Country & Coastal Touring

Safari Tours to Game Reserves from Durban

This blog hasn’t received much love lately. I should definitely be updating the site far more regularly than I am, but as it happens I have a good excuse. The last few months (has it been that long!) I have been enjoying back to back tours all over KwaZulu-Natal; taking visitors to the Drakensberg Mountains, or exploring the battlefields and of course the safari parks, all from our hometown of Durban.

White Rhino
White Rhino

Safari Tours to Game Reserves from Durban

Instead of detailing every trip, I thought I would just post some of my favorite moments of the last few safari tours.

Lions

Pride of Lions at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve
Pride of Lions at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

Everyone always wants to see lions on a safari tour; not that easy when you have limited time on a day tour. On one of our recent day tours to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game park I spotted a pride of lions some distance away in a dried up river bed. The lions noticed us at the same time and so we all spent some time watching each other!

Lion at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Durban Day Safari Tour
Lion at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Durban Day Safari Tour

Then all of a sudden one of the females noticed a warthog nearby and in a flash she was up chasing the warthog down. The lioness and warthog disappeared into the undergrowth and all that remained was the squeals as the lioness caught the warthog, and then silence. Sounds terrible, but it was very exciting to witness a lion kill.

Giraffe

Young Giraffe and Mother at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve
Young Giraffe and Mother at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

Giraffe are always exciting for visitors to see, they are such a strange sight and everybody is thrilled when we come across a “journey” or “tower” of giraffe. On this occasion, my visitors were blown away by this little guy, who seemed so human when his “mom” started grooming him to his annoyance!

Young Giraffe at the the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Big 5 Day Safari Tour
Young Giraffe at the the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Big 5 Day Safari Tour

Zebra

Giraffe and Zebra at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Big 5 Safari Tour
Giraffe and Zebra at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Big 5 Safari Tour

Giraffe and zebra together is actually quite a common sight. It’s a truism of sorts that whenever you come across a fair sized “journey” of giraffe, you’ll spot zebra nearby. It’s quite wonderful

Dazzle of Zebra at the Tala Game Reserve of a Durban Day Tour
Dazzle of Zebra at the Tala Game Reserve of a Durban Day Tour

the way different species of animals can just get along… we humans definitely need to learn from these gracious animals.

Rhino

Isn’t it devastating that at the current rate of poaching, that in the next 10 years the only rhino we or our children will ever get to see will be in a picture! Unfotelunatly the solution to poaching is not as simple as people would like to think, there is social and economical factors at play that need to be resolved before we see a decline in the numbers of animals poached.

White Rhino and Calf
White Rhino and Calf

It’s these sad facts that make spotting a rhino in the wild so exciting… more so when a calf is in tow! This mum and calf were being watched over from a dedicated anti-paoching ranger sitting nearby under the shade of a silver thorn acacia tree.

Waterbuck

Waterbuck at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Big 5 Safari Tour
Waterbuck at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Big 5 Safari Tour

Waterbuck are quite interesting from the point of view that even today, natural scientists still do not know what the purpose of the white “ring” marking on the rump of the waterbuck is for. Of course the most accepted theory is as a ‘marker’ for other members of the herd to follow through the thick bush, but there’s still a question mark about this. Either way, they still funny to look at!

Lion at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Durban Day Safari Tour
Lion at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on a Durban Day Safari Tour

Hippo are accused as being responsible for more human deaths in Africa than any other mammal. It’s a bit of an unfair accusation. Hippo don’t purposely attack humans except out of fear or territorial scuffles. The fact is many people throughout Africa still collect water from rivers for their daily needs, and because hippo live in these waters, the chances of bumping into one are extremely high. Fortunately this picture was taken from the safety of a hide so no danger to use at all!

Elephant

Elephant at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve
Elephant at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

Elephant are again a favorite among visitors. They seem such gentle giants, and often appear to me to be deep in thought! Elephants can be pretty dangerous as many people have discovered; cars get pushed, vehicles charged. Although I’m generalizing a great deal, it does seem to me that in many if the incidents reported, it’s kinda us humans at fault, getting to close to the elephants.

Tours to Game Reserves in KwaZulu-Natal

I’m so incredible fortunate to live in a country that has all these exciting animals nearby. If you wish to experience for yourself the thrill of game viewing, drop us a line and we’ll be only too happy to set up a tour for you, so contact us today to book your spot.


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