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Jan 12, 2020 - Canoe trip up the sundays river and sushi for Sunday lunch

Let's do a canoe trip up the Sundays River Gerry says, it will be relaxing and fun. Mmm, I've never paddled a canoe in my life...when you want to go left you paddle right and when you want to go right you paddle left!!! OMG...trying to get my golf ball to go in the right direction is a challenge so I stood no chance!! That's ok, I'll do the paddling Gerry says and you just tell me which direction....well my only regret is that I didn't get any video or pictures of what happened next but we spent more time head first in the banks and reeds...

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Jan 10, 2020 - Was going to be a walk in the mountains.....but

Today we planned to do a hiking trail in the Zuurberg mountains but when we got to the trail starting point, we were told that due to the rain the trails were too dangerous! Plan B...went back into Addo! Just like another day on our busy roads.......not!

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Jan 9, 2020 - About Addo National Park

Addo Elephant National Park is a diverse wildlife conservation park situated close to Port Elizabeth in South Africa and is one of the country's 20 national parks. It currently ranks third in size after Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. More than 600 elephants, 400 Cape buffaloes, as well as a variety of antelope species can be seen here. Lion and spotted hyena have also recently been re-introduced to the area. The largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle is located within the park. The photos show...

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Jan 8, 2020 - Meerkat Manor!

After the rain, today was cloudy and cool but a good day for the animals to hunt, we came across two jackals on the hunt, and then saw a family of meerkats which was awesome! First time we've seen Meerkats in the wild and this is the only region in this part of Africa where they can be found.

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Jan 7, 2020 - En route to Addo

Today we travelled from Port Elizabeth to Addo National Park via Colchester Southern Gate. Addo is a small and charming farming town situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, just outside of the Addo Elephant National Park. This area is not only known for its national park and it is also well known for its citrus growing. The majority of citus fruits grown here are for export. Our accommodation is a citrus farm in the Addo valley and at the time of writing this on the 7th of Jan at 7.40pm its pissing down!! ....and I mean big style...

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Sep 18, 2017 - Addo Elephant Park

Up at 8am for a delicious breakfast on the sunny deck overlooking the Sundays River. Beautiful way to start the day. On to Addo Elephant Park with our tour guide Mike. We were the only people on the tour today so it was very relaxed. Not far into the park we were greeted by a large bull elephant on the road, just casually walking towards us. Mike spenf 8 years as the park ranger here so we had full trust in his direction. He immediately pulled to one side of the road and cut the engine. This shows respect to the elephant that he was there...

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Sep 17, 2017 - Storms River to Addo

On a tight schedule today to get to Addo for a booked river trip. Up early for breakfast at our B&B (or Lodge as they call them here). Packed the bags, a few happy snaps in the garden and couple of the "puppy" and off we go. A slight detour back to the river where we were hoping to have time to cross the suspension bridge but unfortunately the hike would take an hour and we thought that would make us late. So just had a bit of a wander and enjoyed the scenic coastline. Huge waves crashing on the beach. Great holiday spot for summer it has...

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Jan 16, 2016 - Adrenalin Addo

There is an activity centre not far from here called Adrenalin Addo that has a zipwire, giant swing and canoeing. It is relatively in its infancy having only been set up in 2013 but this being a Saturday attracted several locals from Port Elizabeth while we were there. We pre-booked a 10.30 am slot and decided to do a detour through the park to get there. There have been sightings of lion over the last few days but they have eluded us and today was no different. At the Hapoor waterhole there must have been at least 60 elephants and we saw...

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Jan 15, 2016 - More Addo

The main gates into the park area open at 5.30am for those early risers who want to see the game as the sun rises and before it gets too warm. In fact today dawned cool after a bit of overnight rain so heat didn't come into it with a maximum of only around 20C. However we were there entering the park at about 5.35 and we were very soon rewarded with the early viewing of a giant snail crossing the road and a dung beetle tucking into some freshly deposited breakfast! We were very soon treated to a rarer sighting of a black-backed jackal and...

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Jan 14, 2016 - Addo Elephant Park

With the sun rising before 5am early beachgoers could be heard through our bedroom window. There were walkers, fishermen, cyclists and surfers out there though activity died down by 9am so they like to do their favourite pastime before going to work. Gel was up before breakfast for her constitutional run of over 2 miles along the beach. The surf was up and I heard some locals saying that it was the best it had been for some time. Because of this it must have been bringing in colder water from further out in the ocean because there was a...

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Apr 10, 2015 - 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,...

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Apr 9, 2015 - Addo Elephant National Park

Thursday 9th April 2015 Addo Elephant National Park Up at 5am today for an early morning game drive. The morning was quite cold and foggy. The trip set off at about 6am and headed through the gate into the park. We had on all our warm layers and hat, scarf and gloves for the trip in the open truck. The first animals we saw were kudu through the mist. Our guide pointed out that they had longer front legs than back and this meant they were fast runners. He said they could run at a speed of 80kms and could maintain a speed of 55kms for 5km. We...

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