Safari Durban Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 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!

     

  • 16th October 2015

    Hluhluwe game reserve safari 15th October 2015

     

     

    After having a few days off from being on the road I began another Hluhluwe game reserve safari for a couple from America who were out in South Africa for a holiday.

    An African safari is always the best way to see the best that Africa has to offer and Hluhluwe game reserve which is a Big 5 reserve is the best place to visit if you are in the Durban, KwaZulu Natal area.

    Hluhluwe game reserve is the oldest protected reserve in Africa and home to the Big 5, the 5 most dangerous animals to hunt on foot. The Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino. We are very fortunate to have the Hluhluwe game reserve on the door step of Durban.

    Hluhluwe game reserve is a mere 2.5 hours away from Durban city and as this blog post will show in one day on an African safari, is the best place to visit with Tim Brown Tours.

     

    We began this amazing day in Durban where I met my clients and on route to the Hluhluwe game reserve I covered the history of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa. As South Africa and particularly Durban is a melting pot of difference cultures their is so much to talk about before we even get to experience the Hluhluwe game reserve on our African safari.

     

    We arrived earlier than I expected at Hluhluwe game reserve and I had an idea where Lions could be from discussing with some guide friends the day before. We went straight there but the Lions were no where near where I had been told. I figured I would try another 5 km up the road to be sure and just as I was about to turn back we spotted them feeding on a Buffalo about 100 meter off the main highway which cuts through the middle of the Hluhluwe game reserve in the North and the Umfolozi game reserve in the South.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe game reserve; Lions on a kill

    Hluhluwe game reserve; Lions on a kill

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hluhluwe game reserve; Lions feeding on Buffalo


     

     

     

    It is a bit of a misconception that Vultures always circle when there is a kill. They circle and drop down waiting in the near by trees and on the group for the predators to finish. A lot of the time you can see vultures circling and you assume they have found a carcass. Most of the time it is just them catching the thermals after leaving there roosting spot and using the thermals to conserve energy circling upwards before heading off to find a carcass.

     

    These Lions had killed this Buffalo a couple day before and we got to see 5 Lions in total. There were two big males and 3 Lioness.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe game reserve; Lions feeding on a Buffalo

    Hluhluwe game reserve; Lions feeding on a Buffalo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hluhluwe game reserve: Lions on a Buffalo kill

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After spending almost 45 minutes with these Lions and watching them feed and move around we decided be better head into the gate of the Hluhluwe game reserve and investigate roads that we can only use by paying the entrance.

    What was so funny was that on this one stretch of road we had seen 3 of the Big 5, Buffalo, Lions and Elephant.

     

    We entered the Hluhluwe game reserve and had some luck as we spotted a dazzle of Zebra walking down the road towards us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe game reserve; Zebra walking down road

    Hluhluwe game reserve; Zebra walking down road

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had a great sighting of these Zebra and we made our way further north in Hluhluwe game reserve to and area where Lions had been seen. Sadly for us we were 10 minutes to late and the Lions had moved away with all the vehicle pressure so we only saw then far off. It was not all lost as I spotted some Giraffe and Rhino and then we spotted an Elephant. It really was turning out to be a great safari in Hluhluwe game reserve.

    As the pictures were not a good as we would get later in the day we continued on with our safari and headed back south out of the Hluhluwe game reserve in the Umfolozi game reserve. It was here we spotted Rhino and one was marking his territory.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe game reserve; Rhino marks his territory

    Hluhluwe game reserve; Rhino marks his territory

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The male Rhinos kick their dung and scatter it out in what we call a midden which is a regular spot within their territory that the use to mark out their boundaries. The scattering gets their scent into their feet as well and they can then walk putting more scent down as they go.

     

    We were trying to get ourselves down to the Umfolozi river but kept seeing things like Giraffe and Impala so it took longer than we expected.

    At one of the view points over the Umfolozi river we spotted Lions far down stream and nearer Buffalo and Rhino together laying in a small patch of water on the sand.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe game reserve; Buffalo and Rhino in the riverbed

    Hluhluwe game reserve; Buffalo and Rhino in the riverbed

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We enjoyed the fresh air and stretching of our legs before continuing on to the actual river crossing. As we were beginning the crossing of the bridge to check the river bed we all gasped as literally 15 meters from the bridge was two big bull Elephants which had dug a whole in the sand and were drinking the fresher water below.

     

    It was a great sighting as there was about 6 more Elephants further down stream as well. We mostly enjoyed the two nearest to us and spent a lot of time with them.

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe game reserve; Elephant in the riverbed

    Hluhluwe game reserve; Elephant in the riverbed

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now already 13:30 and we still had to get back to the luncheon stop but non of us were complaining as we had just seen so many amazing animals in Hluhluwe game reserve on our African safari.

     

    We left the Elephants and continued our African Safari and with another stoke of good fortune spotted a male Giraffe near the road. We waiting as I felt he would cross in front of us and we were lucky as he did!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hluhluwe game reserve; Giraffe crosses road

    Hluhluwe game reserve; Giraffe crosses road

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This was now the Cherry on the top on our day and having spend so much time seeing amazing sighting we would only now have time to get some lunch, look at the craft market and make out way back to the Lions we had originally seen to see what was happening.

     

    We had a great lunch and then re-visited the Lions. They had left the carcass to the Vultures and between the three of us we managed to eventually spot where they were resting under a tree very far away.

    I was lucky to have some great eyes in the car the things I missed my clients spotted which was great and made the day that much more fun and exciting.

     

    We departed for Durban and chatted about the amazing day and any other questions that my clients wishes to ask.

     

    Thank you to my clients for joining me on this African safari to Hluhluwe game reserve I hope you enjoyed the blog post just as much a I enjoyed seeing all those amazing animals with you.

  • 6th April 2015

    Durban day safari – Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve 4th April 2015

     

    We began our Durban day safari in Kloof where I collected one of my clients, then we moved on South of Durban for another two before our final pick up in Umhlanga near Gateway.

    Once I covered the basic itinerary and handed out snack packs and waters to the group we began the 2.5 hour journey(safari) to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve which is World famous for having the highest density of Rhino around. We were not disappointed at all!

    On route I covered some of the history of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and the History of the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve on of our national parks here is South Africa.

    Their is also a lot of interesting history behind the area as to how every different colour and creed came to be here in Durban as well as the early Zulu history which is one of my favourite topics!

    I always get concerned that so early in the morning I bombard my clients with history but it does pass the time and in my opinion very important to understand the area and its people as well as the struggles we face and have faced in the past.

    When we finally arrived at the game reserve we stopped for a rest and then headed into the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve to see what animals we could find.

    The first thing we saw was some Vervet monkeys in and around a Marula tree. The one monkey sat in the fork of the tree.

     

    Durban day safari, Vervet monkey in Marula tree

    Durban day safari, Vervet monkey in Marula tree

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this it was a matter of minutes and we found more animals actually Rhino but pretty far from the road so for a start this was great. We also spotted Nyala crossing the road in front of us and some Zebra with Wildebeest near to the road.

     

    Durban day safari, Zebra

    Durban day safari, Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After enjoying watching these Zebra for a while and after explaining a few interesting facts about them we continued on towards the Umfolozi river where I was hoping we would find some animals. As some of the mud wallows were beginning to dry up with the lack of rain the hope that animals would be drawn to the major rivers was higher.

    Before we could get there we saw a Bull Elephant in the distance which being our first Elephant for the day we stopped to chat about it before moving on to the river.

    Below is some of the pictures of the animals from the gate to the Elephant on our Durban day safari.

     

    Durban day safari, Rhino, Nyala and Elephant

    Durban day safari, Rhino, Nyala and Elephant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was time to check the river out and it was here we spotted 2 old Buffalo bulls resting in the water and chewing the cud. These creatures are one of the Big 5 and are rated as the most dangerous of them. You will have to take a Durban day safari with Tim Brown Tours to find out why!

     

    Durban day safari, Buffalo bulls and a Blacksmith Lapwing

    Durban day safari, Buffalo bulls and a Blacksmith Lapwing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Blacksmith Lapwing is the little bird you see on the right of the one Buffalos bum. It was also here at the river where we spotted a tiny Nile Crocodile he only looked a year or two old.

     

    Durban day safari, Nile Crocodile

    Durban day safari, Nile Crocodile

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Moving along from the Umfolozi river we headed South west and began to try and see if we could find other animals and perhaps closer to the road. As we went along we stopped for a quick restroom break and then saw loads of Impalas. There after we found a couple of Rhinos next to the road. Jokes aside about 3-5 meters from the vehicle and just grazing away, not a care in the world. Wow, we were lucky and our safari from Durban was really looking good.

    Again it was a matter on minutes and we spotted another Rhino and a Wildebeest.

     

    Durban day safari, Rhino standing and Rhino yawning

    Durban day safari, Rhino standing and Rhino yawning

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I had to put a compilation together as we had seen so many Rhinos on this day safari from Durban. The one Rhino in the picture above was laying down and then got up and had a big yawn! That was really cool!

     

    We continued on and finally came around a corner and there was an Elephant right next to the road feeding. I stopped and shouted “Elephant” and it always great at first as some client say where even though the Elephant is right in front of us. It was a great sighting and we watched him feeding before continuing on to a view site over the river.

     

    Durban day safari, Elephant

    Durban day safari, Elephant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We also spotted Baboons and the best part about this was that the clients were asking about the big red bum of the female and I was saying it is because some are in season and for some reason the males are attracted to this swollen red bum. Before I could finish the one big male jumped up on his hind legs and proved to us in broad daylight that he fancied the lady Baboon with the big red bum!

    It was short and sweet and left my client in stitches of laughter having just witnessed nature at its best.

     

    Durban day safari, Animal selection

    Durban day safari, Animal selection

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We finally got to the river section where we could get out and enjoy the view over the river, it was here we spotted a Black Rhino I was so stoked as they are so rare at about 200 left in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve. I quickly got a picture. The funniest thing was we stood next to a couple of South Africans and they had no idea that they were looking at a Black Rhino they were not sure and just thought well it must be the common White Rhino! This is a sure sign that even the locals need to come on a Durban day safari or Durban day tour to learn more about what is on our own doorstep.

     

    Durban day safari, Black Rhino and White Rhino in mud wallow

    Durban day safari, Black Rhino and White Rhino in mud wallow

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Black Rhino is the top picture notice the smaller size, rounded mouth, almost no ears (due to parasites), Injury from parasites on side of body (common in Black Rhino) and head fixed higher up! Why am I telling you all of this? You need to come on one of my Durban safaris and I will explain which we see these amazing animals.

     

    If you look at the previous picture you will see that there are Vultures sunning themselves in the top image these are White Backed Vultures and the sunning helps kill parasites on there feathers.

     

    Our Durban day safari had been so good up to this point especially when you look at what we had seen and now it was time to head back up to the Centenary center for lunch. It was on route that we had 3 other things on our minds, Giraffe, Elephant and Lions. Could we some home get more and better quality sightings??? I knew we should with the Elephant, but Giraffe had been a frustration 2 days prior on my other day safari from Durban as had the Lions. We lived in hope, and then we knocked one off the list with Giraffe up a hill which was great to see. My clients and I were happy. I don’t thing my clients really realise the pressure and stress I am under to try and provide for them as many animals as possible. It is the same feeling that a man has when he is under pressure to provide for his family!

     

    Durban day safari, Giraffe

    Durban day safari, Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lunch was amazing and I loved my Ostrich steak roll! My clients were kind enough to get me an Espresso Ice cream which must have had coffee in it as I was feeling alive again and ready to nail these animals that we wanted.

    We were in great luck and really blessed with the next sightings we had! I really was not expecting them at all.

     

    We found a Elephant bull near the road and he began to run his bum on a tree which was so cool to see then he walked over to another tree a Marula and ripped of a branch before breaking wind(farting). It was amazing! This was not the only Elephant we saw as we found another 6 or 8 of them it then went from a Rhino day to and Elephant day!

     

    Durban day safari, Elephants everywhere

    Durban day safari, Elephants everywhere

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day safari – Elephant rubs his bum on a tree Video

     

     

     

     

    Durban day safari – Elephant pulls a branch from tree then farts Video

     

     

     

    This was pure madness and we raced off to try and find some more Giraffe. I bumped into an old friend of mine and fellow guide who actually mentioned that Lions had been resting very far from the road in the same spot for 2 days. So with this new information I raced off to see if I could some how relocate Lions that you could not see with then naked eye!

     

    We finally got there and with the Binoculars I could see then and showed them to the clients. Still a Lion is a Lion so we were very happy and a realised that it was clearer to see them if you made a video clip so that is what I did. Sadly its shaky but that is also fine. I will never be disappointed with a Lion sighting and we were all over the moon.

     

     

     Durban day safari, Lions a million miles away with cubs

    Durban day safari, Lions a million miles away with cubs

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What you will notice is to the bottom right of the Lioness sitting upright is a tiny cub which I only noticed when I looked at the pictures at home. Wow that is amazing! What a great Durban day safari we had!

     

     

    Video Durban day safari – Lions as far as my camera can see!

     

     

     

    Wow what an amazing Durban day safari, how many times do you see 4 of the Big 5 and the Quality of the sightings being so good!

    It was now just the formalities of getting back to Durban and returning my clients safely to their home in Durban.

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  • 15th July 2014

    Durban Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Game reserve 11 July -13 July 2014

     

    We began our Big 5 Private Honeymoon Durban 3 Day Safari Tour to the Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve in Durban.

     

    I covered the usual things like the history of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa as well as the different population groups and how they came to be here. The history of the world famous Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve is always interesting as well as the Flora and Fauna in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Game reserve.

     

    A Durban Safari Trip either done as a Durban Day Trip or Durban Overnight Trip is well worth the money and can cover the Culture, Nature and Historical points of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa.

     

    After a short stop to get coffee we visited Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre where my clients could enjoy touching 4 species of endangered wild cats. These cats the Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African wild cat are all here for sad reasons and now are used as educational tools and for breeding to release more back into the wild.

     

    Once we were finished here we made our way to the Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game reserve for our main part of the Tour the Safari!

     

    These Big 5 Game reserves can be misunderstood as being a guaranteed sighting of the Big 5 but this is not the case as animals roam freely in an area of 960 Square Kilometers. Safaris can be chance but your guide (me) does know the best areas for where animals may be found as well as the times they will be out and about!

     

    We were very lucky as we spotted Giraffe and Buffalo in the distance. We were very patient and got another Buffalo in full view, Rhino hiding, Zebra and a Bull Elephant all in the short 45 minute drive to the Lodge Hilltop camp.

    Elephant on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Elephant on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We arrived at Hilltop camp for some lunch and to check in.

    Our Durban Private Honeymoon Big 5, 3 Day Safari Tour was looking good so far! It was like the animals came out especially for us in the heat of the day!

     

    It must have been something to do with it being the day before the full moon for our Durban Safari Tour to be going so well.

     

    This was becoming a great Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi Private Honeymoon Safari Tour.

     

    We settled in for some lunch at Hilltop camp before a rest once checked in.

     

    Our Big 5 Hluhluwe Imfolozi 3 Day Safari Tour continued at 16:00 when we met for another Safari Tour of the reserve. It turned out to be a brilliant Safari! We Spotted some giraffe near to the road and got some good pictures.

    Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

    Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then continued our Durban Safari and spotted a Big Rhino which we spent some time with trying to line up a good shot(photo).

    Rhino on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Rhino on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As the Safari Tour from Durban progressed I decided to stop at a view point and show the clients the view. We were lucky to spot Hippos as well resting on the bank all three out of the river!

    Hippos on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

    Hippos on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

    We also watched a herd of Buffalo from a safe distance moving up the bank away from us and then we thought we would get around to them to get a good photo. As we came up I spotted two Buffalo bulls about 30 meters away, I told the clients to get behind me and we made our way to the vehicle. Buffalo can be dangerous but this occasion the got a fright when I spoke and ran off.

     

    Anyway we got back to the road to meet the others in the car and got some great shots as they crossed the road.

    Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    At this point in time we had been having a good Safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve. Things only got better as on our way back to camp we spotted 2 Lionesses and 2 tiny cubs just a few months old. They were right on and then near the road. The only obstacle was the pour light.

    Lioness with young Cub on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Lioness with young Cub on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We returned after our Durban Safari to Hilltop camp where I had arranged a private dinner for my honeymoon clients and I ate earlier.

     

    It was the end of a successful Day 1 on our Durban 3 Day Safari tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve.

     

    Day 2: Durban Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Game reserve

    Our Durban Big 5 private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour continued as I got the clients up for a morning game drive which would be an 8 hour Safari so we could get down South into the Imfolozi Section. We took with us Packed Breakfasts which I arranged from the camp and that kept them going until lunch.

     

    We saw more Rhinos, Buffalos, Giraffe mating, Warthog, Kudu, Nyala, Monkeys, Lion, Zebra, Wildebeest and lots of Impala.

     

    We were super lucky on this Days Safari Tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. We spotted a Black Rhino before it was fully light and it ran off as they do but they are highly rare so I was happy.

     

    A little further on we spotted Giraffes mating which was great to see. The big male was even being mated by the younger male every so often as the young lad was trying to show that he was more dominant! It was a great laugh on our Safari.

    Mating Giraffe pic 2 on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Mating Giraffe pic 2 on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mating Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Mating Giraffe on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As our Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day safari tour continued we spotted Zebra and Giraffe together as well as some Impala. As we continued our Safari we came across another Lioness but as she was in the thick brush we moved on after a few minutes.

    Zebra Foal on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Zebra Foal on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Up in one of the tree I spotted a Lappet Faced Vulture still roosting waiting for the thermals to rise.

     

    Lappet faced Vulture on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi 11th to 13th July 2014

    Lappet faced Vulture on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our Safari took us down to Bhejane hide where with a bit of time we saw 4 different species drinking at the same time. A great Days Durban Safari!

    I took random photos of the Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo and warthog.

    Wildebeest and Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Wildebeest and Buffalo on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Wildebeest on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Wildebeest on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Zebra Drink on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Zebra Drink on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our amazing Durban Private honeymoon Big 5, 3 Day Safari from Durban had really turned out well and we still had lots of time left to Safari!

     

    We made our way back to the white Umfolozi river and saw some Kudu and some Rhinos. This one young male struck a pose for us!

     

    Rhino poses on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Rhino poses on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then continued on Safari back to Centenary Centre for some lunch. The food was great Ostrich Burger was my choice. After the lunch my clients had a look around the museum and the Curio shop before we headed back to Hilltop camp.

     

    When we got back to Hilltop camp we had some rest before heading back out on Safari to see if we could get luck with Lions again.

     

    Fortunately we spotted a herd a Buffalo at Dusk and a Bull Elephant in the short time we were out.

    Buffalo at Dusk on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Buffalo at Dusk on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Full moon on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Full moon on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The craziest thing happened we were destined to arrive back on time and the same two Lionesses with there two little cubs were in exactly the same place we had seen them the night before at exactly the same time! It was a brilliant Safari experience but hard to line up the vehicle in the dark to get photos. We also had some young lad decide he was going to share his frustrations with us as he had to stop and tell me how we were 15 minutes late and needed to be back at camp… very difficult when you have lions in the road and your clients of course want to take photographs. Funny how he was out 15 minute late! Different rules for different folks I guess…

    Lioness on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Lioness on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We arrived back 20 minutes late and were lucky that security was not at the gate, having said that we had a great excuse! Lions! We were all very happy about that.

     

    Our Durban Big 5 Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi was really getting better as time went by.

     

    Today we had seen 2 different Lion sightings a sum of 3 adult Lioness and 2 young cubs, not bad for a days work!

     

    We settled in for the night and some dinner which was great once again.

    Day 3: Durban Big 5 Private Honeymoon 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Game reserve

     

    The next morning we slept in till 6am and then came through for a buffet breakfast before checking out and doing our last Safari game drive for a few hours in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. We would then depart for St Lucia and do a 2 hour boat cruise viewing Hippos and Crocodiles. Before we could get to St Lucia though, we had a few sightings of Giraffe, Buffalo, Warthog, Impala, Nyala, Monkeys, Elephant and Rhino.

     

    Buffalo Bull posing on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Buffalo Bull posing on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Elephant Bull Day 3 on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Elephant Bull Day 3 on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then departed Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve for St Lucia Isimangeliso Wetland park. I covered some of the basics of the history of the area and what we would be expected to see.

     

    Upon arrival we boarded the Santa Lucia boat for a 2 hour cruise where we saw lots of Pods of Hippos and plenty of Crocodiles.

     

    Hippos at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Hippos at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Crocodiles at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

    Crocodiles at St Lucia on our Durban Big 5 Honeymoon Private 3 Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve 11th to 13th July 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What a great Durban Safari Tour/Trip to some of the Worlds most amazing places!

     

    We had some lunch and then departed to Durban.

     

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