Addo Elephant Park is Awesome

The Southern Tip of Africa is a great pace to be during the summertime and when the winter days are warm and sunny.  But when the North West Wind blows and the rains come down it can be extremely chilly!   Such a cold spell hit us earlier this month so on 4 July we hitched up the caravan and went in search of warmer spots!

One of my favourite break-away spots is Warmwaterberg – situated on the R62 between Barrydale and Ladysmith and in spite of it being school holidays we were able to get a site for three nights.   Not only were the warm spring waters soothing to the soul but the days were warm and sunny and we enjoyed some lovely walks and bird watching too.


The Stark Beauty of The Karoo


Popping up from the dry earth


A Thornbush full of Mousebirds


White-throated Canary

From there we went to The Rural Family in Plettenberg Bay where we spent a delightful weekend.  Other relatives were visiting from Kokstad so it was lovely catching up with them too.

Our granddaughter, Shan, was having an adventure of her own.  A young man had invited her to his matric dance in East London.  This necessitated his parents collecting her from Plett, having her stay with them for a few days in Queenstown and then taking the young couple to the event that weekend.   Afterward, they would need to bring her back. Quite a mission but this is what it takes when you live in the back of beyond!   To save them some of the distance we offered to meet them in Colesberg – midway between Queenstown and Plett and then take Shan and Simon with us to Addo Elephant Park.  It all worked out perfectly.

We spent three days in the park with the kids, enjoyed brilliant weather and had wonderful sightings. We were last in Addo with these two in January and as luck would have it we got the exact same caravan site this time too.

The kids and I took control of the three cameras in the car and had great fun recording our experiences.

001 IMG_0460 Simon elephants

First creatures seen – elephants of course!

004 IMG_0505 Simon Glossy Starling

Cape Glossy Starling

006 IMG_0507 Simon Kudu

A wonderful Male Kudu

013 IMG_1100 Shan Bokmakierie

Iconic in Addo – The Bokmakierie

014 008 P1170660 Helen Heron

Black-headed Heron

025 IMG_1116 Shan surricates

Not seen often enough – Meerkats catching the rays

028 IMG_1107 Shan Ostrich

Male ostrich – very relaxed

030 IMG_0548 Simon Elephant

Too close for comfort for Shan

036 IMG_0577 Simon Mousebird

Red-faced Mousebird

041 IMG_0586 Simon Buffalo

No lions about – so resting up till the next chase!

051 P1170783 Helen Mouse

Even the tiny creatures get our attention

057 IMG_1156 Shan Coucal

Burchell’s Coucal

060 IMG_1147 Shan warthog asleep

It was a hard night – Oupa needs his rest

061 P1170832 Helen Warthogs

The Three Little Pigs still hanging with Mom!

063 P1170812 Helen Weaver

Cape Weaver

068 P1170839 Helen Kudu

Another of the many Kudu seen

073 P1170867 Helen Jackal Buzzard

Jackal Buzzard

080 IMG_0622 Simon Cape Longclaw

Cape Long-claw

082 IMG_1181 Shan Elephant


086 IMG_1187 Shan zebra waiting

The Ellies were at the Zebra’s waterhole and wouldn’t let them in!

089 IMG_0633 Simon Cute Baby elephant

Cheeky tried to scare them off

091 IMG_1197 Shan baby elephant

So Sweet!

098 P1170997 Helen Elephants

Making for the waterhole

109 IMG_1215 Shan Lions

On our last day – we found Jack and Jill

110 IMG_0658 Simon Lion


116 IMG_1221 Shan Jill


121 IMG_1228 Shan hunting lion

The Red Hartebeest are wary

123 IMG_1243 Shan Hyhaena and Zebra

So are the zebra – one negotiating with a hyaena who also pitched up on the scene

130 IMG_1267 Shan Hyaena

They ignored the lions

135 P1180130 Shan Surricate

The cuteness is just too much

142 IMG_1291 Shan Elephants-1

At yet another waterhole

146 IMG_0733 Simon Zebra

Bad Hair Day?  Or maybe the latest zebra fashion.



5 thoughts on “Addo Elephant Park is Awesome

  1. Mary Craig

    How lovely your pictures are a delight. If ever u need a physio my granddaughter Natasha Gibson has a practice opposite the hospital. Enjoy your travels.

    On Wed, 24 Jul 2019, 5:13 PM Adventuring into Retirement, wrote:

    > puppy1952 posted: “The Southern Tip of Africa is a great place to be > during the summertime and when the winter days are warm and sunny. But > when the North West Wind blows and the rains come down it can be extremely > chilly! Such a cold spell hit us earlier this month so o” >

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