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Apr 8, 2015 - Storms River to Addo Elephant National Park

Wednesday 8th April 2015 Storms River to Addo Elephant National Park Packed up and left the lodge in Storms River Village at around 9:50am and headed off along the extremely good N2 freeway towards Port Elizabeth. We were surprised how little habitation there was with no houses, service stations or shops for about 100kms. We made really good time but slipped off the N2 briefly at a village to fill up with petrol and use the toilet. The N2 drove through Port Elizabeth and we kept our eyes open for a supermarket but saw one at exit 758 just...

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Aug 27, 2010 - Addo Elephant Park

Nach dem Kruger Park, sicherlich einer der besten Wildparks, die wir besuchen durften. Als Ausgangspunkt ein Gartenparadies eines gediegenen B&Bs eines alten, burischen Ehepaares. (Anmerkung: "Buren" sind die eigentlich Nachfahren der hollaend. Einwanderer ab 1600) Noch nie durften wir die sanftmuetigen Dickhaeuter so nah erleben. Eine einmalige Gelegenheit, sie gingen zentimeterweit am Auto vorbei, waelzten sich bloss 3m entfernt in einem Schlammbad, junge Bullen hielten Schaukaemmpfe ab, kleine, suesse Babyelefanten wurden in der...

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May 31, 2009 - Addo Elephant National Park

We could only get accommodation for 1 night within the park, but had some fantastic encounters with elephants during our visit. Initially the weather was rainy and we saw virtually no signs of life, however, on our second day driving through the park we were able to see so much! Our most memorable experience was when we were following some male elephants at a distance along the road, when the rest of their herd suddenly emerged out of the bush behind us. We found ourselves trapped between these (we hoped) gentle giants and had to sit...

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Jan 11, 2009 - Addo Elephant Park

After only a day and two nights in Jeffery’s Bay, we left for the Addo Elephant Reserve north of Port Elizabeth. With the exception of a potholed stretch near the townships outside of P.E., the roads were fine and we made good time. The Orange Elephant Hostel was recommended to us, and we reached it by noon. We set up our tent in the back field and made ourselves a quick lunch with the leftover food from our cooler. It was pretty quiet – there were only a handful of other guests staying here. We were going to spend the rest of the day...

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Sep 13, 2008 - Addo Elephant Park

South Africa – Addo Elephant Park 13/14th September After skirting around the riots in Durban (Zuma is acquitted following allegation of corruption) we fly to Port Elizabeth and then drive to an Orange Farm where we were to spend the next two evenings. A spectacular thunder storm and frog chorus (that put Paul McCartney to shame) and we were ready to start the next day at the Addo Elephant Park. Strangely we were not meant to see elephants in Hluhluwe but as is the case in these parks there is not script and no guarantees. We were told of...

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Jo'burg to Nairobi

Aug 13, 2008 - Durban to Cape Town Overland Trip

Hey there, Just grabbing a few minutes to update you on my trip from Durban to Cape Town. Before I start I just want you all to know that I am getting your messages loud and clear and these messages mean so much, as I am really encouraged and so pleased you are still following my progress. Thank you!!!! OK lets start (by the way, my internet time is fast running out, so I will need to finish this entry later). My flight to Durban went without a hitch and arrived at the best Backpackers to date, the Happy Hippo. I stayed there for 1 night,...

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Apr 16, 2008 - Addo Elephant Park, South Africa

Addo Elephant Park – and time for some more game viewing. We got there in the afternoon and wow... we were so lucky. We drove to a watering hole and saw a herd of at least 30 elephants. There was a huge bull there in musk and numerous females and babies. During our night drive we found out from our guide that the bull is named John and that he is quite a dangerous elephant. He`s already killed 3 elephants in fighting and has been known to attack cars. What a magnificent creature.

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Mar 7, 2008 - Addo Elephant National Park

To Addo Elephant Park As a reward for getting up early for today's drive we were treated to a great sunrise at Jeffreys Bay. We had an uneventful drive to the Elephant Park. We passed a small herd of Zebra about 20 km before the park. As we parked and were setting up we had several small grey monkeys in the trees behind the MH. It was very hot at the park, well over 100 degrees. The Park has a water hole about a 100 meters beyond the restaurant with a viewing patio with seats and an underground hide (blind). About 20 elephants were...

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Oct 21, 2007 - Addo Elephant National Park

Heute gings weiter von Port Elizabeth aus Richtung Addo Elephant National Park. Der Weg führte über eine ziemlich reparaturbedürftige Strasse vorbei an den Townships vor der Stadt in eine etwas ländlichere Gegend. Im Park selber hatten wir eine Unterkunft gebucht. Also haben wir schnell eingecheckt und sind dann auch schon los in den Park gegangen. Dieser ist sehr schön, wir sahen dem Parknamen entsprechend viele Elefanten aber auch Kudus, tonnenweise Warzenschweine und sonstiges Getier. Wir konnten eine ganze Herde beobachten wie sie sich...

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south africa '07

Apr 11, 2007 - Psychedelic Easter bunnies & Fairy Godmothers

I spent about a week in Cape Town seeing all the sites, got the cable car up Table Mountain, saw Robben Isand where Nelson Mandala was imprisoned, chilled out on the Camps bay beach where all the posh houses are etc. However, I'm not a huge fan of tourist attraction type activities so it was time to move on, but not before attending Cape Town's psytrance weekly Opium with Matt, a cool trancer I met at the backpackers hostel. I had a really good time, it's like a posher version of Synchronize in SF and the music was excellent, lots of hard,...

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If not now, when?

Nov 28, 2006 - At Last a Lion in the Wild ... Sort of.

Well its a National Park, but at least it wasn't a cage. The Addo Elephant Park has - you guessed it - a lot of elephants. But they have been reintroducing other species that had been endemic to the area. There were Kudu, and Zebra and Warthogs , but the highlight was pulling up to a bunch of cars stopped in the road and realizing there was big male lion RIGHT next to the road!

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Reilly on the Road

Oct 14, 2006 - Durban to Port Elizabeth; Addo Elephant Park

Day 8 - October 14, 2006 Today were up early to take the rental car back and catch our domestic flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth. Everything went so smoothly we thought something must be wrong... We arrived in "PE", picked up our new rental car and headed immediately up to Addo Elephant Park, about an hours' drive north of PE, climbing up into the low mountains above the southern coast. We did a 'self-drive' tour, which means that you can drive your own vehicle around the game park, surrounded by wild animals - no fences! In a short...

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