African safari tours Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 17th December 2015

    African safari tour – 13-16th December 2015

     

     

     

    Our African safari tours can be done from Durban with Tim Brown Tours and it was here where I collected my clients for this 4 day safari.

    We could begin by visiting the Fort Nongqayi Museum in Eshowe which features the Wheel chair of King Mpande a half brother to the famous King Shaka of the Zulu Nation. It also features John Dunns furniture, Zulu crafts and a Church showing off the missionary work of the Norwegians in the area!

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Fort Nongqayi museum in Eshowe

    African safari tour; Fort Nongqayi museum in Eshowe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Chair of Mpande the former Zulu king is always amazing to see as a Missionary called Schroeder built this chair for Mpande due to his illnesses caused by his lifestyle and weight.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; King Mpandes Wheel chair

    African safari tour; King Mpandes Wheel chair

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After being guided through this area we had some lunch before continuing our African safari tour to the world famous Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve, the oldest in African and home to the Big 5!

     

    We entered to the gate to some high security presence due to Rhino poaching concerns and we headed to Hilltop camp. I was thinking it would take us 40 minuted but it took much longer as we saw so many animals.

    Our first major sighting was Rhino, Buffalo and shortly after Elephant but they were far enough away that the pictures were no good. We then spotted a Giraffe and her baby with some Impala.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Giraffe

    African safari tour; Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued along and come across a huge herd of Buffalo on the road as well a either side of us! This was a great beginning to our African safari tour.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Buffalo

    African safari tour; Buffalo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We finally arrived at Hilltop camp and quickly checked in and then after a short break of 10 minutes in the rooms we headed out to see what else we could find. I got word of Lions so we made our way around into the area they had been seen but before we could get there we found some Rhino!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Rhino

    African safari tour; Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We finally arrived at the Lions and they were far down in the valley and had recently killed a Buffalo which they were feeding on. The issues was the distance and the fact the rain began to fall… Well what can you do! A Lion is a Lion! We could consider ourselves very lucky!

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Lions

    African safari tour; Lions

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We left the Lions and went to find Elephants and it was not long and we nailed it! We located a lovely breeding herd of Elephants and even though the rain was falling it was great to see them so near to us and crossing in front of us during our African safari tour.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Elephants

    African safari tour; Elephants

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hluhluwe game reserve; Elephants suckling 


    After enjoying a great time our on safari we headed back to Hilltop camp and we settled in for some dinner before an early nights sleep as we would be going back out at 5am the next day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Day 2: African safari tour – 13-16th December 2015

     

     

     

    Our second day began were the first had finished off at Hilltop camp and we quickly got back into it with sightings of Giraffe, Zebra, Rhino and Elephants down at the Hluhluwe river.

     

     

    We had to wait for the great quality sightings but they say good things come to those who wait!

    Finally we got a great sighting of an Elephant bull coming down the road and we let him go past us, he was lovely and relaxed.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Elephant on road

    African safari tour; Elephant on road

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time a good Zebra sighting as well and it happened for us! We go them right next to the road and you could say that now our African safari tour was hotting up!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Zebra

    African safari tour; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time to relocate the Lions which should be easy as we knew a Buffalo was big enough to last a few days. We were successful and got the Lions at the same place they had only dragged the carcass under a tree. The best part of this sighting was they some Rhino chased a Lioness she then went to the toilet and began to play with something perhaps a tortoise of lizard!

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Lions

    African safari tour; Lions

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hluhluwe game reserve: Lions feed on Buffalo


    It was now time to head back for some coffee and breakfast before a rest. We would head out again after lunch to the Cheetah project for some interaction with the majestic cats!

     

    Well out luck change as at 2pm the rain began to come down and we could not go to the Cat rehab center today so waiting for a gap in the weather, it was no good so we settled in and had some dinner before bed.

     

     

     

     

    Day 3: African safari tour – 13-16th December 2015

     

     

     

     

    Our third day of our African safari tour began with a bush walk mostly to look for birds in the forest and we did very well before heading down for some breakfast.

    The safari after breakfast was amazing and we saw 3 of the Big 5 very close to the road an so much more. First it was the Giraffe.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Giraffe

    African safari tour; Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After the Giraffe we managed to spot Zebras and had the drink water out of a puddle on the road.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Zebra drinking

    African safari tour; Zebra drinking

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We now had a big day on the cards and we did 1.5 hours of Safari before heading to the Cat rehabilitation center which was very good. We then continued to St Lucia – Isimangaliso Wetland Park where we had lunch and then took the 2pm Hippo and Crocodile boat cruise.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Crocodile

    African safari tour; Crocodile

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this great sighting of a Crocodile with his mouth open to regulate his body temperature we got lots of Hippos and finally one opened its mouth for us!

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Hippos

    African safari tour; Hippos

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We finally completed what was an amazing St Lucia boat cruise and we were all very happy. The ladies got into the craft shop and after they were done we headed back to the gate of the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and had more luck with the animals spotting Elephants close up!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Elephants

    African safari tour; Elephants

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had one more surprise sighting as I took a dirt road loop we hadn’t covered yet and we spotted one of the best sightings of African Wild Dogs I have ever had! They were amazing, Playful and just beautiful. The most endangered carnivore in Africa shared its time with us and it was a real privilege to have spent just under an hour with them.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; African Wild Dogs

    African safari tour; African Wild Dogs

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hluhluwe game reserve; Wild Dog plays with stick and Wild dog drinks water

     


     

    This was such a special day on our African safari tour that I don’t think we could really take it all in as we were all so tired and ended up getting back, having dinner and heading to bed. I must say I did stay up to write this part of the Blog post but its always hard to get these things to sink in even when you see them more often than most.

     

     

     

     

     

    Day 4: African safari tour – 13-16th December 2015

     

     

     

     

    We began at 5am with the safari and tried to see what animals we could fine before breakfast.

     

    It was a day we would not forget! We only needed to find Lions closer than the two other sighting we had and this was all that was on my mind so I got us into the area where I hoped the Lions would move to.

    It was a pure blissful sighting as we first spotted them on a hill far off and then this happened!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hluhluwe game reserve; Lion chases Zebra on our Durban overnight safari tour


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our African safari tour just got crazy from here as every possible way you could see a Lion took place meters away from us! We started with the hunt of Zebra and all the 7 Lions then walking onto the road and drinking water next to us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Lions on road and drinking

     

     

    African safari tour; Lions on road and drinking

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    You would normally expect that it would end here and you would have to continue driving but it did not. The Lions scent marked, played with sticks and road work equipment before climbing into a Marula tree!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Lions on road and playing with road work markings

     

    African safari tour; Lions on road and playing with road work markings

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hluhluwe game reserve; Lions walking down road, male smacks female 


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tour; Lion plays with stick and Lions in tree

     

     

    African safari tour; Lion plays with stick and Lions in tree

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This has to be one if not the best Lion sighting I have ever had! It was amazing and one I will never be able to comprehend and take in properly. I hope my clients realize what a miracle this sighting was and I am sure they will never forget it.

     

    We even had a Lioness call the other!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hluhluwe game reserve; Lioness calls the other Lions on our Durban safari tour 


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hluhluwe game reserve; Lions climb a tree on our Durban safari tour 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hluhluwe game reserve; Lions drinking next to the road on our Durban safari tour 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This whole 1 and half hours that we spent with these Lions made the entire trip worth it and even though our adrenaline was pumping I personally felt exhausted afterwards. This could have been the emotion of what we witnessed but it was just amazing, really now words can describe it.

     

    We returned to Hilltop camp for breakfast and check out before heading back out which really felt like a waste of time, how were we to top what we saw! Every animal from that point on got very little attention and we left Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve after lunch.

     

    We returned to the big city very happy with what had been an unbelievable 4 days on our African safari tour!

  • 18th November 2015

    African overnight safari tours

     

     

    It was to be quite an interesting African overnight safari tour! Right from the outset my clients which were arriving on a cruise ship were forced into being late due to bad weather off the coast and this could have been a big problem had we had other clients on the same tour. Fortunately it was just this couple and we could be very flexible enabling what turned out to be a great African overnight safari tour.

     

    We departed Durban a little later and decided to skip visiting the Cat rehabilitation center to give us more time in the game reserve of Hluhluwe Imfolozi.

     

    We had a great start and found Rhino which my clients had not seen before. Even after an East African safari it just goes to show that even Africa has so much diversity and some parts of Africa on safari you will find one animal easily and some other parts of Africa you will not.

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Rhino

    African safari tours; Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This was great start an put a smile on our faces! We continued further south in the Umfolozi game reserve and stopped at a view point spotting an Elephant in the distance. We managed to get closer and and where we stopped we also saw another Rhino in the mud and a bachelor herd of Buffalo coming to join him!

     

    It sometimes is crazy to think that just 2.5 hours from Durban you have the possibility to do a Durban safari tour in Africa deepest secret the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve!

    Durban is surprisingly well locates to the worlds oldest game reserve and being home to the “Big 5” make a it a place to visit on your South Africa holidays!

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Buffalo give a Rhino a fright

    African safari tours; Buffalo give a Rhino a fright

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this amazing sighting of this bachelor herd of Buffalo coming around the corner in the dry river bed and this Rhino which was resting in a small mud wallow jumping up with fright we really knew our luck had turned for the better! Our African safari tour would get better from this point on and it was not long before we found an Elephant nice and close!

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Elephant

    African safari tours; Elephant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This great big bull Elephant was drinking from a hole he had made in the river bed and then proceeded to walk to the side of the Umfolozi river bed and wonder up the hill. This was very exciting and an Elephant is one of those animals which screams out “Safari”!

     

    It was time for us to turn back and head north into the Hluhluwe game reserve to see if we could find more animals before checking into our lodge.

     

    As we continued with our African safari tour we found Giraffe near the road which was amazing!

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Giraffe

    African safari tours; Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Wow! Our African safari tour was really hotting up and who doesn’t like to see Giraffe! We watched them feeding and moving around before we continued on with our safari in Africa.

     

    It had been a bit surprising that we hadn’t seen Zebra but it was a cooler day and the rain was on its was so understandable why. We did however manage to find Kudu, Nyala, Impala and Water buck as well as Warthog!

    With luck having turned in our favor we found some Zebra!

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Zebra

    African safari tours; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were feeling pretty complete at this stage with 3 of the “Big 5” and all the rest we had seen. We made our way up to Hilltop camp in Hluhluwe where we would be spending the night as the rain began to fall and the mist set in.

     

    We arrived and checked in and at this stage we had no chance of getting out again on our African overnight safari tour due to heavy rain. This didn’t bother my clients as they relaxed around the bar with a good bottle of Red Wine in the lovely setting that is Hilltop camp.

    Hilltop camp is the place I always take my clients and in 5 -6 years of taking them there have never had a complaint over the place. Hilltop camp is a lovely 3 star facility and the rooms are lovely, set in the forest and some with views over the rolling hills of Hluhluwe game reserve.

    I would never again pay to stay at a 5 star lodge as you only really spend a couple hours a day at the lodge and then to sleep.

    Hilltop camp is my choice so join me, Tim Brown on your South Africa holidays! I will collect you from Durban where we begin our safari tour to Africa’s Oldest game reserve, Hluhluwe Imfolozi!

     

     

    Later I met my clients for some dinner and it was lovely with a great atmosphere, the staff even came out and did some Zulu dance and song for us!

    The Zulu people are from the area and song and dance is in there blood no matter what the age or size of the person.

     

    It was now time for bed for me so I bid farewell to my clients as we would start at 5am the next day with another crack at Hluhluwe game reserve and later Umfolozi game reserve.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Day 2: African overnight safari tours

     

     

    We woke early and began at 5am from Hilltop camp where we would see if we could find cats. We had an amazing start as we found Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino in the first 20 minutes.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Buffalo

    African safari tours; Buffalo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This morning brought new life as in the above picture you will see a new born baby Buffalo with its umbilical cord still intact! This was exciting for us to see as we got to enjoy them crossing the road with a very protective mother. This was a great way to start a morning on an African safari tour from Durban.

     

    Next was the Rhino and then Elephant but we needed cats so we had to keep working. We located Lion tracks and then more tracks from another direction meeting but we could not locate the Lions. It seems that they lay down in the thicket and we could do nothing about it but we tried.

     

    We needed to get back to camp for some breakfast so we arrived at 08:30 am. Breakfast at Hilltop camp was enjoyable and then we checked out making our way to the Umfolozi game reserve in the south to see if we could get lucky with cats.

     

    It was one of those African safari tours where you just can’t seem to get it 100% right!

    We did have some amazing sightings like these Water buck posing for us and they looked like one animal with 2 heads.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Waterbuck

    African safari tours; Waterbuck

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The sun all of a sudden came out and we had a great sighting of Giraffe and Zebra.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Giraffe and Zebra

    African safari tours; Giraffe and Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued our African safari tour and tried to get to where Lions had been seen but time just wasn’t on our side but funnily enough as we made our way back we did see a Lion but he was sitting far in the thickets south of the Umfolozi river and it photo was so bad that I would not post it here. Alex, I will email it to you!

     

     

    We had a 12:30 appointment in St Lucia – Isimangaliso Wetland park and a boat cruise to view Hippos and Crocodiles! Wow, the things you can do and see on a Durban safari tour!

     

    We arrived and began a great boat cruise and even spotted a fin of a Bull Shark! Our first close up sighting was of Crocodile and a Goliath heron almost to closer to one another.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Goliath heron and Crocodile

    African safari tours; Goliath heron and Crocodile

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was minuted later and we spotted a huge pod of Hippos in the water this trend would continue for the rest of our boat safari! This pod of Hippos got a big fright from one of the other Hippos and made some splashes.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Hippos get spooked

     

     

    African safari tours; Hippos get spooked

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our African safari continued and we enjoyed so much bird life even an African fish eagle catching a fish and feeding off it.

     

     

     

     

    Video: African fish eagle feeds on a fish during our safari in Africa

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A bit further up stream we found some baby Hippos playing in the Estuary. At one point they put there heads in a row.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Hippo heads in a row

    African safari tours; Hippo heads in a row

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After an amazing time out on the St Lucia estuary we made our way into St Lucia town for some lunch it was a quick one and we then got back to the Ship in Richards bay by 5pm.

    It was a wonderful African overnight safari tour and I am sure that my clients will be back in Africa for some more of the same.

    If you would like to join on of these African safari tours please click on the link below:

     

    African safari tours with Tim Brown Tours

     

     

  • 31st October 2015

    African safari tours – 30th October 2015

     

     

    African safari tours are always amazing but this African safari tour would be extra special as we would see so many amazing animals in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

    I had met my client in Umhlanga near Durban for their Durban day safari and we began what turned out to be a very short 2.5 hours drive to Hluhluwe game reserve. It would be the boarder between the two sections that we would enter and first head briefly into the Hluhluwe game reserve section.

    It was in this section we located a massive male Warthog very early on in our African safari tour.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Warthog

    African safari tours; Warthog

     

     

     

     

    This male Warthog had huge tusks and warts on his face which was quite a sight to behold and it was only the start of our safari from Durban.

    As time went on we got further into the wilderness on our safari and located a journey of Giraffe which were so beautiful to watch as the rested in the shade moving ever so often.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Giraffe

    African safari tours; Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

    On African safari tours there is no promise of great animal sighting as it is a natural environment meaning the animals decided if you see them, how you see them and where you see them!

    We were fortunate as near these Giraffe was a dazzle of Zebra and the one Zebra gave out a big yawn, showing her teeth. Another great sighting on our Durban day safari in the African wilderness.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Zebra showing his teeth

    African safari tours; Zebra showing his teeth

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time to turn around and head down south into the Umfolozi game reserve section to see what else we could find. As it is so dry it really helps with game viewing but does also mean the animals maybe some where else where there is food and water.

    We were lucky as we heading for the Umfolozi river we stopped at a view sight over the dry riverbed and found Rhino and Elephant in close proximity.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Elephant

    African safari tours; Elephant

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours are never complete if you do not see the great African Elephant and we had now seen 3 together and a few more in the distance earlier in the safari.

    The Rhinos were in the riverbed and a territorial male Rhino had found spot of water to lay in to cool off and a mother Rhino and her calves approached him looking to rest in the same area! Wow, what a great sighting on our African safari tour.

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Rhinos

    African safari tours; Rhinos

     

     

     

     

     

    We then decided to take our safari over the Umfolozi river heading as far south as we could to try and find Lion. It would not be an easy task but as I always say life if all about timing and boy did we have some amazing timing.

    We arrived 45 minutes later at the most Southern part of the Umfolozi game reserve which overlooks a section of the river and a lovely rock face and to our surprise there was a huge male Lion hunting!

    He was in the middle of the river bed and approaching an Nyala male which was feeding on the river bank. The Lion went into hunt mode and go as close as he could before attempting a final dash to try and catch the Nyala. The Lions hunt came to and end and he was unsuccessful which happens 9 out of 10 times anyway!

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Lion hunting

    African safari tours; Lion hunting

     

     

     

     

     

    It was all about timing and being at the right place at the right time to see this once in a lifetime experience and close miss by the Lion hunting the Nyala Antelope. This is unusual behavior but when it is dry Lions can use the element of Surprise as Antelope do not expect to be hunted in the day time by a Lion as Lions are nocturnal mostly.

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Lion hunting – Lion hunting an Nyala on our African safari tours

     

     

     

     

     

    I was so happy that I though to turn on the cameras video mode so I could share this awesome video of the Lion hunting with you. What a special experience on our Wilderness safari from Durban while my clients were in South Africa on Holidays.

    We watched the Lion lay down in the middle of the riverbed and we then spotted a couple of Lioness under some Acacia trees resting from the heat of the day. They probably though the Lion was stupid to expend energy on food during the heat of the day but the element of surprise can sometimes work!

     

    It was time to make our way back for some lunch and on route we spotted Buffalo on a couple of occasions!

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Buffalo

    African safari tours; Buffalo

     

     

     

     

     

    We had been so lucky on this African safari tour that we really couldn’t expect anymore than we had already seen but yet the animals kept appearing. A male Rhino resting in the shade was next on our safari!

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Rhino resting

    African safari tours; Rhino resting

     

     

     

     

     

    Our wilderness safari now continued on toward the lunch stop and when we arrived we all tucked into some good food with some great conversation about the day and about the area where my clients were from.

    A spot of craft shopping was on the cards and then our African safari tour would continue slowly back to the gate so we could exit. It had been a late lunch and it was already 3pm when we spotted some Baboons on and next to the road near the gate!

     

     

     

     

     

    African safari tours; Baboons

    African safari tours; Baboons

     

     

     

     

    To be very honest with you I do not see how our African safari tour could have been any better in the amazing wilderness that we have in Africa!

    We departed and made our way back to Durban arriving at 6pm very happy with how well our Durban day safari had gone and with so many memories of this special African safari tour.

     

    Join Tim Brown Tours on African safaris during your South Africa holidays and have the opportunity to experience Hluhluwe game reserve, Big 5 and malaria free safari as well as being only 2.5 hours from Durban. It is a must to add to you list of places to visit near Durban in South Africa!

  • 25th October 2015

    South Africa holidays – Kruger park vs Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

     

     

    South Africa has a wide range of wilderness safaris to choose from and it always boils down to what South African holiday or South African safari tours are best advertised!

    I hope that this post will be able to clear up some of the many questions potential travelers to South Africa have when looking at wilderness safaris or African tours.

    If you join us on your South African holiday you can expect an amazing experience from culture, culture to historical.

     

     

     

     

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    It is clear that most people around the world when you say South Africa they think of a Safari! Who wouldn’t but along with that comes the next thought, Kruger national park. Kruger Park is the first Wilderness safari which comes to mind and most of the time as it is so well advertised travelers will not look any further.

    What does a traveler do if they have limited time and are not travelling to Johannesburg?

    We have to consider that even Johannesburg is 4 – 5 hours away from the famous or well advertised Kruger park.

    There are so many options when considering a South Africa holiday or South Africa tours. There are African budget safaris, Luxury safaris and middle range safaris which in my opinion are better value for your Doller/Euro or Pound!

     

    Everybody has a budget and it is not always possible to splurge on an expensive African safari but if you are to travel all this way you do want to experience a Wilderness safari be it in Kruger national park or Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    Facts about Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve:

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve is the oldest protected area/National park in Africa established in 1895 and is home to the Big 5, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant. This is not all as Hluhluwe Imfolozi also has, Giraffe, Zebra, Cheetah, African Wild dog, Hippo and Hyena!

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve is split into two sections the Hluhluwe game reserve in the North and the Umfolozi game reserve in the south. Both of these are linked and have no fences between them but are fenced off from the local communities giving the reserve more protection and the people.

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve is 96 000 hectares in size and is ideally situated 2.5 hours from Durban a coastal city on the eastern tip of Africa.

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi is Malaria free which is a big plus factors so you do not need to take any anti-Malarial medication!

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve was home to “Operation Rhino” in the 1950’s which brought back the White Rhino from extinction, during these years the Kruger national park had no Rhinos left due to poaching and hunting.

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve now has the highest density of White Rhino in the world and they are protected by an Anti-poaching team which are able if they come across poachers to shoot them with out asking questions. The same applies in Kruger national park.

    The Rhino is part of our heritage and scientists believe by 2030 there will be no Rhinos left in the World.

    In South Africa alone in 2014 – 1215 Rhino were killed for there horns, in 2013 – 1004 Rhino and in 2012 – 868 Rhinos. You can see the trend is increasing and this the Rhinos we know about or have found!

    This is even more of a reason to get to South Africa for a holiday and Hluhluwe game reserve for either a African budget safari or African safari tour before it is to late.

    If you compare the two pictures I have take I am sure you would agree that the living Rhino looks much better! These was taken on the same day the 29th of September 2015 to show you the reality of this situation we are in!

     

     

    Rhino comparison; The reality

    Rhino comparison; The reality

     

     

     

     

    This was a video I took of what you can experience if you visit Hluhluwe game reserve with Tim Brown Tours. It was a cute baby Rhino laying down on the road in front of us twice!

     

     

    Video: Hluhluwe game reserve; Rhino calf rests on road in front of us

     

     
    It is clear to see that Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve as an African safari tour destination in its own right has so much to offer!

     

     

    Facts about Kruger national park

     

     

    Kruger national park is the second oldest protected area/National park in South Africa established in 1898 and is home to the Big 5, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant. Kruger park also has Giraffe, Zebra, Cheetah, African Wild dog, Hippo and Hyena. This makes it on par with Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

    Kruger park is very commercial and is so busy due to its good marketing that the park has had to put a limit to the number of vehicles entering each gate. This means you could go there and be turned away!

    Kruger park is however 1000 000 hectares in size which means if a sighting is called in you probably will not be able to get there as it could be just to far away. It is not ideally situated at 9 hours from Durban or 4-5 hours from Johannesburg.   It also boarders with Mozambique on the east and Zimbabwe in the north making it at higher risk from poachers coming in from the poorer countries to kill Rhinos.

    Kruger park is not Malaria free which means you will have to take anti-Malarial medication!

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve supplied Kruger national park with Rhinos as they had non left due to poaching and hunting in the 1950’s.

     

    Now having compared Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve to Kruger national park it is hard to believed why so many people choose Kruger park for a wilderness safari instead of making their holidays in South Africa for an African safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi???

     

    Any African safari tour is better than non but having the pro’s and con’s shown to you I am sure you will be visiting Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve instead of Kruger national park for your African safari.

    If the above was not enough to change your perspective see what our clients have said about us on TripAdvisor!

     

     

     

    If that didn’t do it try this Video review about South Africa holidays with Tim Brown Tours on African safari tour.

     

     

    Review video of Tim Brown Tours – Durban Safaris and Durban Tours: