St Lucia tour Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 4th December 2015

    St Lucia Wetlands tour

     

     

    We began our St Lucia Wetlands tour later than normal at 10:30 am in Durban and made our way up to St Lucia aka Isimangaliso Wetland park. I had been collecting my clients off the cruise ship the Oceana Nautica in Durban and we began our trek to St Lucia stopping for lunch on the road.

     

    We arrived in St Lucia 45 minuted before our boat cruise at 14:30 so had time to do the St Lucia board walk which takes you down to the St Lucia estuary mouth. There are danger signs all over as it is one of the only places in the world that Sharks, Hippos and Crocodiles are found in the same waters.

     

     

     

     

     

    St Lucia Wetlands tour; Boardwalk warning sign

    St Lucia Wetlands tour; Boardwalk warning sign

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    While were were on the board walk we spotted a Sharks fins on two occasions as well as the Hippos and later a Crocodile and this was just by the opening into the Indian Ocean.

    From the St Lucia estuary beach you can also see the amazing vegetated sand dune called Maphelane which is actually the worlds second highest at over 180 meters above sea level!

    No wonder St Lucia – Isimangaliso Wetland park is South Africa’s first world heritage site.

     

     

     

     

     

    St Lucia Wetlands tour; Maphelane from St Lucia beach

    St Lucia Wetlands tour; Maphelane from St Lucia beach

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We rushed back to the boat and as the wind was coming up from the South it was blowing the water back up stream which is always concerning when you already have water levels so low! We got on the boat and had a great tour of the St Lucia Estuary spotting more than our fair share of Hippos.

     

     

     

     

     

    St Lucia Wetlands tour; Big pod of Hippos

    St Lucia Wetlands tour; Big pod of Hippos

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had great luck as the expose sand banks meant that we would see more Crocodiles even though the temperature was cool. It was still at one point 35 degrees but dropped 10 degrees as the day progressed.

     

     

     

     

     

    St Lucia Wetlands tour; Crocodile on St Lucia estuary

    St Lucia Wetlands tour; Crocodile on St Lucia estuary

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This Crocodile at St Lucia had his mouth open meaning he was regulating his body temperature and notice he has no tongue! This is normal as they have a Gular flap which prevents the water from rushing into their lungs when in water but no tongue which is probably a good thing with some of the rotting meat they eat!

    Next was a beautiful Giant Kingfisher. We also spotted Water buck, Buffalo, Goliath Heron, Pied Kingfishers and much more! St Lucia estuary is teeming with wildlife!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    St Lucia Wetlands tour; Giant Kingfisher

    St Lucia Wetlands tour; Giant Kingfisher

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Hippos are of course the major highlight as it is a Hippo and Crocodile tour at St Lucia. So I had to add one more amazing picture a close up of the face of one of the Hippos with the hairs on her snout. Hippos are most closely related to Whales and Dolphins and communicate with each other under the water as well as with sounds that we as humans can hear.

     

     

     

     

     

    St Lucia Wetlands tour; Hippos close up

    St Lucia Wetlands tour; Hippos close up

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time to end the boat cruise and have a look at a few craft shops. Once we were done we headed back to Durban getting back after dark and safely to the Oceana Nautica in Durban.

     

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    St Lucia Wetlands Tour

  • 18th July 2015

    Durban day tour – St Lucia estuary – 17th July 2015

     

     

    We began our Durban day tour in Durban city. After introductions and a briefing on how the day would run we headed up to St Lucia 2.5 hour away up the North coast of KwaZulu Natal. St Lucia is South Africa’s first world heritage site and is a one of a kind place.

    At St Lucia you can come across, Hippos, Crocodiles and Zambezi Sharks! Where in the world can you get this combination?

    This is not all, seasonally Whales frequent the coastline and well as Sea Turtles to lay their eggs on the shoreline. If this wasn’t enough surrounding St Lucia is Isimangaliso wetland park a 30032 Hectare game reserve home to four of the Big five!

     

    If you are ever in the Durban area this is right up there as one of the best places to visit  and can be done in a day tour from Durban with Tim Brown Tours.

     

    Back to the day itself!

     

    After covering a lot of the History of Durban and KwaZulu Natal   we stopped for a coffee and toilet break before the final hour to St Lucia, Isimangaliso Wetland park.

    After arriving and enjoying some of the warning signs that St Lucia has about Hippos crossing at night we visited the Crocodile center. These amazing creatures have been around for millions of years with a design that is floor-less however we have noted a decline in recent years in their numbers. This is one of the reasons for the Crocodile center to educate people and to get some of these creatures back to the wild.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day tour; Warning sign on St Lucia estuary beach

    Durban day tour; Warning sign on St Lucia estuary beach

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I took my clients around the center and told them about the Crocodiles, Hippos and a range of other things. It was then time to head down to the Estuary of St Lucia for our 2 hour boat cruise.

     

    We began and there was Hippos every where what was really good on this day tour was that we also saw a lot of Crocodiles which in not a guarantee.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day tour; Big pod of Hippo

    Durban day tour; Big pod of Hippo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It is only due to the fact that boat have traversed these rich waters of St Lucia for many years that we have the privilege of viewing the amazing dangerous animals so close without incident. The Hippos in this sections of 8 kilometers of river are used to the boats and this enables us to enjoy amazing sightings of them. We always have to remember that Hippos are wild animals and kill around about 3000 people per year in Africa!

     

     

     

     

    Durban day tour; Crocodile hiding

    Durban day tour; Crocodile hiding

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The above picture was a Crocodile we found near the shoreline of St Lucia and it was so well hidden in the long grass! So lovely to see it though! We did see better Crocodiles but this picture just looked amazing.

     

    As we continued up stream we came across a wide range of Bird life which is something else St Lucia estuary has to offer visitors. St Lucia is am idea place for birders to come and spot special birds they do not see every day.

    We spotted this Goliath Heron fishing near the shoreline, this is the tallest heron in the world!

     

     

     

     

    Durban day tour; Goliath Heron

    Durban day tour; Goliath Heron

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A bit later on we managed to spot some Hippos on the shore and two of them had a little fight with one another. It was one of those moment you don’t expect so you miss most of it when you get you camera ready but it was amazing!

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day tour; Hippos fighting

    Durban day tour; Hippos fighting

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued our Durban day tour we spotted more birds and I am sure birders would always be happy to see this one, the Giant Kingfisher! If you are interest we can offer birding tours of KwaZulu Natal from Durban.

     

     

     

     

    Durban day tour; Giant Kingfisher

    Durban day tour; Giant Kingfisher

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We began our way back to the jetty and on route spotted more Hippos and Crocodiles and had a special sighting of baby Hippos out the water on the shore resting. It is always amazing to see this but even more special when it is babies so I had to also make a little video.

     

     

     

    Durban day tour; Baby Hippos out the water

    Durban day tour; Baby Hippos out the water

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hippo babies at St Lucia wetlands during our Durban day tour

     

     

     

     

     

    We almost got to the dock and we spotted some Pink backed Pelicans which we don’t see very often this far up the estuary so it was a real treat. If we had birder on this Durban day tour they would have loved to see these birds. Maybe will have to start a KwaZulu Natal birding tour.

     

     

     

     

    Video: Pink backed Pelicans at St Lucia estuary during our Durban day tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After docking the boat at the St Lucia jetty we made our way into St Lucia town to enjoy the vibe of this beach resort at the back end of school holidays. We stopped for some lunch which was great and then made our way to the Estuary board walk where we would walk down onto the estuary beach and enjoy the views as well as seeing Maphelane the second highest vegetated sand dune in the world.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day tour; St Lucia estuary

    Durban day tour; St Lucia estuary

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued with our Durban day tour to St Lucia wetlands and got onto the beach and down to the Indian ocean which was looking amazing on this particular day! With Maphelane in the back ground it made for a beautiful picture. This is a special place for me and I love visiting St Lucia, maybe you should too!

     

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  • 11th June 2015

    St Lucia day tour 11th June 2015

     

     

    I met my client from Durban where we would begin our 2.5 hour drive up to St Lucia the Isimangeliso Wetland park. This area is full off Hippo and Crocodiles and is the largest lake/estuarine system in Southern Africa.

     

    St Lucia named after St Lucy and founded in 1554 by Portuguese sailors who were ship wrecked there and named the river “Rio de Areias de Ouro” meaning River of the sands of Gold.

    It is an amazing place full of ecological beauty and South Africas first proclaimed world heritage site is a must visit on either a Day tour from Durban or on an overnight safari from Durban.

     

    After covering some of the interesting history of the area and the scenes on route we arrived and settled into a 2 hour boat cruise on the St Lucia estuary. The cruise in St Lucia is really relaxing and very beautiful. I have traveled with my wife to Zimbabwe and the the great Zambezi river which is in my opinion nothing near as good as St Lucia for viewing of Hippos and Crocodiles!

     

     

     

     

    St Lucia day tour; Raft of Hippo

    St Lucia day tour; Raft of Hippo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    One of our first sights was the above picture of a massive pod or raft of Hippo which were just resting after a long night of feeding on grass. Hippos can consume 15 -90 KGs of grass in a night and return to the water as they do not have sweat glands to cool themselves down so have to keep cool using the water. 

     

     

    We also spotted a fair number of Crocodiles and lots of Bird Life.

     

     

     

     

    St Lucia day tour; Crocodile in Estuary

    St Lucia day tour; Crocodile in Estuary

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These amazing creatures have anything between 66 – 72 teeth in there mouth and can have up to 45 changes of teeth if they break in a fight of eating of food. They are cold blooded hence we can see them basking on the sand banks warming up their body temperature.

     

     

    We managed to see a African fish eagle on the St Lucia day tour as well as Kingfishers and Herons.

     

     

     

     

     

    St Lucia day tour; African Fish eagle in flight

    St Lucia day tour; African Fish eagle in flight

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The best was the above picture of the African fish eagle on this estuary boat tour at St Lucia were it flew right above us and I some how managed to capture it in a photo.

     

    After we had nearly completed the 2 hour St Lucia boat cruise we spotted some Hippos standing outside the water and 2 young babies. This was an amazing scene for my clients!

     

     

     

     

     

    St Lucia day tour; Hippos on shore

    St Lucia day tour; Hippos on shore

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then heading of to the Crocodile park and I showed my clients some of the Historical things about the area and of course the Crocodile breeding program. St Lucia is a lovely quaint little town and after enjoying looking at the ancient Cycads, Crocodiles, Alligators, Snakes and a few other things we stopped for some lunch in the town.

     

    The food was great and we relaxed before heading down to the board walk to the Estuary mouth where at times you can see Hippos and Crocodiles right on or next to the beech.

     

    On route you always spot a few interesting signs like this one warning us of what is one the beach!

     

     

     

     

    St Lucia day tour; Estuary board walk warning sign

    St Lucia day tour; Estuary board walk warning sign

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Believe it or not the Bull sharks are found in the estuary and can be aggressive so even they feature with the Hippo and Crocodile on the warning board. The board walk on the St Lucia tour is very enjoyable and it leads you onto the Estuary beach we you can see Maphelane, the second largest vegetated sand dune in the world at about 187 meters above sea level.

     

     

     

     

     

    St Lucia day tour; Indian ocean and Maphelane

    St Lucia day tour; Indian ocean and Maphelane

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Indian ocean with is the one we find in on this eastern part of South Africa is a warm ocean and is lovely to dip you feet into to at least say you have done it!

     

    After a good walk on the beach we made our way back to the vehicle and slowly made our way back to Durban were I would be returning my clients after a very good St Lucia day tour.

     

     

  • 9th May 2015

    Durban overnight safari tour for Travel agents – 6-8th May 2015

     

    This was a very exciting and interesting Durban overnight safari tour with clients which were visiting Durban for the Travel Indaba beginning after the 3 day safari.

    I collected my first client in Durban itself and then collect the group of 4 clients from King Shaka International airport aptly names after the great Zulu King for 1816 -1828 who revolutionized the the way the Zulu’s fought against any other nation or tribe.

    On route I covered the usual history of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and any questions my clients had.

    We made good time considering we had a late start and half of the luggage got lost between JHB and DBN.

    As we began this Durban overnight safari later thank usual we had to rush and speed the day along to get all activities into the day. We began at Nyalazi gate on the eastern side of the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve, and it wasn’t long before we were reeling in the sightings of animals. It was actually and amazing start!

    After a short drive seeing Zebra and Warthog we stopped for a quick lunch at the centenary center and then continued on to find more animals.

    Our first major sighting was of Lion cubs in a Marula tree and we found a young male hiding in the bushes near the road it was amazing.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Lion cubs in Marula tree

    Durban overnight safari tours; Lion cubs in Marula tree

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    When Lions are you first major sighting on day 1 of a 3 day overnight safari tour you know you could be in for something special! An my goodness was this a special 3 days of sightings!

     

     

    Video: Durban overnight safari tours – Tree climbing Lions of Hluhluwe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This was so exciting for us all and it was not long after that we found Elephants and lots of them as well. The only problem was they were a little tucked behind the bushes which was still fine as we made the most of it before moving on to get ourselves checked in to Hilltop camp.

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Elephant

    Durban overnight safari tours; Elephant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We arrived at Hilltop camp and we were all smiles as we had just had a great start to our overnight safari from Durban. We checked in and enjoyed the view as well as getting the luggage we had to the rooms. 10 minutes later it was time to go to the Cat rehabilitation center and enjoy some interaction with endangered cats hands on.

     

    On route to the gate we spotted a huge herd of Buffalo.

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Buffalo

    Durban overnight safari tours; Buffalo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Again luck was on our side as we spotted Rhinos fighting and we stopped again quickly to enjoy them. This was very exciting as we had now seen 4 of the Big 5 in such a short space of time and still had the Cats to see and interact with at the rehabilitation center.

     

     

     

    Video: Rhinos nose to nose – Durban overnight safari tours

     

     

     

     

     

    We got to the gate and had to deal with the Nguni cows and goats on the road before finally arriving 5 minutes before the cat tour began. Wow we did well with our timing! The tour at the Cat rehabilitation center began at 4pm and we enjoyed the feeding of the cats and the interaction with the adult Cheetah and Cheetah cubs as well as the Serval.

     

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Guests with the Cheetah at Cat rehab center

    Durban overnight safari tours; Guests with the Cheetah at Cat rehab center

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this it was a matter of trying to relax after what was an amazing day on Safari from Durban but also trying to locate the luggage that was lost at the airport and to be delivered to the gate. Now of course the gates close at 6pm so we first needed to get ourselves back and then worry about the luggage. We made a few calls and as we arrived at the gate at 17:50 the luggage was there waiting for us! I could not believe our luck on that either. We then re entered and made our way back to Hilltop camp for a lovely dinner and a good nights sleep.

     

     

     

    Day 2: Durban overnight safari tour for Travel agents

     

     

    Before I could leave my room outside was a great scene of an array of animals! Nyala mother and calf suckling, Crested Guinea fowl and Vervet monkeys!

     

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Animals outside my bedroom

    Durban overnight safari tours; Animals outside my bedroom

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We began with breakfast at 7am and then headed out on what would be a long 8 hour safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve the most underrated game reserve in South Africa! It also just happens to be the oldest in Africa!

     

    We began and our first sighting was of the animal we all wanted to see the Giraffe!

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Giraffe

    Durban overnight safari tours; Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We enjoyed the Giraffes for a while before moving further South in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve to try and cover as much of the reserve as possible in the 8 hours.

     

    What happened next was also amazing as we spotted some Elephants in the distance and we waited as they were making their way to the road. It was to be an amazing sighting and one we would remember for a long time. With patience we were able to have these Elephant cross right in front of us and I made a video we could even hear the dung and one went to the toilet hitting the ground!

     

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Elephants crossing

    Durban overnight safari tours; Elephants crossing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari tour – Elephants cross the road in front of us


     

     

     

     

     

     

    Things on our overnight safari from Durban then just got better and we spotted herds of Impala crossing the road and some Zebra before we stopped to look at some Rhino of a hill. As I picked up my binoculars I spotted a pride of Lions resting on the hills to the left of the Rhinos. Of course we didn’t care about the Rhino any more and focused on the Lions!

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Lions resting

    Durban overnight safari tours; Lions resting

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve – Lions seen with our Binoculars


     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on crossing the Umfolozi river and once on the other side we were lucky enough to spot 2 Rhinos near to the road which we watched grazing away. It was a lovely sighting as they were just a couple of young males staying with each other for companionship.

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Rhinos

    Durban overnight safari tours; Rhinos

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We left the Rhinos and stopped for a rest room break at Mpila camp and it was here that we began to take in what an amazing 1.5 days we had had so far! After the rest we continued our Durban 3 day safari tour and as we went further south we came across an old Giraffe kill from a week prior. It was here we spotted a couple species of Vultures and even a few Hyenas. Sadly we could not photograph the Hyenas as the bush was to thick and the moved to fast for us.

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; White backed Vulture

    Durban overnight safari tours; White backed Vulture

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then did a big dirt road loop which actually was a little pointless as we didn’t see very much except Impala, Rhino and other animals far away. It was only at the end of the loop back past where we saw the Hyenas that we spotted some Zebras.

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Zebra

    Durban overnight safari tours; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we headed back through Mpila camp and over the Umfolozi river again we spotted some Wildebeest and Rhinos! Wow our overnight Durban safari tour was really going well. We had not yet seen Wildebeest so this was another tick on the list.

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Wildebeest

    Durban overnight safari tours; Wildebeest

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We left the Wildebeest to relax and then began to head to the Centenary center for some lunch. Out the corner of my eye I spotted a Male Water buck mating with a female up on a hill which was interesting behaviour and we stopped of a picture.

     

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Waterbuck mating

    Durban overnight safari tours; Water buck mating

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The picture actually came out very clearly for the distance and time of day I took it and you really can see everything. It was also funny as the females first born was right their looking on.

     

    We finally got to lunch and we were all super happy with how everything had gone and we tucked into a great meal before the curio shopping for Ostrich eggs and other items took place.

     

    After a while we left the Centenary center and headed straight back to Hilltop camp to get the tickets sorted for the evening night drive and book dinner for 8pm when my clients would arrive back.

     

    It was already after 15:30 so we had around an hour before the open vehicle safari would take place. I decided to stay behind to catch up on this blog post and other work. The vehicle was full anyway but I still regret not having gone as when my clients returned they had seen a Leopard! So that was the Big 5 completed in 2 days and we still had one day to go on our overnight safari tour from Durban. Wow is all I can say!

     

    We had some dinner and headed off to bed before day 3 which would begin at 7 am with a luggage collection and then breakfast.

     

     

     

    Day 3: Durban overnight safari tour for Travel agents

     

     

    After luggage collection we had breakfast and then check out before heading out of Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve for St Lucia – Isimangeliso Wetland park.

     

    Before we left we spotted some amazing animals including Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant.

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Buffalo and Elephant

    Durban overnight safari tours; Buffalo and Elephant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was minutes after the sighting above that we got a herd of Elephant crossing the road in front of us and behind us which was a fitting good bye for out visit to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

    It had been an incredible 3 days of Safari from Durban.

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Elephants cross main road as we exit Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

    Durban overnight safari tours; Elephants cross main road as we exit Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We exited all feeling a little sad but really we still had a lot more to see and do at St Lucia – Isimangeliso Wetland Park. We arrived for our 10 am boat cruise and had some amazing sighting of Hippos in and out the water, Crocodiles and bird. St Lucia is South Africa’f first world heritage site and is the largest lake system in Southern Africa.

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Crocodile at St Lucia estuary

    Durban overnight safari tours; Crocodile at St Lucia estuary

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Further up the estuary we came across some beautiful pods of Hippos and the best part was some were out of the water on the land which is not common for them during the day time. We really had a special overnight safari from Durban.

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Hippos out the water with Crocodile

    Durban overnight safari tours; Hippos out the water with Crocodile

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hippos out the water and opening mouth at St Lucia on our Durban safari tour

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next we had a great shot of a Goliath Heron it was actually the 3rd time we had seen on from the boat but this one flew and I managed to catch it in flight! It was a super cool photo so I had to post it.

     

     

     

    Durban overnight safari tours; Goliath heron in flight at St Lucia

    Durban overnight safari tours; Goliath heron in flight at St Lucia

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On our sail back to the jetty we spotted some Hippos making their way into the water, the best part was that there was a crocodile and Goliath Heron right near by so they ended up in the video too!

     

     

     

    Video: Hippos, Crocodile and Goliath Heron together on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had come to the end of the boat cruise and after arranging for the photographers to bring us a Calendar or two with the clients pictures in it we settled in for lunch at John Dorys.

    We all enjoyed our lunch and the general chatted about how wonderful the Safari from Durban had been and all the amazing animals we had seen in the wild.

     

    After lunch we stopped to try and get a Zebra skin but the were very expensive so my clients settled on some smaller items the Ostrich eggs and other general carvings.

    We then headed to the Board walk so I could show my clients the estuary and Indian ocean as well as Maphelane the second highest vegetated Sand dune in the world.

    It was amazing and as we got off the board walk onto the beach which was very beautiful I showed everyone the Titanium in the sand which is mined further South of the World heritage site.

     

    It was now time for the long drive back to the airport, Umhlanga and then Durban. It actually went really well and all final questions we asked and answered before the day ended with the sun having long set on the day and our amazing 3 day safari tour from Durban.