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All About Ellies in Addo (and some naughty monkeys)

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:08 am

26/12/2016

We left MZNP and stopped in Cradock to see if anyone could help with the damaged tyre. We were fortunate that Supaquick was open, but the news was not great – the hole in the tyre was too big to be repaired. And he did not have the correct size tyre in stock to replace the tyre.

That meant one thing – we would be driving from Cradock to Addo at 80km/hour.

Awesome.

On the way I phoned my road side assist again to see if they could find any tyre shop in PE that may be open on the public holiday. The 27th was also a public holiday, and I was a little concerned. The friendly call center agent confirmed no-one was open that day, but TWT would be open the next day – what a relief!

The drive was just a little stressful – driving slowly, worrying about the tyres, and then it started to rain. Not the best drive ever, but we made it safely to Addo, and checked in just after 14h00.
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Re: All About Ellies in Addo (and some naughty monkeys)

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:10 am

Now, I have never been to Addo, and really did not know what to expect.

I am blown away.

I now have another favourite place! I am completely and irrevocably in love with Addo. It is not perfect, and there is a negative aspect that I will mention later in the TR, but WOW!

I adore elephants, and they are my favourite mammals of all the animals. I had no idea how to do this TR, because really, how many photos of elephants can one person take? I took a lot of ellie photos. And I mean a lot. Being in the presence of these wonderful giants was unlike anything I ever experienced.

I will try not to post too many ellie photos in this TR, but there will still be a lot, so apologies in advance.

On the way to reception we saw a huge herd of elephants. We checked into chalet 17, and there was an ellie right by the fence. I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

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There were a number of birds around the chalet that served as the welcoming party –

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Re: All About Ellies in Addo (and some naughty monkeys)

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:11 am

The roads immediately inside the game viewing area are all tarred, and I decided that it would be safe to drive them with the spare wheel. Before we went on the drive, I first had to explore the waterhole and hide in the camp. Incredible.
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Re: All About Ellies in Addo (and some naughty monkeys)

Unread post by PRWIN » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:29 am

Great Ele shots, I,m sitting with a fair amount as well :lol: :lol: :lol: . Sorry to hear that you could not have the tyre fixed and could not get a replacement, but glad that you got to Addo in one piece :dance: :dance: looking forward to the :cam:

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Unread post by PJL » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:52 am

Count me on board for your Addo trip Karin. It's great that you were able to see so many elephant right there at the main camp :clap: :clap:

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Re: All About Ellies in Addo (and some naughty monkeys)

Unread post by hilda » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:45 am

Such a pity that you had to struggle with tyre problems over the holiday period, but glad you arrived at Addo safe and sound Karin! :clap: :clap:

Beautiful Ellie pictures for starters! I can't wait to see the rest! Awesome bird sightings too! :dance: :dance:

Looking forward to more please! :popcorn:
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Re: All About Ellies in Addo (and some naughty monkeys)

Unread post by umtali1 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:59 pm

Well, I cannot miss this TR especially as one of my daughters keeps reminding me that she has one up on me :lol: :lol:
I shall have to get there one day...........Alas not on this year's schedule :wall:

Pleased you arrived there safely, Karin. :clap:

What wonderful pictures of the ellies :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: All About Ellies in Addo (and some naughty monkeys)

Unread post by wildflowergirl » Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:08 pm

Karin Mitton wrote:I will try not to post too many ellie photos in this TR, but there will still be a lot, so apologies in advance.



What is too many Ellie photos? I LOVE ellies, so you can fire away with them :D :thumbs_up: :cam:

Looking forward to this TR :D

Glad you got safe and sound there :D with a damaged tyre :|
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Unread post by Son godin » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:11 pm

Great to see what happened in Addo after we left. Lovely shots of the elephants and birds. :clap: :clap: :clap: The camp water hole is one of the best spots to hang out and not only for elephants. :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Unread post by Pumbaa » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:35 pm

I guess you can post all your ellie shots, Karin, :thumbs_up:

the start of them was already amazing and then birdies too - I am ready for more :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Re: All About Ellies in Addo (and some naughty monkeys)

Unread post by manicwalker » Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:42 am

Karin,
I am on this bus for sure :D
Elephants are my favourite of all animals.... :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
Addo is my favourite park... :dance:
'so looking forwrd to seeing ALL your elephant photos :wink:
You certainly had some lovely sightings... :clap: :clap:
Thank you for sharing :gflower:

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Re: All About Ellies in Addo (and some naughty monkeys)

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:22 am

I can imagine your concern about the flat tyre. It must have been such a relief to know that you could be helped after the public holiday.

Addo is special, I agree. I am long overdue a visit.

Lovely pictures of the Addo ellies. You certainly started with a substantial breeding herd.

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Unread post by isinkwe » Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:52 am

Easy to see why its called Addo Image National Park :D
You do have a way of still getting about on flat tyres Karin :lol: :lol: Lucky for all of us :thumbs_up: :clap:
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Re: All About Ellies in Addo (and some naughty monkeys)

Unread post by Tessa G » Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:22 pm

I found it :dance: :dance: and am on board for sure, because I too have never been to Addo before ( :redface: and I live in Cape Town) and I love ellies. :D

Beautiful photos of the birdies as well Karin.

Looking forward to this trip and hope that your spare wheel can get sorted without too much trouble for you..
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Re: All About Ellies in Addo (and some naughty monkeys)

Unread post by Mischief » Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:12 pm

Also on board Karin.Went to Addo many moons and birthdays ago so really will enjoy this through the eyes of the beholder. :gflower: :gflower: :k :gflower: :gflower:
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