What a crazy few weeks, with tours around Durban coming fast and furious! When I received a booking for an overnight safari tour to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, I was quite thrilled; there’s nothing like a few days in the African veld, far removed from city’s to recharge the batteries!

herd of elephant spotted at the hlluhluwe imfolozi game reserve on this overnight safari tour

Herd of Elephant on the move at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on this Overnight Safari Tour.

Overnight Safari Tour

I collected my guests from their hotel in Umhlanga (The Oyster Box) and we headed up the North Coast to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. Along the way I chatted about the history of Durban, as well as the Zulu people. Both my guests, Michael and Iris were really fascinated by Zulu culture, so we spent a lot of time on this; it did however make the 3 hour drive fly by!

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

We had planned to spend the full two days in the park because of the limit on time. So it was a really early start (6am) and we were in the park by 9am. We headed toward the northern section (Hluhluwe) where we stumbled upon Elephant almost immediately!

Early Evening Open Vehicle Game Drive

From hereon in things just got better and better and before we had even stopped for lunch, we had spotted Elephant, Giraffe, Nyala, Chacma Baboon, Buffalo, Waterbuck and Bushbuck! After lunch and a short rest, my clients hopped onto an open vehicle game drive where they excitedly reported back they had seen Genet, a Honeybadger and Rhino!

Nile Crocodile at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

Nile Crocodile at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

We were up nice and early the following morning, and we headed straight to the south, the Imfolozi section of the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. Along the way we got caught up in two roadblocks, one consisted of a herd of Elephant with very young calves, and then a Journey of Giraffe!

Did you know? The White Rhino is also known as the Square Lipped Rhinoceros. The term “White” comes not from it’s coloring but rather from a mistranslation of it’s original Dutch name, “Wijd”; meaning wide as in “wide mouthed”.

Finally we were in the southern section of the game reserve, hoping to find some cats. Unfortunately we never found Lion, but we were able to find Cheetah (granted the Cheetah was some distance away, but still!). We also saw Impala (a pair of males rutting) as well as Wildebeest and Warthog.

giraffe at the hluhluwe imfolozi game reserve

Giraffe at the Hlluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

King Shaka International Airport

Finally though it was time to leave. The park had one more trick up it’s sleeve and as we left my guests were able to spot Hyena! Some 2 and a half hours later I dropped my guests off at King Shaka International Airport. From the smiles they still had on their faces, I believe they had a great time!

If you would like to book an Overnight Safari Tour, or would like us to plan an itinerary for you, just use the contact form below to get in touch and we’ll get started planning today!

Country and Coastal Touring is a registered tour operator and tour guiding company situated in Durban, South Africa.

Address: 38 Horseshoe Crescent, Waterfall, South Africa, 3610

Telephone: +27317623374


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A Private Overnight Family Safari Tour from Durban - Country & Coastal TouringCountry & Coastal Touring · 7 August, 2017 at 2:07 pm

[…] Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve is a great place to visit if you have limited time in Durban during your vacation. Situated an easy 2,5 hours north of the Durban, the park is KwaZulu-Natal’s largest Big 5 game reserve, and our destination for a private overnight family safari tour from Durban. […]