Normally the rest camps at national parks might not have much natural vegetation – though it appears SANPARKS is changing its historically “manicured” philosophy towards more natural settings wherever feasible. The main camp at Addo is a good example of how a natural environment is preserved within the fenced area of the camp (there are elephants and other big game outside the fence). There is a special trail that loops for at least one mile within the camp and that almost no visitors take, but which is an excellent place to see the Albany thicket vegetation (albeit without the influence of the “browsers”). Here we gained an appreciation of the Sanseveria, Crassulas and Gasterias that occur here. There are other areas where one can walk, inside the fenced area, where the vegetation is near-natural.
Some of the cottages at the main camp. View from our cottage’s deck.
Views from our cottage.
The cottage had a nice deck.
Nicely decorated cottages.
Enjoying the patio.
Breakfast time while we bird watch from the patio.
Birds were more than friendly. After Mike’s cereal.
A nice trail near the main camp, the Discovery Trail.
Cotyledon orbiculata during an early morning walk. It was cool.
Portulacaria afra, a closer view.
The trail had some succulents and labels to go with them. Shown here Crassula perforata.
The flowers of Pelargonium peltatum.
Glottiphyllum longum – a nice succulent succulent.
Attack of the herbivores… The largest herbivore and a “somewhat” smaller one both looking for leafy greens!
Closer view of this very hairy succulent.
A Euphorbia misidentified as a Sarcostemma…
Closer view of the flowers of the Euphorbia.
Gasteria bicolor – a large specimen near our cottage. Some of these may have been planted.
Closer view of Senecio radicans.
Gasteria bicolor flowers.