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Oumie's Long awaited Addo trip.....Oct 2011

Unread postby Oumie » Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:59 pm

Geez....was last in Addo in 2005 :shock:

One more sleep :dance: then one night stay in Stormsriver Mouth...then Addo for 5 nights :D
Croc Bridge 17/4 - 19/4
Lower Sabie 20/4 to 10/5
Satara 11/5 to 17/5
Letaba 18/5 to 24/5
Shingwedzi 25/5 to 31/5
Tsendze 1/6 to 4/6
Satara 5/6 to 7/6
Maroela 8/6 to 11/6

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Re: Long awaited Addo trip.....

Unread postby Oumie » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:23 pm

Back from a great week away :D
Our first stop was Storms River for a night, it was so relaxing. We dicided that next year we will stay 2 nights on our way to Addo.
When we arrived in Addo it was hot, set up camp relaxed, then went for a drive, boy was it hot at 4pm! our car temp read 47.5 :shock:
It was hot on monday as well but not as hot as sunday....it got cooler as the week went by.
We had a Cardinal Woodpecter that had a nest in a hole in a tree right next to our rally tent. At night she would fly in and first look to see that there are not other birds in her hole....climb in and peek out looking at us while we were having sundowners and a braai.
Will post some photos of our trip as soon as I have sorted them :D
Croc Bridge 17/4 - 19/4
Lower Sabie 20/4 to 10/5
Satara 11/5 to 17/5
Letaba 18/5 to 24/5
Shingwedzi 25/5 to 31/5
Tsendze 1/6 to 4/6
Satara 5/6 to 7/6
Maroela 8/6 to 11/6

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Re: Long awaited Addo trip.....

Unread postby Oumie » Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:37 pm

Arrived at Storms River at 3pm booked in, was given stand no: 35 front row view :D
Arrived at 35 to find camping chairs..bicycles...toys and a sleeping bag on the stand :evil:
So then decided there and then he will move to no32. While he set the van up I went back to the office to tell them that stand 35 was occupied by toys ect. Was told that we could stay on 32 and he will send somebody to go and check why no 35 had all the stuff on the stand. Needless to say nobody came to check, so the people next to no 35 still used the site for the toys and bags ect.
Well we settled in with a nice cup of coffee watching the sea that was so nice and close by :D
our view from our caravan...
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This seagull decided he was going to be in the picture...
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Lovely pics of our sunset at Storms river...
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Was so nice going to sleep with the sound of the waves close by 8)
Croc Bridge 17/4 - 19/4
Lower Sabie 20/4 to 10/5
Satara 11/5 to 17/5
Letaba 18/5 to 24/5
Shingwedzi 25/5 to 31/5
Tsendze 1/6 to 4/6
Satara 5/6 to 7/6
Maroela 8/6 to 11/6

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Re: Long awaited Addo trip.....

Unread postby Oumie » Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:47 am

Arrived at Addo nice and early :D got a nice shady spot..set up camp and just relaxed for a while.
after a nice nap we set off for our afternoon drive.
These Eland were a bit far but got some photos.
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These two hartebeest were feeding but passed each other not looking at the other one
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Got to Carol's rest...these elephants were drinking...ah such a piecefull scene 8)
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They left...Zebra's arrived to have a drink but oh dear the water looked so muddy after the ellies left :(
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This guy has got his own 'mowhawk' hair do :lol:
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While they were drinking this elephant arrived in a hurry and chased the zebra's from the water ..
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On our way back to camp we saw a family of ostrch with some chicks..
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Croc Bridge 17/4 - 19/4
Lower Sabie 20/4 to 10/5
Satara 11/5 to 17/5
Letaba 18/5 to 24/5
Shingwedzi 25/5 to 31/5
Tsendze 1/6 to 4/6
Satara 5/6 to 7/6
Maroela 8/6 to 11/6

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Re: Long awaited Addo trip.....

Unread postby Oumie » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:38 am

10 Oct

Were a bit lazy..only left at 7am. Geez it was already hot...was going to be another HOT day today :roll:
This guy came strolling along the road with the greenery on his back...a snack for later :lol:
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Then stopped for a while to give us a pose...
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These Kudu's had their early morning drink
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This "Pumba" turned around and gave a the "what is your problem" look
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By now it was getting really hot...this one came down the sand road with a speed he could manage to get to the water...
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he/she at times rested with its tongue sticking out...shame he/she must have smelled the water
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Near the water hole these "spooks" were feeding
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Another two 'spooks' were drinking
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this guy came strolling passed the water...did not drink.
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Croc Bridge 17/4 - 19/4
Lower Sabie 20/4 to 10/5
Satara 11/5 to 17/5
Letaba 18/5 to 24/5
Shingwedzi 25/5 to 31/5
Tsendze 1/6 to 4/6
Satara 5/6 to 7/6
Maroela 8/6 to 11/6

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Re: Long awaited Addo trip.....

Unread postby Oumie » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:43 am

Sat watching the elephants while having our coffee & rusks.
These ellies arrived a while later with the little one too cute...
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playing with the water...
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by now it was really getting hot! decided to go back to camp, take a cold shower and just chill till the afternoon.
Croc Bridge 17/4 - 19/4
Lower Sabie 20/4 to 10/5
Satara 11/5 to 17/5
Letaba 18/5 to 24/5
Shingwedzi 25/5 to 31/5
Tsendze 1/6 to 4/6
Satara 5/6 to 7/6
Maroela 8/6 to 11/6

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Re: Long awaited Addo trip.....

Unread postby Oumie » Fri Oct 28, 2011 12:24 pm

Took a drive out at about 4:30 after our rest...
on the way we saw this warthog...looks like it was talking :lol:
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on our way to rooidam we saw this guy...nice tusks...
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At rooidam we sat there for the afternoon waiting for some animals to come while we had our cool drinks...
At about half past 5 we saw our first buffelo coming to have a drink :D
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they went to the back by reeds to have a drink..
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Croc Bridge 17/4 - 19/4
Lower Sabie 20/4 to 10/5
Satara 11/5 to 17/5
Letaba 18/5 to 24/5
Shingwedzi 25/5 to 31/5
Tsendze 1/6 to 4/6
Satara 5/6 to 7/6
Maroela 8/6 to 11/6

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Re: Long awaited Addo trip.....

Unread postby Oumie » Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:50 pm

11 Oct
Heard a Hyena whooping close to camp last night :D

went out a bit late this morning.....

Decided to go and have our breakfast at Jack's picnic spot. We took a slow drive down pass Rooidam...had our second cuppa and rusks there. Not many animals just Ellies as usual.
carried on down to Harpoor dam. Also just Ellies :(
Further on we saw this nice Ostrich Male
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got to the picnic spot..the weather was now not nice anymore overcast and a bit cool.
while having our breakfast this one came begging...
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They build a shop there now...going to be open by January next year. u will be able to buy milk, crips ect.

We then decided to go back to camp as the weather was not nice :(

Read our books on our new e-readers the whole afternoon :D
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Croc Bridge 17/4 - 19/4
Lower Sabie 20/4 to 10/5
Satara 11/5 to 17/5
Letaba 18/5 to 24/5
Shingwedzi 25/5 to 31/5
Tsendze 1/6 to 4/6
Satara 5/6 to 7/6
Maroela 8/6 to 11/6

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Re: Long awaited Addo trip.....

Unread postby Oumie » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:10 pm

12 Oct

Thank goodness it is not hot anymore! nice and overcast and cool.
We decided to take a drive right down to see what Camp matyholweni looks like....a long drive today:)
also to see if we could see the lions people saw on the Vukani loop.
Saw these kudu Bulls near Harpoor Dam, the one had a big growth on the one side

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These Red Hartebeest were cold...they cuddled into the grass...some were sleeping.
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Further down we saw this Pale Chanting Goshawk looking out for prey
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We saw a lot of these flowers around , this is a close-up of the flower
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Got to Camp matyholweni when we dicided to take a drive back outside the park :D
Got to Colchester stopped at the local shop there for some supplies. Took a lazy drive back to Addo Main Camp
Croc Bridge 17/4 - 19/4
Lower Sabie 20/4 to 10/5
Satara 11/5 to 17/5
Letaba 18/5 to 24/5
Shingwedzi 25/5 to 31/5
Tsendze 1/6 to 4/6
Satara 5/6 to 7/6
Maroela 8/6 to 11/6

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Re: Long awaited Addo trip.....

Unread postby Oumie » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:34 pm

13 Oct
The Hyena whooped again late last night :D
We decided to go for a long drive as this was our last day at Addo, also to go and look to see if we could see the lions that people saw on the Mbotyl loop.
We took the loop 37 first... these Vervets were feeding on the prickly pear trees, feeding on the new buds before it flowers.
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This one was biting chunks out of the flesh of the tree...
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further down this lone Buffelo came out of the bush to cross the road
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Down the road we saw this herd of Elephant coming towards us
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oh dear we just sat there we could not turn around as there were another car behind us...rather sit still and wait...
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Croc Bridge 17/4 - 19/4
Lower Sabie 20/4 to 10/5
Satara 11/5 to 17/5
Letaba 18/5 to 24/5
Shingwedzi 25/5 to 31/5
Tsendze 1/6 to 4/6
Satara 5/6 to 7/6
Maroela 8/6 to 11/6

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Re: Long awaited Addo trip.....

Unread postby Oumie » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:46 pm

This one was not too happy, kept on smelling the air
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This one walked right next to SO's side, it was so close u could hear its tummy rumble :D
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wow what an experience! if we were in Kruger we would have had a problem!

At the end of Harvey's loop this youngster gave us a nice pose, showing off his white beard :D
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We did not get to see the Lions :( maybe next time :wink:

We had a great 5 night stay at Addo.
Back to Cape Town... :think: planning our next trip for next year :D
Croc Bridge 17/4 - 19/4
Lower Sabie 20/4 to 10/5
Satara 11/5 to 17/5
Letaba 18/5 to 24/5
Shingwedzi 25/5 to 31/5
Tsendze 1/6 to 4/6
Satara 5/6 to 7/6
Maroela 8/6 to 11/6


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