Trip Report – Spekboom Camp, Addo

Elephant interaction
Elephant interaction

There are few places where one can experience intimate moments with a multitude of these magnificent behemoths that are as easily accessible as the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape of South Africa ! Just half an hours drive from Port Elizabeth gets you into the southern entrance, the Matyholweni Gate. From there you will have the most magical drive through the park to get to Addo’s main camp for check in.

We are regular visitors to this magnificent park, mostly as day visitors as we live half an hour away, but every now and then we stay over to benefit fully from the magic that Addo never fails to deliver.

This time, we stayed over at the rustic Spekboom Camp. When I say rustic I don’t mean sleeping on the floor 🙂 but rustic in that the camp is powered by solar lights, it only has 5 ( 2 sleeper ) tents – with real beds – a trommel with basic utensils, and a big blackened kettle to heat up on the fire for tea 🙂
You will be pleased however, to hear that there IS a basic communal kitchen ( fridge/gas ring/wash up basin ) as well as communal toilets and spacious showers !

Black Backed Jackal Pup
Black Backed Jackal Pup

But the absolute BEST thing about overnighting in this camp is the proximity of a waterhole, right up near the camp fence, and the incredible parade of night visitors and their accompanying night sounds. And as the camp is so small and rustic,  none of the natural night sounds are masked by the white noise of busier camps.

Spotted Hyena at first light.
Spotted Hyena at first light.

Groups of elephant arrive silently during the night, the first you know of their presence, is the sound of their eager slurping…. Spotted hyena calling all through the night, at times right up against the camp fence, and then there is that very special call of Africa, the black backed jackal’s mournful yowl….. magic !

Elephant Mom and calf at waterhole
Elephant Mom and calf at waterhole

For further details on the camp and how to book, click on the following link: https://www.sanparks.org/parks/addo/camps/spekboom/

Add this to your bucket list, you won’t be sorry,
Ayesha
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24 thoughts on “Trip Report – Spekboom Camp, Addo

  • May 18, 2016 at 1:02 pm
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    A brilliant synopsis A.
    Well done on becoming a blogger.
    I look forward to many more.
    CM

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    • May 19, 2016 at 10:30 am
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      Thank you Geoff, sorry for the delay in responding, still finding my feet 🙂
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      • May 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm
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        Normally the feet are somewhere just below the knees! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You go girl! I’ll be supporting you the whole way.

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        • May 19, 2016 at 6:58 pm
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          NOW you tell me 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • May 18, 2016 at 1:04 pm
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    Hey I enjoyed your first blog, welcome to the world of blogging it’s huge fun

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    • May 19, 2016 at 10:31 am
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      Thank you Janine, I have so enjoyed your blogs, hopefully my efforts will be just as enjoyable 🙂
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  • May 18, 2016 at 1:19 pm
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    Really nice work, Ayesha. It’s always good to get an insight into what others have been up to, and the visuals are lovely.

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    • May 19, 2016 at 10:40 am
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      Thank you so much Doug, I had your blogs in mind whilst setting this one up…. your way with words and of course your incredibly beautiful images were huge inspiration !
      Hope to see you in our part of the world sometime….
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  • May 18, 2016 at 2:01 pm
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    Jackal pup so cute and baby ellie leaning on mum…pricelss

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    • May 19, 2016 at 10:32 am
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      Thank you Suki, I know you love this place almost as much as I do 🙂
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  • May 18, 2016 at 2:25 pm
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    Well written Ayesha. Another Addo gem worth investigating – we have not yet spent a night there. Good luck with the blogging ????

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    • May 19, 2016 at 10:33 am
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      Thank you so much Carolynn, let me know when you get to stay over, look forward to hearing all about it !
      A
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  • May 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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    Fabulous photos and great info ! looking forward to reading about all your adventures !

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    • May 19, 2016 at 10:34 am
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      Thank you darling Helen, I so wish for you to come over to SA and have this experience…one day is one day right ?
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  • May 18, 2016 at 5:17 pm
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    Fab writing, looking forward to more. Can i just add that for me, the absolute best thing about staying at spekboom, especially around winter, is that you are in the heart of the park and can be driving around by sunrise, to catch the nocturnal animals and see it in awesome light.

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    • May 19, 2016 at 10:36 am
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      Thank you so much Sue, high praise coming from you !
      That is so true, it’s almost like an illegal pleasure hey 🙂
      LOVED your pics from the weekend, you have such a unique talent in capturing the ENTIRE experience.
      A
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  • May 18, 2016 at 6:50 pm
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    Love all your posts so the blog is a bonus! Congrats and look forward to them all!! XO

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    • May 19, 2016 at 10:36 am
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      Thank you so much Ann, hoping that Addo is on your bucket list next visit to Africa ?
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    • May 19, 2016 at 10:37 am
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      Thank you Dawn xx

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  • May 19, 2016 at 8:14 am
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    Great report – am sure your wonderful words and pics will boost Addo’s revenue. x

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    • May 19, 2016 at 10:37 am
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      Thank you Jax, you must know that your blogs have been a HUGE inspiration to follow suite !
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  • May 19, 2016 at 7:22 pm
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    Great post! I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never been to Addo yet! I should really make it a priority this year. Congrats on your new blog…love your FB page, so really looking forward tp your blog posts 🙂

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    • May 19, 2016 at 8:59 pm
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      Thank you Birgit, to whet your appetite, you might like to join the following facebook group. Regular Addo visitors post their wonderful images here. Also, they have an óuting day and weekend every two months. Wonderful to meet fellow park enthusiasts and share sightings etc. Those who stay over also end up braaing together in Addo main camp. Great place to ask questions too esp if you are a first timer.
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      https://www.facebook.com/groups/addoexperience/

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