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 Post subject: First time to Addo...
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:09 am 
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Hi everyone,

After flying into Cape Town from New Zealand, and spending Christmas with my wife's family, We are going to drive to Addo where we have six nights booked (4 nights in a safari tent at the main Addo camp, two nights in Spekboom) from the 17th of Jan.
I've never driven that far East, but am assuming the N2 is the best way to go? We've got one night booked in Plet on the 16th so we cover most of the distance in one day, but when getting closer to PE, what is the best route to take (if any are better than the others)
Also, at this time of year, are there any trends as to where certain animals can be found (a keen photographer here so once i find something i'm likely to sit and watch for hours on end...)
Also, are there any other general hints and tips as where to go / what to look out for when in the park?

Thanks in advance for any help and Merry Christmas!


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 Post subject: Re: First time to Addo...
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:46 am 
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Hi xlawrencex, welcome to the forum and South Africa. You will notice that us South Africans aren't as bad as the rugby commentators make us out to be. :lol:

We too are doing a Addo trip early Jan, and cannot wait to get there. We were there January 2012 as well and when you have an extended time like you have, you have no rush to get through the park but you can be selective on where you venture for the day. One of the definite hotspots is Hapoor dam, which is in the Northern section, where hundreds of elephants congregate in the afternoon for water and lots of socialising. There are viewing boards, at Main camp and Jacks camp, where visitors indicate where they have spotted game. This will give you an idea of where to head off to.

Your trip up form Plett you can enter in the Southern gate near Colchester and this will give a nice drive through the park to main camp, just stay on the N2 all the way though P.E. and follow the signs.

Have a blast.


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 Post subject: Re: First time to Addo...
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Welcome to the forum xl.

I usually drive the N1 to Worcester and take the R62 to Oudtshoorn to avoid the holiday traffic and the many speed cameras.

The safari tents at Addo camp are on the fence, so keep an eye open when you are there.
Otherwise timing is everything.

PeterPM has given you good advice. The other place to park is Domkrag dam, and of course, the main waterhole not far from the entrance gate.

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 Post subject: Re: First time to Addo...
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Hi xlawrencex

Yip, the South Gate is the best option. Its a pleasant drive through both sections of the park to the main camp from the South Gate, which can take up to anything from 1 hour to 3 hours depending on sightings.

Stay on the N2 through PE. There is a board saying Addo Elephant park in/just outside PE which takes you to the main camp gate. Do not take this one. Continue for about 10 minutes out of PE. You will cross the Sundays River and then take the next left towards Colchester. The turnoff to Addo Elephant Park will then be on your right.

Enjoy the trip. Both Safari and Spekboom tents are brilliant.

Best wishes and safe journey.

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 Post subject: Re: First time to Addo...
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Thanks very much everyone, I think we're going to take the south gate / Colchester entrance. Is it best t0o stock up on supplies, food etc in PE, or are there closer supermarkets on the way to the park. Also i'm assuming charcoal/wood and meat for the braai inside the park shop are similarly priced to the Kruger shops?
Cheers again everyone and Merry Christmas


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 Post subject: Re: First time to Addo...
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xlawrencex wrote:
Is it best t0o stock up on supplies, food etc in PE, or are there closer supermarkets on the way to the park.
There is a fairly well stocked Spar at Colchester; but if you wish to get a lot of stuff, maybe a stop in PE will be better. But the Spar at Colchester is simpler driving wise.

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Also i'm assuming charcoal/wood and meat for the braai inside the park shop are similarly priced to the Kruger shops?
Cheers again everyone and Merry Christmas
Probably yes - re the prices :lol: The shop in Addo is not huge though ....

And a very Merry Christmas to you too :D

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