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Organized Game Drives in Addo

Unread post by nosal » Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:15 pm

hi, I would like to hear about your experience with organized afternoon and night game drives in addo!
- is it possible to do both of them on one day?
- do they go on different roads (or off roads) than which are allowed to be used by private cars?
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:18 am

Hi nosal,
Yes, it is possible to do a guided game drive as well as self-drive game vieiwng in the same day. If you are staying overnight in the park, I would recommend going on a sunset drive or night drive as you will get to be in the park when private vehicles are not allowed there, as well as see some of the nocturnal animals.
The guided game drives do sometimes use roads, such as management roads, that private vehicles may not use but this depends on where the sightings of certain animals are located. Remember that the guides often have a fairly good idea of where animals are located that day as they have been taking drives throughout the day and are in contact with each other.
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:28 pm

If you are going to self drive - it is always advisable to leave the camp when the gates open in the morning, and to also take a drive out through the game area for the last two hours before the gates close again. I do suggest you try and book a sunset drive too and go on that.

December can get hot - so you might want to spend some time during the heat of the day in the camp, perhaps at the pool. Then again, sneaking off for a midday game drive might produce something special - one just never really knows! But the birds for example are most active early morning.
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Unread post by restio » Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:34 pm

Hi Wilma, and welcome to the forums!

DB has given you great advice. Early morning and evening are when the light is at its best, and when you're most likely to see predators.

We were in Addo in December, and found that ellies often go down to the waterholes to drink and bath in the heat of the day, so it may also be worth going for a drive then - or at least keeping an eye on the waterhole in the camp.
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:29 pm

If the gates are open, do self drive. If they are closed, go on a guided game drive. You will see nocturnal animals and maybe the elusive black rhino.
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Addo Rest Camp: game drive and other questions

Unread post by moonglum » Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:32 pm

Hi All,
Do people have opinions on which guided game drives are better in Addo (we'll be at the main Addo Rest Camp). We are there only for a single day and evening, in the first week of July.
Is the sunset driver "better" than the "night drive"? Which one might offer more opportunity for game viewing?
How about the day drives - are any of the times (9 vs 12 vs 15) better than one another?
How easy is it to walk around in the main rest camp, for instance if we stay at one of the chalets to walk down towards the lit-up water hole? Should we have flashlights (torches, not sure how they are refered to in RSA!)?
And finally, we don't plan on bringing in any food, anybody have any comments on the restaurant at the main camp? Do we need to make reservations for dinner (or is it even possible)?
Thank you for any and all information

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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:15 am

Hi moonglum,
During the sunset drive, you will stop for about half an hour to have snacks & drinks and enjoy the sunset. The last bit of the drive will be in the dark. The night drive has no stop and focusses more on nocturnal animals.
Regarding the other drives, it depends what time of year you are visiting. if in winter, I would suggest the 12h00 drive as its a bit warmer. During summer, the early morning or 09h00 drive might be better to avoid the midday heat.
It is perfectly safe to walk around in the main camp as it is fenced off from the wildlife area. The distances are not too far either.
You should make a booking for dinner at the restaurant, but you can do this when you arrive at the park.
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Unread post by francoisd » Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:06 am

One word of advice. Take along WARM clothing for the night drive. We were there a couple of week sback during that huge cold front and saw the people who went out on drive (during the day and evening)...Man you would've though someone dropped the at the north pole the way they were shivering and trying to get warm after the drive :lol:
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Addo - Game drives or Eyethu hop-on

Unread post by johnandmags » Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:51 pm

We will be visiting Addo in late October for 3 nights. Can anyone advise as to whether we should book the Game drives or get a hop-on guide (or maybe a mixture of both!)

Any advice about this or anything else will be much appreciated as this will be our first visit.


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Unread post by NightOwl » Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:12 pm

Maybe a mixture of both. With a hop on guide you get personalized attention and info etc.
With the game drive you get the advantage of the added height of the vehicle.
When you know a little more about the park and the animals, then do self drive.

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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Mon Jul 02, 2007 10:18 am

I would suggest hiring a hop-on guide for a 2-hour drive during the day (they operate 8am to 5pm) and then taking a night drive for a chance to see some nocturnal animals.
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Addo Game Drive

Unread post by movinon » Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:34 pm

Sorry if there is already a thread on this subject but can you tell me if the formal game drives are something we should consider - morning, sundowner, evening? with trained guides or is driving ourselves around just as good?
We will be in Addo from Feb 5 to 9, 2010 - first time there - and will have a rental car.
We are from Canada and don't want to miss anything! and with as much as South Africa has to offer that won't happen but want to see as much as possible.
Any advice greatly appreciated.
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Re: Addo Game Drive

Unread post by saraf » Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:57 pm

Hi Movinon welcome to the forum.

If there's room in your car you can hire a hop-on guide, scroll down this page for more information.

You'll also see that there are SANParks guided activities, which are worth while as they will take you out into the park when it's dark.

Having said all that its also very worthwhile to do game drives on your own. There's nothing quite the feeling you get spotting animals on your own.

Whatever you do I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time.
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Re: Addo Game Drive

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:00 pm

A guided game drive always gives some added value. This is especially true if you do not know the animals and environment that well. The guide will give you some good information, that will add value to your experience.

Experiencing nature from an open game viewing vehicle is also a good experience.

The official SANParks drives also gives the added bonus, of being able to experience nature outside of the official gate times. This is often times of darkness, where many of the nocturnal animals is active. This gives the opportunity of some special sightings, which would not be likely during the day.

I would strongly recommend that you do take part in these activities.
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Re: Addo Game Drive

Unread post by annapangolin » Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:22 pm

Go for the night drive! :dance: :dance: The sundowner doesn't spend enough time in the darkness. To me, night/ evening drives are always the highlight of a trip to a national park, especially Addo. I've had some incrdible sightings on these drives. It also gives you the chance to see the park after the gates have closed. It's a magical experience being the only people out in the park, in the dark and quiet :D . Don't miss out!

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