Addo gets the limelight!
One of the highlights of our Addo stay was surely the Mobile Webcam Fundraising
event that Lionspoon
Forumites had pledged money to guess which 5 mites were going to appear on the Addo webcam
And it was us - Lionspoon, Spots, Ronnie, koedoe and me (plus Dad, a forumite-in-waiting
I could barely contain my excitement. We were going to be on the Addo webcam!!
Once back at camp we hastily had some lunch and then Lionspoon contacted Danie to organise the best place for us to stand.
Danie was able to swing the cam up to the cottages on the hill overlooking the waterhole, so we all trooped up there in excited procession.
Fortunately for us the end cottage was unoccupied, so we went onto the stoep and started waving our hearts out.
We were also making a lot of noise, so poor Lionspoon had a tough time trying to talk to Danie
But in a magnificent display of multi-tasking mastery Lionspoon was able to talk on the phone AND save the images on a computer!
Here we all are as captured on the cam
From left: Dad, koedoe, me, Lionspoon, Spots and RonnieL
If anyone would like to donate to this worthy cause, please see Lionspoon’s thread here:Mobile Webcam Fundraising Project
Isn’t Spots resplendent in his special yellow fluoro shirt? And why was it such a special shirt you ask?
It was the lucky lion magnet shirt
Already Lionspoon and Spots had seen lions every day that Spots wore his special shirt, so we hoped it would bring us all some lion luck on our afternoon drive
On the way back down to the rondavels to collect our gear I couldn’t believe it when I saw a greater double-collared sunbird in a bush near our rondavel
It was the first sunbird I had managed to get a photo of the entire Africa trip!
This was the view of the waterhole from our rondavels
Finally we were all ready to go on our afternoon drive
Again we went in convoy, with Ronnie, Spots and Dad in one car, and Lionspoon, koedoe and I following in the other car.
First up we met some warthogs
Look at the tusks on this fellow!
Grazing nearby was this handsome kudu
But perhaps he too got a fright from the size of those warthog tusks and took off at great speed!
And then we met a few more feathered friends
And boy was I chuffed to get a pic of this black-headed heron taking off from his perch
Lionspoon, Koedoe and I were having such a lovely time, chatting away in the car, when all of a sudden we saw a traffic jam ahead.
My heart started pounding – could we be so lucky to see lions 2 days in a row!??
We crept up to the jam to see two males lying in the grass on the left hand side of the road. We got stuck in the middle of several cars, but somehow, Ronnie managed to edge his way into the prime viewing position
Dad got these amazing pictures from the front seat
I also had a pretty good view from the back seat of our car and managed to snap these photos as the second male got up and headed towards the road
That’s Dad, Ronnie and Spots in the front car
And this was the first male, that walked right in front of Dad, Spots and Ronnie
What magnificent specimens the Addo lions are