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Re: Addo: Advice

Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:57 pm

I do agree with JDW - if you are prepared to take the time to rather drive to PE from CT, I do not believe you will be sorry, perhaps stopping a night along the way at Storms River for eg. The drive between PE and CT is very scenic and the roads good.

You do need to spend at least two nights in Addo to give yourselves a good safari experience. Do try and do a sunset/night drive.

Food wise - do both, some self catering, and the restaurant.
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Re: Addo: Advice

Unread postby Micetta » Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:01 pm

Welcome to the forums enterprize :thumbs_up:

Addo is a very good choice! The park is great, the accomodations are very nice, the staff are nice and the wildlife is varied. The self drive is the best option and if you want to get some expert info on animals and park an evening drive is what you need. Do spend at least 2 nights :thumbs_up:

If you feel like "loosing" another two night, go to Storms river Mouth, it is a wonderful place :dance: :dance:

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Re: Addo: Advice

Unread postby JDW » Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:06 am

Hi
I have done this type of holiday twice before and we are returning for a third time in September travelling over a three week period from Cape Town to Addo / Port Elizabeth.
I am a very experienced driver and would not advise people to drive the complete distance between the two places in a single day, it is exhausting and although the roads are good driving in a foreign country is always stressful.
Considering what you are committed to I would suggest something like the following:
a. 1st 10 day get out and about in the Cape Town area with lots of day trips to Cape Point, Simons Town (Penquins), Hermanus (Whales) and the wine route etc.
b. Drive to Storm river taking a leasurely route including Knysna and other places on route stay two nights. It is absolutely fantastic (look & that part of this website) you will fall in love with the place. During the day visit local attractions. Sitting on your private varanda looking West and watching the sun go down with a barbeque and a glass of wine is out of this world.
c. Travel to Addo for aleast 2 nights and do both self and organised drives. Addo is a wonderful park and is easily seen in the time you have. Most of the roads are suitable for standard road cars. You do not need 4x4 or large off road vehicles.
d. Return to Cape Town directly or stop off for another night at Storm River or even Kynsna, the hotel on the Quay where there are nice reasonable inexpensive restuarants, bars and cloths shops etc is something I would recommend and a trip on the lagoon.
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Re: Addo: Advice

Unread postby wanderw » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:54 am

Hi enterprize and welcome! Very good advice given here! :thumbs_up:

If I were you I would try to cancell 1 weeks accommodation in the Strand, and spend that time driving up to Addo and back, as the other forumites have recommended. (2 to 3 nights in Addo)

Another option that is available now in Addo is the Hop On Guides - you drive but pick up a Hop On Guide at the game viewing area gate, and he/she will try to direct you to the parts of the park where there have been good sightings. This option can be done for a few hours or the whole day, depending on what you want. I know that this service is being offered from the Main camp.

Having said that, Addo is an easy park to self drive, so I suggest that you do spend some time on your own in the park - there is nothing like finding your own ellie or lion etc. Happy travels! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Addo: Advice

Unread postby HoepHoep » Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:26 pm

Hi

I would rather drive from cape Town to Addo. There are even two alternative routes for the two directions.
cape Town - Worcestor - Montagu - Oudtshoorn - Joubertine - PE - Addo
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Addo - PE - Stormsrivermouth (plan a 60 min stop here) - Plet - Knysna (beautifull Garden Route)- George - Swellendam - Caledon - Cape Town
Even with an 08:00 start these are easy drives.
Stay 3 nights in Addo so that you have two full days for self drives.
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Addo - Port Elisabeth fligth 8h10

Unread postby kvdb71 » Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:53 am

Hello,

we're visiting Addo NP in november,
on november 6th we'll must be at the airport in PE around 7h00 (flight at 8h10).

Is it doable to stay at Addo Main Camp the night before and leave there at 6h00 to be in time at PE airport ?

When staying at Addo main camp is it possible to leave anytime during the night or can we only exit the main camp at fixed times ?

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Re: Addo - Port Elisabeth fligth 8h10

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Jul 31, 2010 3:31 pm

Hi Karel,

You will be able to exit the camp before the gate officially open as there is a guard on duty there overnight :thumbs_up:
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Addo: Animals

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:13 pm

We planning our next trip to visit Addo and MZ NP as I have only been to Addo once more than 5 yrs ago :thumbs_up: , but never been to MZ. The plan is to visit these parks in Jun'11 i.e. 3 days at Addo and 3 days MZ and stopovers to and from at Wildernis (must do the canoe-thing on the river with kingfishers around).

We have an additional day to decide where to spend it - Addo or MZ NP? :hmz:

If we book a Safari tent at Addo, is it advisable in winter or is it very cold? :hmz:

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Re: 2011 is Addo and MZ NP's turn - advice

Unread postby Stoffel » Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:09 pm

I will do the extra day at Ebb & Flow (Wilderness).
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Re: 2011 is Addo and MZ NP's turn - advice

Unread postby BushFairy » Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:15 pm

Very exciting trip Kaapsedraai!! I live exactly 100km from each of these parks (between the two) and they are both amazing! Wilderness is also very special, the birding is out of this world!!

I would spend my extra day at MZNP. But it depends what YOU want and what YOU are interested in as to which park will suit you best.

MZNP has amazing bird life which will keep you facinated for hours on end. It also has unique species like the aardvark and aardwolf which you will struggle to find in most of the other parks (the last time I was at MZNP for the day I saw four seperate sightings of aardwolf!). I find that MZNP has a higher diversity in terms of both its fauna and flora! If you have a 4x4, the park has three new 4x4 loops which are amazing, you really get up close and personal with nature and the sightings are incredible because they each take you to different habitats (so you see different species on each loop - birds, animals, vegetation and geology). The accommodation at MZNP is incredibly reasonable for what you get and the atmosphere is awesome in winter. You have indoor fireplaces, heaters, etc. and you also have a good chance of seeing snow on the high lying mountains in the park (seeing a cheetah walking in snow is quite special). The MZNP has a special charm and a more rustic, less commercialised feel to it!!

Addo is also great though, and you have a good chance of seeing Caracal and bushpig (another two species which are hard to find in other parks). Addo gets cold in June, but it's more of a damp cold than MZNP, I am sure that the Safari tents are equipped with suitable heating and blankets (I don't know, I've only stayed in the chalets). Addo also has some great birds, but it is not nearly as diverse as MZNP, but the water birds and thicket birds are all beautiful. Again, it depends on what you personally prefer as to which park your extra day will be well spent in! The ellies in Addo are very special, but I'm more of a diversity and the-more-species-the-better type of person so I get tired of seeing the same large herds of ellies everyday (I know it sounds a bit harsh)! However, because the fences have recently been dropped between the two main game viewing section of Addo, the diversity of the viewing area as a whole has increased (although I can't really comment as to how much)!!

I don't know if I've made you decision more or less confusing :shock: But I hope this helps!!

Have a fantastic trip :thumbs_up:
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Addo: Animals split

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:11 pm

Thank you Stoffel and Bushfairy. The information is very helpful. Yes, we also like diversit, yespecially the smaller creatures or the less prominent and scarce ones. Birds any day - I love them (got a few bird feeders at home). One year we as a family went on a canoe at Wilderness, with our baby in the front, and it was my first close up experience with a malachite kingfisher - what an wonderfull experience for me this was - so I am hooked on kingfishers and all sorts of birds. :cam: :cam:
On our return from Kruger in Oct, we will do a stopover at Karoo NP (a first for us) and see if we like it. If so, might do a day 1 at Karoo NP, 3 days MZNP, 3 days Addo, 2 days Wildernis - a 9 day circle route, otherwise we head straight for Ebb & Flow. Still have some time to plan, though. Thank you once again. :D
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Re: 2011 is Addo and MZ NP's turn - advice

Unread postby Tiko » Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:53 pm

How about Storms River Mouth?Circular walks,Knysna loerie,bushbuck and the tree canopy thing.

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Re: 2011 is Addo and MZ NP's turn - advice

Unread postby HoepHoep » Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:13 am

@ Tiko

Why did you suggest Stormsrivermouth?

I wanted to do that!! :D

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Re: 2011 is Addo and MZ NP's turn - advice

Unread postby Tilla-P » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:04 pm

Sounds great Kaapsedraai! Looking forward to the photos! :wink:

We stayed in a Forest cabin two weeks ago. It was awesome! Very well equipped and very clean.
However, two girls that were with us on the evening drive were staying in the safari tents, and they said they would never stay anywhere else. Also, they had a view of the waterhole (not the one you can see from the maincamp apparently). Nothing beats sitting by your 'camp', having a nice drink and enjoying the sunset with a view of a waterhole.

All in all we were very impressed with Addo. Last time we went we pretty much only saw elephants (this was more than 5 years ago). This time we saw plenty of other animals, including lions which is always a treat.
By the time you go the game should have started moving into the newly opened area, which should give more of a feeling of being in the wild.

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Re: 2011 is Addo and MZ NP's turn - advice

Unread postby Haupie » Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:32 pm

personally, I would stay an extra night in MZNP. The winter nights around the fire are soecial :D

The animals are friendly too :dance: (have a look at the pics i posted on the MZNP animals page i took them in june this year)
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