Well hello there!
Here's a two day TR, of my time spent in Addo, day one was 27th, day 2 on the 29th December 2011. I was born in the city of Port Elizabeth, but have not lived there for the past 27 years. I last visited family 6 years ago, and thought it about time for a visit. For those who are wondering, I usually head east, KNP, over the festive season. I had hoped to include at least 3 days in Addo, but it was not to be, family were already moaning about me spending two of my 6 days in Addo and not with them.
What a wonderful time I had, falling in love with Addo, after an absence of many years (was there when I was a kid- plus a shortish visit in the 90's). It was raining when I arrived on Christmas day in Port Elizabeth, and only cleared the 28th-so the visit on the 27th was with cloudy, rainy conditions. Not so the 29th-beautiful clear day.
Comparisons with KNP are inevitable, and despite the differences, Addo gave me some sightings which I have only longed for in KNP but never got. I saw Caracal (no pic though, as by the time I got my Camera in hand it was gone) Jackals twice (also no pics) and a few other sightings which will follow in this TR. Over 1000 photos for 2 days-sheer madness!
Addo is not quite small enough to do in one day, but quite big enough to do in two or ideally 3 days. Henk in his TR mentioned how crowded it was on the 29th- well i was crowded on the 27th too, despite the weather.
I knew from the start that any aspirations for a big 5 sighting in two days would be a hard ask, and one which I never got. with only 9 lions, there was a distinct possibility that I would not get to see them. I did get to see 4 of the big 5, and iwht many other sightings for which I will gladly swop for big 5 sighting any day. I would rather see raptors than Lions (now I am in trouble
) and Addo was spectacular with its abundance of raptors. No eagles though, but kites, buzzards and goshawks. Other comparisons will follow in the TR. I can gladly recommend a visit to Addo anytime, even instead of a trip to KNP or KTP. For those objecting to that sentiments, I offer you the opening pic. BEWARE!