Pictures from Hluhluwe-Imfolozi
October 19 Hluhluwe-Imfolozi
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve was founded just over a hundred years ago, for the purpose of preserving the rhinoceros, and this statue at the Centenary Centre in the park commemorates that fact. The rhinoceros preservation has worked very well, and many other animals are living here too.
You can't go to a game park in Southern Africa without seeing herds of impala at every turn. But these two were jousting a bit, so we paused to watch them.
We had seen a lot of zebras in Kruger Park, but the facial stripes on this one made an interesting picture worth stopping for.
There was a giraffe standing on a ridge, silhouetted against the sky like a sentinel. Often giraffes will stand and look for lions, but Hluhluwe-Imfolozi has only a very small number of lions, so there was probably some other reason.
Early in the morning, soon after we entered the park, we came across a single spotted hyena wandering across the road in front of our car.
There were a lot of interesting birds in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi. We managed to identify a couple of species of larks, of which there are dozens of drab-looking species in Southern Africa. Easier to identify was this Crowned Lapwing right beside the road near the Centenary Centre.
And this Wooly-necked Stork that we encountered far up in the back country, along with two Secretarybirds and some warthogs.
And this Hamerkop; we saw it from the bird hide at the Mphafa River, which was only a trickle. Oddly enough this was the fifth Hamerkop we had seen this year; in 2005 we saw several Hamerkop nests in Southern Africa but none of the birds.
Also at the Mphafa hide was this Mocking Cliff-chat, along with a pair of Little Bee-eaters which were too far away for a good photograph.
We had already seen bunches of these flowers on the trip to Cape Vidal, and they were quite common in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi. They are candy-striped crinum and they belong to the amaryllis family.
We had seen this flower on a few occasions, too. It belonged to a bush or tree with leaves that looked very much like acacia leaves, but we could never find it in our little flower identification book.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is still doing its job of protecting the rhinoceros. This white rhinoceros was causing a small traffic jam by standing in the middle of one of the park roads.