African safari from Durban
Our African safari from Durban began near to the big city and we began our journey to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve , Africa’s Oldest protected area!
I covered the history of this famous national park and the history of the Durban and surrounding areas before we arrived at Hluhluwe game reserve.
We tried our best in the heat to find Lions but it was to no avail as they were resting in a riverbed.
We had great other sightings of 3 of the Big 5, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephants.
First though we spotted some Zebra.
African safari from Durban; Zebra
We continued on this hot day in Africa with our African safari tour from Durban and found some Baboons up the trees and on the ground. They were not alarm calling which was a sure sign that the Lions were well hidden.
African safari from Durban; Baboon
We continued on and found some Elephants in the distance so we made our way around to them and located a lovely young bull near to the road. We waited with him until he decided to cross the road and we could enjoy this a close range.
We also found a herd of Elephants and as we looped around near the main gate we found a huge old bull Elephant with a lovely set of tusks. This really was turning out to be a great African safari from Durban.
African safari from Durban; Elephant
We decided to loop around to the Hluhluwe river where we spotted a huge herd of Buffalo drinking and resting in the mud, The best part was that a herd of Elephant we spotted earlier on our African safari came over the hill and went down to the river to drink water with them.
African safari from Durban; Buffalo and Elephant share water
Our African safari from Durban continued on and we located some Nyala and Water buck before spotting some Buffalo close which were looking to relocate their herd.
African safari from Durban; Buffalo mother and calf
We stopped at Hilltop camp for some lunch and it was a long wait for food as it was so busy. We eventually got fed and watered before we made our way out again and headed into the Umfolozi section of the game reserve.
It was a wish that we could see Giraffe a bit closer so that was the aim and we eventually achieved it!
African safari from Durban; Giraffe
After a great sighting of a journey of Giraffe we continued with our African safari from Durban and found a lovely Rhino bull which was close to the road. To this point we had only seen Rhino further away so one 4 meters from the road was a real treat!
African safari from Durban; Rhino
This Rhino you can see he is two toned as he had been in the mud somewhere wallowing to help remove ticks off his body.
It had been a great day in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and we needed to head back to Durban so we exited the reserve and ended our African safari from Durban.
We arrived back very happy after what had been a great day in the African bush!