We arrived at Addo at midday on Friday. The weather was great. Pitched camp on a front camping site with a super view out over the Park and saw some ellies passing. Soon after we set off on a drive through the game area. A tip for all of you visiting Addo; ask the guard at the gate to the game area where the animals are. Each time they sent us in the right direction.
There are many warthog in Addo Ã¢â‚¬â€œ warthog are to Addo what impala are to KNP - so saw stacks of warthogs.
(And as you can see their mothers do love them and care for them
Also had a few excellent black-backed jackal sightings with them lingering right next to the road. Only ever have seen them trotting off into the distance in the past.
(They are not good photo subjects as they do not stand still for a sec!)
The guard had suggested we try the Gwarrie Dam on Friday and we headed there and sure enough there were ellies there. On our way back to camp we stopped at Woodlands waterhole and watched a large herd of buffs drinking. Also saw a lot of ostrich and some red hartebeest and kudu. Did not see a great deal of antelope on this trip.
The night sounds are wonderful at Addo. Heard the hyena loud and clear most of Friday and Saturday nights as well as jackal calling on and off during the night.
Saturday was another super day weather wise and we added yellow mongoose, a few zebra and some eland to our sightings list as well as a black korhaan. Again the tip from the guard at the gate led us straight to the ellies and we were lucky to see two very large breeding herds enjoy themselves at the dams.
Sunday was overcast with rain and the guard at the gate told us the animals were hiding Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and she was right. I asked her what the chances of seeing lion and black rhino were and she said the lion were far away, (although someone had seen a lioness earlier in the week at Harpoor waterhole), and that the rhino were hiding!
I will post some more pics of the camp and Park under the Frontier Parks thread this evening.