Longleat, eat yr heart out!

Trip Start Jun 04, 2012
Trip End Oct 27, 2012

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Homestead B&B
What I did
Addo Elephant National Park

Flag of South Africa  , Eastern Cape,
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Headed off aiming to get to Jeffery's bay for a lunch stop. Again secenery stunning and the roads are so immaculately clean, they have crack teams of road clearer- up- er- ers monitoring every inch of the Garden Route, so far SA looks cleaner than London!

 Got to JB in a couple of hours. This place is a big surf town. Relaxed vibe, white sandy beaches stretching for miles with turquoie waters. Like most holiday resorts pretty dead out of season. Found a fantastic Greek Taverna on the sea front and stopped for a fab meal of mussles and Souvlaki's.

A few more hours till we hit Port Elizabeth and found the road to Addo.
The road to Addo seemed to go off into the bush for ages, went through lots townships on the way and had no desire to stop anywhere until our home for the night. Eventually found a lovely little place called Homestead.

 It's a pretty place, with gardens and a lake. We decided to camp to save some cash and keen to try out the new ultra light tent, the suns been out and it seemed quite mild. Really pleased with the tent it goes up super quick and is an actual 4 man-er just like it says on the tin! Brilliant as only weighs 1.16kgs!

A few other people dotted around, retired folk with no real homes. Not sure but had some interesting conversations ?? and it was lovely to get shown one ladies new craft hobby of making illuninous glow in the dark butterflies and angel book marks....er, for quite a while.

Went to drink our bottle of wine from the winery on the deck overlooking the lake, the winds come in from knowhere, as the sunset the pink clouds blocked the horizon,... this felt for the first time we were in Africa. Looking on, as we sipped up, the view darkened, and the night sky gradually became bright with the southern hemispheres collection of beautiful stars.

Suddenly we realised we rested right in the middle of several bats flight path! Rather large, rat sized bats with transparent wings came out to play and seemed to taunt us for being in their way.....a few near misses that made us jump!

Got comfy in the tent,  it only bloody decided to rain, so we ended up being cold, wet and having a miserablely long night.

Early to rise to get into the park by 9am. Shame we both feel so rough for our first taste of Safari. Addo have the big five plus many many more species to view- we call it wildlife spot- spot! can't quite believe someones going to just let us drive around with lions elephants and rhino about!

 The government shot 119 elephants between 1919 & 1920 as they were ruining farmland. There were only 11 left after that and there was abit of an uproar as people felt sorry for them.  The park was established back in 1931. Today there are more than 400 here today as well as all the other natural/ re introduced species.

It made us jump when we saw our first elephant as it just srolled right out in front of us.....looking amazingly contented as it munched away on the bushes! Stunning!
Spotted lots of wart hog families, eland, zebra, ostrich, the secretary bird, foxes, and buffulo. Spent 4 hrs cruising the park then headed to Grahamstown 70km away, for a decent nights kip.

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