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Our South African Holiday

Tuesday 13th January 2015

ZUURBERG MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, ADDO,
ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK,
DUNGBEETLE RIVER LODGE, COLCHESTER

and dinner at The Grunters Pub and Grub, Sundays River Mouth

Still at Zuurberg Mountain Village we had an enjoyable buffet breakfast before going back to our room to pack and check out. Sadly, the lady who ran the Spar phoned in to say she wasn't well so the hour massage I'd booked for this morning didn't take place. Oh well!
Having checked out there was no rush for us to leave so we sat in the lounge and we checked the emails for reservations that had been placed since I'd last logged on. Having completed those we had coffee and homemade banana loaf before leaving. Our car had been washed again this morning, which was lovely. The hosts at the hotel were lovely and the place so relaxing and quiet up there in the mountains I really didn't want to leave - a place I would love to visit again should I ever have the chance.
Rather than drive to Colchester along the main road that skirted the Addo Elephant National Park we decided to drive through the park again going from north to south ending up at the Camp Matyholweni exit not far from Colchester and the Dungbeetle River Lodge.
Our guide from yesterday marked the map where the large water hole was where we saw all the Elephants, Cape Buffalo and Zebra, so we knew where to head towards in the hope of seeing them again because it was such a wonderful sight.
From the Addo Main Camp entrance in the north we drove past the Domkrag Dam, the woodlands, Gwarrie Pan, Rooidam and onto the Hapoer Dam where all the elephants and other animals congregated yesterday.
As we were going down the hill towards it we saw a large Rock Monitor Lizard, which Stuart took some photos of because we hadn't seen one before. Approaching the Hapoer Dam we were not disappointed because there were hundreds of elephants there, many more than yesterday, but no water buffalo or zebra. The zebra were hovering around the shrubs in the distance waiting their turn, but no water buffalo were in sight. Seeing all those elephants was awesome, watching them drink, cool down in the water hole and two males even took to having a stand off with each other, not a full blown fight but enough to let us know they were not happy with each other and raising dust as they hustled each other around. We didn't want to leave that sight, the elephants walked right past our car, almost to the point that we could have nearly touched them, which of course we didn't - not wild elephants!
From the water hole we drove around the Mpunzi Loop (by accident) following some zebra with their young, which took us back to the elephants at the water hole again. This time with no distractions we drove to the Marion Baree waterhole then along the main route south avoiding all the various loops, which would add more time to our journey, but still seeing many more elephants, zebra, wart hogs and various antelope on the way. During our drive through the Addo Elephant National Park today we saw Elephant, Red Hartebeest, Zebra, Ostrich, Rock Monitor Lizard, Warthog, Egyptian Goose, Eland, Cape Grysbok and Leopard Tortoise.
Leaving the Matyholweni gate in the south we headed for Colchester and the Dungbeetle River Lodge where we were shown to our room - the African Suite, before going down stairs for a welcome drink on the balcony overlooking the river.
A long and rather bumpy day because of the condition of the tracks in the Park meant for a nap before walking to the Grunters Pub for a meal, very nice steaks, but rather large meals! A walk back to the Lodge and drinks with all the other guests outside made an end to a very enjoyable day.

Addo Elephant National Park

Jenny leaning on a sign

Elephants around the Hapoer Dam
Elephants in Addo National Park

Elephants at Addo
Bull Elephants Fighting

Eephant bulls fighting


bull elephants fighting

Bull elephants fighting

Bull elephants fighting


Warthogs

Warthog

Warthogs










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