It’s been hectic over the last few days, we’ve had quite a few day tours in Durban, so much so that today, which is a day off, I’m feeling a little lost!

cheetah at hluhluwe imfolozi game reserve

Cheetah at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

Day Tours in Durban

We had a number of day tours in Durban over the last week, some visitors headed out to Shakaland, others explored the Valley of 1000 Hills and of course there were plenty visitors booked for the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve tour. We’ve had both guests on holiday in Durban, as well as those just in Durban for the off the cruise ships.

guests enjoying the snake experience at the PheZulu Safari Park

Guests braving the resident snakes at the PheZulu Safari Park

Valley of 1000 Hills

The Valley of 1000 Hills is always a popular tour. We started with a visit to the PheZulu Safari Park, here guests get to visit the Reptile Park first where they get to grips with some interesting residents, from the Nile Crocodiles (did you know they can live to 100!) to the Adders and Mamba’s as well as a resident African Python!

Nile Crocodile at PheZulu Safari park

Nile Crocodile at PheZulu Safari Park

After the reptile park we headed to the Zulu village where a guide took us around a small village for an interesting tour of what living conditions were like a 100 years ago (and to some degree even today in rural areas) and then treated us to some wonderful Zulu dancing and singing.

From there it’s a short drive to Tala Game Reserve where we spent the rest of the afternoon game spotting, even stopping for a picnic under the Acacia Trees inside the park. The game drive was outstanding, we spent probably only 2 hours in the park (serious time constraints for my guests) yet saw pretty much every species in the park; Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Blesbok, Kudu, Eland, Wildebeest, Impala and so many more, and this not even including the fantastic bird life!


I had another group visit Shakaland as well. This is without doubt one of my favorite places to visit. And for the first time ever, we’ve introduced a new aspect to the tour by including a short walk of Dlinza Forest just outside a place called Eshowe.

Exploring Dlinza Forest outside of Eshowe

Exploring Dlinza Forest

The forest itself has a 125m boardwalk ending with a 20m tower for some outstanding views. We spotted Commodore Butterfly‘s and well as a rare (threatened) Spotted Ground Thrush. After the short walk under the cool canopy of trees, we headed out for Shakaland where once again we were just treated like royalty and despite the heat, were thrilled by the wonderful Zulu dancing (I just cannot say enough about the dancing!).

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

What can I say about the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve that I haven’t already said before? From Cheetah’s to mating Lions, from curious Rhino to indifferent Elephant, we’ve seen it all the last few tours. The highlight I must be honest though, has been the site of 3 Cheetah sitting within 3 meters of the road, just amazing.

Old Male Lion resting the banks of the Imfolozi River

Old Male Lion resting on the bank of the Imfolozi River

Of course visiting game parks is not just about the Big-5, it’s also about the warm African sun on your skin, or the buzzing of the busy insects and the rustle of a cool breeze. I could quite easily make my home in the bush!

monitor lizard

Monitor Lizard

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10 Things to do in Durban | Country & Coastal TouringCountry & Coastal Touring · 29 January, 2014 at 12:52 pm

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