Port Alfred to PE

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Port Alfred to Port Elizabeth

We left Port Alfred 's Medolino Campsite on Sunday morning. Medolino is situated in a suburb and although it does not have a view it is certainly the best when it comes to neatness. From the "streets" to the signs, the gardens and the ablutions.  All with a personal touch.  I have not ever seen such a clean scullery in my life.  It practically looked as if it was newly installed and polished.  Derek and Anita are doing a great job.

Kenton on Sea

This brought back fond memories.  We had visited Kenton on at least three prior occasions.  Once, with Ingrid and Guillermo, when the boys were still in nappies, other time, with my mom and dad and one other time.  Kenton has grown.  The town as a whole looks very posh and well maintained.


The first part of Addo Elephant Reserve we entered was only nature reserve. The vegetation is lush and very old.  Some of the tall trees had long beards growing from them.  It was difficult to capture this on camera as the trees are so tall.  This “unpaved” road leads us to ………

Where does milk come from??

Now we know.  From …………….  Miles upon miles of grass and cattle.  Farm after farm, either signed up with Woodlands or Clover.  An amazing sight to behold.  I now know why Clover milk tastes so good.  It tastes so good because they eat so good.  These cows have the greenest of green grass, clean air, blue skies and sea views to spend their days in. 

On one of the “unpaved” roads, very narrow with vegetation right up to the track, we picked up a local hitch hiker.  We could not understand what he said but understood that he needed a lift.  Seeing that the car is packed to the max, we offered him a seat between the trailer and the bakkie.  He was very happy with his seat.  We could only travel at about 15 – 20 km an hour so it was safe.  See the photo of our hitch hiker posing a smile and a wave for me when I turned around to take his picture.

Something peculiar grabbed our attention.  (see pic) small contraptions were placed in even distance from each other on the telephone lines.  We have still not figured out what it is for.  Since then we have noticed it in other areas too.  Always close to milk farming.  Does anyone know what these are?

Riverside (Sondag River)

There seem to basically be two types of campsites.  Ones with splendid views and terrible ablutions and ones with no view but very neat and well maintained.  Or so it seems. Riverside was one with a wonderful view.  Unique, in that it has dense vegetation on one side, a wide river (Sondagsrivier) flowing through it and big golden dunes on the other side.  Besides the fisherman (day visitors) we were the only ones camping on the banks of the Sondagsrivier.  We were warned that it gets bitterly cold during the night.  Having had bad experiences with the wind – we set up camp under a Wild fig tree surrounded by bush.  It was a tossup between getting bird poop on the tent or getting blown away.  Neither of which happened.  The views of the setting and rising sun on the dunes, was a mesmerizing sight.  It somehow felt like we were sitting on what one could image to be the Nile overlooking the dunes just waiting for the camels to appear in the distance.  Such contrast!!!! 

Addo Elephant

Wonderful experience!!!! Definitely, a must to visit.  From the vegetation to the mere size and almost certain viewing of wild life, Addo delivers.  No sooner had we entered at the South Gate, we were face to face with a huge elephant.  It walked toward us and fortunately turned into the bush.  I was already panicking about how we were going to reverse fast enough to get out of its way.

From there on we saw rooihartebeest, zebras, duiker, warthogs (lots), jackal, Kudu’s, and a nice big tortoise. The best was when we arrive at Rooidam to a “scene from Jurassic Park”.  Counting very loosely, there were around 32 elephants all going about their business.  Some at the water hole and others was socializing and yet others grazing away as if we were not there. A big bull with long tusks came to have a drink and showed off his manhood to all’s amusement.  We left through the North Gate as we had to make our way to PE before dark.

Interesting to note that just outside the park a number of citrus growers made their living.  I thought elephants will stop at nothing to get to citrus or other fruit???
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Ana ,aria on

Que hermoso todo !!!!! It feels so nice looking at the pictures and reading your notes!! It is like going wit you guys!!! I have enjoyed every step of your trip!!!
Keep having fun !,,
Love you both
Ana Maria

Maggie Esterhuizen on

Wow you guys have been to amazing beautiful places, love the pic.
Keep well and travel safe.

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