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Posts with tag Addo Elephant National Park

Leisure Wheels – November 2013 – Best of Addo

Addo is probably the most accessible and authentic Big 5 destination in the country, but is also one of the most diverse, with semi-desert, fynbos, thicket, forest and ocean habitats. So not only is it rewarding to visit, but it's one of the country's most important conservation areas. To get the most out of a visit read my article in Leisure Wheels.

Days 37 & 38 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – Surrounded by lions and elephants

For two hundred years hunters in the Eastern Cape had killed thousands of elephants. The most notorious was a rather unsavoury character - Major Philip Jacobus Pretorius - who was commissioned by the government in 1919 to kill any remaining elephants in the area. Fortunately, he failed in his quest. By 1931, when Addo Elephant National Park was proclaimed, there were just eleven elephants left in the Eastern Cape.

Today there are more than 600 of Earth's biggest land mammals in the park, and
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Days 35 & 36 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – There’s a lion on my stoep!

If you live in a Southern African town or city, chances are you've got a nature reserve nearby. In the case of Port Elizabeth, you're just an hour's drive away from Addo Elephant National Park, a huge protected area that has wild elephants, rhinos, buffalo, kudu, hartebeest, zebra, warthog, spotted hyena...and LIONS! Just a few kilometres from the main national N2 road.

I spent the day in Port Elizabeth yesterday, seeing my partners Goodyear (who have their head office there), and also
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Day 34 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – All is extraordinary

In a world of Internet media we have instant access to the finest photographic images. With digital cameras and instant publishing platforms, we've become used to excellent wildlife photos. These days there are so many superlative images out there, taken by thousands of different professional and amateur photographers. It's great to see, and the digital technology and Internet has made my career possible.

But I also think that as photographers we should remember that ultimately we're just
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Days 32-33 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – Organized chaos at Bird Island

I'm now in Addo Elephant National Park, and although I've already spotted lots of elephants, I've been lucky to spend the day with the park's marine rangers. Addo is most famous for its conservation of elephants, but the park is also responsible for the conservation of several offshore islands with a huge amount of wildlife, including the most easterly breeding colony of Cape fur seals.

But these islands are absolutely critical for two threatened bird species: the endangered African penguin
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Wild Magazine – Winter 2013 – Addo Elephant National Park

I didn't write this article on Addo (my friend Stephen Cunliffe was the author), but some of my photos appear prominently, including the opening spread of the elephants, and a double-collared sunbird. Thanks to Riaan Vermeulen for the awesome design, as always.