Addo trip report, July 2007 – Part 3
Day 3 – 23 July 2007
We booked for the Sunrise Game drive and turned up very warmly dressed. We were offered ponchos, which we accepted, as it’s quite chilly in the early morning. We set off just after 7am and went to Woodlands. We saw a lot of Elephant and Kudu, but no Warthog and were told that the Warthog emerges a bit later from their holes. Sure enough, we did see them later. We also saw a Tortoise next to the road.
Further on we turned off the tar road towards Carols Rest. After a short while, we saw a huge heard of buffalo far away, moving in the general direction of Domkrag Dam. So we turned around, went ahead of them and waited. Sure enough, they came right towards us and passed next to the truck. I stopped counting at 60, but there were many more. This was really one of the highlights of our sightings, to see such a large heard so close up.
After watching them for some time, we turned around again and travelled in the direction of Carols Rest. On our far right, on the edge of the grassland, we saw Eland. This was also out first sighting of Eland. A bit far for a good pic, but still identifiable.
We continued further and turned right towards Zuurkop Lookout. There were also Burchell’s Zebra, Kudu and Warthog on our left. Just as we got close to the lookout, looking upwards from the road, we saw 2 Lions halfway up the hill on our left, looking upwards to Zuurkop Lookout.
Our game Guide took us up to the lookout point, but the view was not as good as from below. We then returned there and watched the 2 for some time. This being our 1st Lions in the park and told there were only 11 in total, made this really exceptional for us. The Lions were also magnificent beasts, with dark manes. We then made our way back to the Camp, with lots of Red Hartebeest, Kudu, Warthog and Elephant sightings on the way.
Back in the camp, we grabbed some picnic goodies and set off on our own again. We went via Domkrag Dam, but it was deserted. Making our way back to the lions, we spotted 5 Ostrich and abundance of game. When we arrived at the Lions, only one was still visible. At Zuurkop Lookout, other game viewers had also spotted the Lion and were out of their vehicles looking down. Although you may alight at the lookout, there is no fence and a sign warning of Lion.
We continued on to Woodlands, coming across these Meerkat. Michele
, they asked me to give you a message - they hope to see you soon!
Ok, so the route is Woodlands, Gwarrie Pan, Rooidam and Hapoor Dam. We saw this Butcher Bird next to the road.
As well as some Zebra at Hapoor Dam.
We went on to Spekboom Hide, but not much there, so on to Marion Maree Waterhole. Just past the Botanical Reserve (on the left), where the park fence is visible on the right, we saw this.
She wandered off and we made our way to Marion Maree Waterhole, where we found a herd of Elephant drinking.
Returning to Spekboom, we were just in time to see the Buffalo drinking.
From there, back to camp and another Jackal across the road and into the bush. At Woodlands we found another big Elephant herd, just before we returned to camp.
In the camp, we saw more birds:
This turned out to be a very good day, with 3 Lions to boot. Plenty Elephant, Buffalo, Kudu and Warthog as well as Eland, Zebra, Jackal, Ostrich, Meerkat, Red Hartebeest and various birds. To-morrow is our last day and the weather is still ok, with storms in Cape Town, on the way here, so holding thumbs weather-wise.