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Conversations with the gentle Greys - Jul'16

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:17 pm

On 30 June 2016 we left Mountain Zebra NP in a southern direction for a 5 day stay in another iconic park where we had the privilege in having numerous 'conversations with the gentle Greys'.

For anyone driving the N10 between Cradock and Addo, I would like to suggest you stop at the Daggaboer farmstall. (Dagga boer = 'da-gat-die-boer' or translated there-goes-the-boer when the Brittish army were chasing them. It also has another meaning dagga = cannabis :roll: ). We could not wait to visit it again for roosterkoek, biltongspread and moerkoffie (filter coffee) in true Karoo hospitality style. Mouth-watering!! We also bought extra to enjoy when in Addo. :lol:
It was awarded as the best farmstall in SA a number of years ago by the GO!-magazine.
If nature calls, you can visit the very interesting place outside: "Where wee willy wistles in the wind" :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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After the 200km drive, we arrived at ADDO Elephant NP's main gate.
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We did not have to pitch tent and enjoyed the luxury of one of their wonderful chalets. :dance:
Most of the units have a view over the park to enjoy wildlife from the comfort of the accommodation.
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This is a camp view as taken from the Zuurkop lookout point.
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Before departing for our first game drive, let share some moments we enjoyed when visiting the museum.
Wall of Horns
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This was very interesting as family tree of the elephants are being beautifully displayed on the wall. This is one of the well known elephants - Hapoor.
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Just outside the museum, there are these rhinos reminding us of how special they are considering the current state of affairs.
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Talking about rhinos, especially when visiting Addo, I cannot help getting flashbacks of a 2012 incident when a black rhino surprised us from behind a thick bush, charging our car and hitting it twice with its horn leaving the radiator punctured and body damaged. Fortunately, the Head Ranger was just behind us to assist.
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All ready for a series of game drives exploring every corner of the park? :D
For ease of reference, I have consolidated all the sightings in one as per each section of the park i.e. 1 = Domkrag dam area etc.
Here is a park map courtesy SANParks (you get one when booking in at Reception) showing all the sections that will be covered.
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To enrich our visit to this green park with abundance of vegetation types, it was most useful to use Peter's ADDO-guide. :thumbs_up:
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All welcome to enjoy the drive.....the first section we will be exploring is the Domkrag dam area :D
Current: Table Mountain's mood today; Jul'16 ADDO NP
Finalised: Dec'15 Mokala ; Kruger; Golden Gate; Karoo; Sep'15 Bontebok; Jul'15 Agulhas; Aug'15 West Coast; Dec'14 Kruger; Jun'16 MZNP
Future: Jul'16 Storms river & Wildernis NP

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Re: Conversations with the gentle Greys - Jul'16

Unread post by ritad » Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:24 pm

I'm definitly on Board for this trip Kaapsedraai :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: Thank you for sharing :k :k
Our Tripreport has startet: KRUGERFEVER? - YES WE HAVE - September/Oktober 2015

Next trip 2017 planned 21. September 2017 - 09. Oktober 2017 :dance: :dance: :dance: only wait for booking :dance:
*) Car booked
*) 1 night Hoedspruit booked

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Re: Conversations with the gentle Greys - Jul'16

Unread post by umtali1 » Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:20 pm

Really looking forward to your conversations with the gentle greys :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: Conversations with the gentle Greys - Jul'16

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:59 pm

Yip..........wont miss this one....... :dance: :dance:

Great start and thank you for all the info :thumbs_up:

Wow.......I am still looking for a decent shot of the BR and you got hit by one... :big_eyes:

Must have been an experience you will remember for a long time!!

:popcorn: :popcorn:

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Re: Conversations with the gentle Greys - Jul'16

Unread post by manicwalker » Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:55 am

I am definatley on this bus :)
We have in the past, enjoyed a stop at the Daggaboer farmstall....
the babootie pies are yummy :dance:
Addo, my favourite park :thumbs_up:
and my favourite animal...the "Big gentle grey ones" :clap:
Looking forward to the Trip and also, your always, beautiful photos :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Conversations with the gentle Greys - Jul'16

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:02 am

I agree 100 % with you on the Daggaboer farm stall. I have to go again. It has the most remarkable collection of items from the Karoo farms and tasty boer homemade wonders to munch. I really could spend a lot of time and money there.

:big_eyes: about the Rhino. Quite an expensive experience. It seems that all is forgiven and you are back for another adventure.

I am looking forward to this.

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Re: Conversations with the gentle Greys - Jul'16

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:55 am

Can't wait! This TR is perfect in its timing as I need all the advise I can get for my first visit in December!

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Re: Conversations with the gentle Greys - Jul'16

Unread post by isinkwe » Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:49 am

I see a Image at the gate :hmz: interesting.
Looking forward to this visit Image
Isn't it just amazing how potatoes give us fries and vodka? :D The rest of the vegetables should get their act together :rtm:

So when is old enough to know better supposed to kick in ? :hmz:


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