Addo Elephant National Park was one of the highlights of our week-long road trip across the south coast of Africa.
We’d read that it was 180,000 hectares in size, but hadn’t really appreciated just how huge the park was, sweeping down in a huge crescent from Darlington in the north to the Sundays River mouth on the coast.
The objective of our visit was to see African elephants “in the wild”, but the first animal we spotted was the warthog pictured above which we saw near the gate, but the animal sightings became rather scarce thereafter.
We did catch sight of some elephants away on a distant hill and I was beginning to suspect that the photo on the right was going to be the only one I would get which would have been a bit of a letdown.
Time was running out. We hadn’t arrived at Addo until two in the afternoon and we had to be at our next stop in Plettenberg some 150 miles away by evening.
I was beginning to calculate whether the Nissan Tiida saloon might cope with the rutted dirt tracks that lead to the distant hill when our luck changed.
We stayed to watch them at close quarters for ten minutes or so to the soundtrack of my camera clicking away furiously, then it was time to go, but we hadn’t finished with elephants yet.
Driving south we came face to face with a large bull that was walking slowly towards us down the centre of the road. Fortunately, he gave way and ambled off towards a waterhole as you can see left.
Addo is the most incredible place and to give you just a taste of its scale, I leave you with this panorama showing one corner of the park.
PS: If I hadn’t be doing SA, my A might have been the Anti Powerpoint Party!