I have come from the very dry Bushveld in the Limpopo Province to the softer, mellower landscape of the Addo Elephant National Park in a short hop: the contrast was made sharper by the transformation of the latter after some good rains. The veld boasts a rich green flush of grass, some flowers are blooming and the trees are beginning to expose their new spring coats. Driving through the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape is a regular reminder of nature’s miracles.
The flowers give the veld a cheerful lift in the form of yellowy-orange aloes, scarlet Schotia spp., pink pelargoniums peeping through the shrubbery, carpets of yellow Senecio spp., the remnants of orange Leonatus leonurus, blue Felicia spp., and a brilliant array of yellow Gazania spp.
There was a light cloud cover overhead and a steady wind blowing for most of the day. The temperature gradually rose from 19°C to peak at 24°C before dropping during the latter part of the afternoon. Game viewing was excellent.
Warthogs, zebra, hartebeest and kudu were plentiful – many of the latter were observed grazing out in the open on the fresh grass shoots, rather than nibbling on the leaves of trees in the thickets.
We enjoyed seeing a lot of elephants too. One almost brushed past our vehicle, it was so close. Another had a broken tusk.
This time we saw only two single buffalo.
Something different was the sight of several suricates digging in the earth while we were on our way to Carol’s Rest.
An enormous tortoise lumbering next to the road seemed to bid us farewell as we made drove towards the exit gate, having enjoyed a wonderful day in Addo.
My bird list is:
Cape Turtle Dove
Emeraldspotted Wood Dove
South African Shelduck