Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala game reserve, Phezulu Cultural village and Reptile park 12 June 2014 - Tim Brown Tours

Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala game reserve, Phezulu Cultural village and Reptile park 12 June 2014

We began this Durban Day Tour from Umhlanga where I collected my repeat clients after we had spend 3 Days in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve. Today would be quite different with a visit to a smaller Safari Park/Game reserve outside of Durban called Three Cities Tala Private game lodge. We would also visit the Valley of 1000 hills where Phezulu Safari Park is situated and watch some traditional Zulu Dancing and Singing with the bonus of the reptile park on the side!

I was fortunate to have clients that were happy to enjoy what ever came there way on our Durban Day Safari.

After a short hour drive from Umhlanga(Durban) to Tala private game reserve we began the search for the animals. We first spotted the Hippos and made our way around after our to to St Lucia – Isimangeliso Wetland parks boat cruise had been cancelled we wanted to see move of these great animals. I was fortunate to catch a Hippo with its mouth open on this Durban Day Safari.

Yawning Hippo on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

Yawning Hippo on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014
Yawning Hippo on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

As we enjoyed the Hippos we also watched a colony of Egyptian Geese cackling away on the banks of the pond.

Our Durban Day Safari at Tala continued on and found a Wildebeest mother and Calf and later larger herds of Wildebeest one of which a dominant male was scratching his head!

Wildebeest scratches his nose on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

Wildebeest scratches his nose on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014
Wildebeest scratches his nose on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

Durban Day Tours to Tala game reserve are very different to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tours. Tala has much higher densities of animals so after about 3 hours most people are ready to leave.

We spotted a male and female Ostrich notice the male which is the black one is ready for mating he has pink on his shins and beak. The shins you wont see but the beak you should!

Ostrich male and female on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

Ostrich male and female on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014
Ostrich male and female on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

As we continued our Durban Day Tour we came across some Zebras, Actually load in total through the day…

Zebra on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014
Zebra on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014
Zebra on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

The best sighting of the day in Tala private game lodge was the Giraffe we just had loads of them about 15 in total walking across the road, standing by the watering hole and even drinking. This was my clients interest the Giraffe so we spend a least half an hour with these lovely animals and enjoyed there movements on our Durban Day Tour.

Giraffe at a water hole on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014
Giraffe at a water hole on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014
Giraffe at a water hole on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

It was time to depart Tala Private game reserve after having a look around there curio shop and walking within 10 meters of a giraffe, we had to continue to the Valley of 1000 Hills and Phezulu Safari Park.

It was a 30 minute drive over the rolling hills of the valley of 1000 hills where we stopped for lunch at the Boma restaurant at Phezulu Safari park. We had some great food with a view and then made our way to the Crocodile and reptile park so get educated on these amazing prehistoric animals.

We went around with Mdu who did a good job and Trudy who was keen on the snakes got to hold a Brown House snake and a Python (both being Non-Venomous)! – So now you know what we get up to on our Durban Day Safari Tours!

Crocodiles on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

Crocodiles on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014
Crocodiles on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

After all this excitement on our Durban Day Tour we still had more as we moved across to the Traditional Zulu Village run by Chief Gaza whos family still live there. This was great as Zulu Dancing and singing is so powerful as well as entering the huts and drinking traditional Zulu beer made this an awesome Durban Day Tour experience.

Animated Zulu Dancers on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

Animated Zulu Dancers on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014
Animated Zulu Dancers on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

The whole point of these Zulu Cultural experiences is to learn about there amazing culture and that the clients did. The entering of the Huts is a special touch which makes this Durban Day Tour a must.

Zulu Dancing on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014
Zulu Dancing on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014
Zulu Dancing on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

When we had taken in this amazing experience we departed to visit the Leather shop down the road before our Durban Day Safari Tour was coming to an end. We made our way back to Umhlanga(Durban) where I dropped my clients off.

What a great day with Tim Brown Tours on a Durban Day Safari Tour.

 

 

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