safari Tour Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 3rd March 2015

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

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Fort Nongqayi

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Fort Nongqayi

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; King Mpandes wheel chair

    Durban 5 Day Tour; King Mpandes wheel chair

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; First Zulu Priest

    Durban 5 Day Tour; First Zulu Priest

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Monument in Eshowe

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Monument in Eshowe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zulu beer tasting

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zulu beer tasting

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zulu weapon display

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zulu weapon display

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zulu Dancing

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zulu Dancing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

     

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

     

     

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

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Stick fighting with the Zulus

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Stick fighting with the Zulus

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Spear throwing with the Zulus

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Spear throwing with the Zulus

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Sangoma and Nyanga

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Sangoma and Nyanga

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    First we saw Elephant heading down to a mud wallow.

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Buffalo Bulls fighting

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Buffalo Bulls fighting

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Rhino crossing road

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Rhino crossing road

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Caracal kitten

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Caracal kitten

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

     Durban 5 Day Tour; Serval in tree

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Serval in tree

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

     

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

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Rhino crossing road

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Rhino crossing road

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Giraffe and Zebra

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Giraffe and Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Tree climbing Lions of Hluhluwe

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Tree climbing Lions of Hluhluwe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video of Hluhluwe tree climbing Lions:

     

     

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

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Elephants on river bank

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Elephants on river bank

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Buffalo drinking

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Buffalo drinking

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Rhino rubbing himself

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Rhino rubbing himself

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video of Rhino Rubbing himself of tree Trunk:

     

     

     

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

     

     Durban 5 Day Tour; African Wild dogs

    Durban 5 Day Tour; African Wild dogs

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

     

     

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

     

     

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

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Muddy Rhino

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Muddy Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Giraffe and Zebra

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Giraffe and Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Baboon yawning

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Baboon yawning

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Buffalo crossing

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Buffalo crossing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zebra

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Elephant

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Elephant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Young Lion

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Young Lion

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

     

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

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Leopard Tortoise

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Leopard Tortoise

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Hippos at St Lucia

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Hippos at St Lucia

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; African fish eagle

    Durban 5 Day Tour; African fish eagle

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Crocodile at St Lucia

    Durban 5 Day Tour; Crocodile at St Lucia

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

  • 23rd December 2014

    Durban safari tour for Oceana Nautica clients 18-19th December 2014 

     

    I met my clients in Richards Bay as they arrived on the Oceana Nautica cruise ship which was travelling for 30 days.

    It is always great to have these ships coming into our harbors in South Africa and docking overnight as we can spend an overnight safari tour showing off the amazing area we have to them.

    I collected a group of Americans which If I can remember booked this tour about a year ago. After all that back and forth communication finally they were here and I could take them on the safari they so badly wanted to do.

    We departed Richards Bay and made our way for the first part of our Safari which was to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve where I had sub hired an open game viewer and would be taking my clients on an open safari tour experience.

    It was an absolute scorcher of a day in the mid 30’s and we had 4 hours to enjoy the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve before returning the vehicle and heading to St Lucia – Isimangeliso Wetland park.

     

    Our first major sighting was of some Rhinos and Warthogs together as well as some Impala.

     

    Rhinos and Warthogs in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Rhinos and Warthogs in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had a great sighting eventually of some Zebras near to the road, all our previous sightings they had been far away from the road and with the heat haze this made it hard for good photographs.

     

    Zebra in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Zebra in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was such a hot day and it was so humid as well which meant all the animals were hiding in the thickets and not often near to the road, this meant my eyes were working overtime to try and spot animals but we still were successful. Gratefully I spotted some Buffaloes tucked away in a mud wallow in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    African Buffalo seen in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    African Buffalo seen in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

       

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our next sighting was of some Nyala near the road but also at a mud wallow! It really was they day when all the animals needed cover, mud and water! These were some beautiful female Nyalas.

     

    Nyala in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Nyala in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We began to make our way around to Hilltop camp for some lunch and before we could get their we spotted some lovely Elephants feeding in the reeds of the Hluhluwe river. They were loving the grass and even one of the babies rolled around a bit in the mud.

    I made a video clip of these Elephants so you can experience some of what we did with about these amazing creatures.

     

    Elephants in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Elephants in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve – Video of Elephants, learning about their cooling mechanism!

     

     

     

    We stopped up at Hilltop camp for a good lunch before continuing on to see what other animals we could find. Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve being a Big 5 game reserve, we had already managed to spot 3 of the Big 5 and were only missing the Cats which is common during the middle of the day and they are nocturnal and rest in the day.

    We were running a little late so on our way out we didn’t stop for long periods to view animals but we did see a lot.

     

    African Buffalo in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    African Buffalo in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This old male Buffalo was part of a Bachelor herd and he gave us the beady eye while chewing on some grass. Its was around the same time we spotted another herd of Elephant they were parallel to the road. It was great fun as one of the young males was displaying to us and trying to make himself look bigger by opening his ears.

     

    Herd of Elephants in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Herd of Elephants in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I made a video of this so you can learn and experience some of the scenes and feelings we got to experience.

     

    Elephants walking near the road on our Durban safari tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

     

     It was at this point that we exited the game reserve of Hluhluwe Imfolozi and made our way to St Lucia to Amazulu Lodge. Once we got settled into our rooms which was about 45 minuted we headed out into the town and had a lovely dinner at Ocean Sizzler.

    We needed to be back at 8pm as we were to be picked up and taken on a night drive on the Eastern Shores of the Isimangeliso Wetland park or St Lucia Wetlands. This area is known for it Leopard and I tried with the spotlight to see what I could find. The closest I came was hearing a Leopard calling! Sadly by the time every one heard what I was saying and kept quiet to listen he/she stopped calling and we continued on.

    The Stars were amazing this night and we stopped for some hot chocolate and enjoyed the stars. I managed also this drive to spot a Hyena, Porcupine, Buffalo, Zebra, Duiker, Reedbuck, Waterbuck and a couple other animals.

    It was a wonderful experience to be out till after 11pm in the African bush!

    We returned to the lodge for some sleep and had to leave at 05:30 the next morning to get the Open vehicle game viewer at Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve for 7am. We got their just in time and I took the clients on their last 4 hours of safari time.

     

     Our Safari tour began with a bang as we spotted some Buffalo near the road.

     

    Buffalo seen on our Durban safari tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Buffalo seen on our Durban safari tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After spending a little time with these Buffalo we stopped at a herd of Impala an this was very interesting as they were so full of energy, the babies were jumping around and having a great time. They must have just drank their milk.

     

    Impala jumping around on day two of our Durban safari tour.


     

    Our next sighting was of some Rhino which were sleeping and they got up while we were watching them to start their day. We were lucky to see them getting up and stretching their necks almost yawning.

     

    White Rhino waking up on our Durban safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    White Rhino waking up on our Durban safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on and we spotted a Black Bellied Bustard, which is also a bird the Arab Falconers use to train their Falcons to hunt. This is a beautiful large bird.

    Our Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve safari tour was really turning out great.

     

    Black Bellied Bustard see in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve on our Durban safari tour

    Black Bellied Bustard see in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on to a picnic sight to have breakfast as we were all getting hungry. We spotted a Fish Eagle siting up in one of the trees and some Nyala on the river banks of the Hluhluwe River.

    I managed to get the Oceana Nautica group to pose for a photo to prove they were on a real African Safari.

     

    My group off the Ocean Nautica ship on Safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    My group off the Ocean Nautica ship on Safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then left the picnic spot and found more interesting things like, Zebra, Rhino and Buffalo before we stopped at a Dung beetle! I explained to my client about this amazing creature and what it does, how it does it and why it does it.

     

    Video of Dung beetle rolling a dung ball


     

    We still had only seen Giraffe from the picnic site and finally once we got back to the main road we spotted two Giraffe on the road and they crossed in front of us. A mother and her baby. It was lovely to see them on this Safari for the Oceana Nautica cruise ship.

     

    Giraffe in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve on our Durban safari tour

    Giraffe in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We now had to make a pit stop to stretch the legs and drain the bladders before we got going again and made our way towards the gate. On route we had one final hurrah as we spotted two bull Elephants. This one had broken one of his tusks off.

     

    Bull Elephant on our Durban safari tour for Oceana Nautica clients

    Bull Elephant on our Durban safari tour for Oceana Nautica clients

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We exited the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and made our way the 3.5 hours back to Durban docks where I would be dropping off my clients back with their cruise ship the Oceana Nautica.

    On route the door was open to any final questions and as everyone was so tired some of the clients nodded off to the sound of other talking. It had been a real experience for all of us and we had all enjoyed the time spent together with nature. I am sure we all came away with a better appreciation of Africa and Nature after this Durban safari tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve for the clients off the Ocean Nautica ship.

     

     

  • 19th November 2014

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Fort Nonqgayi in Eshowe on our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour

    Fort Nonqgayi in Eshowe on our 5 Day Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

    What a start to our Durban Safari.

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Zebra seen on our 5 Day Safari Tour from Durban

    Zebra seen on our 5 Day Safari Tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

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

     

     

    Cheetah at Emdoneni Cat rehab center on our Durban Safari Tour

    Cheetah at Emdoneni Cat rehab center on our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

    Narina Trogon at Hilltop camp Hluhluwe on our Durban safari tour

    Narina Trogon at Hilltop camp Hluhluwe on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

     Lions with young cub seen on our Safari from Durban

    Lions with young cub seen on our Safari from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

     

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

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

     

    Buffalo Bull during our Safari from Durban

    Buffalo Bull during our Safari from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

     

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

     

     

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

     

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

     

     

    Rhino seen on Day 5 of our Safari Tour from Durban

    Rhino seen on Day 5 of our Safari Tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

      

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

     

     

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

     

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

  • 31st October 2014

    Durban Day Safari Tour with Tim Brown Tours 30 October 2014

     

    We began our Durban Day Safari Tour in Durban North where I collected my clients and we headed up to the game reserve. As usual I cover the History of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa as well as the origins of the population groups we have in South Africa.

    When people visit South Africa some tend to forget that if they go it alone they are losing out on local Knowledge and a Tour guide who is qualified in the areas History, Nature and Culture would definitely improve there experience. One needs to remember you may only be in South Africa once in your life so find a local guide to maximize your experience.

    It was not long an we were at the Nyalazi gate and before we could even get to the official gate we saw Baboons and a massive herd of Buffalo cross the road in front of us!

     

    Large herd of Buffalo crossing the road on our Durban Safari Tour

    Large herd of Buffalo crossing the road on our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We didn’t have to continue much further before we found more animals near the gate including, Zebra, Giraffe and Rhino.

    This was turning out to be a great day safari from Durban.

     

    Giraffe male on our Durban safari tour

    Giraffe male on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This was a beautiful male Giraffe and close to the road as well. While we were still watching this guy and some Buffalo a White Rhino male appeared on our right, I noticed he wanted to cross the road so I reversed back and let him cross which ended up giving us a great shot of him crossing in front of our vehicle.

     

    White Rhino crossing the road on our Durban Day Safari Tour

    White Rhino crossing the road on our Durban Day Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was again a few hundred meters after this that we spotted some Wildebeest and Warthogs with Tiny new borns! They were very cute as they suckled from there mother 5 meters off the road.

     

    New Born baby Warthogs suckling from there mother seen on our Durban Safari Tour

    New Born baby Warthogs suckling from there mother seen on our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was again a matter of time before we saw an amazing bird flying above us, the Secretary Bird! We had also spotted White Backed Vultures on a nest and in flight.

     

    Secretary Bird in Flight during our Durban Safari Tour

    Secretary Bird in Flight during our Durban Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on and enjoyed some lovely scenery in the Umfolozi section of the game reserve. The client were desperate to see Elephants and it was our luck day as we saw them on 4 or 5 different occasions.

    Our first sighting was quite far about 100 meters from the road but if was enough to get the juices going!

     

    Elephant Zebra and Wildebeest all in one picture on our Safari from Durban

    Elephant Zebra and Wildebeest all in one picture on our Safari from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    There were two Bull Elephant only one visible in the above picture but what was so nice about this was the Wildebeest and Zebra in the foreground. The Elephant was flapping his ears to cool down the blood in the ears as it was already 30 odd degrees. As the day went on it got up to 38 degrees Celsius. A real stinker of a day. 

    We continued over the Black Umfolozi river where we found more Buffalo and as we got away from the tar road onto dirt we found a Giraffe male hiding in the shade away from the baking sun!

    We were also lucky to spot a beautiful male Kudu.

     

    Kudu Bull seen during our Day Safari from Durban

    Kudu Bull seen during our Day Safari from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After leaving this Kudu in the shade and spotting more Impala than we could count we finally got more elephants down in the White Umfolozi river playing around to cool off. It was amazing as once we left them we had an amazing close encounter with a Bull Elephant which approached us in a non threatening way. I allowed him close to us before moving as he wanted to also cross the road.

     

    Elephants playing in the Imfolozi river during our Day Safari from Durban

    Elephants playing in the Umfolozi river during our Day Safari from Durban

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on to stretch the legs at a picnic sight further down the road. This picnic spot has a great view over the river so we looked to see what we could find. There was a Black Rhino resting in the river it wasn’t long and he got up, it was amazing. Black Rhino are very rare and we were very luck to see one! Some South Africans we chatted to said it was the first Black Rhino they have seen in 15 years of coming to the National parks!

     

    Black Rhino in the umfolozi river on our Durban day Safari Tour

    Black Rhino in the umfolozi river on our Durban day Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this amazing sighting we began our hour long drive back to the Centenary center for lunch. When we got there we all enjoyed some food before heading back out on safari to see what else we could find. Our time was a bit limited and we only had just over an hour left of safari time before we would need to head back to Durban.

    This was not the end of our spectacular day as we had another 2 sightings of Elephants.

     

    Bull Elephant next to the road on our Durban day Safari Tour

    Bull Elephant next to the road on our Durban day Safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This sighting was of two Bull Elephants which we let walk onto the road and we watched them walk down and away from us. Amazing day Safari from Durban.

    We still had time for a few more Rhino and Zebra but then we needed to turn back and head back to the big city of Durban. It had however been an great Durban day safari tour.

    On Route to Durban we had time for final questions or sleep before arriving after dark to a little rain! Not surprising with the Temperature being so hot during the day.

  • 29th March 2014

    Durban 2 Day overnight Safari Tour to Hluhluwe

    umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Wetlands

    ( Isimangeliso Wetland Park) – 22 March – 23 March

    2014.

    On this Durban Overnight Safari Tour we began in Durban city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal as usual but there would be nothing usual about this Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve!

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

    We arrived at Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve at about 09:30 at the Nyalazi gate where we entered this majestic, scenic game reserve for our Durban 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 slowly as rain had fallen all over the reserve the day before but today the sun was out in force and the temperatures rose to 35 Degree Celsius during the Day.

    One of our first sightings on our Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi was the Warthog which is not one of the Big 5 but just as interesting.

    Muddy Warthog Rubbing on a log on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park

    Muddy Warthog Rubbing on a log on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park

    We continued further South finding Impala, Wildebeest, Zebra and White Rhinos. These White Rhinos Spotted on our Durban overnight Safari Tour had been in the mud and were right next to the road which mad for a great photo opportunity. White Rhino are one of the Big 5 so we now had one of the Big 5 knocked off the list.

    Muddy White Rhino on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park

    Muddy White Rhino on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park

    As we continued on our Safari Tour in the Umfolozi section of the reserve we were stunned at almost 1pm to find a Lioness hunting Warthog! Sadly she missed them as they got wind of here and bolted for the bushes. This Safari Tour from Durban was becoming quite something! Just around the bend we spotted the rest of the Pride 5 more Lions. 4 Being Females and one a Young Lion. They all crossed the dirt road in front of our vehicle. This was truly a blessing mostly because it was the heat of the day and we don’t usually see Lions so active at that time, So Now we had 2 of the Big 5 found and only 3 to go.

    Lioness Stalking Warthog in Umfolozi on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park

    Lioness Stalking Warthog in Umfolozi on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park
    Young Male Lion in Umfolozi on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park
    Young Male Lion in Umfolozi on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park

     

    We continued our Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve before heading back to Centenary centre for some lunch and back to Hilltop for the afternoon open vehicle game drive Safari Tour.
    Hilltop camp is a beautiful lodge hidden away in the forest of the Hluhluwe game reserve, they are fully catered and a guide is always recommended.

    Lunch was great and on route to Hilltop camp we actually found our 3rd one of the Big 5 on our Safari Tour from Durban, Buffalo. This Buffalo bull was thrusting his horns around the grass – we call it adornment. The grass or twigs that gets stuck in the horns is supposed to make the male more attractive to the female Buffalo…

    Buffalo Bull on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park
    Buffalo Bull on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park

    After this we were almost at Hilltop camp in Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve when we spotted Elephants a small breeding herd of about 9 Elephants. This was now number 4 of the Big 5 and we had done really well in just one day on our Durban Safari Tour.

    Elephant Herd on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park

    Elephant Herd on our Durban 2 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park

    We were now in a rush to get checked into Hilltop camp Hluhluwe before the open vehicle game drive Safari Tour but it was worth it!
    We arrived at Hilltop camp I rushed in and got the check in out the way before rushing through the forest to the rooms to drop off the luggage and get the clients back down for the Open vehicle Safari Tour experience.

    After the Open Vehicle experience my clients returned having seen much of the same animals but no cats so I was really glad we had found then in the Umfolozi section. It was time for dinner and I could feel my eyes wanting to shut as we began dinner after 8pm at Hilltop camp, We were the last to leave the lodge for bed!

    Day 2: Durban 2 Day overnight Safari Tour to Hluhluwe umfolozi Game reserve and St Lucia Wetlands ( Isimangeliso Wetland Park)

    We had a 7am breakfast at Hilltop camp Hluhluwe before checking out and doing our last 2.5 Hours Safari Tour Game Drive in Hluhluwe Umfolozi. We found some Giraffe, Rhino, Buffalo and a few other species but not the same at the first day of our Durban Safari Tour…

    It was not time to depart Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve for St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park, South Africas first World heritage site. It was beautiful and the weather was perfect for our 2 hour St Lucia Boat cruise on the Estuary.

    We saw Loads of Hippos and a few crocodiles as well as a Fish Eagle. We had been very lucky all Safari Tour long and Isimangeliso Park was no different!

    Once we were back at the Jetty it was time for some lunch in St Lucia Town we all enjoyed our food before the final drive back to Durban City.
    The final 2.5 hours back were taken up by the last few questions and I think we all felt that we had achieved a lot in a short space of time of our Durban Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve and Isimangeliso Wetland park/St Lucia.

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