Country & Coastal Touring

Safari Day Tour Around Durban to Big 5 Game Reserve

Many of Durban’s visitors are in the city because of work commitments. They may be visiting because of a conference, or be employed on a contract basis, or even be in Durban to study. The two clients I collected early one morning were here because of the latter; they were working on their studies at the local university. The girls only had a weekend available so on a saturday morning we headed north to Zululand.

Brownhooded Kingfisher at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa
Brownhooded Kingfisher at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

Safari Day Tour Around Durban to Big 5 Game Reserve

Our trip up to the park was great. One of the girls was originally from Zimbabwe so we had a some interesting conversation comparing South Africa and Zimbabwe; it seems both countries do face very similar challenges!

We arrived at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Game Reserve a little earlier than anticipated which was perfect as the day was shaping up to be a good one. On a previous trip a day or two before I had spotted lion some distance in the park and decided to first have a look and see if they were still around.

Lion at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

As luck would have, the lion were still in the same spot as before! After some time chatting about the lion we left them to enjoy their morning and continued on our way. One of the girls had mentioned to me how “elephant” was sort of the families totem animal, so I was keen to get some good views of these animals.

Hoopoe in the road at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa
Hoopoe in the road at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

Elephant at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

We were lucky with elephant on two occasions. On the first we came across a young bull elephant enjoying a muddy hole by himself. We parked nearby and enjoyed the spectacle until he noticed us and came over to inspect us. I will admit I held my breath a bit as he approached the vehicle, as young as he was he still easily dwarfed us!

On the second occasion we were leaving the park when we came across an entire herd of elephant. I parked alongside an animal pathway and we all got to enjoy the elephants walking past us onto the pathway. It pays to know animal behavior as other vehicles had made u-turns because they simply associated the animals as being a danger at that point. Fact is they were more interested in an afternoon graze than us at that point.

Ground Hornbill at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa
Ground Hornbill at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

Birding in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

There are always animals that visitors want to see, rhino, elephant, lion etc, so it was a nice change of ace when one of the girls mentioned how they were new into birding. We had great sightings of a number of species of birds, including a Yellow Billed Kite which to me always announces the summer is back with the returned presence.

Finally, after a bit of curio shopping at the gate, we were all good to head back to Durban after what I believe was a very successful excursions to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve from Durban. We had spotted the 4 of the big5 and a large number of other game including bushbuck and waterbuck, not too mention butterflies and birds.

Fiscal Shrike at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa
Fiscal Shrike at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

Booking a Safari Day Around Durban

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Country and Coastal Touring

Country and Coastal Touring CC are registered tour operators and guides based in the city of Durban, South Africa. We run a number of pre-planned tours to big 5 Safari Park such as the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, Kruger National Park as well as other parks.

We offer a range of day tours, overnight tours and extended tours that showcase the best that Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa has to offer. We also offer an itinerary planning service so simply let us know what you’re after and we’ll put together a itinerary that will suite you and your budget.

All our guides are qualified and registered with the relevant authorities. Our vehicles are air-conditioned and licensed with the relevant authorities and all drivers/guides hold professional driving permits.