#NaBloPoMo 19 Garden Route to Addo

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Last night’s dinner was great.  We went to Royal Siam a wonderful Thai Restaurant in the Milkwood Village Shopping Centre, Wilderness.   Milkwood Village is centred under the beautiful protected milkwood trees and has a variety of shops and restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating. As it was a tad chilly we decided to sit indoors but the ambience was still great.  The service was wonderful and we enjoyed the food – a prawn and avo salad and zebra rainbow rolls for me and sweet and sour pork for Earl.

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Good cuisine in a beautiful setting

We were packed and ready to leave at a minute to six this morning. It is a beautiful part of the country to travel through and if ever you do it don’t rush past as we did today but rather stop and explore as many of the wonderful spots that you can. Knysna with its stunning lagoons and lakes is a particularly lovely place to stay.

Our friends Jim and Maureen had been at Addo for 6 days and were due to leave today so they waited for us to arrive and we had breakfast together at the restaurant.  They had also saved a good caravan site for us.

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All set up and ready for a 4 day sojourn

The climate in the Eastern Cape is very different to where we live.  Summer has truly arrived here while back home it is a tad warmer than last month but we still need our jackets in the evenings and early mornings!   Addo is hot!  We are in Africa!  We immediately shed our jeans and long sleeved t-shirts for short and cool tops!

Addo is an elephant park – so yes on our first drive this afternoon we saw them aplenty.  But we also saw other creatures.

You’d be forgiven for thinking it was a warthog park because there are thousands of them about.  Still, I just love the ugly creatures.   They stick skinny, little, aerial tails straight up in the air when they run from danger, so that their kin can follow them through the bush and not get lost.

I was thrilled to get piccies of this mother and her piglets.

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Leave my babies alone!

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Aren’t we adorable

Only the males of the kudu antelope have horns.  They begin to grow when he is between 6 and 12 months old and he usually has 2 and a half twists by the time he is six years old.   Sometimes a male may get up to three twists in his horns.

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A male kudu gives us a meaningful stare – he is about 2 years old

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Two twists and growing!

Eland are not as commonly found in the game parks as kudu, but Addo has a fair number of them.

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Both male and females have horns

Although it’s great to see the big animals, I just love the smaller ones too.  This cute little yellow mongoose gave us great pleasure

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He is an inquisitive creature

The yellow mongoose, is sometimes called the red meerkat. He weighs about 500g and is about 50 cm in length.

We also saw tortoises both big and small. This chap is a leopard tortoise

The leopard tortoise is the fourth largest species of tortoise in the world. The adults reach 56cm in length and weigh up to 18 kg.

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I think he likes us

We found this handsome heron atop a dead tree. The black-headed heron is a large bird, standing 85 cm tall, and it has a 150 cm wingspan.  It usually fishes for fish and frogs but will also hunt away from water and wait silently and still before capturing an unsuspecting small mammal or bird. He also eats large insects.

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Seeking non-aquatic prey, I think.

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This pretty little Karoo Scrub-robin posed nicely for us

We found these tiny goslings while watching elephants at a waterhole and I couldn’t resist snapping them.  They were quite unafraid of the enormous pachyderms

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Mom and Dad were close by.

We saw scores of elephants but I will just post a few here as there will be plenty more in the next few days.

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The driver of this car was a tad nervous when Jumbo came right up and stared at him through the windscreen

Both the male and female African Elephant have tusks – except in Addo Elephant Park.  This was due to years of interbreeding but new stock has been introduced and some of the new generation females are beginning to sport tusks again.

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Note the lack of tusks in this female elephant

Stay tuned for more Addo reports over the next few days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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