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 Post subject: Sable's ADDO-rable Elephants, Addo NP, Jan. '14
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We arrive at the gate before noon and finish the check-in very quickly.

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At 2 p.m. we can get the key of our chalet #31.

In the meantime we decide to visit the game area with Domkrag Dam.
The first animals we see are far away warthogs.
As we arrive at the viewpoint there are zebras for drinking.

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We look to the ground in front of our feet and see more stripes :wink:

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and other visitors

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On our route there are more zebras, this one is very close to us.

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Our first little zebra sighting during this year's visit.

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Together with mum and a hartebeest it enjoys the fresh green.

Another red hartebeest crosses the road.

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Where are the elephants?


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 Post subject: Re: ADDO-rable Elephants
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Maybe the elephants are at Gwarrie Pan.
On our way to Gwarrie Pan we see this leopard tortoise on the road side.

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As always you can see beautiful kudus in this area. This one enjoys the wonderful green.

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At Gwarrie Pan there are these lovely zebras.

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Isn't the little one cute?

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Still no elephants on our way!

Then as we arrive at Rooidam there are elephants everywhere.
These ones are currently leaving the dam. They are in all sizes. :D

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 Post subject: Re: ADDO-rable Elephants
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We watch the ellies having a bath.

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Who is going to be the winner?

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Now they leave the water on separate ways.

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Do you see the Egyptian Goose family at the dam in the background?


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 Post subject: Re: ADDO-rable Elephants
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There are more elephants in all sizes arriving.

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Not easy to reach the water ...

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... but this little one was successful.

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We watch them leaving the dam ...

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...and are on the way to return to the camp.
There are still some zebras at Gwarrie Dam and many kudus in the bush.
This Ellie has white tears ... :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: ADDO-rable Elephants
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Back at the camp we fetch the key for our chalet #31 and unload the car.
Watch the very busy view from our patio.
Aren't these the Ellies from Rooidam ? :wink:

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This is our bedroom. There is no roof over the patio in front of the window.
So you can watch the stars at night without leaving the bed. :)

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We discover we are the guests of the swallows.

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They have their nest outside under the roof.
Whenever we sit at the patio they join us. It seems they tell us many stories. :lol:

There is already someone waiting for the braai, a weaver bird with only one foot.

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Sorry, no braai today, we will have dinner at the restaurant.

This one takes care of the fence. :wink:

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The Ellies can get very close to the fence. The fresh green bush attracts them.

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And there is still space for the kudus to lay down.

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 Post subject: Re: ADDO-rable Elephants
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Now we are going to visit Harpoor Dam.
We see this hard working dung beetle crossing the road.

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There are elephants ...

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... but at the dam there is only a lonesome Egyptian Goose.

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As we enter Mpunzi Loop we arrive at a very busy area.
Suricates ! :D

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Now there is a better overview.

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This is our first suricate sighting in Addo.
You simply forget the time when you watch these little fellows.


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 Post subject: Re: ADDO-rable Elephants
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As we continue the loop there is this yellow mongoose in hunting mode.

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The area gets busy with more and more elephants arriving at Harpoor Dam.

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On our way back to the camp we have another visit to Gwarrie Dam.
This dam is much better than Rooidam for little ellies to reach the water.

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Now we can see the zebras at Rooidam in the evening light.

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 Post subject: Re: ADDO-rable Elephants
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Back at our chalet the swallows are already waiting for us.

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Before we are heading to the restaurant we have a short glimpse at the waterhole.
There is a hyena every now and then appearing out of the bush.
At the restaurant we have a very delicious dinner, a very tasty Addo Burger. :)


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 Post subject: Re: ADDO-rable Elephants
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Sunrise Drive

At midnight I wake up by the sound of the jackals.
It is impossible to see them, but there is a wonderful clear sky with countless stars.
In the morning shortly before we get up we hear the hyena.
It seems it is close to the fence.

We get up early because we are on a Sunrise Drive this morning.
Look at this wonderful morning sky.

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We sit down at a bench with view at a quiet waterhole.
As I look around I see a sure well known actor of the Addo webcam.
Good morning!

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Isn't this the Brown-hooded Kingfisher we often see at the webcam?


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 Post subject: Re: ADDO-rable Elephants
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At 6 o'clock we enter the game area with our guide Jonathan.

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You see we have to wear warm clothes, but we are driving into a sunny morning.

In the Domkrag area there is a herd of elands. Soon there are some ellies.

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As always you see them very close to us.

Jonathan takes us to areas in the park where we never have been before.
Wonderful landscape! We see a herd of buffalos and this loner close to our route.

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Today we are on a lion mission. :wink:

As we come along a far away bush, Jonathan tells us the lions have been there yesterday.
Will I have my first lion sighting in Addo today?

There! Two black rhinos! One disappears into the bush immediately.
The other rhino runs away too, but there is time for a picture.

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I guess I have seen my last black rhinos in Masai Mara 1994.
Unbelievable to see them here in Addo National Park. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: ADDO-rable Elephants
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Luck is on our side again, this morning we hear "Lions on the road!" :D
Another magnificent sighting!

There are two lions walking on the road towards us.
Isn't this a beautiful lioness?

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The other lioness crossed the road directly in front of us.

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This lioness has a scratch on the face.

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What a wonderful sighting!


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 Post subject: Re: ADDO-rable Elephants
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On our way back to the camp we see this newborn little kudu.

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Not easy to follow mum!

Much too soon this wonderful Sunrise Drive is over.
Thank you Jonathan! Thank you for this outstanding Sunrise Drive!


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We are back to the camp at 8 o'clock ready for a "Bush Breakfast". :wink:

On the way back to our chalet we have a look at the swimming pool.
There is only one visitor at the pool area. :wink:

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Nobody wants to swim this morning, it's too cold.

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We sit at our patio and watch a secretary bird and a kudu.

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Soon we are back at the game area, we are on the way to Carol's Rest.

At the Domkrag area we see this big herd of buffalos.

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They are accompanied by many cattle egrets.


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After a quiet area we come across this black backed jackal in yellow flowers ...

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... and an ostrich busy with feather care.

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Close to Carol's Rest there are many zebras and kudus.

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As we arrive at the waterhole there are two very thirsty warthogs.

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It seems the zebras are surprised that these little warthogs can drink such a long time.


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The plains around Carol's rest are very busy.

This elephant finds enough mud for the skin care.

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Poor little zebra, it only walks on three legs. :cry:
The right hind leg is crippled.

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Fortunately this is the only little zebra with leg problems.
This is another healthy one.

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Red hartebeests rest at the roadside.

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At the end of Gorah Loop we have a look at Zuurkop Lookout Point
with a marvelous view of a wonderful green park.

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