Posted by: powellpjc | January 11, 2013

Safari. No Gun.

I rented a car ($25/day) and booked into a game reserve lodge, the Hilltop Lodge in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. 3 days, 2 nights. 96,000 hectares, this area used to be the private hunting grounds of the Zulu chief. It is the first game reserve created in Africa (1895) and a lovely place.

Hilltop lodge.

Hilltop lodge.


View from my chalet.

View from my chalet.


I had a BB+D chalet—bed, breakfast and dinner. A great view over the high veldt (1,000 m ASL) and peace and quiet.
I did a tour in my little Nissan through dirt roads looking for critters. There has been a lot of rain this year so the grass is high and that makes seeing the little fellows a bit harder. But I did just fine. Elephants, Cape Buffalo, Zebra and a bunch of antelope that I cannot name.
Tusker in the elephant grass.

Tusker in the elephant grass.


Ok, elephant ass. But a big ass.

Ok, elephant ass. But a big ass.


Cape Buffalo, far away, taking the waters.

Cape Buffalo, far away, taking the waters.


Cape Buff up close, thinking of taking me.

Cape Buff up close, thinking of taking me.


Good old zebra, munching away.

Good old zebra, munching away.


A big spider, overhead. Waiting for an elephant, I guess.

A big spider, overhead. Waiting for an elephant, I guess.


Giraffe. They have so much blood pressure going to brain that they can dip to drink for 40 seconds only, or it's migraine city. They sleep lying down, but with head straight up for same reason.

Giraffe. They have so much blood pressure going to brain that they can dip to drink for 40 seconds only, or it’s migraine city. They sleep lying down, but with head straight up for same reason.


Next night I went on a land rover tour. We started at 5 pm and finished well after dark at 9 pm. Sunset is about 6 pm. Well worth it.
The iconic dung beetle, rolling his ball of poo.

The iconic dung beetle, rolling his ball of poo.


The yellow weaver making his nest. The male does the work and must add a nursery for the eggs. If the female doesn't like the job, no date.

The yellow weaver making his nest. The male does the work and must add a nursery for the eggs. If the female doesn’t like the job, no date.


Same same.

Same same.


Vulture, waiting, waiting.

Vulture, waiting, waiting.


Another Cape Buff, one of the most dangerous animals in Africa (after the hippo)

Another Cape Buff, one of the most dangerous animals in Africa (after the hippo)


Sundown, Africa style.

Sundown, Africa style.


Lousy picture of White Rhino taking his time ahead of us.

Lousy picture of White Rhino taking his time ahead of us.


Saw mating lions on the road and we had to wait quite a while for them to clear off.
This lion is not sleeping. He has two young gals in the grass and he was not about to move.

This lion is not sleeping. He has two young gals in the grass and he was not about to move.


Also a couple of White Rhinos decided to amble down ahead of us and there was no passing them.
We’ve all seen too many National Geographics and all these animals in better photography conditions and with pros, but I include mine. They’re mine.

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  1. some nice shots of iconic African bush images…for me it was weaver birds, red termite mounds, flat bottomed cumulus clouds resting on flat topped acacia trees..I was hoping you might get inland once you arrived in SA. You may get to pass Jeannie Socrates on her solo circumnavigation..she should be heading your way pretty soon…

    • Yes, Lois, I know what you mean about the inland and hope to get there via western cape and Namibia. Is Ms Socrates heading eastabout or westabout and what kind of boat/name of boat?
      Pete


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