New neighbours

When we stayed the first night in Stellenbosch we had not really fully arrived in africa. You know, we did a long travel with the airplane and were just a little tired because of the journey. Funny fact is that we met our new neighbour just some hours after check in our b&b.

Guess who this was… sure this little pretty guy welcomed us very warm to RSA.

This cape dwarf chameleon (bradypodion pumilum) was living next to our bedroom.

This cape dwarf chameleon (bradypodion pumilum) was living next to our bedroom.

So already on our first day our expectations to see some wildlife animals were fulfilled! But the travel just begun and we had two real safaris on our schedule later on. The best time to see animals is at sunrise and sunset of course, by the way there is the best light for photography too. So we started for our safaries before sunrise to drive with the cars to see the animals when the sun is coming over the horizon. It is so amazing to be outside that early and coming back with wonderful imaginations and memories to have a hot coffee and to warm up a little bit from the morning cold.

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A Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus) walking in the first morning light. Of course it noticed our car and watched us quite nosy.

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A giraffe at breakfast

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Young Kudu at a cloudy morning

When the light gets harder of course you can see some more animals, but for photography I would say it is more difficult to get a nice shot. So you have to be more creative and the shooting angle out of a car is limited. Sometimes you need to look really accurate to see the animals in the bush.

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Nearly missed this camoflaged cape weaver

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Two speckled mousbirds hiding in a tree

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Wonderful shillering starling at harsh sunlight

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Starling and Kudu

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African giant snail (Achatina fulica?) is crossing the street

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Buffel infront of our car

When the sunlight then finally gets softer we were on safari again to hunt some animals, of course we were hunting only with our eyes and cameras. It is so awesome to see the animals infront of you and in a handreaching distance. But in difference to Namibia in RSA we only saw animals in game parks or private reserves. So I am hoping for some meetings with animals on the road in Namibia, when I am cycling Namibia beginning of 2015. As I know it is not improbable to see zebras or giraffes directly next to the road.

A female lion was watching us very seriously. The rest of the gruop was relaxed sunbathing

A female lion was watching us very seriously. The rest of the gruop was relaxed sunbathing

The Highlight of the evening drive were of course the lions

The Highlight of the evening drive were of course the lions

With these beautiful pictures safed in our minds or on our SD-cards we went back to our rooms. So the last part of the pictures shows you some terrific places to stay.

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Our place to stay in Addo Elephant Park

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Another view to the housings in Addo

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bathroom with view to the hippo pools at Buffeldrift Lodge

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Hippo, one of the most dangerous animals in africa

 

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