1 day tours Durban Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 31st March 2015

    St Lucia day tour from Durban via Richards bay 29th March 2015

     

    We began our St Lucia day tour from Durban but still had a pick up in Richards bay off the Crystal Serenity cruise ship which is much bigger than I thought! Once I had to group together we began chatting on some of the History of Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa as well as the World heritage site of Isimangeliso Wetland Park aka St Lucia wetland park which we would be visiting.

     

    As we covered the last hour to St Lucia we covered some of the history on the different plantations and import export details in the area which is always very interesting. We arrived in St Lucia at 11 am which meant we could go to the reptile center where breeding of Crocodiles is taking place due to research and the fact that their numbers are decreasing in the area.

     

    Before we could get there though I pulled over to show my clients a really interesting sign board which just shows how serious Hippos can be walking around at night and how one has to be careful in the area. We always need to remember the animals were here before us and we have developed around them and therefore need to respect them and the space they need.

     

    St Lucia day tour; Hippo warning sign

    St Lucia day tour; Hippo warning sign

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we entered the museum section of the crocodile center I showed the clients a model of a fish which used to be though to be extinct and in the St Lucia area they were located again. These are the Coelacanths. They were first discovered in 1938 and were though to be extinct by the end of  the Cretaceous period. These fish were found in South African near St Lucia in the year 2000. Which also makes this a special place.

     

    St Lucia day tour; Crocodile warning sign

    St Lucia day tour; Crocodile warning sign

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The above sign is a real laugh and is found at the crocodile center, this is always a time I wish I had a granny that was in a wheel chair so that I could take her to see this amazing sign, I’m sure it would be a good giggle for her.

    We had actually timed our arrival very well as they were doing a feeding show with the Crocodiles and this meant dead Chickens were being fed to the Crocodiles. The only specie we have in South African is the Nile Crocodile which you can see below with a Chicken in his jaws. Just so you know the crushing power of a Crocodiles jaws are somewhere in the region of 6 tons!

     

    St Lucia day tour; Crocodile with chicken in its mouth

    St Lucia day tour; Crocodile with chicken in its mouth

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next we moved on to the St Lucia Estuary for the 2 hour boat cruise to look at the amazing Hippos and a Crocodile in the wild. The St Lucia lake system runs north away from the Indian ocean and covers a distance of about 80 kilometers which makes it the largest lake system in Southern Africa. It contains Mangrove swamps, Sand forests, Savanna, Marsh lands and links up to the Indian ocean. It has a thriving community of Hippos and Crocodiles.

     

    St Lucia day tour; Hippo in the St Lucia estuary

    St Lucia day tour; Hippo in the St Lucia estuary

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The above picture is one of the many Hippos we saw at St Lucia Estuary and this one was standing near the shore feeding on the reeds. Most of the other were resting under the water only showing us there heads every so often. It is always a guarantee to see the creatures even in the rain but we were lucky to have no rain and a sunny day.

     

    I created a video clip so you too can experience some of what you would if you were on a Durban tour with me to the St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland Park.

     

    Video of Hippo eating reeds at St Lucia Estuary.

     

     

      

    St Lucia day tour; African Fish eagle in flight

    St Lucia day tour; African Fish eagle in flight

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As you can see in the above picture St Lucia wetlands in not only known for it Hippos and Crocodile populations but also its bird life. This African Fish eagle took off from a tree and it nearly flew out of shot of my camera but thankfully I captured it for you to see!

     

    Next we heading into the small town of St Lucia after a small spot of shopping for the local crafts. We went to John Dorys a Seafood restaurant as St Lucia is well know for its Seafood. It was great we all had fish and chips and after this we headed down to the Estuary board walk which goes parallel to the Estuary itself and ends up on the beach by the Indian ocean. Here we spotted Crocodiles and lots of bird life including the White Pelican on in the St Lucia Estuary mouth.

     

    St Lucia day tour; Estuary board walk sightings

    St Lucia day tour; Estuary board walk sightings

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time to head back to the Crystal Serenity ship to drop off two of my clients before heading back to Durban to drop off the other.

    It had been another great St Lucia day tour from Durban and we all had enjoyed the day.

     

  • 28th October 2014

    Durban Day Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve 25th October 2014

     

    Our Durban Day Tour began in the vibrant and colourful city of Durban where the Indian spice markets can be found, the Rickshaws brought in by Mr Goble for his disabled wife and the surf washes away the pains of Apartheid.

    Durban had so much to offer the traveler or visitor to our shores it is like a pot of gold and full of culture!

    Anyway, after collecting my clients we began our 3 hour journey to the Hluhluwe Gate into the North eastern part of the oldest Big 5 Game reserve in Africa!

    I covered as much history as I could but it seemed my clients had not had much time to recover from the jetlag and this meant some rest was being taken while I spoke.

    We were on a tight scheduled as we needed to be at Hilltop camp for a 10am (midday open vehicle game drive).

    This required some bursts of speed ever so often but we made it with 10 minutes to spare. One route we actually spotted 3 of the Big 5, the Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant.

    This was great but we only had time for a very quick photo to meet our deadline.

     

    Herd of Buffalo seen on our Durban day Tour

     

    Herd of Buffalo seen on our Durban day Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We arrived at Hilltop camp and I got the clients onto the open vehicle game drive which I would sometime join if there was space but this time I decided to stay back to do some more research on Fort Nongqayi in Eshowe which I would be visiting with clients in a couple weeks time.

    After a 3 hour open vehicle safari tour the client came back a little cold so got stuck into some Whiskey during lunch while I had my Sprite and Burger. Actually lunch was quite pleasant as we chatted a bit. All 3 of my clients were working in Dubai but 2 were from India and one from Ukraine.

     

    After lunch we headed back out which I felt happy about and we had a good time spotting more animals, well those that were able to keep there eyes open did.

     

    Rhino on our Durban day tour

    Rhino on our Durban day tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This Rhino was a great sighting and he rubbed around in the mud for a while before we continued on to see what else we could find.

     

    Zebra on our Durban day tour

    Zebra on our Durban day tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This Zebra was posing so wonderfully for us and we saw a few different Dazzles of Zebra and Journeys of Giraffe before we got them close enough for a good photograph.

     

    Giraffe seen during our Durban day Tour

    Giraffe seen during our Durban day Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These Giraffe were actually mating which was interesting to see, the male would not leave this poor female alone. We however did not interrupt the natural way of things and moved on.

    One of the most wonderful things about Spring is the Lily’s. The area is now littered with Ground Lily’s and Snake Lily’s.

     

    Ground Lilys seens on our Day Tour from Durban

    Ground Lilys seens on our Day Tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued we kept spotting more Buffalo and Rhino before we got to the Exit gate where there was some Bull Elephants drinking water. At this point it is best to stand by the main building to get the feeling of being of foot at about 40-50 meters away from these Elephants but to still have the safety of the building.

    We all enjoyed it.

     

    Elephants on our Durban day safari Tour

    Elephants on our Durban day safari Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had now come to the end of our Durban Day Safari Tour and we began the 3 hours back to Durban city. Needless to say this was an idea opportunity to ask final questions or in some cases sleep.

     

    I had a great day and I am sure the clients also enjoyed it.

     

  • 16th October 2014

    Durban City Tour

     

    After collecting my clients from a Hotel in Durban we began our Durban City Tour along the Promenade of Durban beach front. We then headed out of the hub of Durban City up to the Berea and Morningside to the Durban Botanical Gardens.

    The Durban Botanical Gardens had a wide variety of indigenous trees and exotic trees and has been running since 1849 ish. This means that some of these trees are over 150 years old! After a lovely walk through these gardens and viewing of some bird life and monkeys we continued down to Florida road and the Globe. It is here where we look over Durban’s amazing city and chat more in depth on the deep history of this lovely area. We imagine it as it once was when the British Landed here in 1823 or when Vasco Da Gama sailed past in 1497!

    A Durban city tour is a short Durban Day Tour which only really takes 4 hours to covers sometimes a little longer depending on the interest of the client. I was happy that my clients were so interested in the History and this made my job so much easier.

    At this point we drove down to the amazing Moses Mabida stadium built for the 2010 soccer world cup and we also passed the “Natal Mounted Rifles” Building with there army tanks parked in the area.

    We took the Sky Car to the roof of the stadium and I must say being a little afraid of heights myself this is still not that bad as you have a solid floor beneath you and the Sky Car goes very slowly dropping you at the top in an enclosed area.

    Breath taking views are seen from the roof of this stadium!

     

    Durban City Tour picture from the Moses Mabida Stadium roof

    Durban City Tour picture from the Moses Mabida Stadium roof

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Once we had finished with the Stadium we headed along the Golden Mile from Sun Coast Casino down to South Beach and Ushaka Marine world. We then drove over the Point down to the Statue of “Dick King” who saved Durban from the Dutch forces in 1842 by getting to Grahamstown 960 Km away from Durban to alert the British Commander there to send reinforcements to Durban. It was due to him that Durban remained a British settlement.

    At this point it was time for a half hour harbour cruise and we got down to Wilsons Warf and onto the small boat. Once this was complete we briefly looked at the shops in the area and made our way back to the hotel having covered some of Durbans major points of Interest!

    This was a great Durban half Day Tour.