The final full day of our African Bikers journey was a superb one! We began the day without work with breakfast on the guesthouse. Then we jumped within the van and drove for a number of hours, stopping alongside the best way for gasoline and some pictures, earlier than arriving on the Storms River Suspension Bridge.
We parked the van, climbed out, after which made a brief hike up the hillside to the realm the place three giant suspension bridges hung throughout the opening to a big river gorge.
Climbing out onto the bridge we had been in a position to see a number of, giant red-colored sharks swimming within the water under us. I had seen sharks within the wild earlier than, however I had by no means seen sharks that had been this explicit colour. It was superb to see!
After spending a good period of time on the suspension bridge, we jumped again within the van and drove for a pair extra hours to the well-known Addo Elephant Nationwide Park. Unloading from our white tour van and climbing inside an enormous inexperienced Land Rover geared up for African safaris, we had been pushed out into the wilderness by our Addo tour information and did our greatest to identify at many animals as we might.
The primary main animal we noticed was a warthog. From a distance these pig-like creatures look sort of cute, however from up shut the animals are actually disgusting. Our tour information knowledgeable us that there have been as many as 4,000 warthogs inside Addo Nationwide Park. We ending up seeing about 12 of them (together with a mom with about 5 or 6 child warthogs operating behind her).
Later within the tour we noticed some springbok and a dozen or so zebras.
Our tour information informed us that the black and white stripes on a zebra are clearly not there to maintain the animal camouflaged, however are there to maintain the animal cool throughout the day (the white stripes) and heat throughout the evening (the black stripes).
I used to be excited to have already seen so many animals on the tour, however what I actually wished to see was an elephant. Sadly, the best way our tour information was speaking (saying that the wind can typically scare the elephants away), I used to be afraid we would not be fortunate sufficient to see even a single elephant on our tour.
However simply as I had about given up hope of seeing an elephant, a dozen or extra grey creatures emerged from the bush throughout our car. There was one small group to our left and a a lot bigger group straight in entrance of us.
Our tour information put the automotive into impartial and we crept up on a big herd consisting of roughly 12-18 elephants. Our information knowledgeable us that elephants have exceptionally poor eyesight, however that they’ll hear and odor very effectively (which appeared somewhat apparent to me, based mostly on the sheer measurement of those animals noses and ears).
Now parked proper in entrance of those giant, wild creatures, we snapped an limitless variety of footage from our cameras.
I might have sat there and adopted that herd of elephants all day. However after what appeared like just a few minutes, we turned the car’s engine on and drove again to the park entrance the place our safari had begun.
After our unbelievable day contained in the Addo Elephant Park, we drove to what could be our ultimate visitor home of the tour – a country (but highly-elegant) property with thatched roof villas, a pool, and a big dinning space the place we’d later spend the night.
At dinner our waiters serenaded us with a number of native songs. We mentioned our favourite moments from the tour and shared our plans for our return journeys residence. Whereas I’d stay in South Africa for the following two-and-a-half months, everybody else taking part within the tour was scheduled to return to their houses in both Germany or Austria. The next morning could be our previous couple of moments collectively.