More elephants than you can poke a stick at
Trip Start Mar 17, 2007
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Addo Elephant National Park
Probably Ann: she wants to see the lion more than anybody else.
This is the best website I could find, but I think our pictures tell more ...
They talk about the beetle, which lays his eggs in the dumps, so you can no drive through it. Pleeeaaase.
But Ann had more good ideas: we would have a 'royalty day'. We had to behave like us, plebs, think royalty behaves. No 'indecent noises', no dirty words. Who screws up (dirty word already) buys an expensive bottle of wine in Stellenbosch, THE wine region of South Africa, where we plan a tour.
We fill up the car in the morning and Greta suddenly realizes they forgot their malaria pills, so the trunk had to be emptied to look for the pills and went 'f...'. First bottle of wine before we left !!!
So, who was who?
Ann: queen Elizabeth (or: the richest woman in the world)
Greta: Princes Stefanie of Monaco (the rebel)
Dr T: King of Swaziland (because he has MANY wives and 3 feathers sticking out of his head)
Me: Princes Maxima of the Netherlands (she has balls, compare that to our royalty)
Surprised looks once in awhile when people heard someone addresses the neighbor with: 'your royal highness'.
We are 'game' people, so we had a ball! Ann and Tony did surprisingly good. Tony lost only one bottle, farting his way through the living room in the evening. Ann burped so loud, it made our car vibrate. Greta kept on using dirty words! F. here and s. there! I called a butt a butt and got fined.
But, let's go back to the South African game. Yes, there are quite some pictures. But try them. Again, most of them are made with the girl's camera. A couple of them will make it to our wall, one day. Seeing those elephants (50?) bathing next to us, crossing JUST in front of our car, the families with the babies, the water buffalo looking at us, you will see.
In the restaurant of Addo you see Dr T and me standing under an elephant head. Not only this shows how BIG those animals are but it is also a nice story. But, I do not have internet, nor the story at hand, so SA's, shut up. This is Happoon. He was the absolute master of Addo of 44 years. When he was young, he was shut in his ear. Ever since he hated all human beings. Most of the elephant ofsprings nowadays still have Happoon blood. He killed many elephants, sometimes with the best intentions. One of his girlfriends was sedated by the Addo guards because she was limping. They wanted to take care of her leg. Happoon did not want to leave her with those humans he hated so much and stabbed her to death with his tusks, trying to get her up to run. But one day, a young, strong elephant was brought to the park and Happoon lost the fight. He wondered around alone, unhappy and soon he escaped, being very violent, he had to be killed by the creatures he hated the most in the world.
Four happy people left the park in the evening and drove to Blu Bé, where we rented an apartment with view on the sea.
The owner let us in to a very secured building and showed us the way and said she would be back the next morning. The whole building was for us !!! Hubby got the password for the wireless which ... did not work: surprise, surprise. Dr T just went downstairs, to the office, turned on their PC, typed in the standard passwords, got in and changed the password for the wireless and it worked: is he not the best ?????
The girls go for a walk on the beach while we internet. Afterwards, we enjoy our fancy house. The barmaid will serve you ! We called food to be delivered. Spent some time to choose the Chinese. Which did not deliver. Choose chicken. 1 hour waiting. Which turned out to be 2 hours. But, no worries, Tony rearranged the terrace, so we could have light. No kidding; the light behind him he pulled in from the hall and the Christmas tree for fun. It needed additional plugs: but he did it all: my hero.
We internet, play cards, eat chicken and conclude: this was another perfect day in paradise.