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FinMari, just caught up and so very pleased that I have. Guilty as charged, never been to MZNP. Definitely will be moving up on our priority list. Your time there seems to have been an absolutely delight. Shame brave Richard needed a hard at for that drive :clap: :clap: :clap:

I have only visited Addo on day visits but your trip to Nyathi Camp , I am sure there will possibly be some Mites that are clearly intered.

Lovely TT so far Fin Mari, thanks so nuch
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Thank you all so much for lovely comments :gflower: :gflower:
Karin Mitton wrote: Fri Feb 16, 2024 2:56 pm So many great sightings - how you are making me long to be in Addo! :naughty: :wink: :wink:
I need to consult my map - I don't know where Arizona pan is with that terrible road. :hmz:
We had five years brake in our Addo stays. Now I'm sure we'll return sooner :D Sorry being naughty :lol: :lol:
Arizona Dam is on that public road which devides Addo. If arriving from the Main Camp. Turn left. Pass Gorah Elephant Camp entrace. Pass some staff houses. We visited only once during this stay, because of the road condition
Cape of Storms wrote: Fri Feb 16, 2024 5:39 pm Nothing like coffee out of a tin mug, when you’re in the bush
So true :D
Robbert wrote: Fri Feb 16, 2024 6:07 pm the elephants are soooo relaxed 8)
I have to remember next time in Kruger to keep so much more distance
umtali1 wrote: Fri Feb 16, 2024 7:03 pm Love all the muddy ellies :dance:
I do too :dance:
colbol wrote: Fri Feb 16, 2024 7:31 pm star gazing from your unit , very 8)
Those special moments :D
Jan van Wyk wrote: Sat Feb 17, 2024 1:29 pm ..another Park still n our wish list ..... :pray:
One day you two will smile and watch ellies at Hapoor :wink:
jjames04 wrote: Sat Feb 17, 2024 3:56 pm That camp looks really nice, definitely putting it on the list
100% I can recommend :thumbs_up:
pnm wrote: Sat Feb 17, 2024 4:31 pm Sounds a really wonderful trip.
I think it was a good idea to mix these parks - still Garden Route NP on the way :D
Meandering Mouse wrote: Sun Feb 18, 2024 7:53 am I am so happy to see the Scrub Hare.
And got a photo of it :dance:
Mischief wrote: Mon Feb 19, 2024 12:58 pm never been to MZNP. Definitely will be moving up on our priority list.
I think you and P might enjoy MZNP. If you drive to visit your sister, it's just on the way :D
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Sunday January 21st, 2024

Lazy morning. Wake up after five. Outdoors pleasant 17°. It was a beautiful morning
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We enjoyed slowly morning with locals :D
Lesser striped swallows
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Breakfast with the view
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Warthogs
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Kudus
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I made salad ready for our lunch except Feta, which I'll get from the park shop.
It was already 29° when he left for a drive
We saw a leopard tortoise on the private road to Nyathi
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And the other (bigger) just hundred meter from the gate to the main Addo
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We started from Gorah Loop.
Crowned Lapwing
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Elephant tried to access Carol's Rest without success
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Pied Starling
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Short break and legs streching at Zuurkop lookout with the view
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We drove some of those gravel loops and found yellow flowers :D
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Butterflies :D
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Pale Chanting Goshawk
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Some play at Marion Baree Waterhole
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Cape Wagtail
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The show was on @ Hapoor :D :D :D
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Time to move and catch a take off
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@Rooidam
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Could there be a view from new units to Rooidam :hmz:
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Sunday January 21st, 2024 part 2

Yellow ellies at Ghwarrie
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To the main camp to get Feta for salad. Everything is so close by in Addo :D
Only one elephant at the waterhole
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Steppe Buzzard (?)
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A quick stop at Hapoor - it's only 800 meters from the crossing, we always checked it :D
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In Addo Zebras can drink same time with elephants
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Lunch at Jack's Picnic Site, which was quite full because it was a Sunday. So many day visitors, but not at all too many vehicles anywhere
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Always remember check bushes around you - Southern Boubou
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There was a vehicle check by the road. Please open your trunk? Where's your rabbit :hmz: :lol:

Back to Hapoor, which was relative empty. Heavy wind has arrived
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What they are looking at :hmz: They stood that way for several minutes in Rooidam
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Flowers
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Bokmakierie
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@ Domkag Black headed Heron
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Time to return to Nyathi. There was an elephant quite close to the railway
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Inside the fourth water crossing was a warthog
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Butterfly was waiting for us at the unit
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It was windy and vervet monkeys were jumping at the trees next to the plunge pool -> no plunging today. But instead time for bubbles
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Following locals
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In some moment we heart heavy crashing in the trees below our unit next to a small stream - baboons jumping. That afternoon was the only time we saw monkeys / baboons from the unit.
Then 40 seconds of rain, which produced nice rainbow for us. Temp 24°
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King made his every evening visit. The laundry will be returned next day, but the person did it will not return :shock:
I thought, I will give the extra tip direct :wall: :wall: What shall I do :doh:

Our dinner was ostrich fillet with baby marrotts
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That evening moon was behind the clouds
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Lovely pictures of all the locals :dance: :dance:

Very interesting observation about curtailing ellie use of certain waterholes. Left unmanaged the ecosystem is soon destoyed by ellies.
Perhaps other parks will adopt a similar system :hmz: :hmz:
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Ellies all over plus super birdies and other animals..... :clap: ..love the scenery shots and video....... :dance:

10/10 for the food and wine ...... :thumbs_up:

Thank you for sharing.... :thumbs_up:
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:D
Another great day in Addo :thumbs_up:

Harpoor dam is always worth visiting, something usually arrives :D
Love the Ellie video :dance:

Thanks FinMari :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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I love the animal and food pictures. Everything in balance!
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FinMari wrote: Tue Feb 20, 2024 1:32 pm
Arizona Dam is on that public road which devides Addo. If arriving from the Main Camp. Turn left. Pass Gorah Elephant Camp entrace. Pass some staff houses. We visited only once during this stay, because of the road condition
aaahh, that make sense. I have never turned left or right on that road.

Love the videos - there is something truly special about early morning sounds. And the elephants ... :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Addo delivered again and again, great sightings all over the place! The little elephants are soooo cute :dance: :dance:
The yellow flowers are a Bulbinella species. We have them in our garden during summertime but they can’t survive the winter cold of northern hemisphere (maybe they will survive in the near future…. :hmz: )
Thank you vso much for sharing! :gflower: :gflower: :gflower: :gflower: :gflower:
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That seems a very big kill for a bbj in MZNP :hmz: Did you notice if it had been killed by a predator (if yes, where was he or she)? Or did it die of natural causes?
Lovely little baby zebra on the way out of the park :heart:

The accommodation in Addo looks amazing. Think we could all get used, waking up to a view like that :thumbs_up:
Wonderful sightings so far and spectecular views too.
There seem to be an awful lot of very muddy ellies about in the park :lol:
Nice to hear they are so chill, compared to the ones in Kruger. Maybe we should just go and visit Addo as we always seem to have an 'ellie episode' or two, when we are in Kruger :wink:
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What a beautiful start to the day. The setting is perfect. 8)

I love the rainbow. A lovely treat.

Your ellie images are very special. :thumbs_up: I love seeing the little ones.

The young Kudu is such a cuteness hit with those big ears.

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Thank you all so much :gflower: :gflower:
I really appreciate every comment :D
umtali1 wrote: Tue Feb 20, 2024 2:26 pm Very interesting observation about curtailing ellie use of certain waterholes. Left unmanaged the ecosystem is soon destoyed by ellies.
Perhaps other parks will adopt a similar system :hmz: :hmz:
I don't know, if it's used anywhere else. In one of our earlier trips to Addo - a part of Hapoor was closed from ellies :hmz:
Jan van Wyk wrote: Tue Feb 20, 2024 4:04 pm Ellies all over plus super birdies
Addo is so special to have ellies all over :D
colbol wrote: Tue Feb 20, 2024 7:14 pm Love the Ellie video :dance:
I wouldn't take video close to ellies anywhere else :D
Cape of Storms wrote: Tue Feb 20, 2024 8:26 pm I love the animal and food pictures. Everything in balance!
I think you have to eat well - and I don't mean too much - in the bush :D
Karin Mitton wrote: Wed Feb 21, 2024 11:28 am aaahh, that make sense. I have never turned left or right on that road.
Love the videos - there is something truly special about early morning sounds.
Sometimes people see lions at Arizona :roll:
Arriving from northern hemisphere winter, the morning sounds and smells were amazing :D
Robbert wrote: Wed Feb 21, 2024 12:16 pm The yellow flowers are a Bulbinella species. We have them in our garden during summertime but they can’t survive the winter cold of northern hemisphere
Thank you for the plant name. I checked, it's not sold in Finland. So not even in a pot. I have to enjoy those in my trips :D
Carla + Tony wrote: Wed Feb 21, 2024 5:15 pm That seems a very big kill for a bbj in MZNP :hmz: Did you notice if it had been killed by a predator (if yes, where was he or she)?

The accommodation in Addo looks amazing. Think we could all get used, waking up to a view like that :thumbs_up:

Nice to hear they are so chill, compared to the ones in Kruger. Maybe we should just go and visit Addo as we always seem to have an 'ellie episode' or two, when we are in Kruger :wink:
I talked with rangers in MZNP. They told it was a lion kill. We tried several times to find the predator - no luck :(
Nyathi is very special camp. I could return any day :D
The first time for you in Addo would be a big surprise, how calm elephants are :D We started our self drives from Addo and then later to Kruger. Oh boy, we learned quickly a difference :shock:
Meandering Mouse wrote: Thu Feb 22, 2024 8:06 am What a beautiful start to the day. The setting is perfect. 8)
The first morning we left early, but then we realize to enjoy the first moments of the day from the deck :D
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Monday January 22nd, 2024

Morning was beautiful, 17°
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Tiny (about 2 cm) scorpion was inside our bath tub
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Swallows arrived also this morning to greet us :D
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Also Cape Glossy Starling, but our breakfast - coffee / tea and grapes & pineapple slices - was only for us
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The laundry - what shall I do :hmz:
I decided to trust people. I left a note: This Rxx tip is for you. I trust you. Please, be so kind and give this Rxx tip to a person, who made our laundry. Thank you! Have a lovely day!

It was already 26° when we left. We saw again leopard tortoise
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Spectaled Weaver
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At 09:50 it started to rain and it rained until 12:40
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Very quiet. Luckily Pale Chanting Goshawk
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Some flowers
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We drove more south - Nglube Loop where was two elephants at Nglube Waterhole
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Some youngster zebras
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It was wet
Guinefowls
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A beetle
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The road
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Hadeda Ibis
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We started to think. Is braai possible tonight :hmz: Do we enjoy making the fire in the possible rain :hmz:
Maybe it's a good idea visit the main camp. Have a lunch at Cattle Baron's. On the way there were no elllies at Hapoor when passing by

Burgers were enough :D SO enjoyed latte as dessert, me :lol:
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Monday January 22nd, 2024 part 2
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Some shopping at the shop and return to Nyathi. We were lucky with tortoises in Addo
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On the private road some playfull yellow mongoose
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Hunting Common Buzzard
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At the Nyathi Gate King gave us our laundry back - clean clothes for the rest of the journey :dance: :dance:
We chatted for a while. He has seen from his unit (=the camp gate) lions and leopards. Never hyena on this section.
When he visited later our unit, he told the actual amount which I sent to the person, who made the laundry. The money found it's way :D Sometimes I just have to trust people :D

It was a grey evening - luckily we had the lunch
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We had some yummy Impala pate with crackers
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My lanters :D
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The next day we'll move out of Addo to Garden route NP, Stormsriver restcamp
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