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  • 9th March 2016

    Hluhluwe day safari


    We began our Hluhluwe day safari bright and early as you would when going on an African safari tour! It was a lovely day as it had rained the night before so it was a little cooler today so we could enjoy the safari away from the extreme summer heat!


    On route to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve I covered some of the interesting history of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa as well as the population groups and how they came to be here. It also ended up with some politics which you really should never discuss with your clients but if they are happy with hearing your opinion then it is fine.


    Our arrival at Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve for our safari was great for us all as I have personally been away from actual tours for 3 weeks and was fresh and really looking forward to finding animals. I also took our new 4×4 vehicle up to test the capabilities and it was very comfortable and ideal for a safari.


    Our first sighting was actually Zebra just on the other side of the gate at a mud wallow. We then entered and found Warthogs as well waiting for us!






    Durban big 5 day safari; Warthogs

    Durban big 5 day safari; Warthogs
















    It was not long and we found Rhino up on a hill making their way down we watch for a while but I knew we would have a better sighting else ware so we moved on.

    We went over the lovely rolling hills of Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and found some Rhino close enough for a great photo.







    Durban big 5 day safari; Rhino

    Durban big 5 day safari; Rhino
















    After chatting about the plight of these amazing creatures we continued on and found some Nyala and more Zebra on the hills. It was not long before we spotted Giraffe in the distance. I told my clients not to worry we will get round to them and that was a stupid thing to say as the next road junction was closed due to road works so I had to take the long way round to get to the Giraffe.


    We stopped at a view point of what is supposed to be the Hluhluwe river, well it was totally dry and had no animals. You know when you look at a documentary of a desert and you see bones, that is exactly what we saw!

    Finally we got some Buffalo nice and close.






    Durban big 5 day safari; Herd of Buffalo


    Durban big 5 day safari; Herd of Buffalo















    The baboons we saw on our Durban safari tour were not really playing ball but we did find one that looked like it was lighting a cigarette! LOL







    Durban big 5 day safari; Baboon lights a cigarette

    Durban big 5 day safari; Baboon lights a cigarette















    We finally made it round to the Giraffe and thank God they were still in the same area as it had been an hour detour! Our Durban safari became very exciting very quickly at this point!

    This one Giraffe was chewing a bone and had all these Red Bill Oxpeckers on her feeding on the ticks.

    This is very common behavior to get calcium into their diet but is not always seems or understood. I love nature!






    Durban big 5 day safari; Giraffe chewing a bone

    Durban big 5 day safari; Giraffe chewing a bone

















    We then hit a stroke of good fortune as I watch a Giraffe staring into the bushes and I looked to see what she was looking at. It was an Elephant hidden and feeding in a thicket on the other side of the dry river bed. We waited and waited and eventually he came out into the open and this made our Durban safari very much worth it as we had now seen 3 of the Big 5 already!







    Durban big 5 day safari; Elephant

    Durban big 5 day safari; Elephant
















    We continued our safari and made our way up to Hilltop camp for some lunch but before we could get there my clients did well to spot a Zebra which was rubbing himself on a dead branch. We stopped to watch this interesting act.






    Durban big 5 day safari; Zebra has a scratch

    Durban big 5 day safari; Zebra has a scratch

















    Lunch was great and we continued on with not much time to go and as it was the afternoon we battled for any new animals. We did find Hippo before lunch which I forgot about but there after it was some Impala, Nyala and some of the other animals we had seen already.


    It still had been a great Durban big 5 day safari tour and we were all pretty happy with the day as we departed arriving after 7pm at the Oysterbox hotel and then 07:40 in Kloof before I headed home.


    An African safari is a must and if you are in Durban why go to Kruger park which is 10 hours away when you can have the same wonderful safari experience 2.5 hour outside of our lovely city!

  • 25th October 2015

    South Africa holidays – Kruger park vs Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve



    South Africa has a wide range of wilderness safaris to choose from and it always boils down to what South African holiday or South African safari tours are best advertised!

    I hope that this post will be able to clear up some of the many questions potential travelers to South Africa have when looking at wilderness safaris or African tours.

    If you join us on your South African holiday you can expect an amazing experience from culture, culture to historical.





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    It is clear that most people around the world when you say South Africa they think of a Safari! Who wouldn’t but along with that comes the next thought, Kruger national park. Kruger Park is the first Wilderness safari which comes to mind and most of the time as it is so well advertised travelers will not look any further.

    What does a traveler do if they have limited time and are not travelling to Johannesburg?

    We have to consider that even Johannesburg is 4 – 5 hours away from the famous or well advertised Kruger park.

    There are so many options when considering a South Africa holiday or South Africa tours. There are African budget safaris, Luxury safaris and middle range safaris which in my opinion are better value for your Doller/Euro or Pound!


    Everybody has a budget and it is not always possible to splurge on an expensive African safari but if you are to travel all this way you do want to experience a Wilderness safari be it in Kruger national park or Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.


    Facts about Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve:


    Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve is the oldest protected area/National park in Africa established in 1895 and is home to the Big 5, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant. This is not all as Hluhluwe Imfolozi also has, Giraffe, Zebra, Cheetah, African Wild dog, Hippo and Hyena!

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve is split into two sections the Hluhluwe game reserve in the North and the Umfolozi game reserve in the south. Both of these are linked and have no fences between them but are fenced off from the local communities giving the reserve more protection and the people.

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve is 96 000 hectares in size and is ideally situated 2.5 hours from Durban a coastal city on the eastern tip of Africa.

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi is Malaria free which is a big plus factors so you do not need to take any anti-Malarial medication!


    Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve was home to “Operation Rhino” in the 1950’s which brought back the White Rhino from extinction, during these years the Kruger national park had no Rhinos left due to poaching and hunting.

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve now has the highest density of White Rhino in the world and they are protected by an Anti-poaching team which are able if they come across poachers to shoot them with out asking questions. The same applies in Kruger national park.

    The Rhino is part of our heritage and scientists believe by 2030 there will be no Rhinos left in the World.

    In South Africa alone in 2014 – 1215 Rhino were killed for there horns, in 2013 – 1004 Rhino and in 2012 – 868 Rhinos. You can see the trend is increasing and this the Rhinos we know about or have found!

    This is even more of a reason to get to South Africa for a holiday and Hluhluwe game reserve for either a African budget safari or African safari tour before it is to late.

    If you compare the two pictures I have take I am sure you would agree that the living Rhino looks much better! These was taken on the same day the 29th of September 2015 to show you the reality of this situation we are in!



    Rhino comparison; The reality

    Rhino comparison; The reality





    This was a video I took of what you can experience if you visit Hluhluwe game reserve with Tim Brown Tours. It was a cute baby Rhino laying down on the road in front of us twice!



    Video: Hluhluwe game reserve; Rhino calf rests on road in front of us


    It is clear to see that Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve as an African safari tour destination in its own right has so much to offer!



    Facts about Kruger national park



    Kruger national park is the second oldest protected area/National park in South Africa established in 1898 and is home to the Big 5, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant. Kruger park also has Giraffe, Zebra, Cheetah, African Wild dog, Hippo and Hyena. This makes it on par with Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

    Kruger park is very commercial and is so busy due to its good marketing that the park has had to put a limit to the number of vehicles entering each gate. This means you could go there and be turned away!

    Kruger park is however 1000 000 hectares in size which means if a sighting is called in you probably will not be able to get there as it could be just to far away. It is not ideally situated at 9 hours from Durban or 4-5 hours from Johannesburg.   It also boarders with Mozambique on the east and Zimbabwe in the north making it at higher risk from poachers coming in from the poorer countries to kill Rhinos.

    Kruger park is not Malaria free which means you will have to take anti-Malarial medication!

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve supplied Kruger national park with Rhinos as they had non left due to poaching and hunting in the 1950’s.


    Now having compared Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve to Kruger national park it is hard to believed why so many people choose Kruger park for a wilderness safari instead of making their holidays in South Africa for an African safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi???


    Any African safari tour is better than non but having the pro’s and con’s shown to you I am sure you will be visiting Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve instead of Kruger national park for your African safari.

    If the above was not enough to change your perspective see what our clients have said about us on TripAdvisor!




    If that didn’t do it try this Video review about South Africa holidays with Tim Brown Tours on African safari tour.



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