Our 3 day stay in Addo from 26 - 28 June was most enjoyable, although we had a rainy trip from Wildernis NP to Addo the Sunday, but as we arrived in Addo, the rain was gone, but it got colder. The Rondawals where we stayed was most comfortable and we experienced the service and food at restaurant par excellence. We explored the Hapoor and Rooidam areas first and found a number of jackals, kudus, a dugga-boy or two and a number of ellies around. Then we explored the Gorah loop and Carol's rest areas where we enjoyed thew beautiful landscape with open field with the pajama-guys breaking the green with their white and black stripes and eland in the far distant - too far for a nice photo.
The second day - after a trip around Gorah loop, midday we decided to explore the southern part i.e. from Hapoor dam to Vukani, Mbotyi and Ngulube loop and it was interesting to see the changes in vegetation and enjoyed the landscape with a few of the normal antelope and warthog. On our way back on the hill between the south gate (middle of park) and Marion Bree waterhole we got a beautiful lion sighting male in the grass and a collared female came and lay in the road in front of us. Time ran out and we had to head back to camp.
The next morning we went back to this patch and was rewarded with a sighting of 2R's. We watched them for a while and then the secretary bird appeared searching the long grass, where the lions were the previous day. On our way back, we encountered a elephant in the road walking towards us, so we reversed for more than 2km as we had a hairraising encounter in Kruger a year ago, so we have learned about the ones that are alone. Eventually we got an open area so we could demonstrate that we are not in competition for the road which he respected. Just further down this same road, an hyena approached us walking past us and into the bush. We also observed a whole herd of eland on the one hill and a number of buffalo grazing next to the road next to small stream. So this section of road was our 'golden patch for the 3 days'
as we thoroughly enjoyed the time in Addo. Next off we went to Mountain Zebra for 2 days.
Kruger: 10-18 Dec'11