Durban Safari Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 2nd September 2017

    Tim Brown Tours – Holiday Expo 2017 – Montecasino

     

    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.

    The whole weekend was a great success and we were all grateful for the exposure and support we were given by the hosts and organizers of this great event!

     

     

    Tim Brown Tours – Holiday Expo 2017 – Montecasino – Our stand.

     

    Tim Brown Tours – Holiday Expo 2017 – Montecasino – Our banner.

     

    The weekend was set aside for the best of the best, hand selected to promote our beautiful country. Our job was to off what we have to offer, not only to international clients but to locals encouraging travel within South Africa.

    Tim Brown Tours was blessed to be one of those selected companies to be involved at this exciting event!

     

    Tim Brown – Promoting at the Holiday Expo 2017 – Montecasino.

     

     

    Montecasino hosted the event and during the promoting of what we offer they ran a number of competitions for the public to win holidays, trips and gifts sponsored by the promoters.

     

     

    Tim Brown Tours at Montecasino, the view from the 5th floor of my hotel.

     

     

    The event ran well into the night on the Saturday and we closed our stands at 8 o’clock after a 10 o’clock start. The view from the 5th floor of my hotel was amazing looking down over the event structures.

     

     

    Tim Brown Tours – Holiday Expo 2017 – Montecasino group photo.

     

     

    Tim Brown Tours was very grateful to be a part of this incredible promotional event for local travel trade on Sho’tleft and the free exposure at the Holiday Expo 2017. All of this added up to some great leads and new opportunities!

    Many thanks to South African Tourism, Sho’tleft and all those behind the scenes that made this event a success for us all!

  • 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.

     

  • 16th January 2016

    Durban safari tours

     

     

     

    Our Big 5 Durban safari tour began in Durban and we headed to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve stopping at a Cheetah sanctuary to interact with some Endangered big cats.

     

    Once we finished up we entered into Hluhluwe game reserve and made our way slowly to Hilltop camp, on route spotting some Zebra fighting.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Zebra

    Durban safari tours; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was not long into our Durban safari tour that we spotted some Giraffe and behind the Giraffe was a Rhino. It was a great start to our tour and we continued on to Hilltop camp for a late lunch.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Giraffe

    Durban safari tours; Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After lunch we got settled in our rooms and then went back out in the hope of finding Lions in the evening on our Durban safari tour. It was not to be but we did find some Elephants shortly after lunch.

    This was great as it was close to top of the list to see and with being patient we got then to cross the road in front of us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Elephants

    Durban safari tours; Elephants

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we winding our way on some dirt road to the Hluhluwe river we managed to spot some Rhino next to the road sleeping. They looked so cute! Our Safari from Durban was really hotting up.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Rhino

    Durban safari tours; Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were lucky enough to find more Rhino on the road and Buffalo at dusk before we needed to get to Hilltop camp for some Dinner and of course a rest.

     

     

    Dinner was lovely and so was a good nights rest, we would be up early and departed at 5am the next day to continue our Durban safari tour.

     

     

     

     

     

    Day 2: Durban safari tours

     

     

    With a 5 am start we were already tired but it was a day full of expectation and after one and a half hours of no cats I was feeling the heat!

    We had still great sightings at first of Elephant on the road, Rhino, Buffalo and much more.

    Our first major sighting was actually a Black Rhino which is hugely endangered and this was awesome to see!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Black Rhino

    Durban safari tours; Black Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Further into our Durban safari tour in Hluhluwe game reserve we spotted a lovely herd of Buffalo on the road.

    The one male gave us the stare of the tax man!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Buffalo

    Durban safari tours; Buffalo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We made our way into the Umfolozi section of the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and after a toilet stop we continued our Durban safari tour. We checked the best areas for Lions without much luck but still kept seeing other great animals like these Rhinos on the edge of the cliff.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Rhino

    Durban safari tours; Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I was not beginning to feel the heat and even though I know nature is uncontrollable I like to think that if I work hard I will be able to find cats for my clients.

     

    Thankfully less than a kilometer away we found our Lions resting 100 meters from the road but after a couple minutes they got up and moved into the thickets. I was just so grateful we had seen them!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Lions

    Durban safari tours; Lions

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We headed back up to Hilltop camp feeling pretty happy with what we had seen in the 3.5 hours of Safari in Hluhluwe and Imfolozi game reserves.

    Coffee and food was calling so when we got back to camp it was great to have the food and Coffee all prepared and a ready for us!

     

    After brunch we took a rest until after lunch when we went back out again to see what we could find.

     

    Sadly two of the family we unable to make the afternoon game drive so the 3 of us headed out and spotted some Zebra on the road.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Zebra

    Durban safari tours; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued our Durban safari tour we could not believe our luck as we spotted another Black Rhino in the distance on a hill this was some sort of record! Two different sightings of Black Rhino in one day!

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Black Rhino in afternoon

    Durban safari tours; Black Rhino in afternoon

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued with our safari in Hluhluwe game reserve and headed to the Hluhluwe river, it was here we located a mother Buffalo with a new born baby in the mud. The baby did stand up and sat back down so we hoped she would get up with the new mother and move away at some point.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Buffalo in the mud

    Durban safari tours; Buffalo in the mud

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We needed to get back to camp as my client were taking the open vehicle game drive and we also needed to check on the other two. Sadly they were still not feeling to great so they skipped the drive but the lads headed out.

     

    I got some time to write this post and then headed through to meet the ladies for dinner and later the men would join us.

     

    It had been another amazing day in Africa on safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

     

     

     

    Day 3: Durban safari tours

     

     

     

    Our day began at 5am and we headed out with 4 of the big 5 already under our belt and just the elusive Leopard to find which I always assume we will not as it is a glimpse every 5 months or so…

    We decided to go back to when I knew the Lions had last been seen to check again and then we would head to the Hluhluwe river to see if they finally moved around to there.

    It turned out to be a great idea! When we arrived at the Hluhluwe river we found both Black and White Rhino together 50 meters apart in the riverbed! This was a rare sight so I had to post the picture. It was a few seconds and the Black Rhino ran away into the thickets.

    For the record our Buffalo new born and mother had moved off and got out of the mud!

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; White and Black Rhino in same picture

    Durban safari tours; White and Black Rhino in same picture

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We checked the next view point and finally located our Lions and it was the whole pride. As they were down in the riverbed and all 7 Lions were there and we were at a view sight on to of a hill we were able to get out for a better view.

    It was great as no other vehicles had yet driven by so we had then to ourselves and enjoyed a young male Lion playing with what looked like a Terrapin or Tortoise.

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Lion plays with a Tortoise/Terrapin

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our Durban safari tour had really become a great trip and we now had our second sighting of Lions and finally a big Male which everyone wants to see!

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Lions

    Durban safari tours; Lions

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We left our Lions and made our way for a toilet stop before finding what the kids had wanted to see, a Mongoose. We managed to see 3 Slender Mongooses on this day and the best was our second sighting.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Slender Mongoose

    Durban safari tours; Slender Mongoose

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time to take our Durban safari tour elsewhere to the Isimangaliso wetland park or commonly known as St Lucia estuary for a 2 hour Hippo and Crocodile viewing boat tour.

    We stopped at Hilltop camp to get breakfast, pack and check out before going.

     

    It was an hours drive from the Nyalazi gate and we were back to the boring cows and goats of the area!

     

    Once our tour got to St Lucia estuary we boarded the Santa Lucia and we enjoyed a great cruise!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Crocodile

    Durban safari tours; Crocodile

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Further us stream we finally got to some big pods of Hippos and had great sightings even on in the reeds feeding. Most of the Hippos as they do in the day time were spending the day in the estuary keeping cool in the water.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tours; Hippo

    Durban safari tours; Hippo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this great part of our Durban safari tour we headed into St Lucia town and made our way for some lunch. After this we made our way back to King Shaka international airport as my clients had a flight to catch to Port Elizabeth.

     

    It had been a great 3 days with some amazing sightings, highlights being: Elephants close, Black Rhino 3 times, Lions twice and really everything that makes a safari a safari!

     

  • 11th January 2016

    South African safari to Hluhluwe game reserve.

     

     

    Our South African safari to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve began in Durban. After collecting my clients we headed into Zululand and our safari began with a visit to a Cat rehabilitation center.

     

    After some amazing interaction with four endangered species of cat we departed for Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve where we would try to find as many of the Big 5 animals as we could. We were very luck and the first animal we saw close was 2 Lions about 25 meters off the road.

    My photos for them did not come out well but it was no problem as a couple kilometers away we found a Lioness resting!

     

     

     

     

     

    South African safari; Lioness

    South African safari; Lioness

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were shocked with our luck and on route to Hilltop camp where we would be staying we spotted Rhino, Buffalo and a few other species!

    We then settled in at Hilltop camp for some lunch and then checked in before heading back out with already two Lion sightings under our belt. It wasn’t long and we had found four of the Big 5! Elephants were feeding off in the distance but we didn’t worry to much about this as I knew we would see them closer.

    It wasn’t long and our South African safari turned good again and we found Rhino close to the road and one sleeping behind a Marula tree!

     

     

     

     

    South African safari; Rhino sleeping

    South African safari; Rhino sleeping

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was getting darker with all the cloud cover but we did spot Buffalo which didn’t come out in the camera very well but the best was yet to come as at dusk we spotted a Lioness and had her all to ourselves for 25 minutes!

    She fetched a carcass of a baby Buffalo and walked across the road in front of us with it and then lay down 5 meters off the road with it and fed! This was an amazing end to the day and I have videos to show you how awesome this part of our Safari from Durban was!

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hluhluwe game reserve; Lioness carries Buffalo calf across road in front of us 


    This was an amazing part of our South African safari and we then filmed her feeding next to us which was just incredible!

     

     

     

    Video: Durban safari tours; Lioness eats a Buffalo calf 


     

    At this point we were going to be late and we had accepted that we may have to pay a fine but it would be worth it due to the amazing sighting. We tried to get back to Hilltop camp as quick as we could but another Lioness further up the road almost on the road halted our progress!

     

     

     

     

    South African safari; Lioness at night

    South African safari; Lioness at night

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    She was so beautiful we had to take a photo of two. we arrived 15 minutes late and were let in with not reprimand but the risk is to high to break rules. It in this case was purely not our fault.

    We arrived at Hilltop camp buzzing and settled in for dinner. I knew I would not sleep after all the excitement but at some point during uploading of these videos I feel off to sleep.

     

    The second day would begin at 5am.

     

     

     

    Day 2: South African safari

     

     

     

    We had another amazing start we found some Elephants in the distance and then some Rhino. The photos were no good and as we continued we had an amazing sighting finding African Wild dogs which is the most endangered carnivore in Africa! I was so stoked! Wow! South African safaris in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve can be amazing.

     

     

     

     

     

    South African safari; African wild dogs

    South African safari; African wild dogs

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: South Africa safari; African Wild dogs on the hunt


     

    As we continued we found a Leopard tortoise on the road so I had to move it as we always find people not driving properly and hitting them.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    South African safari; Leopard Tortoise

    South African safari; Leopard Tortoise

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued our South African safari we came across a journey of Giraffe and a Dazzle of Zebra. We also had then together on the road drinking from the small puddles of water from the rain in the night.

     

     

     

     

     

    South African safari; Giraffe and Zebra

    South African safari; Giraffe and Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Durban Safaris; Zebra kicks gravel to get nutrients from soil 


     

     

    It was time to get to a rest room break so we headed for the Nyalazi gate. After a short stop we began to make our way back to Hilltop camp and found Rhino closer to the road.

     

     

     

     

    South African safari; Rhino

    South African safari; Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Things we hotting up again on our South African safari and we found some Elephants next to the road which was amazing. The one male came onto the road for us.

     

     

     

     

    South African safari; Elephant

    South African safari; Elephant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I had been waiting for the perfect moment to take a good picture of Buffalo and it wasn’t long till we got that too!

     

     

     

     

     

    South African safari; Buffalo

    South African safari; Buffalo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The rain seemed to have softened the animals hearts and they were showing themselves except for that pesky Leopard which I wasn’t expecting anyway. We still had time so we would see what happened.

    We returned to Hilltop camp and had some Brunch before a rest. We would meet again at 15:45 for another attempt at more amazing animals.

     

     

    At 16:00 we departed and as usual the African bush was slightly quiet before the later afternoon and evening. We managed to spot Elephant in the distance and had close ups of Rhino and Buffalo.

    The rain began to fall and we spotted Baboon all curled up in each others arms trying to stay away from the rain.

     

     

     

     

    South African safari; Baboons in the rain

     

    South African safari; Baboons in the rain

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It wasn’t long before we had an awesome sighting on our South African safari of Rhino where their was 3 mothers and 3 calves which joined force to play and mud wallow, it was almost like a play group.

     

     

     

     

    Video: Rhinos in Africa play with one another


     

     

     

     

    We were hoping that on our way back we would be able to find some Lions as we had done so well the day before but as nature had it, it can also take it and we did not find Lions!

    We did however come across one of my favourite Rhinos which has an abnormal horn which bends the opposite direction to usual.

     

     

     

     

    South African safari; Rhino with wonky horn

    South African safari; Rhino with wonky horn

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was time to head back from our South African safari to Hilltop camp our based for the 3 days and have some dinner which well welcomed by us all.

    After a great meal we would meet at 7am the following day for luggage collection, breakfast and check out.

     

     

     

     

    Day 3: African safari from Durban

     

     

    Our African safari from Durban began at 7am and we enjoyed some breakfast and got the formalities out the way before heading out for 3 hours or so to see what else we could find before we departed Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve for St Lucia or Isimangaliso Wetland park, South Africas first world heritage site.

    It wasn’t long and we found Zebra and Giraffe near the road.

     

     

     

     

     

    South African safari; Giraffe

    South African safari; Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was a quiet drive around considering we had basically seen everything most animals we saw we already had better photos so we just enjoyed the ambiance of the South African safari.

     

    It was time to exit the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and we made our way to St Lucia or Isimangaliso Wetland park which was also established in 1895 and is home to 4 of the Big 5 but most importantly Hippos, Crocodiles and Bull Sharks.

     

    Upon arrival we visited a craft shop and then boarded the boat up the St Lucia estuary to view Hippos and Crocodiles.

     

     

     

     

     

    South African safari; Hippo

    South African safari; Hippo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We also got a great photo of a big Nile Crocodile with a Grey Heron and an African spoon bill.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    South African safari; Crocodile

    South African safari; Crocodile

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The St Lucia boat cruise on the estuary is amazing and we always see lots of Hippos and today we even got a Hippo out the water as it was a cooler day which we do not always get to enjoy.

     

     

     

    South African safari; Hippo out the water

    South African safari; Hippo out the water

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It had been an amazing 3 days of Safari from Durban in Zululand and we were all very happy. Each day had its big sightings like the 4 Lion sightings on day one, the Wild Dogs and Rhino playing on day two and the third day was the Hippos!

    We had some lunch in St Lucia before making our way back to Durban.

    Another amazing South African safari under the belt!

  • 30th December 2015

    Durban 3 day safari tours

     

     

     

    After collecting my clients who were returning to Africa from Monaco to visit family for the festive season we headed off to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve for their Durban 3 day safari tour.

    We chatted about the history of Durban and South African before arriving at Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and beginning our safari to see what animals we could find.

    The first day of our Durban safari tour turned out to be good as we began with lots on Impala and some Buffalo.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Buffalo stare

    Durban safari tour; Buffalo stare

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued our Durban safari tour we came across some Wildebeest as well and one mother has a new born with here which still had some of the umbilical cord attached.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; New born Wildebeest

    Durban safari tour; New born Wildebeest

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    At the same point there was some Zebra which were a little skittish and after a while we got them crossing the road in front of us like a real Zebra crossing! Our Durban safari tour was beginning to hot up!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Zebra among the Sickle bush

    Durban safari tour; Zebra among the Sickle bush

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then headed down to the Umfolozi river but before we got there we spotted a Elephant bull which had just finished a mud bath and then began to rub up against a tree. Within 10 minutes a Giraffe walked around the back of him and another bull Elephant came for a mud wallow.

    It was a great sighting for the first day of our Durban safari tour.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Elephant rests

    Durban safari tour; Elephant rests

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We went down to the Umfolozi river and found only a couple old Buffalo bulls so we headed back to Hilltop camp for some lunch.

    On route to Hilltop camp we spotted some Nyala and the male was testing the female to see if she was ready to be mated! She was not…

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Nyala

    Durban safari tour; Nyala

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We arrived at Hilltop camp and as it was Sunday buffet and fully booked we had to wait for our lunch but it was fine as we had some Buffalo outside the dining room.

    We checked in and had a short rest before heading back out!

     

     

     

    Only two of my five clients came out on the afternoon game drive with me which usually means we end up seeing something amazing and the other miss out…and we did!

     

    We began with a great sighting of a Rhino crossing the road in front of us.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Rhino crossing

    Durban safari tour; Rhino crossing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As our Durban safari tour continued we spotted another Elephant and this bull was making his way to the road as well so we let him cross in front of us and got a great shot with lovely lighting.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Elephant crossing

    Durban safari tour; Elephant crossing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued and as the sun began to go down on what had been a great Durban safari already we spotted some Lions stalking a Giraffe in the river bed.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Lion stalking Giraffe

    Durban safari tour; Lion stalking Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was a great sighting a little hard to see but it was still great. We managed to see another male Lion just resting and watching the Giraffe from another angle.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Lion

    Durban safari tour; Lion

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    While we were engrossed in the Lions we noticed a Rhino mother with a young calf also come down to drink, it was a lovely ending to what had been a great Durban day safari tour.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Rhino mother and calf

    Durban safari tour; Rhino mother and calf

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our Durban safari tour had started so well and after arriving back at Hilltop camp we went through for some dinner to tell our stories from the day. We also got to watch some Zulu dancing from the staff before we retired to bed.

     

     

     

     

    Day 2: Durban safari tours

     

     

     

     

    I met my clients just before 5am and we headed out to check on the area where the Lions had been stalking the Giraffe the evening before.

    As per usual when you are trying to get somewhere you always on these Durban safari tours find lots of animals so on route we spotted some Rhinos resting at a view site!

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Rhinos at view site

    Durban safari tour; Rhinos at view site

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued we thought we would be able to get to the area quickly but then we had Elephants on the road and they climbed up a bank. It was a great sighting as the one Elephant slipped on the bank and let out a great big trumpet with embarrassment.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Elephant slips on hill

    Durban safari tour; Elephant slips on hill

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We left our Elephants to rest and finally got to our area where the Lions were and discovered a dead Giraffe which meant the Lion were successful and took the Giraffe down during the night. We had a decent view on the safari tour so we managed to get some decent photos.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Lions killed Giraffe

    Durban safari tour; Lions killed Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Lions take down Giraffe in Hluhluwe game reserve


     

     

    We also got the one Lioness with muddy paws walking around a bit and at the same spot Elephant, Buffalo and Zebra came to drink with the Lions looking on.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Lioness walking

    Durban safari tour; Lioness walking

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We headed back to camp spotting a few animals along the way including a living Giraffe mother and baby.

    We settled into some breakfast and then headed to the Cat rehabilitation center where we got to interact with Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African Wild cat hands on. The are 4 endangered species of wild cat.

    It was then time to return back to Hilltop camp for lunch. On route we spotted a huge herd of Elephants, Giraffe, Zebra and Buffalo.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Zebra foal and mother

    Durban safari tour; Zebra foal and mother

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The next picture was amazing as we got this journey of Giraffe crossing the road in front of us and the one female began to groom herself and the stuck her tongue out at us as she was cleaning her nose!

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Giraffe with tongue out

    Durban safari tour; Giraffe with tongue out

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A Giraffe has a 45 centimeter long tongue for twisting around twigs to remove the leaves. This was a great sighting! It was now time for our Durban safari tour to head back to Hilltop camp for some lunch and we settled back into camp until 5 pm when we headed back out on safari to see what we could find.

     

    At 5 pm we ventured out and we located a young Buffalo carcass but it was a couple days old and had been left which in Hluhluwe Imfolozi is usually a sign of a Leopards kill. As it was also close to the main road that was the verdict and sadly we didn’t see it.

     

    We headed back to the Lions for another look which turned out to be a great look as they moved around a bit but also were now closer and in the open.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Lions in river bed

    Durban safari tour; Lions in river bed

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then raced back to Hilltop camp for some dinner and some rest before another early start the following day at 5am.

     

     

     

     

    Day 3: Durban safari tours

     

     

     

     

    On our third day of our Durban safari tour we left at the crack of dawn and although we were 3rd in line to head out onto the reserve we took a quicker route to be the second vehicle back with the Lions giving us the ideal spot to enjoy these amazing animals.

     

    We managed to watch the adult Lioness feeding on the Giraffe which was great.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Lion feeding on Giraffe

    Durban safari tour; Lion feeding on Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Durban safari tours; Lion feeding on Giraffe carcass

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we enjoyed this great sighting which is the sighting everyone want to see on a safari we managed to photograph a young male Lions yawning. This was amazing to see his teeth!

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Lion yawning

    Durban safari tour; Lion yawning

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was time to continue with our Durban safari tour and we made our way into another area we had yet to visit and it was here we found Black Rhino which for me is almost as good as finding a Leopard!

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Black Rhino

    Durban safari tour; Black Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had a great time waiting on this Black Rhino and her calf before we decided to move on to find more Giraffe and Zebra as well as some Elephants!

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Elephant

    Durban safari tour; Elephant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was not time to head back to Hilltop camp and have some breakfast before we would depart for St Lucia – Isimangaliso Wetland Park. We arrived at the St Lucia estuary and had a great time with the two hour boat cruise watching Hippos in the Estuary.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Hippo

    Durban safari tour; Hippo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We also had an amazing cloud formation which I had to take a picture of as it was just so beautiful.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; Cloud formations at St Lucia

    Durban safari tour; Cloud formations at St Lucia

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then made our way to the town of St Lucia and settled into some lunch before beginning our drive back to Durban. It had been an amazing 3 days of Safari tour and my client as well as myself were very happy with how it went.

    We got 4 of the Big 5 and this was just great!

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban safari tour; 4 of the Big 5

    Durban safari tour; 4 of the Big 5

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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