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 !
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.
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 !
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,