Pikkie, Dankbaar and Vlekkie....glad you all enjoying
PJ....this was my first time to Addo, and i really enjoyed it. I definately reccomment you make a plan to go Day 1:Part 2:
After a lovely breakfast, some steaming coffee, and some pure relaxation on the balcony, we decided to head off again. First of all, however, we spent some time planning a route. Unfortunately, the map we were using, was a little deceiving with regard to the Colchester section. On the map, it shows that this section borders the coastline, and we were told that one could go whale spotting there….well, for those of you who know Addo, we were highly disappointed. No such thing….and we spent half the day getting there, and half the day getting back
. Unfortunately, something we didn’t know, is that the Colchester area has pretty much no game…so it was also a very quiet afternoon
….but luckily, we are the sort of family who enjoy the trees, the birds, and the plane sweet beauty of the bush, so as disappointed as we were, we enjoyed exploring Addo.
When we reached Colchester, and realised there was nothing but a little town, and a little spar, we popped in at the spar for some lunch. Was a bit of an odd thing to do, but no one seemed to be able to tell us how to get to A
coastline view….never mind THE
coastline view we thought was waiting for us.
You gotta laugh at these situations
Anyway, we decided we’d head back and hopefully see some game as we approached main camp. It really is beautiful out there though….i especially loved the wild prickly pears and the cacti growing in the Colchester region….they were just too beautiful.
As we entered back into the main section of Addo, no more than 5km from the gate, we were surprised by a very cocky bull elephant LOL. Cheeky boy refused to get out the road and took great pleasure in making us reverse just over 1km before he decided he had had his fun for the afternoon. A beautiful boy…but cheeky.
We made good time, and decided to stop at Spekboom hide to see if there was any activity. We got there and decided we’d have a coffee break at the same time
. There was, unfortunately, no activity…other than the cheeky Boubou’s again. Such nosey birds
but really pretty.
My grandparents decided they were really tired after the drive, so they took the little car of the two and headed back to camp. The rest of us, however, didn’t quite have enough yet, so we stayed a little while longer, finished our coffee, and then decided to take a longer route back to camp.
(view from Spekboom hide)
We decided to take the main road the whole way up, but via Domkrag dam, as we hadn’t yet seen that road. Not long after the hide, we were caught up in a traffic jam….our first herd of ele’s
. What a beautiful herd too….little ones, a really big boy, and of course the cheeky teens. I was very surprised to see them all so calm, as I’ve come to understand by many that the Addo ele’s have a reputation of being rowdy and cheeky toward vehicles. I didn’t notice this at all though
We spent quite a while with them before heading on. We came across quite a lot of kudu and warthog on the way back to camp, as well as the odd Bokmokierie and Fiscal shrike. Nothing much more to report however.
We made it into camp around 5pm, and decided to freshen up before dinner. Not me however
Got to my chalet, cleaned up, grabbed my jacket, and my brother and I decided to head to the hide before meeting the rest of the family for dinner at the restaurant. This time, there was nothing at the hide….not even a sound. But it was so nice just sitting there, surrounded by the clean smells of the bush
. We then went up for dinner with the rest of the family, where we really enjoyed a wonderful meal, and friendly staff.
Of course after dinner, I was not ready to go up, so I managed to persuade the family to come see the hide (they hadn’t been down yet), and we all sat there for about 30min. Still no activity however…other than the sound of Jackals howling in the distance. Such serenity.