Durban safari tour

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Durban safari tour 9-11th December 2015

 

 

 

Our Durban safari tour began in Durban city where I collected my clients for their safari experience with Tim Brown Tours. We headed up to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve on route stopping at a Cat rehabilitation center for interaction with Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African Wild cat hands on! 

There is no point in coming to Africa and not experiencing an African safari! South Africa is as good a place to begin with a safari as we are home to the oldest game reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve established in 1895.

On route to this majestic national park home to the Big 5, I always cover this history of South Africa as it ties so well into our Safari experience.

 

After the Cat interaction we arrived at Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve and began our South African safari. It was one of those days when you just try to see what you can find and you have such success in doing it!

We had Zebra on the road, Warthog, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephants all within the first 1,5 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

Durban safari tour; Zebra

Durban safari tour; Zebra

Durban safari tour; Zebra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After we enjoyed these Zebra we found some Rhino and then a massive herd of Elephant the size of which we do not see often so it was really exciting! Our Durban safari tour moved on as we positioned ourselves in the best place to watch these amazing creatures.

 

 

 

 

 

Durban safari tour; Elephant

Durban safari tour; Elephant

Durban safari tour; Elephant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After enjoying this safari with the Elephants we moved on and spotted Nyala as well as more Buffalo in the valleys and on the hills. We then stumbled across a lovely Rhino mother and her calf which got up and raced across the road and then posed for us. Wow our South African safari was really hotting up!

 

 

 

 

 

Durban safari tour; Rhino

Durban safari tour; Rhino

Durban safari tour; Rhino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made our way up to Hilltop camp where we would be spending the 2 nights and had some lunch before getting some rest. At 16:45 it was time for the open vehicle game drive which my client would enjoy and then return at 8pm for some dinner.

 

After dinner we went to sleep to rest the body and mind and our Durban safari tour would continue the next day at 7am.

 

 

 

 

Day 2: Durban safari tour 9-11th December 2015

 

 

We began day 2 with a great breakfast at Hilltop camp and then headed out with two things on our minds, Giraffe and cats!

It would be a tall order for our Hluhluwe game reserve safari but we made the best of the pressure and got really lucky at times.

 

Our first major sighting knocked the Giraffe on the head!

 

 

 

 

 

Durban safari tours; Giraffe

Durban safari tours; Giraffe

Durban safari tours; Giraffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On any African safari there is never a guarantee of the animals you want to see especially the cats as the Lions and Leopard are nocturnal.

On two occasions we actually located blood markings and drag marks which looked clearly to be Leopard but we could not spot the animal in the thick bush so far off the road.

Our Durban safari tour continued and we made our way further south finding more and more Elephants and Rhinos which was excellent.

 

 

 

 

 

Durban safari tours; Giraffe

Durban safari tours; Giraffe

Durban safari tours; Giraffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were lucky to find two bull Elephants on the road and later a big male Elephant sleeping next to the road. He was so relaxed he broke wind a few times and hardly moved when we drove away. South Africa is really an amazing country!

 

 

 

 

 

Durban safari tours; Elephant sleeping

Durban safari tours; Elephant sleeping

Durban safari tours; Elephant sleeping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had great luck with Rhinos and the one male we found in a mud wallow during our South African safari was in the cutest position looking like a puppy the way his feet were close to his face!

 

 

 

 

 

Durban safari tours; Cute Rhino

Durban safari tours; Cute Rhino

Durban safari tours; Cute Rhino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made our way back up to the Centenary center for some lunch and then I got reports that the pride of Lions in the north were out in full view near the main road and close to the Memorial gate.

At this stage we were about 1.25 hours drive way which I managed in 1 hour I think and we arrived to a brilliant sighting with no other vehicles except us! It was pure safari magic!

 

 

 

 

 

Durban safari tours; Lions

Durban safari tours; Lions

Durban safari tours; Lions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To find Lions out in the middle of the day was amazing and even more so as they were with their heads up most of the time! Our Durban safari tour was really becoming a special one and these Lions really made our day.

It is time now that these two young males and young female of the pride move on to prevent fights and in breeding so it is possible that today was an indication of this change. Always so exciting to see change on an African safari.

 

 

 

 

 

Durban safari tours; Lion

Durban safari tours; Lion

Durban safari tours; Lion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was probably more relieved than my clients to have seen Lions! Every one thinks a guides job is so glamorous but at the end of the day there are pressures which we feel to deliver the best that a safari can offer. Its our job!

We headed back to Hilltop camp and it was almost 16:00 so we had been out over 8 hours on safari in Africa.

We then would have dinner later and some rest before day three would begin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3: Durban safari tour 9-11th December 2015

 

 

 

 

 

The third day of our 3 day Durban safari tour began later at 8am and we enjoyed some breakfast before putting the finishing touches on our Hluhluwe game reserve safari before heading to St Lucia for a 2 hour Hippos and crocodile tour.

We had some lovely sightings before we left of Buffalo, Zebra and Rhino!

 

 

 

 

 

Durban safari tours; Buffalo

Durban safari tours; Buffalo

Durban safari tours; Buffalo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was not 10:30 and time to head to St Lucia – Isimangaliso Wetland park for the boat cruise. We almost had the boat to ourselves at this world heritage site and enjoyed some great sightings of Hippos, Bull Sharks, 1 Crocodile and lots of Bird life.

 

 

 

 

 

Durban safari tours; Flamingos

Durban safari tours; Flamingos

Durban safari tours; Flamingos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Flamingos are a real treat in St Lucia estuary now as we only see them if the water level is low and its very low so we saw two flocks!

 

 

 

 

 

Durban safari tours; Hippos

Durban safari tours; Hippos

Durban safari tours; Hippos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hippos were very sleepy today and we only had one opportunity for a Hippo yawn and I missed it! Having said that it is always an amazing experience and a great tour being around 2.5 hours from Durban and a great additive on our Durban safari tours.

 

It was then time to have some lunch in the town of St Lucia and then head back to Durban. We arrived as the sun was beginning to set and were pretty happy with the 3 days we had spent together on our African safari.

 

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