Durban mini Safari 17th September 2015
We began our mini safari from Durban where I collected my 4 clients who where here for business and pleasure respectively. After covering the basic history of Durban and KwaZulu Natal we arrived at the world famous Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve by 09:30 and began with our Safari of the reserve.
We entered in the North east and tried our best to look for Elephant in the cool weather. I knew it would be difficult but had high hopes after getting them a couple days before.
Our first sighting on our mini Durban safari was the Wildebeest which was looking to link up with some Impala for safety reasons.
Durban mini safari; Wildebeest
Just up around the corner we spotted some Zebra with one in the road which was very cool. We enjoyed them for a short while as I discussed their amazing pattern as well as interesting facts.
Durban mini safari; Zebra
We then continued with our mini safari from Durban and found a massive herd of Buffalo which were on the road. We must have spent 20 minutes with them as even the Red Billed Oxpeckers though we were a big white Buffalo and kept landing on the roof of my car.
Durban mini safari; Buffalo
We managed to find Giraffe in the distance before we decided to stop at Hilltop camp for a restroom break then heading off to see the Giraffe carcass that Lions had killed 5 days before. I was hoping that maybe the Vultures would still be around but even the smell was gone and just some skin and bones remained.
Durban mini safari; Giraffe carcass
We began to make our way around the loop to see what else we could find and sadly all the Elephants were hiding. We saw fresh tracks and dung but nothing else except Zebra and Giraffe which was still amazing!
Durban mini safari; Giraffe
We then raced off to the Centenary center for some lunch and into the Umfolozi section of the game reserve. Before we got there we spotted a Rhino bull which was great to see.
Durban mini safari; Rhino
I was again hoping to find Elephant down the way we went but no luck again on this mini safari from Durban so we stopped for lunch and a rest.
After enjoying some good food we gave it one last bash. Our mini Durban safari took us to the Umfolozi river which is now a dry river bed. There was nothing to been seen except a Rhino mother and calf. So we had a quick look and tried again for the Elephant with no luck.
We did however spot some Kudu which are the largest antelope in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.
Durban mini safari; Kudu
We had now ran out of time and we made our way to the exit gate and were still very content with how the day had gone aside of the lack of Elephants. One this I always say if Nature is Nature and we cannot control it.
We made our way back to Durban where I dropped my clients off and I raced back home to get the vehicle ready for the next days 2 day mini safari from Durban.
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