Heading into Addo Elephant NP we soon realized that this would be our last safari for our time in Africa. We have been fortunate enough to see a great deal of wildlife over the last eight months and now we are more relaxed cruising around and not trying to grab the camera at the first sighting of anything half interesting. Sitting and appreciating the animals whilst not looking through the lens is something special and you can take more in.
The only thing that we are still not too comfortable with are elephants and Addo Elephant NP, as the name suggests, is packed with them. The unease we have is from an experience we have back in Kruger NP where we were surrounded by a family of thirty odd including babies and angry mothers. The only option was to turn the car of and sit and wait for them to walk away.
So on our last day in Addo when we were driving along and we look up and see five elephants running over the hill sixty meters in front of us we thought the car was in for a little beating. Pulling over as far as we could
to one side of the road and switching the engine of we wait, no time to turn around. This was actually the closest we have came to a wild elephant as when four of them ran past the last stopped right at the front of the car walked to the side and was pretty much eye to eye with us. We tried don’t have an eye contact and with beating hearts were praying that the elephant would just past us. Some people may think this is amazing but these guys were not happy and we were glad to see the back of them.
But also on the way out perhaps the most comical thing we have seen on safari involved an elephant and a warthog and we even managed to get it on video. Warthogs are brave little animals but this one decided to stand up to an elephant. They were actually having a water fight over a waterhole and you can see the elephant filling up the trunk and giving the warthog a shower. This went on for a good ten minutes and was a great way to finish our Addo safari of. You can find this on
youtube, just put in' waterhole water fight elephant warthog'
Come to think of it we also saw a warthog walk up to a lioness. The lioness was even hunting this warthog and he came up for a closer investigation to see what it was. It all ended up fine for the warthog as when the lioness was ready to pounce he ran for the hills.
What makes this a nice place is that it is not too far from Cape Town and it is only thirty minutes from Port Elizabeth. The NP is also divided into several sections and the park goes right to the coast line and we heard that there are plans to increase it so that the elephants can roam over the large areas as they have done in the past. In the current section where the elephants are they are doing a great deal of damage to the landscape and it is easy to see that the numbers are very high for the park.
But the only thing that we were hoping to see in Addo which we had not see in the previous eight months was Meerkats and by pure ass we
found a couple running around, doing the trademark stand up on the back legs to look around. We were also hoping to take a couple of these guys back home with us as they are by far the cutest animals in any park.
Other highlights is of course the lioness who was running down the road and then decided to have a hunt, a Bat Eared Fox hiding in the grass and just the silly warthogs running around the place. Well that was out last safari in our tiny car which can only mean one thing, we are close to returning home.
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