A trip to Addo in our new SUV

The day after we got our new “truck”, we decided to head into the park.  Only thing is it was hands down the windiest day of the year, the kind of wind that shakes you to your core.  It took the better part of 2 hours to get our new chariot clean inside and out after our adventurous drive.

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You can see the wind blowing on the dunes in the background in the photo below.  Seems some animals weren’t too perturbed by all the gusts blowing up and down.  They were all to happy soaking up the warmth of the sun and grazing on the long grass, no doubt tickling their noses as it blew left to right.
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We followed a lone buffalo for a while and it was interesting to see how he walks and eats – not even stopping to take a bite – a true meal on the run.  It almost looked like this fellow suffers from alopecia with his coat all blotchy.Addo June 2014 5

We came across two “teenage” elephant bulls having a little tussle.  Not sure it was anything serious but they were testing each other’s resolve and strength and it seemed the smaller of the two was the feistiest running his mate into the bush.Addo June 2014 16

We were reminded of the true wildness in the park when we came across a kudu head and horns with the spinal column still attached.  This must have been a large bull looking at his horns.  A male kudu’s horns start to grow between the age of 6 and 12 months, twisting once at around 2 years of age, and not reaching the full two and a half twists until they are 6 years old – occasionally they may even have 3 full turns.Addo June 2014 24

On route out we went past a couple of families of meerkat.  They were all busily looking around standing up on their hind legs, scanning the horizon for any predators.  I wasn’t quick enough to get a decent photo though before they scurried back underground to safety.Addo June 2014 27

We also spotted this bottom jaw which we thought to possibly be from an elephant but aren’t too sure.  Do you possibly know what it is from?

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50 thoughts on “A trip to Addo in our new SUV

  1. OMGGGGGGGGGOSH,
    I’m excited to see elephants! (IN THE WILD) are you serious? OMYYYY. Are
    those zebras?
    your SUV looks just like ours!
    Amazing post, photos. WOWWWWWWWW. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Kim, come visit so I can take you to see the elephants and zebras. Oh it would be such a beautiful experience. How cool that our vehicles are similar. Love that! I will visit the park soon again and get more photos for you. Have a beautiful love filled happy day dear.🙂 xo

    • Hi Steve, thanks for stopping by. It is incredible to think I could reach out my hand and touch on of these magnificent animals. I am eternally grateful to be living where we do to be able to visit places like we do. Have a super day.🙂 xo

  2. There is just something about a new car, you just gotta get in and drive — anywhere.🙂 When we got our 4Runner, we set out for the mountains right away to explore, which was fun, but no elephant or buffalo like your adventure! Wow! What a treat to experience, thanks for taking us along!

  3. I can’t believe the animals you can just drive to see in the wild. Do you ever get worried that some of the bigger ones might take offense & charge your car – wouldn’t want a scratch on the new SUV! I love watching meerkats. Now you’ve got me trying to find this voice-over YouTube meerkat clip that’s a riot…grrr, can’t seem to find it.

    • It has been known to happen that an elephant has turned a cover over – I do think you can read their moods though and say a little further away when the males are in must(k) when they can be a little more aggressive. It really is very special being able to be so close to nature though. Oh I do hope you can find the video – I would love to see it. Have a beautiful day.🙂 xo

  4. OMG. You are so lucky and I couldn’t be more jealous. Elephants are my favourite animal in the world. I would love to live somewhere I could see them in the wild whenever I wanted. Emma xx

  5. I can’t imagine what it must be like to see all these animals in their natural habitat. So amazing!

    I believe that is an elephant jaw- they have that same gap down the middle with the row of teeth on each side.

  6. What a privilege to be able to visit parks like this so close to home. This is the sort of outing I dream of. Seeing those stunning horns is a reminder that life in the wild is no Garden of Eden. Great shot of the sporting elephants. I love your new car! xx

  7. Meerkats…. *Squeal* I love Meerkats… They are so crazy cool.🙂 And you got that close to the elephants? And zebras… Ahhh… Best!!! Do you have to pay fees to go to the parks? This is possibly one of the coolest things I have ever seen, I am blown away that you have all this in your backyard. We have boring old Kangaroos, reckon the Aussies were jipped big time! LOL!
    Can we please, pretty please with a cherry on top, do this trip when I visit?

    • This trip was on the list before we even finalised your coming to visit – tell you what, if you like, we can go twice! Wouldn’t that be awesome! It costs ZAR50 per person to visit the park – so, a minimal fee and it all goes to the parks – perfect! Oh I hope we see lion when you are here – that would be perfect! Another sleep out of the way before your visit – woohoo! 🙂 xoxoxo

  8. What a treat to see all those animals so close to home and in such a natural setting. Amazing! One of these days we really hope to get down your way. Our hope is that we can pull it off for the kids’ 8th grade or high school graduation. That’s our pipe dream anyway.🙂

  9. How blessed are to to live across the road from the Addo Elephant National Park, we can go any time we want. Some useless information, meerkats are from the family “Surrikates”. Go to google and see just how interesting they are. I have two mongooses in my garden looking for something interesting to eat. They are also from this family, they are small and grey. Love, Beryl Healy.

  10. I confess that the neighbors’ dogs here don’t have quite the same impact….😉 What a glorious outing! Thanks for taking us along, as always!
    Love & hugs,
    Kath

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