Addo National Elephant Park – SAFARI in South Afrika! You might think it’s the best post yet!

IMG_5478

I couldn’t believe my eyes!

This is what you (and I) have been waiting for!

IMG_5430

Yes, you probably guessed it – we went on SAFARI !!!

IMG_5449

How incredibly beautiful!

We wanted to get a feel for seeing all of the incredible wildlife in South Africa before we go to Kruger National Park, so we made the trip from Plettenberg Bay up to Addo National Elephant Park for two days.

IMG_5462

And Magnificent!

This is my first safari video at my first sighting of elephants at a watering hole:

In Addo the elephants are protected from poaching for their ivory.

IMG_5496

IMG_5709

Yes, we were really close to this Bull — in our car!

The rangers patrol in helicopters, planes, and high profile vehicles looking for illegal activity.

IMG_5717

And this guy, too! Woo Hoo!!!

IMG_5476

IMG_5479

At one time, the elephant numbers were down to 11, and now there are over 500 elephants in the park!  YAY!

IMG_5563

These elephants have just finished a mud bath, which keeps them cool and protected from the sun.

What I like the most about elephants is that they are friendly giants.  They are large and social and beautiful!

IMG_5558

Mom helps her baby get covered in mud

IMG_5714

They typically hang out in herds of 5 or so to 50 – here we see a mom, dad, an adolescent and a (approx) three-year old and one-year old

IMG_1090

By going to the SA National Parks you support conservation of the beautiful animals and parks

The very first animals we saw when we went on our first game drive in our car were zebras…

IMG_5443

Zee what we saw! Check out the bird landing, too!

And more stripes!!!I

IMG_5511

Baby Zee and Me!

IMG_5515

S/he was very frisky and fun to watch

Then elephants…..

IMG_5462

We never got tired of seeing the elephants

Then kudu…..

IMG_5504

Magnificent Animal!

IMG_5510

IMG_5506

As you can see, so many species live together in harmony

IMG_5502

And then there is the cycle of life, too 😦

Then red hartebeasts….

IMG_5580

IMG_5576IMG_5626

Then black-backed jackals….

IMG_5632

IMG_5625

Can you believe we are witnessing this so close!?

Ostriches and blue cranes….

IMG_5701

The amazing African buffalo….

IMG_5572

These African buffalo are massive

IMG_5596

Eland…. (picture in next post)

100’s of birds, and Springbok (in next post), and many, many more species…

IMG_5607

IMG_5640

IMG_5639

Do you see the jackal and bird in this picture?

And the very funny warthogs….

IMG_5647

IMG_5649

More on these guys from Kruger, too!

All the animals would appear around every corner!

IMG_5608

IMG_5705

IMG_5724

As my Mom says, HOLY MOLY!

IMG_5590

Sunrise over the African plains and the place comes alive with wildlife

IMG_5598

Sunset, and the place comes wildly alive, too, with nocturnal wildlife

IMG_5606

This cob web was 6 feet wide – check out the center of the nest — it’s a condo!

IMG_5594

Gives you a perspective of the ‘great’ plains of Africa….check out the car and the animals in the distance

IMG_5591

You can see the different types of roads you drive on for game viewing

IMG_5677

We added some of our sightings to the Board

The next day, we were just driving along the road and then saw two snoozing lions, resting by the road!

IMG_5685

IMG_5687

Here kitty, kitty. This lion is sleeping on his back and you can see his huge back paw in the air

IMG_5651

Check out this — you can clearly see how they confuse their predators. Are there one, two, or three zebras here?

Boy, going on safari is going to be quite fun! Much more animal fun to come!

IMG_5582

IMG_1544

I drew this while waiting for dinner the first night — “The Big Five!”

Well that’s all for Addo, except that we saw tons of wild African animals — I hope you have enjoyed the amazing pictures and videos; plus, we did stay in this really fun chalet as you will see below:

IMG_5673

IMG_5660

IMG_5668

Look how close the electric fence is to the chalets. This is what separates us from the animals.

IMG_5715

IMG_5691

The “Dung Beetle” is protected in SA. They are pretty rare, close to extinction. They move/roll elephant dung to a safe place, and bury a ball of feces 250 times it weight in one night.  They make a nest, lay their eggs, and they also eat the dung for the nutrients.

Stay tuned for more Safari treks from your Junior WorldTrek Reporter — because next, we are headed up to Kruger National Park – a national park in South Africa that isthe size of Israel – there is bound to be some really cool stuff!

IMG_5434

How about this for education!? Can you guess which animal belongs to the skulls?

IMG_5664

I loved, loved, loved all the wild animals in Australia and now Safari in South Africa

IMG_5587

Keep Calm and Travel Around the World

IMG_5604

Does it get any better? Safaris and then this kind of dessert after dinner!

2 thoughts on “Addo National Elephant Park – SAFARI in South Afrika! You might think it’s the best post yet!

  1. This is amazing! I love animals, and something like this – seeing them in their natural habitat – is awe-inspiring! I am so glad you get to have such amazing experiences. I love your sketches of the animals and that you are learning so much firsthand!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s