Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Durban Safari Tour, Cat rehabilitation Center and St Lucia, 3 Day, 2 night
A South African safari is best to be done from Durban as we are fortunate enough in Durban KwaZulu-Natal to have many Wildlife safari parks. Most noted is the Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve a mere 2.5 hours away from Durban city and home to the Big 5.
The big 5 being the five most dangerous animals to hunt on foot. Named this way from the old hunting days they are the Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Buffalo and Leopard.
In Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve you can if you are luck on our 3 day Durban safari see all of these majestic animals. Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve has some special features that make it a must visit safari park when in South Africa.
- Malaria free safari
- Oldest game reserve in Africa established in 1895
- Home to the Big 5
- Rich in Zulu history and culture
- Close to Durban so can be visited in a day(not recommend though)
- Home to operation Rhino which brought White Rhino back from the brink of extinction in the 1960’s
- An overall area of 960 square Kilometers which is large but still small enough that in 3 days we can cover the whole reserve.
- Special animals like, Cheetah and the most endangered Carnivore in Africa the African Wild dog!
On your Durban safari we will collected you from your Durban Hotel and guide you from the beautiful city of Durban to Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve.
We travel in style with a Ford Tourneo or Ford Everest (dependent on availability and your group size) which is air conditioned and very comfortable.
Your qualified guide will ensure your Durban Safari Tour will be memorable as he shows off what wildlife Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve has to offer!
Being a Big 5 Game reserve and malaria free, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game reserve is our most popular Durban Safari Tour and our Tour of choice!
Your Safari Tour with Tim Brown Tours will be unforgettable from beginning to end.
Day 1: Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve 3 day Safari Tour:
After your guide collects you from your Durban Hotel/B&B or Guest house he will take you on a educational 2.5 – 3 hours drive to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve – The oldest game reserve in Africa established in 1895.
Your guide will cover points of interest like the History of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa and the different population groups as well as how the came to be in South Africa.
There is special focus on our Zulu Nation the major “Black African” tribe in the area as well as the different crops we come across on route to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game reserve.
Before we get to the game reserve we will stop for 1 hour and 15 minute at a Cat rehabilitation center outside Hluhluwe. This is an amazing place where they are trying to get these endangered wild Cats back to the wild.
Their are 4 Species of Cat the Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African wild cat. We get to interact with them hands on depending on the cats mood on the day. The cheetah being the most special as it is a large and intimidating cat.
Interaction with these cats are always good for a new Facebook profile picture!
After we are done at the Cat rehabilitation center it takes 20 minutes to reach Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game reserve and Memorial Gate. Upon entering, game viewing begins immediately and your guide will talk you through the different animal behavior you may encounter.
Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve has the highest population of White Rhino in the World for the area of 960 Square Kilometers. Projects in the 1950′s and 1960′s brought back this large prehistoric looking herbivore from extinction!
We will stop for lunch at Hilltop camp and Check in before deciding what time to go back out to look for animals. There is also an option of an evening open vehicle game drive from 5pm -8pm.(to your own account). This focuses on Nocturnal animals.
After lunch your Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tour continues and we could encounter any of the Big 5 – The 5 most dangerous animals to hunt of foot : Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard!
There are also Giraffe, Zebra and a wide range of antelope species to keep you interested. Your guide will be able to inform you of different tracks and signs as you make your way through the African Bush on this special Safari experience.
Once we are back its either the optional evening to night drive or a rest and dinner.
Dinner will be at the Hilltop camp restaurant, a traditional buffet will be laid out. This will add to your bush experience especially if the lodge is busy as the staff get up and sing and dance in a traditional Zulu way.
Durban safari – Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Safari Tour
Day 2: Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve 3 day Safari Tour
At your guides discretion – After enjoying a buffet breakfast, we head out for a game drive. Leaving Hilltop camp we have the opportunity to see any one of the Big 5 and a variety of Antelope, Giraffe and Zebra. We make our way towards the Umfolozi side of the reserve, where sightings of Lion, Hyena and Black Rhino are more common. The above itinerary can be changed depending on what you may or may not have seen.
The open vehicle game drive is an option that can be taken at 5pm – 8pm at night where the guide will use a spotlight to find animals after dusk. This gives you more chance for finding the Cats as the Lion and Leopard are Nocturnal. This however does not mean that we will not see them in the day time resting in the shade or in the early morning feeding on a kill from the night before!
Dinner is at the Hilltop camp restaurant, a hot and cold buffet with a variety of traditional African and international dishes. There is also a lovely bar at the restaurant which you can have a drink at chatting about the days adventures. Amarula cream on crushed ice is one you have to try!
Day 3: Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve 3 day Safari Tour
A final buffet breakfast is followed by a game drive with your safari guide. This is a final chance to find what we have not or a chance to recap on what we have seen. We will then make our way out of Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve and onto the St Lucia Estuary-Isimangeliso Wetland park, for a boat cruise along the Estuary. Here we will have the opportunity to see, Crocodile, Hippo, Fish Eagles, King Fishers as well as Monitor Lizards. A perfect opportunity for photographers to capture the beauty of South Africa’s 1st World Heritage Site!
After we are finished with the Boat cruise it is time for some Lunch in St Lucia town before heading back to Durban. This is a great way to end the safari and we always feeling really satisfied and relaxed.
Safari Tour Price – Based on a minimum of 2 Clients R6800.00 per person sharing, Group Rates are available on request. A single Supplement of R950.00 for clients that wish to have there own room.
Solo Traveler rate: R11500
Please note: Lunch is not included in the price quoted. We do provide bottled mineral waters daily.