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Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 6:57 pm 
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Hi All,
Thanks for your responses. We certainly will self-drive around the park but will also avail of either an evening or night drive, too.

What is the hiking like in the Zuurberg (day hike)?

One other question - a bit off the topic I started but hopefully ok:
- we will need to drive to the Port Elizabeth airport on the morning of July 15, for a 9:30AM flight to CT; how long is the drive, and when should we leave, considering the departure time and we have to drop off our rental?
TIA

MINIMUM time to leave for PE 07 h 00

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Moonglum, last month we had to do a similar thing... we left Addo an hour and a half before we needed to book in for the flight. We did not have a rental to drop off, but that usually only takes a few minutes...unless you paying for it at drop off? PE airport is not the busiest in Africa :D.... so I'd suggest that you allow a minimum of 2 and half hours between leaving Addo and your flight takes off. You may leave the camp area before the gates open as there is a 24 guard at the gate.

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DB and HP agee :shock: moonglum - you have had good advice :lol:

You can see angels just take a lot longer to say something. HP lives in PE so I'd go with what he advices!

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What is the hiking like in the Zuurberg (day hike)?

It's well worth it to go for a walk in the Zuurberg - you'll get to see a whole new side of Addo with spectacular views, fynbos, beautiful forest.
There's a one hour hike that you can do if you don't want to spend the whole day walking. It is traverses mainly fynbos vegetation with a bit of thicket but you can see down into the forest below.
The four hour hike goes from fynbos down into forest and back up again with a beautiful river pool to relax at on the way. Its a bit of a steep climb at the end but definitely worth it. The hike does go onto a farm for a bit (and then back into the park)...just stick to the most obvious trail on the farm portion so as not to get lost. If you want to do this hike at your own pace and stop along the way, it will take a bit longer than 4 hours.

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 Post subject: Addo - Game drives or Eyethu hop-on
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We will be visiting Addo in late October for 3 nights. Can anyone advise as to whether we should book the Game drives or get a hop-on guide (or maybe a mixture of both!)

Any advice about this or anything else will be much appreciated as this will be our first visit.

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Maybe a mixture of both. With a hop on guide you get personalized attention and info etc.
With the game drive you get the advantage of the added height of the vehicle.
When you know a little more about the park and the animals, then do self drive.


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I would suggest hiring a hop-on guide for a 2-hour drive during the day (they operate 8am to 5pm) and then taking a night drive for a chance to see some nocturnal animals.

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 Post subject: 2007 Addo Elephant 100Mile and 50Mile Trail Runs
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2007 Addo Elephant 100Mile and 50Mile Trail Runs

Once again, a huge thank you to the volunteer crew manning the check points and along the route. Heavy rainfalls the day before forced us to re-route both the 100Miler and the 50Miler, and the total commitment and dedication of the crew ensured the success of the events. Congratulations to AO Okreglicki, winner of the 100Miler, Jo Mackenzie, first lady; and in the 50Miler, local runner Michael Hendricks was first to cross the finish, with Laura Forster taking first ladies' title.

Here are the scheduled viewing times we have received from Super Sport. Please check the schedules in case of any last minute changes.

Monday, 16July 19:30 Super Sport 1
Tuesday, 17July 05:00 Super Sport 1
Wednesday, 18July 14:00 Super Sport 5
Thursday, 19July 04:30 Super Sport 1
Thursday, 19July 04:30 CSN
Saturday, 21July 06:30 Super Sport 1
Saturday, 21July 06:30 CSN
Saturday, 21July 15:15 Super Sport 5
Sunday, 22July 08:30 Super Sport 2
Monday, 23July 09:30 Super Sport 2
Wednesday, 25July 13:30 Super Sport 1
Wednesday, 25July 23:00 Super Sport 2

Enjoy the production. See you for the 4th Addo Elephant Trail Runs on 01 May 2008.
Nadia, Estienne and Simon
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Thank you Owl, Nadia, Estienne and Simon and also to everyone else involved!

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 Post subject: Addo Game Drive
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Sorry if there is already a thread on this subject but can you tell me if the formal game drives are something we should consider - morning, sundowner, evening? with trained guides or is driving ourselves around just as good?
We will be in Addo from Feb 5 to 9, 2010 - first time there - and will have a rental car.
We are from Canada and don't want to miss anything! and with as much as South Africa has to offer that won't happen but want to see as much as possible.
Any advice greatly appreciated.
The photos on the forum are absolutely amazing :clap: Thanks to everyone for sharing :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Addo Game Drive
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Hi Movinon welcome to the forum.

If there's room in your car you can hire a hop-on guide, scroll down this page for more information.

You'll also see that there are SANParks guided activities, which are worth while as they will take you out into the park when it's dark.

Having said all that its also very worthwhile to do game drives on your own. There's nothing quite the feeling you get spotting animals on your own.

Whatever you do I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time.

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 Post subject: Re: Addo Game Drive
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A guided game drive always gives some added value. This is especially true if you do not know the animals and environment that well. The guide will give you some good information, that will add value to your experience.

Experiencing nature from an open game viewing vehicle is also a good experience.

The official SANParks drives also gives the added bonus, of being able to experience nature outside of the official gate times. This is often times of darkness, where many of the nocturnal animals is active. This gives the opportunity of some special sightings, which would not be likely during the day.

I would strongly recommend that you do take part in these activities.

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 Post subject: Re: Addo Game Drive
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Thanks everyone. A guided tour will be one of our adventures.


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 Post subject: Re: Addo Game Drive
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Go for the night drive! :dance: :dance: The sundowner doesn't spend enough time in the darkness. To me, night/ evening drives are always the highlight of a trip to a national park, especially Addo. I've had some incrdible sightings on these drives. It also gives you the chance to see the park after the gates have closed. It's a magical experience being the only people out in the park, in the dark and quiet :D . Don't miss out!


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 Post subject: Ranger Guided or similar hikes in Eastern Cape Parks
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We have just returned from a ranger guided 2 day walk in Kruger and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being in the bush with the animals. Only problem is that it is one heck of a long way from PE. We were wondering if there are any similar hikes in the local parks like Addo or Mountain Zebra?
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