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 Post subject: First visit to Addo. Need some advice please
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:42 am 
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Looking forward to my first visit to Addo in July this year, camping booked and paid. (Main camp)

Would love some advice on the following:
1. Weather in July? What to expect
2. Some nice spots/water holes for birding
3. Nice routes to follow for evening drive or morning drive.

General tips for more enjoyment on our 2 week stay.

Sincere thanks
Gert


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 Post subject: Re: First visit to Addo. Need some advice please
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:49 am 
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Welcome to the forum Gert.

1. Cannot help you with, maybe the locals can
2. The main camp is goot. There is a hide and waterbirds are there. We have seen greater DC subbirds on the aloes and green woodhoopoes among others. There are also 'bush' birds like indogo birds, and when we were there some red wing starlings were making a nest in thhe cafeteria roof causing the staff to move the tables far away in case of a direct hit.
3. Drive down to Marion Baree, or Hapoor or Domkrag. I also like the Carol's Rest area.

Enjoy it.

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 Post subject: Re: First visit to Addo. Need some advice please
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We were there in July, two years ago.

Had one rainy day, but rest was open blue skies. Cold in the mornings and evenings, but not ice cold during the day.

Enjoy your visit, it's a magical park!!!

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 Post subject: Re: First visit to Addo. Need some advice please
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Gert Very, welcome to the Forum :thumbs_up:

1. Weather:
Well, we have been to Addo the past 2 years in July and although it is winter rainfall area, we had slight rain now and then, but enjoyed the time there. It is cold in the mornings, so plan accordingly.
According to the Addo brochure, they have 2 peak rainfall times i.e. Feb-March and Oct-Nov. The temperature in July varies between 5 - 18 degrees. You might encounter some warmer days as we have experienced, but also one year we had a rain storm for one day causing flooding in the neighbouring towns.

2. Nice spots/water holes for birding
There is a bird hide in the Main camp and two waterholes which is flood lit in the evening where you can enjoy some ellies and other.
Another bird hide is at Spekboom further down to the south of the park and close to a very nice picnic site (Jack's picnic) with great braai facilities and refreshment areas and a sighting board.
The area where I have spotted some great birds are from the viewpoint looking across the Domkrag dam (Domkrag named after a large tortoise jacking up cars :D ). I have spotted some interesting birds on Harvey's loop on the southern side of the park as one crosses the central area.
On all the different roads, you will get some birdies and look out on the section past Marion Baree to the south for some Secretary birds. Lots of Black shouldered kites around but lot of activity close to Domkrag waterhole.

3. Nice routes
All the routs are great, and the road in very good condition. Gwarrie Pan has been good for large ellie herds (the elephants are a lot more relaxed than those in Kruger). We spotted some lions and hyena on the road past Marion Baree, but also on Harveys loop and just outside the Main campgate. They also love Carol's rest area with the open plains which host some eland and zebras kudus and all the smaller creatures.

Be careful of the black rhino, they can be temperamental and territorial as I had a bad experience once on the Ngulube loop.

But to give you an idea what to expect, you can have a read:
Addo July 2013

Hope this helps. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: First visit to Addo. Need some advice please
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:55 pm 
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Hi Gert,

Hope you enjoy Addo. It is a smallish park to spend 2 weeks in if you are a restless sort of person. If you take it slowly, you will be very happy.
1. Cold weather is bad for elephants and most large animals -- they disappear into the spekboom forest and you don't see them, especialy if it is windy. But it is brilliant for bird watching. The mornings are chilly, and you can ride right up to many kinds of birds -- they sit right next to the road, fluff up their feathers and wait for the rising sun to warm them up -- you can get real close for excellent pics.
I have seen a flock of about 15 hoopoos just after Marion Baree, flitting around like butterflies on both sides of the road... you get plenty of bokmakierie, bubu shrike, bulbuls, sparrows etc. along the road. In camp the usual sunbirds and bishop birds at the hide... wood hoopoos are common in camp etc.
2. Warm weather is brilliant for huge elephant herds that come down to drink at MOST waterholes -- just check the sightings board -- they have favourites different times of the year, but Hapoor and Gwarriepan must be the favourites most of the time. There are always plenty of tortoises, warthog and kudu to amuse your family.
Lions are a bonus; caracals quite common; suricat often seen at Hapoor and on the Woodlands loop.

Enjoy!
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 Post subject: Re: First visit to Addo. Need some advice please
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Thanks for the great advice, I am an avid bird watcher and photographer, 2 weeks in a small park is nothing, I usually wish for longer stays. So looking forward that I have started packing the caravan...


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 Post subject: Re: First visit to Addo. Need some advice please
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If you want to see the Ellies,make sure that you are at Hapoor Dam from 11h30 onwards.That is the time they start arriving to drink water.You can easily spend 2 hours watching them at the waterhole.


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 Post subject: Re: First visit to Addo. Need some advice please
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Tiko wrote:
If you want to see the Ellies,make sure that you are at Hapoor Dam from 11h30 onwards.That is the time they start arriving to drink water.You can easily spend 2 hours watching them at the waterhole.

Hi do I understand correctly that Feb/ March is not a good time to visit? Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: First visit to Addo. Need some advice please
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Feb is a brilliant time to visit. We spent a few days there, the area around the waterhole in front of the camp was flooded and lots of water around. It did not rain at all while we were there. It is a brilliant camp to spend warm summer days, with one of the best pool areas, a great bird hide in the camp and a restaurant with a really nice veranda section for hot days.

That is just the camp :D

We have visited Addo in Feb, April, June and Aug/Sep, and did not find a difference in the game viewing. We had an awesome time driving around during Feb. Good Elephant sightings, a few buffalos, Eland, raptors and early morning Jackals etc. Did not see lions on that particular trip (3 days)

We did a sunset drive, good sightings and a wonderful sunset drinks in the park with the sun setting behind the hills in a pink sky.

We have visited Addo in every season, and I think Feb must have been our favourite. We enjoyed the park equally as much on all the visits, but we found the times in camp more enjoyable in Feb (Probably would be the same for all the summer months)

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