Addo Elephant Park photo Safari Part 1

27th March 2017
I spent 3 nights at Addo Elephant, it was our second visit, the last was about 10 years ago.

After checking in and getting cameras setup we headed out on our drive, the reserve was a bit dry and the grass cover was quite bare. We set off a drove a few loops and visited a number of waterholes.

Some of the first animals we encountered were a small group of Warthogs feeding on the dry grass, they were using their snouts to dig up the grass roots.

Next we photographed some Zebra that were nuzzling each other and shortly after that a Bully Canary, it was the first time I had seen one so to get a nice image of it was even better.

Our next stop was a feeding tortoise, it had found a couple of green leaves in the dry grass and it seemed like the Tortoise was enjoying his salad !

Later in the afternoon we drove past another waterhole and here we saw our first Elephant of the trip, a lone Bull elephant having a afternoon drink. It was quite nice having the back light shining through the water as he drank.

Time had run out and we headed back to the camp photographing a young Kudu along the way.

The following morning we headed back into the park just after the gates opened and one of the first animals we saw was a Rat that was sunning itself in the morning light, it was quite cute sitting huddled up in a ball absorbing the morning rays.

Addo is pretty good for bird watching and in the mornings a lot of birds were sitting in the bushes close to the road sunning themselves and watching the open patches for breakfast, this gave us a great opportunity to photograph them, Common Fiscals, Cape Sparrows, Bar Throated Apalis, Greater double Collared Sunbirds and a number of other species.

A bit later in the Morning we went to “Hapoor Dam” a small waterhole where the elephants and other animals often come to drink, it wasn’t too long before the first family of Elephants came for their morning drink, the open clearing around the dam are great for photography and we got many images of the Elephants as they walked towards the water.

For the next 30 minutes we took Hundreds of images of Elephants drinking and interacting with each other around the waterhole, it really was a great sighting.

After the Elephants had left we headed of to Jacks Picnic site, a great little spot for breakfast where we were visited by a Sombre Greenbul who also posed for some pictures.

After our breakfast we continued on to explore the rest of the park, we passed some small waterholes on the way and each one had a family of Elephants drinking, we photographed a small baby as it stood between two large females, and another that was having a drink.

At Another waterhole we watched as a young Elephant chased some warthogs from the wallow they were lying in, it was great to watch the little guy parade around after his victory.

All along our journey we photographed birds and various animals as they went about their morning business, a Black Headed Heron provided as with some good images as it hunted in the open clearings.

At one of the viewpoints where we could get out I photographed the beautiful Yellow flowers that were growing throughout the park.

After about 3 hours we had made the round trip and were back at “Hapoor Dam” just in time to photograph more Elephants as they cam for a midday drink.

Again the Elephant antics were great to watch at the waterhole and eventually after all the Elephants had left we headed back to the Restcamp for a late lunch, it had been a great morning in Addo.

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