Lynn & David travelling in South Africa travel blog

Secretary Bird, Addo Elephant National Park

Zebra, Addo Elephant National Park

Warthog, Addo Elephant National Park

Kudu, Addo Elephant National Park

Dung Beetle, Addo Elephant National Park (critically endangered)

Zebra and baby, Addo Elephant National Park

Dam and zebras and view, Addo Elephant National Park

Black headed Heron, Addo Elephant National Park

Blue Crane, Addo Elephant National Park

Secretary Bird, Addo Elephant National Park

Elephant, Addo Elephant National Park

Elephant, Addo Elephant National Park

Zebras, Addo Elephant National Park

David at viewv point, Addo Elephant National Park

Warthog, Addo Elephant National Park

Kudu and baby, Addo Elephant National Park

Turtle, Addo Elephant National Park

Buffalo, Addo Elephant National Park

Zebra and baby, Addo Elephant National Park

Zebras, Addo Elephant National Park

Leopard Tortoise, Addo Elephant National Park


Friday 10th April 2015

Addo Elephant National Park

No early morning game drive for us today. We woke up at about 8am and had toast for breakfast then after a bit of washing, we drove through the gates into the national park in our car on our own game drive. The day was fine and sunny and actually reached about 31C by the time we got back. As you can only drive at a maximum of 40km/hr in the park, you can spot the wildlife and stop, take photos and then move on. We saw many different animals and birds today including the secretary bird, zebras, warthogs, buffalo, red hartebeest, elephants, kudu, blue crane, black headed heron, dung beetles, turtle and leopard tortoise. There are so many different animals in this national park. Any that are not indigenous to the area have gradually been moved away. The park is really quite beautiful, with low trees (about 1-2 metres high) and shrubs, grass and even wild flowers covering a very large hilly area about 70km north of Port Elizabeth (PE). It appears to be a source of great pride to the people here and is quite an amazing highlight of this trip. Everything about this place is good, from the park to the accommodation and facilities. While out on our drive today we stopped at Jack’s Picnic Ground, named after a black rhino that lived there (and died there aged 33 – very old for a rhino), and had our lunch. The roads are part sealed and part gravel, but all in good condition and easy to drive around. We arrived back at the Rest Camp at about 3pm and are enjoying a refreshing beer and relaxing whilst watching the usual kudu and a few elephants that just walked over the hill. Tonight we had dinner in the restaurant - very nice meal. It has been a beautiful day with perfect weather and we will be sorry to leave tomorrow.



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