Big cat interaction Durban Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 1st September 2015

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari

     

     

    I met my clients for their Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari 2 days safari in Umhlanga(Durban) and we made our way to the world famous Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve. On route we would stop at the cat rehabilitation centre to interact with Cheetah hands on as well as a couple of other endangered wild cats.

     

    We had a great start as we chatted about the history of the area and then stopped for some coffee and a rest before we would arrive at our first destination for this 2 day Durban safari.

     

    The cat rehabilitation centre was amazing and my clients really enjoyed the interaction with the big and small cats.

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; two of my clients interacting with the Cheetah

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; two of my clients interacting with the Cheetah

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then departed the Cat rehabilitation center for Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 game reserve. It was hear our safari would really begin. It was a hot day at 30 degrees and a little humid. This added to the atmosphere and we had some amazing sightings in the first hour and a half before we got to the Hilltop camp for lunch.

     

    In this time we spotted 3 of the Big 5, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephants as well as other smaller species of animal.

     

    The Big 5 is what most people want to come and see so we were lucky with the start we had.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Warthogs

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Warthogs

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After enjoyed the Warthogs next to the road we quickly found Rhino in the distance as well as Impala.

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Rhino and Impala

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Rhino and Impala

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued a herd of Buffalo were in the distance and we watched then and a Rhino mother with calf.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Buffalo

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Buffalo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued we managed to find some Elephants in the thickets near the road and this with patients became a really good sighting.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Elephant

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Elephant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We departed to the lodge and settled in to some lunch before checking in and taking a 20 minute rest before heading back out on safari.

     

    It wasn’t long before we spotted some Rhino near to the road and we got a great few photos to add to the collection.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Rhino

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then had an amazing sighting of Baboons and a Bush buck as well as Rhino mother and calf. The Baboons always seem to intrigue humans and we watched them for some time before continuing our Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Baboon

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Baboon

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued we spotted Nyala, Rhino, Wildebeest and Zebra in a short space of time it had been an amazing day!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Zebra

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was not time to get back to the lodge for the clients open vehicle game drive and it was here that I got some time to write this. I would meet my clients again at 8pm for dinner and as it was only a 2 day safari we planned to head out very early at 6 am the next day to see what we could find.

     

    After a good night sleep we met at 6am and began day 2 of our Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari.

     

     

     

    Day 2: Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari

     

     

    It was a 6am start and and we were all a little tired after a long day before but all very happy at the prospect of seeing more animals and experiencing another great day on safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

    Our first major sighting was of these amazing Giraffe on and next to the road. The big male was testing all the female urine to see if they were ready to be mated.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Giraffe

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Durban overnight safari; Giraffe tests female for mating readiness

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this amazing sighting and the first Giraffe we has seen we continued further south in the quest to find more Lions.

    We found some Leopard tracks and scat but no cat but it was fine and we continued spotting Zebra, Rhino and Nyala before finding a lovely herd of Elephant after the Umfolozi river crossing the road in front of us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Elephant baby

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Elephant baby

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on and had some lovely sightings of Rhino the best probably being this one of a mother and small calf. Wow, we had been having a great Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Rhino mother and calf

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Rhino mother and calf

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were running out of time now and the day was getting hot so we headed back to the Umfolozi river and were very lucky to spot four bull Elephants that went to have a drink at the river as well as a sand bath.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Elephants

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Elephants

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After another amazing sighting of Elephants we made our way towards the gate and it was now time to head off to St Lucia – Isimangaliso wetland park.

    We took a breather and then we were there at South Africa’s first world heritage site. It is one of the only places you can find Hippos, Crocodiles and Sharks in the same waters.

     

     

    We first had lunch and then we head to the St Lucia estuary for our 2 hour boat cruise.

     

    Our Cruise was awesome and we saw lots on Hippos and crocodile.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Hippos at St Lucia

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; Hippos at St Lucia

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had my best sighting of an African fish eagle that I actually captured on photo! I was really stoked.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; African Fish eagle in flight

     

    Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari; African Fish eagle in flight

     

     

     

     

     

    After an amazing 2 days of safari from Durban in the World famous Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and World heritage site of Isimangaliso wetland park – St Lucia we headed back to Durban.

     

    On route we stopped for some coffee and to stretch the legs before we covered our final questions and arrived back in Umhlanga near Durban.

     

    What a great 2 day Durban safari.

     

     

    If you would like to share in this experience please click on the link below to see the rates:

     

    Durban 2 day safari tour