Durban 2 day safari tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve 29-30 December 2014
We began our 2 day Durban safari tour in Pinetown a western suburb of Durban and on route I chatted to my clients about the amazing history of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa.
The time went quickly and before we knew it we were in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and enjoying sunshine after we had been expecting rain. Admittedly we had once small shower of rain when we were watching some Zebra but then it cleared and we had a great day.
Our first major sighting after the Zebra and Impala was this Giraffe which David did very well to spot!
Giraffe seen on our 2 day Durban safari tour
We continued further south in the game reserve and just kept getting really good sightings. One of them was 3 Rhinos mud wallowing so I took a few photos but really liked this one of a baby Rhino in the mud looking so cute. Our Durban safari tour was beginning to unravel very nicely for us!
The sweetest thing, a Rhino in the mud during our Durban safari tour
As we continued our Durban safari tour in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve we came across a Big bull Elephant and this was very well spotted by Shereen! I was impressed!
We waited for this big guy to move out from under the tree and after 5 minuted we got him crossing the road in front of us! It was a brilliant sighting for us all.
Big Elephant crosses the road in front of us on our Durban safari tour
At this point we thought we were nailing these animals and that we were on a role! We were another 30 minutes into the day and we hit the jack pot! Lions!
I could not believe our good fortune as it was a pride of Lions feeding on the remains of a Wildebeest and they had 5-6 month old cubs with them. At this point we though their was no way it could get any better! What a Durban safari tour.
Moments later a herd of Buffalo bulls came running in at the Lions and they all scattered cubs and all! Watch this video of what happened!
Video of Lions being flushed by Buffalo on our Durban safari tour.
It was now crazy not only with cars, but a bull Elephant came down the road towards us as we were trying to relocate the lions! We got to a junction in the road and this Elephant bull which was also in Musth continued down towards us. I drove up the hill and turned around to check on him and he had now moved off the road.
Bull Elephant in Musth walk down the road towards us while on our Durban safari tour
We then returned to the Lions to find cubs crossing the road and separated from their mothers, mother calling to their cubs so on and so forth!
Lion cub trys to find its mother
We spotted one female Lion crossing the road to meet up with her cub and bring her back to the pride. It was amazing!
Lioness and cub walk together on our Durban safari tour
At this point we had been spoiled so we got past the traffic and made our way round the bend where the Elephant had come from. We then spotted a male lion under a tree but he was so well tucked away the picture was really bad so I left it out!
By now we were getting hungry and we were all so happy with seeing 4 of the Big 5 in one morning that we just made our way back round the dirt road loops to the lunch stop at Centenary center.
Before we could get to lunch we spotted some Baboons playing and drinking at the Umfolozi river.
Baboons pose in the Umfolozi river on our Durban safari tour
We all had some good food before continuing out of the game reserve to Emdoneni cat rehab center for the tour there.
My client were sure nothing could make the day any better and then they brought out the baby Cheetah!
David and the Cheetah cub on our Durban safari tour
Things on our Durban safari tour just kept getting better. We then went into the Cheetah adult enclosure where my clients could interact with Cheetah hands on! So now they had touched Cheetah cubs of 3 months old and 6 year old male Cheetahs.
We then got to watch the Caracal jump to get its food and man David got a crazy slo mo video of the whole thing it was actually freakishly good!
While we were with the Caracal we spotted a little Caracal cub hiding in a Buffalo thorn Acacia!
Caracal cub at Emdoneni cat rehab center
We left the Caracal and moved on to interact with the Serval. I managed to get a great photo of one of the Serval in the tree.
Serval seen on our Durban safari tour
At this point we were all so tired but also to happy with how the day had gone and to think we still had 1 more day of our Durban safari tour left was kinda crazy!
We made our way to the Protea hotel in Hluhluwe where we checked in and had a lovely dinner before getting some sleep before the next morning.
Day 2: Durban 2 day safari tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve
We checked out early at 06:25, had some breakfast and made our way back into the game reserve 10 minutes away. We began slowly but things got better.
We spotted some Rhino near to the road.
Rhino seen on day two of our Durban safari tour
Possibly the best sighting we had was a Black Rhino which is hugely endangered and for me like seeing a Leopard. He was up on the Hill in the distance and I even made a little video clip on him.
Black Rhino seen on our Durban safari tour
Video of Black Rhino with commentary by Tim Brown.
We continued our Durban safari tour finding Buffalo and the cutest thing was this little fella which had duck teeth!
Goofy looking baby Buffalo on our Durban Safari tour
Moving along we spotted some Zebra near to the road which made for a great photo and even more so when they crossed over the road. We now had a real Zebra crossing on our Durban safari tour.
Zebra seen on day two of our Durban safari tour
It was now time to speed up and get out of Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and move on to St Lucia estuary but before we could leave we spotted a couple of Bull Elephants on the main road going out.
Elephant seen on our exit of Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve
We had a relaxed drive to St Lucia were we would be catching a 2 hour boat cruise on the estuary to see Hippos and crocodiles. When we arrived the boat was busy but still we enjoyed it and had some great sightings.
Crocodile at St Lucia on our Durban safari tour
Our next major sighting was a better sighting of Hippos we had already seen some just after we left the jetty but these were better, a big pod of Hippos. We enjoyed them and relaxed with the good sunny weather we still had.
Hippo seen at St Lucia on our Durban safari tour
It had been a real cracker of a Durban safari tour and we stopped in the town of St Lucia for some lunch which was again amazing!
After this we did some gift shopping and back to Durban it was were I dropped off my happy clients at their home.
This had been an amazing Durban safari tour!