The Whiffenpoofs at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve
An interesting title for a blog post I know, and although it wasn’t strictly a “tour” in the true sense of the word, it certainly deserves a mention!
Whiffenpoofs of Yale
Earlier in the year I received a request for a transfer of a group of singers from their Durban city B&B to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. Ben (the group manager) mentioned they were the Whiffenpoofs from Yale, something I had never heard of before so off I went to their web site for more info.
Because this was just a transfer, I wasn’t going to be able to spend too much time with the guys, but was fortunate enough to listen to them sing a farewell to the B&B staff; so talented! I highly recommend checking out their YouTube channel (just click on the link).
On Sunday I did take up a missing member from the Whiffenpoofs, Alexander, and was able to spend most of the day with him giving him a bit of a tour to the park.
Elephant in Musth
On of our early sightings was a Bull Elephant in musth. For those that don’t know, if there’s one definitive time in a male Elephants life where dangerous is an understatement, this is it!
I normally would have kept a nice gap between me and the Elephant, but a small traffic jam behind left me with few choices here. When in musth, bull Elephants are just so unpredictable, but watching him here, he seemed to be chilled, more interested in eating and stopping only too give himself a bit of a dust bath.
Based on his behavior, I did the only thing I could, waited till he was distracted by a particularly appetizing bush, then slipped by behind him! He did turn and give us bit of a head-shake which is Elephant talk for “watch out mate!” but other than that he seemed okay, turning to carry on munching. It took a little while but my heart rate did return to normal!
A few more hours in the park saw us spotting White Rhino, Buffalo, a Nile Crocodile, Nyala, Giraffe and of course Warthog. I didn’t see any Zebra until on the way out which was a little unusual. In the distance I also managed a very fleeting glimpse of a Waterbuck as well.
In truth the Hluhluwe section seemed a little quieter than usual, though the recent veld (bush) fires may have something to do with that. Still, a memorable day out and one I wouldn’t have swapped for anything.
Some more pics of the day…
An interesting moment on the way back to Durban from the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve was coming across this Sugar Cane field burning in the early evening. Sugar cane is burnt to remove dead and dry leaves and it drives away snakes and other biting critters before being harvested.
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