Summertide Diary: Exploring Addo (part one)

28 December 2020

This morning we’re just in time for the gates opening at of 05:30 and ready to search and explore everything Addo Elephant National Park has to offer. The signs along the way give a good indication of what we might expect to see…

We head for the Gorah Loop in the east, where the more open vistas make game-viewing much easier than in the thickets that predominate over other sections of the park.

Having left so early meant no breakfast before we headed out the door, so by now there was only one logical place to head to – Jack’s Picnic Spot – so that we could fill up on coffee and rusks. Jack’s is well frequented in the early morning, and not only by humans!

Heading back to camp we have some wonderful encounters with elephants and buffaloes, the two members of the “Big 5” most commonly seen here at Addo.

Back at camp there’s ample opportunity to walk around, and there’s few better places to do that inside Addo Main Rest Camp than on the Discovery Trail, where interesting information is provided on the park’s fauna and flora as you amble along.


For our afternoon drive we opt for another jaunt along Gorah Loop, and again it doesn’t disappoint!

This young kudu bull was in quite a hurry – why and where it was headed to was less clear.

If you’d like to learn more about the Addo Elephant National Park’s history and all it has to offer visitors, why not have a read through this post we compiled after our previous visit? And to follow along on our travels through Addo, you might find this map (from the SANParks website) most handy.Addo map from



26 thoughts on “Summertide Diary: Exploring Addo (part one)

    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      We are glad to have you along with us, John. Thank you. And we’ll hold thumbs that you will be able to come visit in the not too distant future because South Africa has lots you’d love to see.

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