Lynn & David travelling in South Africa travel blog

Red Hartebeest, Addo Elephant National Park

Goshawk, Addo Elephant National Park

Lion, Addo Elephant National Park

David and the lion, Addo Elephant National Park

Lions mouth, Addo Elephant National Park

Lion's foot, Addo Elephant National Park

Other lion, Addo Elephant National Park

Lion, Addo Elephant National Park

Burchell's Zebra, Addo Elephant National Park

Young Zebra, Addo Elephant National Park

Black backed jackal, Addo Elephant National Park

Cape Weaver, from deck, Addo Elephant National Park

Fiscal Shrike, from decck, Addo Elephant National Park

Elephant bull from deck, Addo Elephant National Park

Warthog & kudu from deck, Addo Elephant National Park

Vervet monkey, Addo Elephant National Park

Speckled mousebird, Addo Elephant National Park

Lion at night, Addo Elephant National Park

Lion at night, Addo Elephant National Park

Lion at night, Addo Elephant National Park

Lion at night, Addo Elephant National Park

Spotted Eagle Owl, Addo Elephant National Park

Red Hartebeest, Addo Elephant National Park

Goishawk, Addo Elephant National Park

Sleeping Lion, Addo Elephant National Park

Lion in the grass, Addo Elephant National Park

Lion sitting up, Addo Elephant National Park

Jostling zebras, Addo Elephant National Park

Zebra, Addo Elephant National Park

Baby Zebra, Addo Elephant National Park

Panther Snail, Addo Elephant National Park

Bird, Addo Elephant National ParkAddo Elephant National Park

Bird, Addo Elephant National Park

Bird, Addo Elephant National Park

Elephants from deck, Addo Elephant National Park

Duiker in bush, Addo Elephant National Park

Black footed cat, Addo Elephant National Park

Lion yawning, Addo Elephant National Park

Lion, Addo Elephant National Park

Lion at night, Addo Elephant National Park

Spotted Eagle Owl, Addo Elephant National Park


Thursday 9th April 2015

Addo Elephant National Park

Up at 5am today for an early morning game drive. The morning was quite cold and foggy. The trip set off at about 6am and headed through the gate into the park. We had on all our warm layers and hat, scarf and gloves for the trip in the open truck. The first animals we saw were kudu through the mist. Our guide pointed out that they had longer front legs than back and this meant they were fast runners. He said they could run at a speed of 80kms and could maintain a speed of 55kms for 5km. We then saw some Burchells Zebras through the mist then two ostriches, a few red hartebeest and after quite a while driving around we drove up to a lion lying beside the road. Everyone was very excited. It is always great to see a lion. The guide told us that the Park has 6 adult lions but they haven’t formed into a pride. There are 2 pairs of male lions, one solitary female, and one female with 2 cubs. The lion we came across lives with his brother and, sure enough, a short distance away in the mist we could see the brother. The guide also told us that he had seen these lions yesterday eating in the bushes on the other side of the Park about 18kms away. Because they had eaten yesterday they were only interested in sleeping today and wouldn’t eat again for 3-6 days. After some time the sleeping lion awoke and noticed us – he sat up and his brother lay down to take a nap. We left them in peace and set off again to see what else we could find. We saw more kudu and zebra, including a young one and then came across a Black Backed Jackal sitting near the road – so gorgeous. He didn’t linger though so we carried on back towards the camp. Near the gate we had one last stop to view an extremely large Panther Snail going across the road which our guide moved to safety on the grass. Once back in camp we headed to the restaurant for a warming cooked breakfast and then back to the tent which was still very cold but hopped back into bed fully clothed until the sun came out and warmed everything.

Sat out on the deck in the warm, coffee and biscuits, watching the animals again. We saw one solitary bull elephant with quite long tusks, several kudu and a few warthog. After our lunchtime beer and a few chips we walked down to the waterhole and watched a few more kudu and some distant elephants for a while. Returning to our deck we did more of the same and then went for an early dinner before getting ready for a night game drive.

At 6:45pm, we walked up and met with the guide and about 30 other people for the night time game drive. It was not as cold as this morning, but we rugged up warm anyway. We drove to the gate and the guide opened it and closed it again once we had driven through – almost immediately we saw elephants near the road. We then saw a duiker (very small antelope that lives by itself and crouches under shrubs), a black footed cat (very cute and extremely small), lions (the same ones as this morning), kudu, jackals, zebras, a buffalo, eland (interestingly when they walk you can hear a clicking sound which is made when their feet splay open when they walk – the sound is used to help the family keep together), a scrub hare and a spring hare (jumps like a kangaroo), porcupines and a spotted eagle owl. We arrived back at camp at around 9pm. It was a very good game drive. We went to bed around 10:45pm. It was a beautiful day after the fog lifted this morning, around 25C and sunny.



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