     

    We then had to begin the long trip back to Durban and the rain decided it was going to fall which slowed us down a bit. All in all it was a great Hluhluwe Umfolozi safari Tour.

  • 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

     

    When last did you look into the eye of an elephant? If you contact me we can try and make this happen for you with Tim Brown ToursHighly rated on TripAdvisor.

     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.

     

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

  • 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.

  • 23rd April 2014

    Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

    After collecting my clients from Durban City for there Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve we began with a briefing on my Job and what the clients can expect on there Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve Day Safari Tour.

    Basically I mention to the clients that on there Durban Day Safari Tour I will be there guide and that I will cover the History of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa including each population group and how the came to be here. I also mention information on all the different crops/Plantations we come across as well and as the communities we come across.

    Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tours are very popular with our clients as it is a Big 5 Game reserve close enough to Durban to take a Safari Tour there in a Day and preferably overnight.

    Once we got going the weather was beautiful and the Temperature got up to 32 degrees Celsius in Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve on our Safari Tour.

    We had left Durban City nice and early and by 09:30 we were in Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve to begin our Durban Safari Tour of this pristine nature reserve.

    As we entered the Nyalazi gate I spotted some Chacma Baboons playing in the road as well as grooming each other which is very important for there social bonding etc.

    Chacma Baboons play in the road on our Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

    Chacma Baboons play in the road on our Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

    We continued down South into the Umfolozi Section of Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve and our Safari Tour from Durban got interesting! We were lucky to come across a huge amount of animal species including 4 of the Big 5 on this Safari Tour.

    Next we spotted some Zebra and Impala as well as a big crocodile in the Umfolozi river.

    Zebra Hiding in the thickets on our Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

    Zebra Hiding in the thickets on our Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

    As we continued on our Durban Day Safari Tour we came across a Male Giraffe just feeding next to the road on the pods of a Sickle bush. This was really interesting as right next to the Sickle bush was his favorite tree the Acacia(karoo). Clearly he needed some nutrients from the pods and the leaves. The Sickle Bush has anesthetic properties in the leaves…

    Durban Day Safari Tours to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve can be really interesting we you see things like this:

    Male Giraffe feeding on our Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

    Male Giraffe feeding on our Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

    We continued on and it had been a little quiet for a while as we the all of a sudden hit some luck. We came across a huge herd of Cape/African Buffalo on our Safari from Durban.

    Buffalo with her calf on our Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve
    Buffalo with her calf on our Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

    We only had to continue a mere 100 meters and bang there was a small herd of Elephant feeding right next to the road. We waited a short while so we could get them crossing the road for a better photograph and sure enough they did. Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve can be very rewarding but always in the African Bush Patience is the key!

    Elephant crosses the dirt road on our Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve
    Elephant crosses the dirt road on our Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

    After the Elephant our spirits were high and we soldiered on to see what else our Durban Day Safari Tour would offer us. This usually happens that you have periods of quietness and then periods of busyness.

    We then came across a view point and I could see something on the Sand. All of a sudden it moved. It was a Lion! We had found at least 2 lions resting down by the river with a binocular view but it was better than not seeing them at all! Lions on a Safari Tour from Durban to Hluhluwe Umfolozi can be hard as we only get to the game reserve well into the day time and these great animals are nocturnal hunters.

    Lioness Crossing the sand bank in the Umfolozi River on our Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

    Lioness Crossing the sand bank in the Umfolozi River on our Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

    At this point in time we had found 3 of the Big 5 on our Durban Safari Tour and were only missing the Rhino and Leopard. Within about 15 Minutes we had our 4th of the Big 5 the White Rhino and could smile again! This Hluhluwe Umfolozi safari tour from Durban was really a good one.

    White Rhino on our Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

    White Rhino on our Easter 2014 Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

    After this we were all smiles and began heading back up to Mpila camp for a Toilet break and then to Centenary center for some lunch. All of a sudden our stop at Mpila was not for a toilet break but to clean up one of my clients vomit! No warning it just came all over the inside on my 3 month old car! Damn I was actually lost for words so I didnt say very much…

    We arrived at Centenary center for some lunch and to catch our breath of for me to get some air.

    After lunch we continued on into the Hluhluwe Section of the game reserve and found more Elephant, impala and warthogs before it was time to head back to Durban after what was a very interesting and successful Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve.

     

     

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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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