The June 2013 school holidays have arrived and we were on our 9 day holiday to Wildernis and Tsitsikamma/Storms river mouth parks in the Garden Route region.
Our first 3 nights were at a resort near Sedgefield from where we enjoyed some drives around the Wildernis lakes and visited a bird hide or two with some good bird sightings around. Originally we had plans with friends accompanying us enjoying the time at Sedgefield, but as they could not join us, after the 2nd night we started to get the Addo-itch – longing to be in the wild, so there and then we checked for accommodation availability and made an impulsive decision to hit the road early the next day – sacrificing the discount we received at the resort.
As our 4th night would have been Tsitstikamma/Storms river mouth, it fitted in nicely with our travel plans, so we headed towards ADDO for a 1 night stay over! At 12h00, we entered the ADDO NP at Matholweni gate located on the southern end of the park, just off the N2. To give you an indication of the Park’s lay-out, here is a sightings board map.
One of the first signs one is greeted with is the Dung beetle sign.
The road winds through the thick Spekboom area while we played ‘who-will- see- the- first-animal’ game. We did not spot any animals for the first few kilometres, but this Karoo Boer-bean was attracting our attention with its beautiful red colors. It is also a favourite food for kudus and elephants.
We reached an open grass patch where this white flower was lightened up by the midday sun from behind.
A few km’s further Mr Grey appeared from the bush, raising his head and giving us a good stare in its usual motionless stance allowing us to take a few freeze-frame pics.
Just off the Ngulube loop one can stop and admire this view of the sea and the city of Port Elizabeth in the background. We did not continue with this road as we have developed a phobia resulting from or June 2012 incident with a beast
Back on the main road on our way to the Main camp, these Bush Antennas made their presence known and suddenly they were noticeable all over – white ones, grey ones, brown ones, large ones, little ones….
I guess this chap was trying to pass on his regards to a Forumite friend.....
As we came down one of the hills, some Pajama boyz were heading towards a waterhole where an interesting challenge with some Big guys played off, but more of this later…