After a last minute booking (literally confirmed at 11pm at night!) I was up nice and early to prepare for a Durban Safari Day Trip to the Valley of 100 Hills. The itinerary for the day was to visit Tala Game Reserve, have a great lunch and then finish with a visit to PheZulu Safari park.
Durban Safari Day Trip
I collected my clients from their hotel (Umhlanga Protea) and headed out on the 60 minute drive to Tala Game Reserve. Along the way I chatted to Monique and Sarah (visiting social workers) about the history of Durban. The ladies asked loads of questions related to their profession about social welfare in South Africa, and although it’s not quite my specialty, I think I did okay!
We struck gold on entering Tala Game Reserve, with the Hippo out the water on the bank. They had calves that were nursing so it was great to see that! After the Hippo we traveled around the rest of the park, the ladies had their heart set on viewing Giraffe, which, after quite a bit of time, we found on the way out of the park!
The rest of our time in Tala Game Reserve was well spent, spotting pretty much all there was to spot in the park, from Eland to Impala, Kudu to Nyala, Wildebeest and Hippo. For those with limited time in Durban, this is honestly one of the best tours you join that will have you out and about in the African veld!
Next was lunch and off we went to my favorite haunt, Hillbillys in Bothas Hill. The owners Rachel and Brad go out of their way to make my guests feel welcome and comfortable. Both the girls decided to try the local special, “Bunny Chow“. Created by the indentured Indian laborers, the “bunny chow” has quickly become a lunch time must; nothing better than a curry in a fresh loaf of bread!
PheZulu Safari Park and a Zulu Cultural Show
After lunch we moved on to PheZulu Safari Park for the next part of our Durban Safari Day Trip. Here the girls got to enjoy a show that depicted the traditional courtship and marriage of the Zulu people in dance and song. We were also able to visit the small model Zulu village at PheZulu Safari Park for quick tour on the traditional Zulu way of life.
Finally it was back to Durban. Along the way I was able to drive the girls through a township called KwaNyswa which they were going to visit later on in their stay as part of their social work course. A fantastic day with wonderful guests!
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