On Safari: Color

After two nights of rain, our day to leave from Hluhuluwe brought us a bright sunrise.  We drove down the mountains, crossing into the iMfolozi section of the park, on our way to Shakaland.  As we passed by meadows of wildflowers blooming ephemerally, Emily proclaimed, “Africa is a land of color”.

From the red sunrises, to the faxen and green bushveld, to the animals, birds, and flowers, Africa has been a land of color.  The people also bring color to the landscape.  Their smiles, laughter and singing are accented by their clothes and even the paint they adorn their homes with when finishing their extended building projects.

We visited two cultural villages along our travels.  First in Swaziland we attended a program of song and dance, provided by the members of these Matsamo village just inside the border crossing.  Now, at Shakaland, a bit more of a living-history-theme style village (actually built around the movie set for several movies about the Zulu nation), we see the traditional dress of beads and animal skins, full of color.


About hermitsdoor

Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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6 Responses to On Safari: Color

  1. Barneysday says:

    Absolutely fabulous photos!

  2. Mother Suzanna says:

    Wow, I’m finally caught up! Loved your “test of seeing animals vs rocks, stumps and….”. In 1996, iMfolozi had just been connected to Hluhuluwe and I don’t recall elephants. Did you hear if they moved some of the Kruger elephants to Hluhuluwe or they came through the connecting bridge from iMfolozi? I am amazed at all the animals you saw! …herds of elephants and a leopard in a tree!! What a grand time you’ve had! And now taking in “theater” in Cape Town and more adventures to come. Watching Sandy roar in made me wonder of your concern. I was in Uzbekistan at the time of the 1989 EQ. There was no way to communicate so I just kept putting one foot in front of the other until got the group back to NYC. Hope you can do the same.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      I do not know about the elephants in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. They have exported rhino’s to many different locations. Regarding “following the news”, with the internet today, we are watching Hurrican Sandy move along the East Coast. Not much that we can do. We are also in touch with neighbors about weather contiditons, electricity being on etc. We can even check our power companies website and verify that 37 customers are without electricity in our Zip Code area. Amazing details. Dulles Airport closed yesterday. Hopefull all those airline custumers will be delivered before we queque up.

  3. cindy knoke says:

    Magical place, magical photos!

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Welcome to South Africa… Everything from the birds to the houses to the people is colorful here. Our culture is too into conformity, blending, meeting community association standards, that when someone is colorful they seem garish. Thanks for working your way back to these posts.

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