Addo, Addo, Addo

I hope you don’t tire of me sharing our trips with you from our visits into Addo.  We truly are in a special part of the world to be able to see these magnificent animals any day of the week when Pete is home.

Can you believe 3 cheetah broke into the park and they have certainly made themselves at home and we finally saw them.

A quick cheetah lesson:

♥ Male cheetahs (usually brothers) form coalitions while females remain solitary.

♥ Cheetahs weight ranges between 21 – 72 kilograms but average around 60kg.

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♥ The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world reaching speeds of up to 110km/h and can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 3 seconds and a single stride can cover about 7.6 meters.  Only one paw touches the ground at any one time during a sprint.

♥ The Cheetah’s claws are semi-retractable enabling them to grip the ground helping them accelerate as they run.

♥ Their long tail acts as a rudder and helps to maintain their balance while chasing prey.

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♥ A cheetah has amazing eyesight during the day and can spot prey from 5 km away.

♥ Cheetahs have black stripes running from the corners of their eyes down to the corner of their mouth. These help block out sunlight, which helps them in spotting prey.

♥ Cheetahs communicate through a series of chirps, barks and hisses.

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Life isn’t always as I would like it to be either and one of the lioness (Josie) met with a bit of a feisty warthog who before becoming dinner left a lasting impression on her.  I was hoping to see her 3 cubs but alas, they were well hidden.  Don’t think mom was feeling all to well either as she flopped about every few steps before settling behind a bush to rest.

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Please let me be while I quietly heal

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Let me tell you a secret…

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Just for Anna 🙂

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38 thoughts on “Addo, Addo, Addo

    • You are very kind C! Thank you! Could honestly walk there it’s so close – won’t be allowed in then though. Have been missing reading your posts while away. Hope to catch up soon. 🙂 xoxo

  1. I will never tire of seeing your images. These photos are stunning and you have captured some very special moments with the animals. That poor lioness! I loved reading about the cheetahs. How unusual that the females live alone! With most species the females all live together. They certainly can pick up a bit of speed – that would be handy! xx

  2. I am deeply envious of your ability to visit Addo any time you like. I spent two days there 3 years ago and loved it. Please feel free to write about it often! thank you for the information on cheetahs and the beautiful pictures.

    • How lovely you were able to spend a couple of days in Addo Maeve. Reminds me however how incredibly lucky we are to live just 3km away from the South gate. Have a super day and thanks for stopping by. 🙂 xo

  3. Thanks for taking me along on your trip, gorgeous photos. How close were you to be able to take such wonderful close up shots? It’s like the animals were posing for you, fantastic.

  4. I never tire of your trips Mandy. They always fascinate me and the pictures amaze me. These were particularly stunning. I love cheetahs and enjoyed reading the facts about them to the kids. 🙂

  5. You know I will never be remotely tired of your Park expeditions. I only hope I can join in someday. What magnificent animals. They exemplify the pain and ordinary struggles of life and death, but even in the midst of that, the incredible beauty and majesty of nature altogether, whether large or small. Thanks for sharing such tremendous gifts with us!
    Much, much love!
    May your week be sweet all through. Just like you!
    ❤ ❤ ❤

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