Our final afternoon in Addo
After we got the photo of the longclaw we caught up with Dad and Spots and continued in convoy again
But it wasn't long before we had to stop for another ellie
And at some point we picked up a hitch-hiker
Ooh what’s that in the road up ahead??
Oh WOW! A yellow mongoose that quickly scampered off into the grass
We had another pitstop at Matyholweni gate and then began our drive back to the main camp for the last time
On the way we came across a rather grumpy looking ostrich!
And then we had the most amazing close-up encounter with an Addo ellie bull.
He was walking down the road towards us so Ronnie pulled over.
I can’t say I felt scared really, just in complete awe of this towering animal coming towards us
Despite the fact the bull was um….in a rather excited mood, he just walked peaceably by
Although he did give us a withering stare as he went past, just to let us know who ruled the park thank you very much!
And then all of a sudden we were back at the rondavels where we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon in the camp.
Let’s face it, after 3 nights of the Aussies and Germans battling it out for the beer-drinking crown, we were all exhausted
But that didn't stop Dad and I giving it another shot
We opened a few Castles while we sat on the stoep, chatting about the events of the past few days.
It had been an absolute blast
We had seen amazing sights and spent time with wonderful people
Some kudus came to the waterhole
For the 3 days we were there, I never stopped being amazed to see the Addo waterhole with my own eyes after watching it on the cams for so many years
The time had flown by so quickly during our stay that we hadn’t yet been to the museum and interpretive centre.
So off we went to have a look and my goodness that Hapoor was an impressive ellie!
The height of his head on the wall reflects how tall he was in real life.
Hapoor in his heyday
After an hour or so checking out the interpretive centre and shopping up a storm in the gift shop buying souveniers for all my family in Oz, we headed back to the rondavels for a final farewell beer with Ronnie.
Ronnie was so generous with his time and we learned so much from him during our 3 days at Addo.
Thank you Ronnie, you're an absolute legend
As buoyant as we all tried to appear on the surface, I was certainly starting to feel heavy in the heart.
Our 4 weeks in Africa were nearly over and the worst part was having to say goodbye to friends we had grown very fond of
Thankfully a beautiful rainbow appeared which helped lift our spirits
And in fact, it was a double rainbow, which was very cool