25.02.2008 Addo Elephant National Park
After road works, fog in the Tsitsikamma area, more road works, closed roads and potholes we arrived at the Main Camp of Addo Elephant National Park at noon. We got a map of the park after check-in, but no key for our chalet #17 yet, as this was only available after 1 p.m. at the reception. In the meantime we had lunch at the restaurant, a closer look at the map and a visit to the shop.
Our last visit to Addo was in 2001, funny that they gave us the same chalet as the one we had seven years ago.
We planned to unpack the car and then have a drive to Hapoor Dam. We collected the key at 1 p.m, but as we arrived at #17 there was no linen and no towels. Back at the reception they told us they have a late delivery and we should unpack our luggage and wait in our chalet for the chambermaid to finish her tasks.
As we didn't want to spend our time in a chalet which was not ready at all, we soon were off to the game viewing area. It was a very hot day, the thermometer of the car showed 38 degrees centigrade. The first animals we saw were warthogs, we were going to see a lot of them in the park.
This one just finished a nice mud bath.
Three ostrichs were cooling down in a waterhole.
As we arrived at Hapoor Dam we couldn't believe our eyes. It seemed as if almost all the elephants of the park met at the dam.
They showed us how they make little ellies ...
These youngsters already finished their mud bath ...
... and mother and child arrived at the dam.
Little ellie playing with water ...
We never watched so many ellies at once. Hapoor Dam was very busy at this early afternoon. I read in the forum, you have to go to Hapoor Dam to see many ellies, but I didn't expect this.
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