Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Port Elizabeth - Addo Elephant National Park

Hi everyone,
On Sunday we spent the day at Addo Elephant National Park.  The park is a one hour drive from Port Elizabeth.  There are several hundred elephants in the park, plus a wide range of other animals.  It was a great day out.

The elephants gathered at the main water hole around lunch time.  There were about 100 elephants there and we believe they were mostly adult females and their young.  We saw several solitary male elephants elsewhere in the park as we drove around.

Huge herd of elephants at the main waterhole
Many young elephants
One of several lone bull elephants
The variety of antelope in Addo is impressive.  We saw several we haven't seen previously, including kudu and hartebeest.

Male Kudu
Female Kudu
Red Hartebeest
Plains Zebra
Big bull buffalo
Leopard Tortoise?
The bush in this park is very different to that in iMfolosi/Hluhluwe.  It's interesting seeing such varied habitats.  Where previously we were in a tropical area with summer rain, we're now in a temperate area with winter rains.  Addo was much greener than the northern parks.

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