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An Addo Experience....

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An Addo Experience....

Unread postby Billy Goat » Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:51 pm

Addo..... Forever etched in mind's eye.
The dry river beds,
The welcoming 38* heat.

Four days in a slice of paradise. Beautiful trees, a wonderland of vegetation and animals of every description.
Shy buck, social elephants, too cute warthogs and their babies, birds of every colour and size.

A few photos of our little friends and some of our sights. Please excuse any photos that are not perfectly focused.....

One of my favourite birds, and interestingly enough it is the national bird of Israel.
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We loved watching these heron's.
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When the sun was shining these little fellows were everywhere. Counted 20 in one day, and when it was overcast we never saw them again.
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Trying to photograph these guys is near impossible. Absolute bundles of energy.
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This tree was one of our first sights. Absolutely beautiful
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Addo 11 - 14 Dec
West Coast 17 - 18 Jan
Hluhluwe/Umfolozi 18 - 21 March

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Re: An Addo Experience....

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:04 am

Billy Goat, thank you for posting pictures of what, must be, a growing favorite. :D

I love your little suricate. You are so right, bundles of energy.

Do you have anymore to post?

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Re: An Addo Experience....

Unread postby Billy Goat » Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:24 am

Good morning Miss Mouse,

Yes, I will be posting more photos during the next few days.
My laptop unfortunately is soooo slow, it might possibly be faster to carve the pics on a stone tablet and deliver them by hand to the SansPark IT department.

That little surricate was balancing at the end of the skinniest dry branch of a small shrub when I first spotted it. It took me ages to get a pic, as they did not sit still for more than a few seconds. There were about 5 of them bobbing up & down in the grass.

I will write a Travel Report to go with the photos in my next posting.
And I must ask.......... This weekend past I was at the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi game reserve in Northern KZN. Am I allowed to post photos of this stunning game reserve or are we restricted only to National Parks?
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Addo 11 - 14 Dec
West Coast 17 - 18 Jan
Hluhluwe/Umfolozi 18 - 21 March

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Re: An Addo Experience....

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:28 am

Billy Goat, as far as I know, this is restricted to Sanparks. It is sometimes possible to post pictures on particular threads, such a mammals, birds and reptiles.

Because Sanparks pays for the running of the site, it reserves the right to keep content Sanparks related.
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Re: An Addo Experience....

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:25 am

Addo is an amazing experience! So much more than just Elephants..................

Very interesting that the Hoopoe is the national bird of Israel! I'll try and remember that.

Can't wait to see more of your Addo experience! :popcorn:
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Re: An Addo Experience....

Unread postby hilda » Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:34 pm

Beautiful pictures of your stunning sightings Billy Goat! Please share them all! :clap: :clap:

Billy Goat wrote:And I must ask.......... This weekend past I was at the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi game reserve in Northern KZN. Am I allowed to post photos of this stunning game reserve or are we restricted only to National Parks?


Sadly, you can only post your photos and sightings taken/seen in any of the SANParks, as Meandering Mouse already correctly indicated Billy Goat. :thumbs_up:

Looking forward to your trip report! :popcorn:
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Re: An Addo Experience....

Unread postby RayK » Tue Dec 22, 2015 3:04 pm

Hi Billy Goat,
Your enthusiasm for nature that some people would overlook is wonderful. It's obvious that you're enjoying your trip. Looking forward to the rest of your TR. :)

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Re: An Addo Experience....

Unread postby Billy Goat » Tue Dec 22, 2015 3:21 pm

Sorry everyone.... But my photos will not load.
I am doing exactly what I did first time around but to no avail.
Hopefully this is a glitch somewhere in cyber-space and I will be able to continue with my TR.
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Re: An Addo Experience....

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Dec 22, 2015 4:25 pm

Billy Goat wrote:Sorry everyone.... But my photos will not load.
I am doing exactly what I did first time around but to no avail.
Hopefully this is a glitch somewhere in cyber-space and I will be able to continue with my TR.


We'll wait patiently, as you say most of the times just a cyber glitch! :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: An Addo Experience....

Unread postby Billy Goat » Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:30 pm

The flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth is just over an hour, and the flight travels along the coast line.
The impact of the countrywide drought is visible from 30'000 feet. The rivers are dry.

From the airport to the Southern Gate of Addo Elephant Park is only 40 minutes. Maybe a little less, and that road is a shining example of what all our roads should look like. In Durban the potholes are so deep the "cat's eyes" are actually giraffes looking out.
Driving through the gates of Addo is like stepping through a portal into another world.....

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The day we arrived in Addo it was sweltering. At the local Hapoor Dam was a herd of elephant, maybe 150 - maybe more.
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There were some huge elephant around, and many juveniles.
In fact there were so many elephant that it was difficult to take a photo.
Addo has a few watering holes/dams, and we saw ellies at nearly every one on our first day.
The most amazing thing is that the following day, the weather was a little cooler. It rained in the morning and we did not see one elephant anywhere.

On a different day we saw a few elephant wandering along.
What is incredible is that they do not make a sound when walking through the bush, unless they are feeding and breaking off branches.
And what is certainly a conjuring trick is how the elephant standing 3 metres tall can take 3 steps and disappears in the bush.

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Addo is huge. It stretches over a 100 kilometres.
We stayed in a rondavel overlooking the floodlit watering hole in the main rest camp.
The day before we left, we took a drive up the Zuurberg pass into the mountain regions of the National Park, and without a doubt we will be back to continue our exploration of the furtherest reaches of Addo. (Here you will need a 4x4)
The Southern section of Addo (Where we entered through the Matloyweni Gate) is a vast space of plains and scrub thickets.....
Here roam herds of eland, and red Haartesbeest, zebra, elephant, kudu.....

To Be Continued...
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Re: An Addo Experience....

Unread postby hilda » Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:28 am

Lovely Ellie sightings Billy Goat! Beautiful Zebra and Red Hartebeest too! They are so fat, their coats are shining! :clap: :clap:
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Re: An Addo Experience....

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:36 am

Billy Goat wrote:What is incredible is that they do not make a sound when walking through the bush, unless they are feeding and breaking off branches.
And what is certainly a conjuring trick is how the elephant standing 3 metres tall can take 3 steps and disappears in the bush.


That is something that has amazed me for years! Just incredible how nature gives them that ability!! :dance: :dance:
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Re: An Addo Experience....

Unread postby Billy Goat » Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:14 pm

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Re: An Addo Experience....

Unread postby Billy Goat » Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:25 pm

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(Sorry but the photos are taking forever to load. It is frustratingly slow)
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Re: An Addo Experience....

Unread postby Pumbaa » Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:36 am

You had in fact already a lot of amazing sightings, Billy Goat

what a more than amazing start to your Addo adventure :thumbs_up:


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