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 Post subject: Working Weekend in Addo
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:45 am 
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One month to go :dance: .

Last year I decided to do things a bit different for a change and not to take clients on hunting trips or to rugby matches, but rather to invite our biggest clients with SO's to join us for a long weekend in Addo.

Evererything to with transport and accomodation is done and we will leave Cape Town on the 28th of May at midday. It is going to be a bit different from other trips, but I will try to do a report anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: Working Weekend in Addo
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Thanks Billy and Dalene.

Part of the work is to introduce more people to Addo (halve of them have never been to Addo) and the rest would be to get the best sightings possible(what a pleasure). I think the fact that we will travel in 2 VW Kombi busses will help us to cover bigger parts of the park at the same time.


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 Post subject: Re: Working Weekend in Addo
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Yes, We will do all the catering ourself, but will also use the restaurant from time to time. We also plan to do a Saturday braai at the picnic spot.
There will also be radios between the kombis and it will really be a dream come true if we see Ardlam and cubs


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 Post subject: Re: Working Weekend in Addo
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The planning of this trip presented a few logistical problems.
Firstly was the accommodation. We needed to plan so that we can have meals together without desturbing any neighbours and without making someone feeling left out.
The decision at the end was to book all 5 safari-tents so that we can use the communial kitchen for ourself and then to book Hapoor Guesthouse to use as a place to eat together and to braai together. The people from Addo kindly agreed to supply the house with glasses, plates and stuff for 14 so that we don't need to carry things around.
I must say the support of the Addo personel was outstanding so far.


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 Post subject: Re: Working Weekend in Addo
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DinkyBird wrote:
This all sounds so wonderful - the Safari Tents, with their setting, are surely going to go down so well with your group! And you will be contained in virtually your 'own' area.


That was the idea when we booked all the tent, to get an area for ourself and the guesthouse as a place to be together with meals.


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 Post subject: Re: Working Weekend in Addo
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Another problem was our shopping. Since we are flying to PE we can't take to many stuff with us. We arrive at 13h00 and don't want to waste to many time with shopping. I know the shop in Addo is good, but I needed to be sure of having what we need at all times.
Somewhere else on this forum the Spar in Colchester was named as a possibilaty for shopping. I got hold of the owner(I think, maybe manager) who was very helpfull. I don't want to do advertising here, but seeing that they also house a liqour store, they are willing to pack all our requirements from a e-mailed shopping list and deliver it to Mathyolweni (south gate) on the day of our arival.


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 Post subject: Re: Working Weekend in Addo
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10 Days to go, so I can now officially say. We are going to Addo next weekend. :dance: :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Working Weekend in Addo
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Hi Henk - hope the rest of your weekend is good and have a safe trip home. Just got back from Addo ourselves about an hour ago, found it very quiet - we were in the park for 29 hours before we saw our first elephant, in fact we saw two male lions before we saw an elephant!! Did you see the two males near the Domkrag Dam? (By the way, were you the group of people in the two Merc "koekblikke"?) Good service too from Colchester Spar :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Working Weekend in Addo
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Home at last. Our flight was cancelled last due to extremely strong winds.
Flew back today and only arrived home an hour ago.
Yes Carolynn it was us in the "koekblikke". We saw less elephants than last year, but still some good sightings.


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 Post subject: Re: Working Weekend in Addo
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Day 1 Part 1

The day started at about 5:00, because there were some last minute things to do before we left for Cape Town(two hours drive). We all met on the airport around 10:00 to check in and enjoy a cup of coffee before take-off at 11:45. Smooth flight which lasted only 1 hour. There was a slight delay before we could get our cars. One of the men left his wife's one bag in Cape Town on the airport, which meant a bit of shopping had to be done. We also had to pic up our food, but just after 14:00 we entered the South gate. There is a big difference between the vegatation in the south where there are no big animals and the main game area. I am sure Addo knows this but I can see that the need to open up this part must be big priority.

Our first animal was a big old single Buffalo followed by some ellies. They were all to far for photos, but luckily there were also Kudu and Warthog to by find.
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We stopped at the picnic spot for snacks before we head of to camp.
At Hapoor, a familygroup of ellis came for a quick drink before heading into the bushes again. There was one very small ellie in the group. Further, there were lots of Kudu and Warthog. Look in the background of the one photo at the amount of Kudu. We could count more than 50 at one time.

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Part 2 to follow


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 Post subject: Re: Working Weekend in Addo
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Part 2

It was getting late and we still had to book in, but decided to go to Rooidam and Gwarrie Pan first. The Hyenas use to have a den there, so mayby. We didn't find any Hyena but another familygroup of Eliphants with again a small one with them.

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The sun was setting quickly and we decided to go to camp.

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At reception everything was ready for us. All the keys with a map of the game area with every key were ready, just for picup.
After the guest were taken to the safari tents we went to Domkrag guesthouse to unpack everything. Here we received a welcome card from Shireen (hospatality manager) and Megan (our own Addo Elephant) to welcome the group on behave of everyone at Addo. This made us all feel very special, but was not the end of the good service.
That night in the restaurant we received the best service we could ask for. We all agreed that after the late snack, we will only do main course.
I ordered 2 big salads for the table, but these were so big that we asked them to keep one in the fridge for us to use the next afternoon with our braai.
This, like all our other request were seen to with big smiles. The Kudu steaks were done great and the evening's service lived up to it.
That night we all gone to bed very happy and ready for our morning drive which will leave camp at 6:30


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 Post subject: Re: Working Weekend in Addo
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Day 2 Part 1

We were on our way and through the gate at 6:45. We decided to go via Domkragdam to Carols Rest. There were a few sightings of lions on this road recently, so we were all very hopefull. No lions and not much other till we saw a few Black Backs just pass Carols Rest. This one was lying next to the road.

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This Kudu couple was also around and it looked like love was in the air :lol:

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While watching the Kudu someone noticed a group of Buffalo coming down the hill to the waterhole. We turned back to have a closer look. First there were 5 bulls heading straight to the water.

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They were joint by a single male Zebra before more and more Buffs arrived.We could count about 150 later.

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I was told later the day, that the Buffaloes were small group before the introduction of lions. this resulted in lots of calves been caught in the beginning. The buffalo then formed bigger groups to protect their young ones. It looked like this was a successfull move, because there were a few calves with the group.

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The cocrete block with the name came in handy for a bit of scratching.

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After sitting there for some time we decided to go back to camp to prepare for our braai in the Picnic area. On the way back we saw meerkat (to far for photos), a Yellow Mongoose and a Toktokkie on the road :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Working Weekend in Addo
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Day 2 Part 2

After our morning drive we packed all our stuff and left for a braai in the Picnic spot. Most of the poeple afterwards said that this was one of our highlights. Beautiful setting with good facilities.

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On our way back to camp we saw a lone Ellie Bull at Hapoor

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I've been in Addo now a few times and it was the most Kori Bustards we saw ever. We could count 6 a one stage and in total saw about 15+ in the 3 days. This is one that was close enough for a pic

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Back at the camp we all rested a bit before heading of on a nightdrive.
Our guide (Zwaai) was very good and full of information.
First thing we saw was an Eagle Owl, followed by Scrub Hare and Spring Hare.
Then at Rooidam the highlight, a group of hyena, we think it could be about 5-6, because they were in the bushes and never all together. They were chewing on a few old bones while BBJ were around them all the time.
We were on our way back, feeling very happy about a successful drive when we saw a few more Kudu and then just before the turnoff to Domkrag we receive the cherry on the cake when we saw a Black Rhino close to the road. He didn't hang around to long before heading in to the bushes and dissapeared.

Another very good day in Addo was ended with Snacks, cheeses and a few bottles of good wine at the guesthouse.


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 Post subject: Re: Working Weekend in Addo
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Enjoying the TR and lovely photo's. Henk, have a closer look at the Kori Bustard in your picture and see if you don't perhaps think that it is a Stanley's Bustard (veldpou)? Don't know if it has a new name now, but we have seen them quite a few times in Addo.

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