I couldn’t resist posting on this. I went to a game park called hluhluwe (pronounced: Shlushlooway… as if that helps). It was amazing.
The first night we decided to take advantage of the relative safety of St. Lucia (the town where we stayed) and go for a walk. There were two dogs (that seemed to come free with the house we rented) that decided on their own to come along with us. My friend Luis – as we left the front gate – warned that we might across some animals (like a hippo) and that if the dogs barked we should be aware. I thought that was ridiculous.
Sure enough, just as I walked ahead of the group pretending to know where I was going, the two dogs took off barking into the yard of the house to our left. As I looked over I saw I ginormous (that’s metric) HIPPOPOTAMOUS about 10 meters away (pictured below)!
Hippo during night walk (picture not to scale)
While my friends were brave enough to watch the hippo from a distance for a bit… I was halfway home within seconds. Though I’ve never shared a strong connection with dogs, I think those two Labradors knew that these stupid Americans were about to get themselves in trouble and thought it wise to come give us a hand.
Our little hippo experience set us up for a wonderful safari two days later. We saw giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, warthogs (Pumba), buffallo, impala, rhinos, baboons and… oh yeah… this elephant:
Elephant chilling out nearby
Elephant taking interest
Elephant taking lots of interest
I’ll let you guess what happens next
Because of the rain I didn’t take my nicer camera – but I can guarantee you I’ll be doing one of these again soon!