I collected my client from his hotel in Umhlanga for a Durban Day Safari at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. It was a pretty early start, I collected him at 6:30am which meant I had to leave home at 5:30am. I’m not much a morning person, but I was excited to go back into the bush so it wasn’t that bad.
Durban Day Safari at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve
On the 2,5 hour drive to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve I gave my client Vincent a basic history of Durban and the Zulu people. Vincent himself was Chinese and was greatly interested in the history of the Chinese people in Africa and South Africa. As luck would have it I had just recently finished a book that touched on this subject so was able to give some sort of feedback.
Elephant on our Durban Day Safari
On arrival at the park, I had just finished telling Vincent about what we look for when trying to find animals, when we came across Elephant droppings dead center in the road, and so very fresh! So right off the bat we knew there was Elephant nearby, and sure enough, not a few meters away behind a thick bit of bush, a big bull strolled out!
Lion Kill at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve
After some time spent with the Elephant, I could help but notice a number of cars hurrying by. I imagined a good sighting must be nearby so I followed the cars, and sure enough, we came across a Lion kill in the middle of the road! A number of cars we waiting by the carcass, hoping for the Lions to return, but I felt that since they had eaten, they would be somewhere nearby digesting their morning snack!
So knowing the area pretty well, I moved off some distance away, made a left turn, turned off the engine and listened. A minute or two later, I heard the sounds of twigs snapping, and there she was, a beautiful Lioness deep in the bush taking advantage of the shade!
The day was still early so we decided to carry on with our Durban Day Safari at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve and see what else could be found. So we headed south towards the Imfolozi section of the park towards Sontuli Loop and Bhejani Hide where we intended to have a picnic lunch.
The rest of the day went pretty perfectly. Vincent had asked about “were there any Giraffe in the park” and 2 min later we came across a whole journey of Giraffe! Zebra were plentiful, as were Wildebeest and Nyala. Although we spotted many Rhino, they were typically in the distance, and it was only as we were leaving a female popped out of the bush in front of us!
There were some fantastic bird sightings as well, from the White Fronted Bee-Eater, to Whitebacked Vulture’s and an Osprey. All in all this was a fantastic Durban Day Safari at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve! Scroll to the bottom of the page for more pictures of this tour.
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