Durban Overnight Safari Tours – Tim Brown Tours
I have put this post together just to show clients that there really is so many things that they can do in Durban on the Day Safari and Tour front. In fact there even more that can be covered on overnight or multiple day Safari Tours from Durban.
You all will know if you look at my website that I offer Durban Day Safari Tours to the “Bush”, “Berg” and “Battlefields” of KwaZulu Natal but what are these you ask? I have put together a description of what the Big 3 are, one of them includes the Big 5 as well.
Durban Bush Day Safari Tours or overnight Safari Tours :
This encompasses Durban Tours and Safaris to the Nature or game reserves as we call them. So focusing on the National parks of South Africa mostly in KwaZulu Natal. Within these national parks we find the Big 5 which are the Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino.
Above is the picture of these mighty Big 5 animals which used to roam totally free in Africa and this beautiful country of ours South Africa! We are however fortunate to still be able to go on a Durban Safari Tour in just a day and usually see at least 3 of the Big 5. There of course is no guarantee as it is a large national park – Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve of about 960 Square Km or 96 000 Hectares.
Really this in itself is worth the visit especially after our Rhinos are being killed at an alarming rate by poachers supplying mostly the Chinese with the horn for there traditional medicines to cure cancer!… Last year alone 2013 there was a massive 1004 Rhinos discovered killed for there horn in South Africa. The Rhinos are being killed at an alarming rate and by 2050 there probably wont be any left in Africa.
Durban Drakensberg Day Safari Tours:
The Drakensberg is the most beautiful mountain range I have ever seen, they cover a vast area from the south western parts of KwaZulu-Natal to the North Eastern parts and beyond into the Limpopo province. They are a sight to behold and picture just don’t do the place justice!
These two section of the Drakensberg are but a couple of the amazing wonder of the mountains. We also run Durban Day Safari Tours over Sani Pass into Lesotho which is a land locked country in South Africa. It is a Kingdom and the Drakensberg is the natural boundary separating the two countries.
The first picture is of Cathedral peak which is an amazing 3004 meters above sea level it is a mean feat to reach the top on foot even I have not yet made the summit as at the end it is scrabbling and rock climbing to reach the very peak which is very hard after 5 hours of hiking up up and up only!
The second image is another great place that we take Durban Safari Tours however its mostly done over a few days as apposed to a Durban Day Safari Tour. Having said that we can do it if you request it.
In these great mountain the spirits of the San-bushman live and the painting Eco in the caves.
Durban – Bushman Paintings in the Drakensberg Mountains
The Eland the largest antelope in Africa was there divine animal which linked them to the ancestors. The painting on the right you will see the Eland lying upside down this is because the Bushman had killed one for food. The great detail that went into the painting of the Eland shows how much respect the Bushman aka the San people had for the animal. They only hunted for food and used every part of the animal: Skins for clothes, Fat for paint, Small bones for hooks to catch fish. They were truly the Original South Africans and the rest of us including the Zulu have migrated here!
The Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal:
The Battlefields are an amazing experience if you are into the intense history of South Africa and the savage battles that led to Thousands of deaths over the years. There have been Anglo-Zulu battles, Anglo-Boer and Boer-Zulu battles. Many of these battle sites can be visited in a Durban Day Safari Tour or better so on a Durban overnight Safari Tour.
The above battles are just two of hundreds that took place for power of land. This cost many lives as all battles do but the sites are such peaceful and tranquil places to visit. Many a time a tear will fall from the eye as the magnitude of the scene wrenches at your heart. Durban Safari Tours to these areas are a must if you are interested in the rich history we have to offer. Nothing makes this more amazing than having a Specialist Battlefield guide with you who can extract the battle out of the soil and reconstruct if for you on the day you visit for your Day Safari Tour from Durban.
Having said all of the above there is still so much more for you to visit from Durban:
Zulu Cultural villages
Zulu Culture is rich and locked in deeply with the British it is amazing to read of how the great King Shaka lead his people to destroying the British soldiers at the battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879.
I find the Culture of the Zulu incredibly interesting and on some of our Durban Day Safari Tours we take client to visit these amazing Zulu Cultural villages. This villages can be incorporated into a Day Safari tour or a half Day Durban Safari Tour. Again we can arrange these Tours from Durban in overnight packages for you.
On the Shakaland Durban Safari Day Tour you will witness the above scene where young girls demonstrate how they go about learning how to balance pots of water/Beer/milk on their head. Shakaland was actually the place where the movie Shaka Zulu was filmed in the 1980’s. The village has continued to function as authentic as possible.
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Cat Rehabilitation Center
This Durban Day Safari tour can be take as a day tour linked with St Lucia or taken as a overnight package where on route to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve we stop off at this Cat rehabilitation center to interact with this beautiful creatures.
This Safari Tour included interaction with 2 male cheetahs, Serval, Caracal and African Wild Cats. All four of these great cats are highly endangered so it is a joy to have this kind of opportunity to interact in this manner.
Durban Day Safari Tours really have a lot to offer the client and headed by our company Tim Brown Tours you are guaranteed to experience something different to what you have anywhere else in the World!
Tim Brown Tours run with a 2013 Ford Tourneo 8 Seated vehicle which is very comfortable and luxurious at the game reserve this is an option of the extra open vehicle game drive which is worth the experience. This can also be arranged on a Durban Day Safari Tour to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve.