A BIG 7 Safari with Frank, Joy and Lisa

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Monday, 17th October 2016
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Frank and Joy from the USA and Lisa from Austria had a fantastic day together with Alan in Algoa Bay and Addo Elephant National Park.

It was a beautiful day out at sea and the group had a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins blissfully swimming around them. In addition to the resident African Penguins on the island there was a sub-Antarctic fur seal sunning itself - a rare find compared to its more common cousin the Cape Fur seal. After a special sighting of a whale, the boat headed back to the harbour and the guests enjoyed a meal at a restaurant in the Baakens River Valley before the next destination – Addo Elephant National Park.

Stunning sightings of Elephant, Cape Buffalo, plains Zebra and antelope were seen to complete the BIG 7 picture.

Frank, Joy and Lisa on a Big 7 Safari - 17.10.2016

Lisa, wrapped up nice and warm, prepares to board the boat for the marine safari part of the Big 7 safari in Port ElizabethLisa, wrapped up nice and warm, prepares to board the boat for the marine safari part of the Big 7 safari in Port Elizabeth
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Jamie, gives the safety briefing and orientation before heading out to sea on another successful Marine safari in Algoa Bay Port ElizabethJamie, gives the safety briefing and orientation before heading out to sea on another successful Marine safari in Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth
Lisa, Frank and Joy at the quayside in Algoa Bay before their marine safariLisa, Frank and Joy at the quayside in Algoa Bay before their marine safari
Walking on water, a young Kelp gull feeds on the waters in the Port Elizabeth harbourWalking on water, a young Kelp gull feeds on the waters in the Port Elizabeth harbour
East coast rock lobster fishing boat in the Port Elizabeth harbourEast coast rock lobster fishing boat in the Port Elizabeth harbour
A flock of Cormorants searching for new fishing grounds in Algoa Bay, Port ElizabethA flock of Cormorants searching for new fishing grounds in Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth
A transient perch on the low lying Brentton which tends to be swamped by large swells in rough weather. Terns in their thousands can be seen here in good weatherA transient perch on the low lying Brentton which tends to be swamped by large swells in rough weather. Terns in their thousands can be seen here in good weather
The waters of Algoa Bay fringed by the immense Alexandria dune fields, a  remote,spiritual place.The waters of Algoa Bay fringed by the immense Alexandria dune fields, a remote,spiritual place.
A school of Bottle Nose Dolphins close inshore at St Croix Island in Algoa bayA school of Bottle Nose Dolphins close inshore at St Croix Island in Algoa bay
Dolphins are incredibly playful, intelligent creatures and can often be seen breaching close to the boat as this one is doing.Dolphins are incredibly playful, intelligent creatures and can often be seen breaching close to the boat as this one is doing.
Dolphins close to the boat at the protected shores of St Croix IslandDolphins close to the boat at the protected shores of St Croix Island
African penguins sunning themselves as the moult their old feathers and grow new ones. A period when they are unable to hunt for food and loose a lot of weight.African penguins sunning themselves as the moult their old feathers and grow new ones. A period when they are unable to hunt for food and loose a lot of weight.
A sleek adult african penguin after the moult and ready to head out to sea to hunt for food.on st Croix island, Algoa bay Port Elizabeth.A sleek adult african penguin after the moult and ready to head out to sea to hunt for food.on st Croix island, Algoa bay Port Elizabeth.
There are an estimated 22 thousand breeding penguins on St Croix at certain time at others many hundreds less than this figure.There are an estimated 22 thousand breeding penguins on St Croix at certain time at others many hundreds less than this figure.
View of St Croix island with a bank of clouds in the background. St Croix island is the largest of three islands in this small group and measures 2.8 hectare in extent. It is home to the largest breeding colony of African penguins on the continentView of St Croix island with a bank of clouds in the background. St Croix island is the largest of three islands in this small group and measures 2.8 hectare in extent. It is home to the largest breeding colony of African penguins on the continent
Humpback whale with her calf in the marine protected are of Algoa bay close to Port ElizabethHumpback whale with her calf in the marine protected are of Algoa bay close to Port Elizabeth
Humpback whale surfaces and exhales close to the boat in Algoa bay on a Big 7 safariHumpback whale surfaces and exhales close to the boat in Algoa bay on a Big 7 safari
A Calamari fishing boat putting to sea for the next few weeks. This is a rough and tough way of making a living but fishing for the A Calamari fishing boat putting to sea for the next few weeks. This is a rough and tough way of making a living but fishing for the "White gold" as these crustaceans are called is well worth the hardships they have to endure.
Lunch is a welcome break in the days activities here we are served up a chicken wrap with chips in a metal plate for the rustic ambiance.Lunch is a welcome break in the days activities here we are served up a chicken wrap with chips in a metal plate for the rustic ambiance.
Joy with here light lunch with a chicken wrap and chips.Joy with here light lunch with a chicken wrap and chips.
A chicken salad and chips for LisaA chicken salad and chips for Lisa
In the Addo Elephant national park now looking back on Algoa Bay and the Woody Cape sand dunes that fringe the bay from the park.In the Addo Elephant national park now looking back on Algoa Bay and the Woody Cape sand dunes that fringe the bay from the park.
The first elephant of the day a mature bull slowly walks up to the safari vehicle.The first elephant of the day a mature bull slowly walks up to the safari vehicle.
Come on Ma, move along this is boring. A baby zebra gets impatient with mom in the Addo Elephant national parkCome on Ma, move along this is boring. A baby zebra gets impatient with mom in the Addo Elephant national park
A Zebra gallops across the grassland in the Addo Elephant national park in South Africa.A Zebra gallops across the grassland in the Addo Elephant national park in South Africa.
This Black headed heron glides effortlessly into the wterhole and lands as light as a feather on the edge of the clearing.This Black headed heron glides effortlessly into the wterhole and lands as light as a feather on the edge of the clearing.
Bottoms up! This herd of zebra seem to have scant regard for the cameras as they get down to a thirsty drink of water in the Addo Elephant national parkBottoms up! This herd of zebra seem to have scant regard for the cameras as they get down to a thirsty drink of water in the Addo Elephant national park
A Kudu cow at full pace runs across, to leap onto the far road verge in the Addo elephant national park in the Eastern Cape of South AfricaA Kudu cow at full pace runs across, to leap onto the far road verge in the Addo elephant national park in the Eastern Cape of South Africa
A family herd of elephants on a ridge with a view of the sand dunes and Algoa bay as a backdrop as they make their way to a waterhole in the Addo Elephant national parkA family herd of elephants on a ridge with a view of the sand dunes and Algoa bay as a backdrop as they make their way to a waterhole in the Addo Elephant national park
As they approach the waterhole there is a perceptible excitement that stirs these sensitive creatures to start running towards the water in anticipation of a cool, thirst quenching drinkAs they approach the waterhole there is a perceptible excitement that stirs these sensitive creatures to start running towards the water in anticipation of a cool, thirst quenching drink
The little ones especially get excited as they approach the waterhole and one can often hear them screaming in excitement in AddoThe little ones especially get excited as they approach the waterhole and one can often hear them screaming in excitement in Addo
Roadblock in addo as the herd crosses over to get at the water which has a herd of buffalo already drinking at the waterhole. The different species live quite comfortably side by side in the wild.Roadblock in addo as the herd crosses over to get at the water which has a herd of buffalo already drinking at the waterhole. The different species live quite comfortably side by side in the wild.
Buffalo and Elephant herds compete for the water resources at a waterhole in AddoBuffalo and Elephant herds compete for the water resources at a waterhole in Addo
A large bull Buffalo leads a herd to the waterhole in the Addo Elephant national park in South Africa.A large bull Buffalo leads a herd to the waterhole in the Addo Elephant national park in South Africa.
Mixed herds of Buffalo Elephant Warthog and Zebra often congregate at the Addo elephant national parks waterholes. Each jostling for the best position from which to slake their thirst.Mixed herds of Buffalo Elephant Warthog and Zebra often congregate at the Addo elephant national parks waterholes. Each jostling for the best position from which to slake their thirst.
Big Buffalo Bull in AddoBig Buffalo Bull in Addo
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Elephant and Buffalo at the water hole in AddoElephant and Buffalo at the water hole in Addo
Frank, Lisa and Joy after a great Big 7 Safari and they show the way to do it. Thanks guys!Frank, Lisa and Joy after a great Big 7 Safari and they show the way to do it. Thanks guys!

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