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Addo elephant park

 

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// Nikon D7200 | -33.51407 : 25.69348 | alt. 49m

Short drive to reach the northern gate of Addo elephant park, which like the name suggests, is home of hundreds of elephants. It’s already past noon, but that’s enough time for a first trip inside the park.
You can drive on a fairly huge network inside the game reserve, and obviously, you cannot step out of your vehicle since there is lions and cheetahs in the area. They still provide fenced picnic areas and a few safe lookouts.
Let’s see what’s inside this park !

Only a few hundreds meters away from the gate, an elephant crossed the road in front of me, and then it was a mother with her baby standing next to the car !!!! That’s a good beginning ! A kilometer away, I could see hundreds of elephants in the bush down below, sadly too far from the road (yup, no off road driving !).
The park itself is not really nice, although better looking than Erindi game reserve in Namibia.
The road goes deep enough inside the reserve to maximise your chances to spot wildlife. A lot of elephants obviously, you come here for that, but also zebras and kudus. I quickly had to leave the park, and find a place for the night.
The only place in my database is Orange Elephant next to the northern gate, however, they don’t allow camping, and I will have to park my vehicle and sleep in a dorm….. they charge a lot for this, and I don’t really like the idea of leaving mister fox all alone outside but this place looks safe.
Good point is, they have a pub on site, with cheap windhoek beers. That’s where I met the guys working here and some backpackers. It took me time to wake up after driving all day on gravel roads, but I ended up having a wonderful chat with Serafim, a russian guy touring South Africa. Amazing dude 🙂 Cannot say which one was the highlight of the day between this guy or seeing an elephant so close.

Next day I drove all the way across the national park, starting at the opening, hoping to see some predators, but these animals are really hard to spot, nearly impossible unless you have the proper radio equipment.
I had many close encounters with these gentle giants and it was still a wonderful experience.
After driving all day on gravel road, I left via the southern gate and I was looking for a place to sleep….. and the only one was a big resort, asking 25$ per night, (and they said it’s cheap !) so nope, I slept at the gas station !

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Garden route

  // Nikon D7200 | -33.9734 : 23.88234 | alt. 232m The problem with bush camping, it’s, well……. forbidden :p so the main rule is to park after sunset and leave before sunrise. It’s winter, so nights are pretty long, but since this is a bit stressful, you don’t really get the best sleep, and it’s never…

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Cape Agulhas

  // Nikon D7200 Bush camping where the 2 oceans meet, in Cape Agulhas. This is the most southern point in Africa, most southern point of my trip, and it’s now time to head back home, north !

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Table mountains

  // Nikon D7200 | -33.98875 : 18.43453 | alt. 114m After a very expensive night at Imhoff campsite, I first had to find a cheaper place to sleep for the rest of my time here. One night at chapman camp, still too expensive, but nice location with plenty of birds (feels like being in a…

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Cape of good hope

  // Nikon D7200 | -34.13282 : 18.33789 | alt. 13m Cape Town in sight, and what a view ! This big city sitting on the atlantic ocean seems tiny with the massive table mountain behind it ! It reminds me of Vancouver, but instead of jagged snowy peaks, you get this big mountain, completely…

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Cederberg

  // Nikon D7200 | -32.55175 : 19.36214 | alt. 621 m After a few days driving on the long and boring main road of Namibia, I made it to Aus, final stop before the border. Here we go, after 200 kms of very good road, I arrived at the Namibian border. The process is…

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Epupa falls

  // Nikon D7200 After a full breakfast at the campground, I went back on the road to Epupa, 500kms to go. The last refuel point is Opuwo, 200kms away, and obviously, I need to stop. As soon as I stopped to the gas station, 10 girls came to my window to sell stuff, they…

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Erindi game reserve day2 & 3

  // Nikon D7200 We went on a self drive safari with mister Fox. We spotted many zebras and oryx on the way, but not easy to catch a clear shot, and after a few hours driving slowly, all eyes out, we didn’t see much, apart from a very lucky sight of a rhino family…

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Erindi game reserve part1/3

  // Nikon D7200 We’re a few months behind the rain season, but it’s still raining in northern Namibia. The huge amount of water allows animals to spread, and a few locals told us to avoid Etosha reserve. Instead, we’re going to Erindi private game reserve. And the accommodation inside the reserve is a gift…

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Cheetahs !

  // Nikon D7200 Happy morning, after a pressure test of the repaired tire, looks like I did a good job last night and we didn’t lose any pressure overnight !!! To get out of this place, I asked Mike to walk in front of the van, clearing any metallic debris from the path, we…

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