Durban Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 11 July -13 July 2014 - Tim Brown Tours

Durban Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 11 July -13 July 2014

 

We began our Big 5 Private Honeymoon Durban 3 Day Safari Tour to the Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve in Durban.

 

I covered the usual things like the history of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa as well as the different population groups and how they came to be here. The history of the world famous Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve is always interesting as well as the Flora and Fauna in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Game reserve.

 

A Durban Safari Trip either done as a Durban Day Trip or Durban Overnight Trip is well worth the money and can cover the Culture, Nature and Historical points of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa.

 

After a short stop to get coffee we visited Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre where my clients could enjoy touching 4 species of endangered wild cats. These cats the Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African wild cat are all here for sad reasons and now are used as educational tools and for breeding to release more back into the wild.

 

Once we were finished here we made our way to the Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game reserve for our main part of the Tour the Safari!

 

These Big 5 Game reserves can be misunderstood as being a guaranteed sighting of the Big 5 but this is not the case as animals roam freely in an area of 960 Square Kilometers. Safaris can be chance but your guide (me) does know the best areas for where animals may be found as well as the times they will be out and about!

 

We were very lucky as we spotted Giraffe and Buffalo in the distance. We were very patient and got another Buffalo in full view, Rhino hiding, Zebra and a Bull Elephant all in the short 45 minute drive to the Lodge Hilltop camp.

Elephant on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Elephant on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Elephant on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We arrived at Hilltop camp for some lunch and to check in.

Our Durban Private Honeymoon Big 5, 3 Day Safari Tour was looking good so far! It was like the animals came out especially for us in the heat of the day!

 

It must have been something to do with it being the day before the full moon for our Durban Safari Tour to be going so well.

 

This was becoming a great Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi Private Honeymoon Safari Tour.

 

We settled in for some lunch at Hilltop camp before a rest once checked in.

 

Our Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi 3 Day Safari Tour continued at 16:00 when we met for another Safari Tour of the reserve. It turned out to be a brilliant Safari! We Spotted some giraffe near to the road and got some good pictures.

Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then continued our Durban Safari and spotted a Big Rhino which we spent some time with trying to line up a good shot(photo).

Rhino on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Rhino on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Rhino on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the Safari Tour from Durban progressed I decided to stop at a view point and show the clients the view. We were lucky to spot Hippos as well resting on the bank all three out of the river!

Hippos on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

Hippos on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Hippos on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

We also watched a herd of Buffalo from a safe distance moving up the bank away from us and then we thought we would get around to them to get a good photo. As we came up I spotted two Buffalo bulls about 30 meters away, I told the clients to get behind me and we made our way to the vehicle. Buffalo can be dangerous but this occasion the got a fright when I spoke and ran off.

 

Anyway we got back to the road to meet the others in the car and got some great shots as they crossed the road.

Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this point in time we had been having a good Safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve. Things only got better as on our way back to camp we spotted 2 Lionesses and 2 tiny cubs just a few months old. They were right on and then near the road. The only obstacle was the pour light.

Lioness with young Cub on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Lioness with young Cub on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Lioness with young Cub on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We returned after our Durban Safari to Hilltop camp where I had arranged a private dinner for my honeymoon clients and I ate earlier.

 

It was the end of a successful Day 1 on our Durban 3 Day Safari tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve.

 

Day 2: Durban Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Game reserve

Our Durban Big 5 private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour continued as I got the clients up for a morning game drive which would be an 8 hour Safari so we could get down South into the Imfolozi Section. We took with us Packed Breakfasts which I arranged from the camp and that kept them going until lunch.

 

We saw more Rhinos, Buffalos, Giraffe mating, Warthog, Kudu, Nyala, Monkeys, Lion, Zebra, Wildebeest and lots of Impala.

 

We were super lucky on this Days Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. We spotted a Black Rhino before it was fully light and it ran off as they do but they are highly rare so I was happy.

 

A little further on we spotted Giraffes mating which was great to see. The big male was even being mated by the younger male every so often as the young lad was trying to show that he was more dominant! It was a great laugh on our Safari.

Mating Giraffe pic 2 on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Mating Giraffe pic 2 on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Mating Giraffe pic 2 on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mating Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Mating Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Mating Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day safari tour continued we spotted Zebra and Giraffe together as well as some Impala. As we continued our Safari we came across another Lioness but as she was in the thick brush we moved on after a few minutes.

Zebra Foal on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Zebra Foal on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Zebra Foal on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up in one of the tree I spotted a Lappet Faced Vulture still roosting waiting for the thermals to rise.

 

Lappet faced Vulture on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi 11th to 13th July 2014

Lappet faced Vulture on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi 11th to 13th July 2014
Lappet faced Vulture on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Safari took us down to Bhejane hide where with a bit of time we saw 4 different species drinking at the same time. A great Days Durban Safari!

I took random photos of the Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo and warthog.

Wildebeest and Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Wildebeest and Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Wildebeest and Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildebeest on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Wildebeest on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Wildebeest on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zebra Drink on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Zebra Drink on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Zebra Drink on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our amazing Durban Private honeymoon Big 5, 3 Day Safari from Durban had really turned out well and we still had lots of time left to Safari!

 

We made our way back to the white Umfolozi river and saw some Kudu and some Rhinos. This one young male struck a pose for us!

 

Rhino poses on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Rhino poses on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Rhino poses on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then continued on Safari back to Centenary Centre for some lunch. The food was great Ostrich Burger was my choice. After the lunch my clients had a look around the museum and the Curio shop before we headed back to Hilltop camp.

 

When we got back to Hilltop camp we had some rest before heading back out on Safari to see if we could get luck with Lions again.

 

Fortunately we spotted a herd a Buffalo at Dusk and a Bull Elephant in the short time we were out.

Buffalo at Dusk on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Buffalo at Dusk on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Buffalo at Dusk on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full moon on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Full moon on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Full moon on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The craziest thing happened we were destined to arrive back on time and the same two Lionesses with there two little cubs were in exactly the same place we had seen them the night before at exactly the same time! It was a brilliant Safari experience but hard to line up the vehicle in the dark to get photos. We also had some young lad decide he was going to share his frustrations with us as he had to stop and tell me how we were 15 minutes late and needed to be back at camp… very difficult when you have lions in the road and your clients of course want to take photographs. Funny how he was out 15 minute late! Different rules for different folks I guess…

Lioness on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Lioness on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Lioness on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We arrived back 20 minutes late and were lucky that security was not at the gate, having said that we had a great excuse! Lions! We were all very happy about that.

 

Our Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi was really getting better as time went by.

 

Today we had seen 2 different Lion sightings a sum of 3 adult Lioness and 2 young cubs, not bad for a days work!

 

We settled in for the night and some dinner which was great once again.

Day 3: Durban Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Game reserve

 

The next morning we slept in till 6am and then came through for a buffet breakfast before checking out and doing our last Safari game drive for a few hours in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. We would then depart for St Lucia and do a 2 hour boat cruise viewing Hippos and Crocodiles. Before we could get to St Lucia though, we had a few sightings of Giraffe, Buffalo, Warthog, Impala, Nyala, Monkeys, Elephant and Rhino.

 

Buffalo Bull posing on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Buffalo Bull posing on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Buffalo Bull posing on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elephant Bull Day 3 on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Elephant Bull Day 3 on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Elephant Bull Day 3 on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then departed Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve for St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park. I covered some of the basics of the history of the area and what we would be expected to see.

 

Upon arrival we boarded the Santa Lucia boat for a 2 hour cruise where we saw lots of Pods of Hippos and plenty of Crocodiles.

 

Hippos at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Hippos at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Hippos at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crocodiles at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

Crocodiles at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014
Crocodiles at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a great Durban Safari Tour/Trip to some of the Worlds most amazing places!

 

We had some lunch and then departed to Durban.

 

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