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White Rhino and Black Rhino Information

White Rhino(ceros) – Ceratotherium simum The white rhinoceros or square-lipped rhinoceros is the largest and most numerous species of rhinoceros that exists. It has a wide mouth used for grazing and is the most social of all rhino species. Its name “white rhinoceros” is mistranslated from Dutch to English. The English word “white” is said to have been derived by mistranslating of the Dutch word “wijd”, which means “wide” in English. The word “wide” refers to the width of the rhinoceros’ mouth. So early English-speaking settlers in South Africa misinterpreted the “wijd” for “white” and the rhino with the wide mouth ended up being called the white rhino and the other one, with the narrow pointed mouth, was called the Black Rhinoceros. A Crash of White Rhinos at a Watering Hole White Rhinos Drinking Facts on the White Rhino This great beast has an average weight of 1700 kg for females and Males as much as 2500 kg. A new born will weigh anything from 40 kg to 65 kg. The Rhino has the thickest skin of any land mammal at 2.5 cm thick over the entire body and can run much faster than you would think at 50 km/h. They seem to reach top speed after just a couple of steps which can make life interesting if you are on foot. Having said that it’s the Black Rhino you really need to watch out for if you are on foot. Habitat is open grasslands as they are grazers consuming as much as 150 kg of grass per day.  White Rhinos Mother and Calf Grazing White Rhino and Calf They are amazing prehistoric looking beasts which have survived for many years until the impact of poaching of the Rhinos horn has brought them to the brink of extinction! Sadly China uses the Rhino horn in a crushed form in there traditional medicine to cure Cancer and the general cold a flu! Traditionally the Horn is also used in many Arab countries as a handle for a special dagger which is given to a 12 year old boy symbolising a welcome into the adult world. Rhino numbers sit at an estimated 14 000 left in the wild! Hluhluwe Umfolozi has 2300 of these great animals left which is a special on our tours their. In my opinion, the highest population of White Rhino in the World. I would suggest taking a Safari/Tour from Durban with Tim Brown Tours before these amazing creatures the Rhino as gone forever! Comparison between the White and Black Rhino   Comparison between the White and Black Rhino  Black Rhino(ceros) – Diceros Bicornis  Black Rhino Female photographed in Hluhluwe with missing Right ear Black Rhino in Hluhluwe The black rhinoceros or hook-lipped rhinoceros is a species of rhinoceros, native to eastern and central Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Angola. Facts on the Black Rhino This great beast has an average weight of 1400 kg for a male and a female 800 kg. A newborn can weigh 35-50 kg. The Black Rhino is considered the most dangerous of the two species and even in Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve Anti-Poaching teams have been Gaud by this more inquisitive and solitary beast. This has to do with the habitat they require which is thick dense forest as the feed off the Leaves and Twigs as apposed to grass like its big brother the White Rhino. Their biggest threat outside of poaching is habitat loss and male on male conflict over territories and females for mating. Black Rhino photographed in Hluhluwe game reserve  Black Rhino Hluhluwe There numbers are so low they are critically endangered there is only about 4000 left in the wild. In Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve there are about 200 individuals. This again like the White Rhino is one of the Highest populations in the world and worth a visit to try and find one on a Safari Tour from Durban with Tim Brown Tours. Tim Brown Tours post Durban Safari, Durban Tours, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tours, White Rhinos, Black Rhinos, Durban Day Tours

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserves amazing Flora and Fauna

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserves amazing Flora and Fauna   The first spring rains always bring new life to Umfolozi and Hluhluwe reserve. There is never a dull moment as the vegetation changes constantly with the seasons. Even fire plays a big roll in changing the landscape and Flora of the area. Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tours with Tim Brown Tours are the best way to see this ever changing natural affair.   Flora of Hluhluwe : Weeping Boerbean Above is a picture taken on the 10th of September 2013 when the Weeping Boerbean flowers. There are so many interesting things about these great trees but one which stands out is the fact the the “Boers” – Dutch descendants used the Bean(the seed) of this tree as a substitute for coffee. Basically they would roast it and grind it up then mix it with Hot water boiled over the fire. These are some of the amazing things which make a Tour of Hluhluwe umfolozi so worth while. On a tour with Tim Brown you will get to learn about these great giants not only the great Giant the Elephant but the Flora of this great game reserve Hluhluwe Umfolozi.   Flora Hluhluwe Game reserve : Snake Lilly This amazing Plant which is a bulb and only grows in damp areas flowering in Spring if a beautiful addition to a Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour. It is a vibrant red and when the dew drops form in the early morning there is no better sight aside of the Big 5! So take a Safari Tour with Tim Brown Tours and you maybe surprised what you learn about aside of the Big 5 and Fauna of Hluhluwe Umfolozi!   Fauna of Hluhluwe Umfolozi,  Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Flora of Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve, Tim Brown Tours, Durban Safaris  

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Durban Day Safari Tour ex Richards Bay 3 Jan 2014

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Durban Day Safari Tour ex Richards Bay 3 Jan 2014 Hluhluwe Umfolozi Durban Day Safari Tour ex Richards Bay 3 Jan 2014   After collecting my clients off the Cruise ship in Richards bay we heading up to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve for a very rushed but still successful Durban Day Safari Tour. We were able to find Rhino, Buffalo (far away), Elephant, Giraffe, warthogs, Impala coming out of our ears! and one of the coolest sightings was this Spotted eagle owl just chilling next to some Rhinos as the grazed the grass in the late afternoon. We also got some Wildebeest, baboon and Vervet monkeys but other than the mentioned we did not come right with the cats. Having said that it was a very hot day mid 30 degrees Celsius. Having covered the History of the area aswell the job was complete and the clients seemed to have enjoyed the rushed tour around the African bush.   Tim Brown Tours Durban Day Safari Tours, Big 5 Safaris Durban, Bush Safaris, Durban Bush Tours, Durban Safaris, Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tours, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Tours

Durban-Hluhluwe Umfolozi Day Safari Tour 28 December 2013

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve Day Safari Tour 28 December 2013     After collecting my client from the Durban Hotel on a beautifully hot Day we began the journey to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve. This was the first to in my new company vehicle the Ford Tourneo which was so comfortable for the clients and for me. It handled better than my Mercedes vito. A great Durban Day Safari Tour! Another special thing about this tour was I was driving South Africans which is very rare for me. I really enjoyed the experience with them and also covering vast amounts of Zulu History which I really loved. As it was there first trip to a Game reserve I had to make it special and we were so lucky with Elephant mud wallowing 8 Meters off the road, Warthogs in the mud and water, Buffalo mud wallowing and much more. The cats alluded us but it was 37 degrees so it was very hot! We found Zebra, Giraffe, Impala, nyala even a boomslang crossing the hot road! After spending a few hours in the reserve we stopped for lunch at the Centenary center and then headed back out with windows up and Aircon on! It was very hot! We had to close the day out eventually at 16:15 and head back to Durban after what was a great day Safari tour from Durban under the African Sun and in the African bushveld.   Tim Brown Tours

Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve – Durban 3 Day Safari Tour 19 -21 December 2013

Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve 3 Day Durban Safari Tour 19 -21 December 2013 After collecting my clients from Durban having just flown in the night before from New York they were surprisingly not tired! So we began our Big 5 Durban Safari Tour! I chatted about the History of the area and there questions were welcome and helped make the 3 hour drive to the game reserve go quickly. We entered at Nyalazi gate and went in search of cats. Surprisingly we nailed it and got a Lion and Lioness at one of the pans. We also saw Elephants, Rhino, Buffalo, giraffe, Zebra, Warthogs and loads of other animal on the first drive. We stopped for a late lunch at the Centenary center and then continued to see what we could find on a rush to get out at memorial gate to get to emdoneni for there 16:30 Tour of the Cat rehab center. I think we just saw too much and that made us 10 minutes late. Straight onto the tour and I did the check in. We met after the Safari Tour and the clients had enjoyed it but preferred the natural reserve (I dont blame them). It was a short rest before a great Steak for dinner and bed.   Day 2: we got up very early and left the lodge at 04:40 to get to the gate to Hluhluwe umfolozi game reserve by 5am. We spent the whole day in the reserve arriving back at camp at 18:30. We covered so much this day and we were all so tired but it had been worth getting up early. Dinner was welcome and so was the bed. Day 3: another early start with a packed breakfast and we were in the reserve at 5am. We drove and had our 3rd sighting of Lions in the 3 days aswell as getting more Elephant sightings this was welcome. We then departed for St Lucia(Isimangeliso Wetland Park) and had a great 2 hours on the boat with loads of Hippo Sighting before an ok lunch at a local restaurant. Bunny chow was the order of the day and apart from the bone was not bad, Durban was now our next destination and we stopped at the airport to pick up a rental car for the clients. We said our good bys and it was home. A great Durban Safari tour with a great couple, Thank you Kyle and Sonya for being such sports especially with the elephant dung and fever tea!  Tim Brown Tours Big 5 Safaris Durban,Bush SafarisDurban Bush ToursDurban Day Safari ToursDurban SafarisHluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve,Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari ToursHluhluwe Umfolozi ToursRhino

Tala Valley and St Lucia(Isimangeliso wetland park) Day Safari Tours 25 and 26 November 2013

Tala Valley and St Lucia(Isimangeliso wetland park) Day Safari Tours 25 and 26 November 2013     2 Day Safari Tours from Durban back to back with my clients. We began in Durban as usual where I met my clients and we departed for Tala game reserve. We were lucky with the weather and the game drive was great as we saw everything. Rhinos so close we could touch them, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest and even a mongoose. This Brown chested snake eagle was also a nice find. Later we went through the valley of 1000 hills to Phezulu for lunch to visit the crocodile park and later the Zulu Dancing. David was very keen on the Traditional Zulu beer which was great to see. After a nice day out we headed back to Durban before the following days tour to St Lucia estuary(Isimangeliso wetland park) – South Africas first world heritage site. Day 2: Durban Safari Day Tours We departed Durban and arrived in St Lucia – Isimangeliso Wetland park at 09:30 for the 10am boat cruise. We had a great 2 hours viewing hippos and crocodiles before we decided to do the board walk onto the beach and look at Mapelane the second highest vegetated sand dune in the world. From here it was time for some relaxing lunch and a long drive back to Durban. David and Katrina I hope you enjoyed the Leechies.   Tim Brown Tours Durban Day Safari Tour, St Lucia wetland Tours, Isimangeliso Wetland park Safari Tours, Durban Safari Tours, Tala game reserve Tours, Durban safaris.

Tala game reserve and Phezulu Safari Tour 9/11/13

Tala game reserve and Phezulu Safari Tour 9/11/13 Well the rain held off for this Durban day Safari tour thank God! I met my clients in Durban and we departed away from the rain to Tala private game reserve. Upon entering we found the Rhinos, Zebra, Wildebeest, impala, Nyala, Giraffe, and even a Blue Crane – South Africas National Bird. It was a great tour around Tala game reserve. When we left 3 hours later we drove through the valley of 1000 hills and stopped at the Jesus statue in Inchanga. I still cannot find any information on when it was put there or why but it is amazing. It reminds me of Rio. We then stopped at Phezulu for the Zulu Cultural experience, lunch and the reptile park. This was great and the dancing was great. Over all a great Durban day Safari Tour.   Tim Brown Tours Durban Day Safari Tours, Valley of 1000 Hills Tours, Phezulu, Zulu Cultural experience, Durban Safari Tours, Durban Safaris, Durban Day Tours and Safaris.

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve 3 day Durban Safari/Tour, St Lucia and Cat rehab – 21-23 October 2013

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve 3 day Durban Safari/Tour, St Lucia and Cat rehab – 21-23 October 2013   A great Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve from Durban. After collecting my clients from Durban we heading up to Emdoneni cat rehab center where we would enjoy a Tour around the rehab with some interaction with 4 Different endangered species of cat including Cheetah. After the Tour we headed into Hluhluwe Section of the reserve where we just made our way to the camp for lunch and check in. We did see Rhino, Buffalo, Zebra and Warthogs plus other animals on our way. At Hilltop camp we had lunch and checked in before heading back out until gate closure at 6pm. We did well but didnt see the elephants that day. Day 2 – Durban 3 day Safari Tour We did an 8 hour game drive to try find the elephants and Lions. It was a success as we found both and had great sightings of them and other animals. We stopped at the Centenary center for lunch and then returned to the lodge. Later it was time for the open vehicle game drive but they could not top the day we had already had. After a long day it was bed. Day 3- Durban 3 day safari tour We got up a little later and met for breakfast at 7am before heading out to see what we could find. We added the smallest baby White Rhino I have ever seen. It could hardly walk and both mother and baby showed signs of a very recent birth! Very exciting as the baby girl was only a day or 2 old. After this excitement we heading out to St Lucia(Isimangeliso Wetland Park) to view hippos and crocodiles. This to was a success. Then it was time for a quick lunch before heading back to Durban.   Tim Brown Tours Join us as we take you on one of the below amazing experiences – Big 5 Safaris tours Durban, Durban Day Safari Tours, Durban overnight safari Tours, Durban Safari Tours, Durban Safaris, Durban Tours & KwaZulu-Natal Safari Tours, Hilltop camp Hluhluwe, Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tours, Isimangeliso Wetland Park, Safaris Tours, Tim Brown Tours. Life is to be lived so live it!

Tala Game reserve and Phezulu cultural Safari Tour 18th October 2013

Tala Game reserve and Phezulu cultural Safari Tour 18th October 2013 After collecting my clients from a Durban hotel we headed out to Tala game reserve a little concerned of the rain we had over the past few days. Once we arrived the weather wasnt to bad rain now and then but not really effecting game viewing accept the Rhinos. We were really lucky and saw a Black Backed Jackal which was very lucky. We finally found a giraffe but other than that it was the usual suspects : Zebra, Wildebeest, Warthog, Blessbok and Ostrich. After having our fill on the Durban day Safari Tour side we departed for Phezulu safari Park for a Zulu cultural experience and Tour around the Reptile park. First though it was lunch and we stopped overlooking the valley of 1000 hills where we had a good view considering the weather. After Lunch it was time for the Reptile park tour before the Zulu Dancing. My clients were happy to hold a brown house snake which was great! Then it was the Zulu Dancing(Culture) and entering the Zulu cooking hut and meeting hut aswell as tasting the Traditional Zulu beer Umqomboti. A Great Durban Day Safari Tour then back to Durban City. Tim Brown Tours Durban Day Safari Tours,Durban Day Tours and Safaris.Durban Safari ToursDurban Safaris,PhezuluValley of 1000 Hills ToursZulu Cultural experience

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Durban Day Safari Tour 12 October 2013

Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve – Durban Day Safari Tour 12 October 2013 After collecting my clients from Durban Point Water Front which by the way is looking very nice. We started heading up to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve. Along the way I covered the History of the area, the different population groups and how they came to be in this area of South Africa and Kwa-Zulu Natal. Upon arrive we entered and has some good luck for the time of the day. Seeing Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Buffalo, Warthog and Nyala. After a few hours of searching we stopped for lunch at Hilltop camp. We then departed  Hilltop camp again in search this time of Elephants. It turned out to be one of those days where I traveled very far to find them but eventually did to the relief of myself more than anything. However my clients were laid back but did want to see Elephant so it was good for us all to find them. We left the game reserve later than usual but it was worth it. 3 hours later we arrived back in Durban long after the African Sun had set in the West. It was a great Durban day Safari Tour under the African Sun.   Tim Brown Tours  Big 5 Safaris Durban,Bush SafarisDurban Bush ToursDurban Day Safari ToursDurban SafarisHluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve,Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari ToursHluhluwe Umfolozi Tours, Hilltop camp Hluhluwe