Last weekend it was my turn for HR duty at Addo, so early on Friday morn SO and I hitched our caravan and set off at a leisurely pace to Addo. Soon we had the 300kms behind us, and we were entering the gate to the main camp. No matter how many times I enter a SANPark, the thrill of entering a Park is just as intense as it always ever has been.
The guys at the Addo gate are so friendly - hats off to them for always managing a broad welcome smile, no matter how many cars have already been through the gate that day
And the same for the reception staff. I have done some time behind the counter there ... it amazes me how they make it sound like you are the first person they are telling which way to your accommodation when meanwhile you are number 200 probably. And of course, they greet you like you are the first and only customer of the day!
The weather over the weekend was really cold! However, our spirits were not dampened! The sun tried hard to break through the clouds many times. Addo does seem in urgent need of rain though. I have not seen the veld there quite so dry. The water holes and dams did have good levels of water in them, but this is due to the fact that there is no natural surface water in the main game area and water is pumped.
The camping area was perfectly quiet both evenings we were there
The revamped ablution blocks are looking good! And the Interpretive Centre is coming along nicely - cannot wait for it to be completed.
The bird hide in the camp always delights!
And then there were the sightings ... doing fence patrol has some perks (many actually
) and I must share who we met along the route ...
Thanks to the sharp eyes of my HR partner, this magestic beast was lying about 5 metres from us ....
I am waiting for Megan to confirm ID of which of the Addo males he is. He must surely be the most magnificent lion I have ever seen. So strong and what a presence! Such an awesome experience. larger pic larger pic larger pic larger picOk will stop posting pics of him now - I am obviously very proud of the sighting
And then ... just a couple of kilometres down the track, who should we be blessed to see but Skukuza, the elephant bull moved to Addo from Kruger. It was fascinating to watch him - he was either asleep, or meditating. He had his eyes closed and was swaying back and forth very slowly and rhythmically. larger view
And they grow supurb buffalo at Addo too
This old dagga boy was on his way to Gwarrie Dam early on Sunday. larger view larger view
And to end - some of Addo's feathered inhabitants. larger view larger view larger view