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.



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.

5 thoughts on “Addo Elephant Park is Awesome

  1. 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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