Durban Safari Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 15th March 2018

    During this time in South Africa of great political instability it has been made clear that land expropriation without compensation will be officially a part of our constitution.

    This now leaves us with the total confusion (in my eyes) as to who actually the land should be given back to.

    As a white South African, with my parents having been requested to move to South Africa in the 1970’s to help with Civil Engineering training of our people to create employment, where do I stand?

    Will it boil down to the simple fact that my skin is “white” that will determine if my land(that was paid for by my hard work) will be taken and will I be told to go back to where I came from? (Where did I come from?) Being born in South Africa and living almost my entire life here I feel South African.(I have no ties with Europe)

  • 19th February 2018

    Kruger National Park is often the first thing that comes to mind, yes? As a Durban based Tour Operator, I often think about why the Kruger national Park would be my first choice. What other option do You have …?

    Well – Durban is home to the “oldest “game reserve (protected) Safari Park in Africa so say with us for some “nuggets of gold”

  • 7th October 2017

    Needing a hollow in a tree usually preferred to be 3 meters off the ground for protection. Looking at the size of the Southern Ground Hornbill you can see how near impossible this nesting habit can be.

  • 2nd September 2017

    This past weekend we were privileged to be invited by South African Tourism and Sho’tleft to promote Tim Brown Tours at the Holiday Expo 2017 at Montecasino. We would be representing KwaZulu-Natal as their preferred Tour operator.

  • 4th September 2016

    We have had some great success on our recent African safaris from Durban over the past couple of months.

  • 27th May 2016

    Our Durban safari tour began in the city where I collected my clients and we made our way towards the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve my favorite protected area in Africa.

  • 6th April 2016

    Durban safari tour

     

     

    Join Tim Brown Tours on a Durban safari tour to the Hluhluwe game reserve where nature comes alive and dreams are made! Try us for your African safari experience.

     

    After collecting my clients from their hotel in Durban we headed off to the world famous Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve where we would begin our safari.

     

    We are blessed with good weather in Durban and it only get warmer on route to Hluhluwe game reserve. It was here that we entered and began our safari looking for as many of the Big 5 as possible.

     

    We did really well. As we entered the gate we found Wildebeest and Zebra close to the road and further along Buffalo and Rhino. It was a great start!

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Buffalo

    Durban safari tour; Buffalo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This Buffalo cow next to the road was looking very ominous but we enjoyed the pose she struck and the Red Billed Ox Peckers on her back made the picture that much better.

     

    We did spot Lion but it was one of the worst sighting I have every had as it was one Lion under thick bush a flat as a pancake!

    I didn’t even both with a picture.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Zebra

     

    Durban safari tour; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We later spotted these Zebra relaxing next to the road and now it was time to find Giraffe in the Umfolozi section of the game reserve but before we got there we spotted a lovely old male Giraffe in Hluhluwe.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Giraffe

    Durban safari tour; Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This lovely Giraffe walked across the road in front of us and we got a great photo of him. It was time to get some lunch but before we could we spotted more Rhino and this fella was posing!

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Resting Rhino

    Durban safari tour; Resting Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What a great day in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve it was turning out to be! We had now seen 3 of the Big 5 and only needed Elephant to make it 4 of the Big 5.

    Lunch was fast and in 30 minutes we were back on the road. I bumped into my colleague who confirmed there were Elephants down by the river so we sped off not before seeing a very rare bird a Secretary bird.(I could probably use one of those in my office!)

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Secretary bird

    Durban safari tour; Secretary bird

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We got down to the river and spotted some Elephants and the a funny thing happened a large herd of Elephant came down and the couple of Elephants the were there alone just followed the herd which looked really odd!

     

    We then tried to spot some Elephant closer and had two more great sighting of Elephant close up better each time! what a great safari from Durban.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Elephants

    Durban safari tour; Elephants

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video : Elephants close up


     

    We watched these Elephants feed for a while as it was very interesting how they used their feet and trunk before some Rhinos decided to join the show! It was great as we could get a lovely photo with two of the Big 5 in one picture!

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Elephant and Rhino

    Durban safari tour; Elephant and Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As all things do they come to an end and we needed to head back to Durban after what had turned out to be an excellent day safari. We only missed a good look at Lion which is never expected on a day tour anyway as these cats are nocturnal so we were all very happy.

     

    We arrived back in Durban 3 hours later tired but happy. I said goodbye and headed home happy with the way they day went!

  • 25th March 2016

    Tala half day tour

     

     

    Our Tala half day tour from Durban began in the city of Umhlanga. Once we heading off we got chatting about the history of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa before we arrived at Tala game reserve.

    The history is the build up to a great Durban tour and it is always interesting to answer questions on my beautiful country considering how much has happened here and what we have managed to come through.

    Once we arrived at Tala game reserve for our half day tour we got into 4×4 and off we went through the reserve looking for animals. Fortunately the one animal the clients really wanted to see as they hadn’t seen it the day before on another tour was the Giraffe and we spotted it in the distance.

    I made our way around to the Giraffe first but before we could get there Tala threw up some get other sightings like; Ostrich and Hippos.

     

     

     

     

    Tala half day tour; Hippo

    Tala half day tour; Hippo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We got round to the Giraffe and there were 6 of them enjoying the succulent leaves of the Acacia trees. We really spent some good time with them till we could get the best photo before moving on with our Durban safari.

     

     

     

     

     

    Tala half day tour; Giraffe

    Tala half day tour; Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was time to look for the Rhino now which is never really that hard at Tala game reserve as they have a very high density of animals and of course male Rhinos are territorial. The first pair we found we hard to photograph but we got a great shot in the end.

     

     

     

     

    Tala half day tour; Rhino

    Tala half day tour; Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our Durban safari continued through Tala game reserve and we found lots of Zebra, Impala, Blessbok and Rhino together at a watering hole. This made for a great photo.

     

     

     

     

    Tala half day tour; 3 in 1

    Tala half day tour; 3 in 1

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was also time to have a rest break and a look through the craft market which we did and my client were able to find gifts and items for their home decor.

    We got back out on our Durban safari and Tala produced more lovely sighting of Impala and Zebra.

     

     

     

     

     

    Tala half day tour; Impala lamb suckling

    Tala half day tour; Impala lamb suckling

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Impala lamb suckling was a great sighting and then the Zebra really posed so nicely for us on a ridge near the dam.

     

     

     

     

     

    Tala half day tour; Zebra

    Tala half day tour; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time to make our way back to Umhlanga to return my clients after a lovely half day tour from Durban which was well worth the trip. We all had a great time and I am sure the clients enjoyed everything the tour offered.

    Durban safaris are the best was to see nature close up and can be done in a half day.

  • 9th March 2016

    Hluhluwe day safari

     

    We began our Hluhluwe day safari bright and early as you would when going on an African safari tour! It was a lovely day as it had rained the night before so it was a little cooler today so we could enjoy the safari away from the extreme summer heat!

     

    On route to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve I covered some of the interesting history of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa as well as the population groups and how they came to be here. It also ended up with some politics which you really should never discuss with your clients but if they are happy with hearing your opinion then it is fine.

     

    Our arrival at Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve for our safari was great for us all as I have personally been away from actual tours for 3 weeks and was fresh and really looking forward to finding animals. I also took our new 4×4 vehicle up to test the capabilities and it was very comfortable and ideal for a safari.

     

    Our first sighting was actually Zebra just on the other side of the gate at a mud wallow. We then entered and found Warthogs as well waiting for us!

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban big 5 day safari; Warthogs

    Durban big 5 day safari; Warthogs

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was not long and we found Rhino up on a hill making their way down we watch for a while but I knew we would have a better sighting else ware so we moved on.

    We went over the lovely rolling hills of Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and found some Rhino close enough for a great photo.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban big 5 day safari; Rhino

    Durban big 5 day safari; Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After chatting about the plight of these amazing creatures we continued on and found some Nyala and more Zebra on the hills. It was not long before we spotted Giraffe in the distance. I told my clients not to worry we will get round to them and that was a stupid thing to say as the next road junction was closed due to road works so I had to take the long way round to get to the Giraffe.

     

    We stopped at a view point of what is supposed to be the Hluhluwe river, well it was totally dry and had no animals. You know when you look at a documentary of a desert and you see bones, that is exactly what we saw!

    Finally we got some Buffalo nice and close.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban big 5 day safari; Herd of Buffalo

     

    Durban big 5 day safari; Herd of Buffalo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The baboons we saw on our Durban safari tour were not really playing ball but we did find one that looked like it was lighting a cigarette! LOL

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban big 5 day safari; Baboon lights a cigarette

    Durban big 5 day safari; Baboon lights a cigarette

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We finally made it round to the Giraffe and thank God they were still in the same area as it had been an hour detour! Our Durban safari became very exciting very quickly at this point!

    This one Giraffe was chewing a bone and had all these Red Bill Oxpeckers on her feeding on the ticks.

    This is very common behavior to get calcium into their diet but is not always seems or understood. I love nature!

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban big 5 day safari; Giraffe chewing a bone

    Durban big 5 day safari; Giraffe chewing a bone

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then hit a stroke of good fortune as I watch a Giraffe staring into the bushes and I looked to see what she was looking at. It was an Elephant hidden and feeding in a thicket on the other side of the dry river bed. We waited and waited and eventually he came out into the open and this made our Durban safari very much worth it as we had now seen 3 of the Big 5 already!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban big 5 day safari; Elephant

    Durban big 5 day safari; Elephant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued our safari and made our way up to Hilltop camp for some lunch but before we could get there my clients did well to spot a Zebra which was rubbing himself on a dead branch. We stopped to watch this interesting act.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban big 5 day safari; Zebra has a scratch

    Durban big 5 day safari; Zebra has a scratch

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lunch was great and we continued on with not much time to go and as it was the afternoon we battled for any new animals. We did find Hippo before lunch which I forgot about but there after it was some Impala, Nyala and some of the other animals we had seen already.

     

    It still had been a great Durban big 5 day safari tour and we were all pretty happy with the day as we departed arriving after 7pm at the Oysterbox hotel and then 07:40 in Kloof before I headed home.

     

    An African safari is a must and if you are in Durban why go to Kruger park which is 10 hours away when you can have the same wonderful safari experience 2.5 hour outside of our lovely city!

  • 11th February 2016

    Durban Tours

     

     

    It was a warm morning in Durban for our Durban tour to Tala game reserve and the Valley of 1000 Hills for a Zulu cultural village visit.

    My clients were aboard the Sun Princess and we began once they disembarked with a briefing on what was to be expected for the day.

    As we made our way west of Durban city I began with the tour from Durban covering some of the interesting history of the area around the City and then the suburbs of Durban.

    We took the scenic route into the Valley of 1000 hills and then arrived at Phezulu safari park for the Zulu cultural village tour where we would meet the Sangoma and enjoy some Traditional Zulu dancing.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Zulu Sangoma

    Durban tour; Zulu Sangoma

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We tried to stay clear of the ship groups as best we could so after the dancing I gathered my small group and entered into one of the Zulu huts and told my clients about this amazing group of people and how they traditionally lived.

    The actual Zulu dancing was great but with the ship having brought so many clients my position had a lot of glare and was not great for photos but here is one anyway.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Zulu dancing

    Durban tour; Zulu dancing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The views in the valley of 1000 Hills are amazing and it is this valley which the Zulus have a great history with King Shaka in chasing the Debe people into the hills!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Valley of 1000 hills

    Durban tour; Valley of 1000 hills

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time for a spot of craft shopping before we headed to Tala game reserve. Once at Tala a 3000 hectare game reserve we spotted lots of animals.

    We spotted Zebra and Kudu first up as well as Blessbok.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Zebra

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These Zebras posed really nicely for us all in a row and the next dazzle of Zebra also posed by resting there heads on each others backs.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Zebra heads

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Zebra heads

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was not long before we got Wildebeest and Ostrich as well and then the one we all wanted to see the Rhino! We had a great sighting of these amazing creatures which are now so highly protected due to poaching.

    Our Durban tour was really taking shape!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Rhino

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Once we left the Rhino we made our way to try find some Giraffe but before we could get there we spotted the Eland antelope which is the Bushmans Totem animal. You will have to take a Durban tour to be told more about this by me and my team!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Eland

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Eland

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now an unexpected animals which we saw in fact 3 of them! We spotted 3 Blue Cranes which are South Africas national bird, then a Secretary bird and a female Impala with horns which is a genetic abnormality.

     

    We really hit the jackpot and then decided to head to the lodge for a rest and the craft shop.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Blue Cranes

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Blue Cranes

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    With this stop planned we decided to change it as we saw a big bus of people about to do the same so we went and found the Giraffe and then visited the dam where we spotted the heads of the Hippos. It was a great Durban tour.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Giraffe

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We stopped then at the shop before we headed back to the Sun Princess in Durban harbour. On our way back we chatted more about South Africa and how wonderful the country was as well of speaking of some of the challenges we are still facing a the rainbow nation.

    It had been a great Durban tour and my clients we all very happy.

     

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