Last Treat of the Summer Holidays

Government schools in South Africa began their school year on Wednesday 9 January but as our two grandchildren are at private schools they had an extra week before needing to return. At very short notice I managed to get a camp site in Addo Elephant Park for two nights which we later extended to three.

After years of visiting parks we tend to take certain things for granted so having the kids with us and seeing the creatures through their eyes gives us a fresh appreciation for the wild. They also have keen eyes and their spotting skills amaze us. They also each had the use of a camera and so most of the photographs featured here are credited to them.

We left Jubilee Farm at 5:30 am on Wednesday, stopped at Jeffrey’s Bay for breakfast and arrived at Addo at midday. After a basic set up of the caravan we got straight back into the Everest and set off on a game drive. It was not too hot as there was a breeze blowing.

The ever present warthog – a face that only a mother can make
Isn’t he the cutest!
Common Fiscal
Ant eating chat
Shan spotted a scrub hare in the distance
Amur Falcon
Take care when you get out of your vehicle – You’ve been warned
View from Zuurkop
White-throated canary
Female Kudu
Impressive antlers on these male kudu

We returned to Addo Rest Camp and finished setting up and then enjoyed a lovely braai.

Our Camp
Simon
The fire is on! Great shot- Shannon
Gran has the salad ready
Grandpa about to braai the meat
Sunset by Shannon

On Thursday we were up early and ready for a long day in the park. We had an idea where we might find lions so planned a trip to see them and then to leave the park via the Colchester Gate and have breakfast at the coffee shop near the petrol station.

First sighting of the day – the cutest yellow mongoose
Common Buzzard catching the early morning rays
A lovely kudu sighting
Entwined antlers!
A great buffalo sighting
Lovely to see a red-necked spurfowl
There were plenty of hoopoes
Baby warthogs were amusing
Typical Warthog pose
Her sister was settling down for a nap a little further away
We also enjoyed watching red hartebeest at a waterhole

After a while of seeing very little, Shannon yelled – Grandpa – do a U-turn now – Elephants are coming through the bush and will probably cross the road behind us.

To just do a U-turn is not that easy so Grandpa started to reverse and then the ellies suddenly appeared and did not cross over behind him. Shan yelled – Go foward – Go forward they’re coming after us! Grandpa remained perfectly still. And the ellies simply brushed past the car! Shan’s window was open and she could have touched the giant but instead she slip over to me in a state of angst! We all giggled nervously as the herd lumbered by.

A very close encounter
Right next to the open window – the teen was almost hysterical!
The bum brushing the car was the last straw – I had to give her Rescue!
But they’re gentle creatures and this approaching car was in no danger

Shan soon calmed down and was ready to order breakfast just a few minutes later!

Our return journey was somewhat quieter. We enjoyed watching ellies at the waterhole but they did not swim as we have seen many times in the past.

We stopped for a break at Jack’s picnic site and then made our way home enjoying all the other little things on the way.

An affectionate warthog
Secretary BIrd
White Stork
Peek a boo
Education about the birds and the bees for our teens!

On our third day we were lucky enough to see lions again.

We also had an awesome time watching elephants at Haphoor Waterhole

All too soon it was time to return to Pletteberg Bay.  We arrived back on the Saturday afternoon and spent the night with the family.  The next day we took Shan to George and then continued to Great Brak where we spent the night with our family at Rondomooi!  

We have now been back in Struisbaai for just over a week.   What an awesome holiday we had! 

Published by puppy1952

I am making the most of the South African Lifestyle and hope with my blog to share some of the adventures my husband and I are having in our retirement. We live at the Southern Tip of Africa in the small coastal town of Struisbaai. Earl and I have a Gecko off-road caravan and we travel around South Africa frequently. We are bird and wild life enthusiasts so are often in game reserves.

4 thoughts on “Last Treat of the Summer Holidays

  1. What a lovely time you had at Addo!
    And you camped in exactly the same spot we did when we visited in December ’17!
    I wish I could see a shot of the teens’ faces at the sight (and sound) of those mating tortoises!? 😀

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