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 Post subject: Addo Game Drives
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:45 am 
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Hello all

My wife and I are coming to Addo in late January and are thinking of staying at Addo main camp. Obviously the main reason to come here is to see the wildlife and I just wondered what the organised game drives are like? On the site it says numbers are from 2 to 70 - 70 seems like an awful lot of people! Could anyone tell me what is the average no. of people on these drives?

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 Post subject: Re: Addo Game Drives
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Hi atsmith, and welcome to the forums :thumbs_up:

I've been to Addo quite a few times, but only once went on one of the organised drives - the main reason being to see nocturnal animals that you don't normally get to see whilst driving yourself around in the daytime.

Certainly there wasn't anything like 70 people going on the drive... I think we only had about 8 of us or less. Also, if I remember rightly, the vehicles only take about 10 to 15 people max... so if 70 people book for organised drives, they'll be taking lots of vehicles rather than cramming everyone into one truck!

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 Post subject: Re: Addo Game Drives
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Game drive vehicles take from 9 to about 20 when full depending on the vehicle.

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 Post subject: Re: Addo Game Drives
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Welcome atsmith.
Just a tip.... we went on a Sunset Drive 31 Dec 2007 - and boy did it get cold later that evening. We were prepared though.
Rather have a jacket / top in case you need it, than find yourself freezing halfway into the drive.

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 Post subject: Re: Addo Game Drives
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:22 pm 
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The Game Drives are amazing !! I would def. recommend a sunset drive and a night drive. !!


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 Post subject: Re: Addo Game Drives
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:29 pm 
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The sunset, night and dawn game drives are certainly worthwhile.
They also give you an insight to the park for when you use your own vehicle.
On both occasions we have visited Addo we have done the game drives. We are visiting Addo again next year and guess what ......... adsolutely right!!
Additionally they provide employment for local people in an area of high unemployment.
Enjoy your trip
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 Post subject: Re: Addo Game Drives
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If you take any game drives ask for Rian !!! You will not regret it !! !! :D


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 Post subject: Addo: Game drives
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Now that I ve booked accomodation,I need advice about the game drives...should I book them at different times??or should we concentrate on the sunrise and sundowner with 1 night one?I appreciate your help


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 Post subject: Re: Addo,game drives
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I would only go on a ride when the gates are closed for normal self drive.

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 Post subject: Sundown or Night Drive
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Ok I need help with a decision: I can only book either the Sundown or the Night Drive. What would you do and why?
Sabine :?


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 Post subject: Re: Addo,game drives
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what address can I book drives online?the email addresses I ve used dont work.Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Addo,game drives
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You can email Addogamedrives@sanparks.org
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 Post subject: Re: Sundown or Night Drive
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Hi Sabine :D the general consensus is that the sundowner drive is likely to be the most interesting of the two options. The sundowner drive starts about an hour before sunset and therefore catches many of the daytime animals. Once the sun has set, the nocturnal animals make their appearance. With the sundowner drive, you get both day and night experiences.

My own feeling is that the period when the sun sets is one of the best in times in the Park. The birds are returning to their nests, there is a different feel in the air. With the falling temparature, most animals become more active. Wilddog for instance start to gear themselves up for the hunt at this time of day.

I have seen some special sightings on night drives, but generaly, even if I have few sightings, I enjoy the sundowner drive more.

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 Post subject: Re: Addo,game drives
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Thats the one I ve tried many times.


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 Post subject: Re: Sundown or Night Drive
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The sundowner and night drives are always something different and unique in their owm way. Lately i have gone on far more night drives than sundowner drives and have not been disappointed at all. I enjoy seeing more of the nocturnal animals but then again watching the sunset from the open truck is always a treat. tough one :)

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