Tala day tour Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 4th December 2015

    Tala game reserve half day tour

     

     

    I met the same clients off the Oceana Nautica and collected a repeat client from Durban for this Tala game reserve half day tour. A Durban safari is always a great thing to do as we have so much choice in big and smaller game reserves.

     

    It would be a half day tour jam packed with great sightings! 

    As we entered Tala game reserve we spotted the Rhino being protected by the Anti-Poaching team and after a few minutes with them something caught my eye and it was a Black Backed Jackal. I was so excited I raced off to show my clients as you hardly ever see them.

     

     

     

     

     

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Black backed Jackal

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Black backed Jackal

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on back to the Rhino and also had Blessbok, Ostrich and Zebra before we could get back to the Rhino. It was one of those days at Tala game reserve.

     

     

     

     

     

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Ostrich

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Ostrich

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We eventually got back to the Rhino at Tala and two of the Rhino stood up and it was such a great photo as you could see one Rhino with its horn as it normally is and the other who had been attached a couple years ago with a horn which was regrowing after being hacked off by poachers.

     

     

     

     

     

    Tala game reserve half day tour; White Rhino

    Tala game reserve half day tour; White Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This Rhino we saw on our Durban safari was lucky to survive the poaching indecent and the horn is growing back now. It is such an emotive picture!

    Next we tried to get round to the lodge for a rest room break but keep spotting animals.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Water buck

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Water buck

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After these Water buck we spotted Eland laying down and later got one standing up for a better photo. The Eland is the largest Antelope in Africa weighing in at 800 off kilograms. Tala game reserve really is pumping with animals.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Eland

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Eland

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our Durban safari in Tala game reserve continued and still we hit a snag before getting to the lodge! Giraffe! Wow, this was crazy we were able to see them right next to the road so we watched them on both sides! 

     

     

     

     

     

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Giraffe

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had a quick rest and a look at the craft market before going back to the Giraffe and then spotting lots of Impala with new born babies.

     

     

     

     

     

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Impala lamb

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Impala lamb

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our safari continued and we made our way to the Hippo hide to see the Hippos after all my clients having done a St Lucia day tour with me this seemed pointless but still worth a quick look.

    We spotted about 5 Hippos at Tala game reserve.

     

     

     

     

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Hippo

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Hippo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then made our way around for another look at the Rhino and some Zebra but before we could we spotted an endangered bird called the Blue Crane which is also our national bird. The best part was they had a little chick which I have never seen before at this size!

     

     

     

     

     

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Blue crane and chick

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Blue crane and chick

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Wow we then spotted the Zebras nice and close before we got back to the Rhino and this was amazing! We had had such a great half day that in the 3 hours at Tala game reserve we had really seen everything they had to see.

     

     

     

     

     

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Zebra

    Tala game reserve half day tour; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was time to head back to Durban and drop off my clients after a great Tala half day tour from Durban.

    We arrived back around lunch time in time for the ship before it set sail for Maputo.

    All in all a great Durban half day tour.

  • 30th June 2015

    Durban private tour to Tala game reserve and valley of 1000 Hills

     

     

    I met my client from Scotland at his hotel in Durban for his Durban private tour to Tala game reserve and the Valley of 1000 Hills.

     

    On route we chatted about some of the History of Durban and KwaZulu Natal but mostly chatted about general things that we are going through as a country as we would be spending 4 days together.

     

    We began at Tala game reserve one of the most highly populated smaller private game reserves I know of. It was animals galore as usual and our first sighting was of 3 Rhinos which were being watched very closely by the Anti-poaching team.

     

    Later we would return there and see the 3 of them resting.

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; Rhino resting

    Durban private tour; Rhino resting

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    You may see the Red Billed Oxpecker near the eye of the Rhino removing ticks of the Rhinos body, this is a lovely symbiotic relationship where the animal get his health back and the bird gets a meal!

    We also waited patiently for some Zebras to cross the road and the did but in the same area was Wildebeest, Ostrich and a range of other animals.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; Zebra

    Durban private tour; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued with our Durban private tour we managed to find some Impala and Nyala but the weirdest thing happened as we spotted this female Impala with horns. This is a genetic abnormality and is probably caused by inbreeding in these smaller game reserves.

     

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; Impala female with Horns

    Durban private tour; Impala female with Horns

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Above you will see 2 pictures the top one being the female with the thin horns and below the male with what the horns should normally look like. Nature is always amazing as this male Impala kept chasing the female away as if he felt it was another male.

     

     

    We stopped for a rest and then went on with our Durban private tour to find some Giraffe! We eventually did and they were very beautiful and right next to the road.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; Giraffe up with the Aloes

    Durban private tour; Giraffe up with the Aloes

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Giraffe we especially beautiful as they were walking among the Aloes and this picture just looked really amazing!

    There was one more major animal we need to go see and that was the Hippo. We really had it made today as we spotted them standing the the shallow dam and the one mother had her little baby with her.

     

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; Hippo mother and baby

    Durban private tour; Hippo mother and baby

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The mother Hippo gave a great big yawn and the baby was just behind her bum hiding away it made for a great picture on our Durban day tour.

     

    It was now time to depart Tala game reserve and head the scenic route to the Valley of 1000 Hills. We enjoyed the drive with the rolling hills and the townships all over this amazing place. We reached our destination in the valley of 1000 Hills, Phezulu safari park and it was here we had a great lunch with a view!

     

    We then went to the reptile park and learned more about these amazing Crocodiles and snakes before our meeting with the Zulu village at 2pm.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; Crocodile at Phezulu

    Durban private tour; Crocodile at Phezulu

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Zulu Cultural village was amazing and we enjoyed the great dancing and singing of the Zulu people on this Durban private tour.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; Zulu dancing at Phezulu

    Durban private tour; Zulu dancing at Phezulu

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I figured you would not know what I was talking about unless I shared a video with you so you can watch it below!

     

     

     

    Video: Durban day tour; Traditional Zulu dancing

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Finally it was time for entering of the Zulu meeting hut and the cooking hut before making our way back to Durban. I also had to explain to James my client about the 3 different clicks in the Zulu Language and why they are in existence.

     

    It had been a beautiful Durban day tour and the clouds were now beginning to blow over the Valley of 1000 Hills. I will leave you with this great photo of my client with the Zulus.

     

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; James with the Zulus

     

    Durban private tour; James with the Zulus
  • 29th June 2015

    Tala and valley of 1000 Hills cultural day tour

     

    We began our day tour in Durban where I met me clients and we made our way up to Tala game reserve 45 minutes outside of Durban city.

    On route I covered the history of Durban and KwaZulu Natal, as well as answering any questions my clients had for me.

    We reached Tala game reserve and began with our Safari part of our tour from Durban and as Tala is so highly populated with animals it is really easy to find the animals if you know where to look.

    We had initial great sightings of Zebra, Blessbok, Wildebeest and Ostrich.

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Zebra

    Tala day tour; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Zebra were really posing for us and this meant we managed to get some great photos before looking at other animals like these Blessbok.

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Blessbok

    Tala day tour; Blessbok

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on with on  quest to find Rhino and Giraffe on this Durban day tour. We had already spotted the Hippos in the dam near the main gate so we would return later to get a better look at them.

     

    We did find some Giraffe all tucked away in the Acacia thickets which was not the best for getting my big vehicle through but it had to be done. A few scratches later we came out having seen 4 Giraffe one of them being a youngster.

     

    We continued our tour of Tala game reserve and spotted more Ostrich and Wildebeest even Warthogs and Impala which I did not photograph.

     

    It was time to stop for a rest room break and then continue to find the remaining animals. We managed to get the Rhinos in an open area which was great as we could see then nicely, this Male gave us the best look!

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Rhino

    Tala day tour; Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Rhinos at Tala have been attacked by poachers and now all have bracelet tracking devices on there legs. This one has the tip of his horn removed and will have more removed soon. Another survived a vicious attack and survived after having her front horn hacked off.

    This is all very sad but it is he state of affairs when it comes to traditional medicines around the world.

     

     

    We continued of Durban day tour and found a territorial male Wildebeest laying in his pile of dung which is common to see as they like to roll around in it to get there scent all over the place.

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Wildebeest

    Tala day tour; Wildebeest

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was not time to go and have a look at the Hippos in the dam. It was great as when we got there, there was one which rolled over sadly I missed the picture as it would have been cracking!

     

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Hippo

    Tala day tour; Hippo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hippos at Tala game reserve

     

     

     

    We watched the Hippos for a bit while enjoying the peace as the Knob Billed Coots and Egyptian geese made some noise. Moving on we found some Giraffe in an open area and there was about 8 of them so we had an amazing sighting. The best part of this was that they were trying to pick up bones which is common as they need calcium in there diet. They grind the bone over the molars and eat the shavings.

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Giraffe looking for bones

    Tala day tour; Giraffe looking for bones

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The above picture could be a candidate for the bums of Africa collections!

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Giraffe pose

    Tala day tour; Giraffe pose

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    During this sighting on our Durban day tour we managed to spot this gaze from a Giraffe which was amazing!

    It was now time to do one last check on the Rhinos which hadn’t moved much and we enjoyed watching them from a different view before heading out of Tala game reserve in the Valley of 1000 Hills to Phezulu for our Zulu Cultural experience.

     

    We took the scenic route which on a clear day like was had for this tour was amazing, I think my clients were very happy with the weather.

    We then arrived and decided to have lunch with a view at the Boma restaurant which over looks the Valley of 1000 hills. It is a great spot to enjoy a great meal and a view.

     

    It was almost 2 pm so we finished up with lunch and made our way to the Zulu Cultural village for the tour there. We got settled in our seats and waited for the Zulu Dancing which was amazing as usual.

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Zulu Dancing

    Tala day tour; Zulu Dancing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    One of the special dance to me anyhow is the next on which is know to have been invented by the great King Shaka the greatest Zulu King to have ever lived. It is called the Small shield dance.

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Shakas small shield dance

    Tala day tour; Shakas small shield dance

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this amazing singing and dancing we had a look in a couple of the Zulu huts, the meeting hut and the cooking hut. In each hut we learned more on the culture and beliefs of the traditional Zulus.

     

     

    It was now time to get to the reptile park which has a lot of Crocodiles and different snake species.

    I decided to run the tour around myself and but the end we had picked up a few stragglers who must have thought I worked there….

     

    It was great fun and we had a great Durban day tour in the Valley of 1000 hills as well as Tala game reserve.

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Crocodile

    Tala day tour; Crocodile

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We began the drive back into Durban city after a great day mixing up Nature with culture on our Durban day tour!