Hluhluwe-Imfolozi

Pictures from Hluhluwe-Imfolozi

October 19 Hluhluwe-Imfolozi

Rhinoceros statue

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.

Impala

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.

Zebra

We had seen a lot of zebras in Kruger Park, but the facial stripes on this one made an interesting picture worth stopping for.

Giraffe

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.

Spotted Hyena

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.

Crowned Lapwing

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.

Wooly-necked Stork

And this Wooly-necked Stork that we encountered far up in the back country, along with two Secretarybirds and some warthogs.

Hamerkop

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.

Mocking Cliff-chat

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.

Crinum delagoense

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.

Acacia flower

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.

Rhinoceros

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.

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