Addo Elephant National Park
The Hapoor Dam is one of the best viewing points in the Addo Elephant National Park. On a good day you will see hundreds of elephants at this spot.
The Hapoor Dam is named after one of the most famous elephants in the Park. Hapoor was the dominant bull for 24 years until 1968.
'Hap' means 'nick' in Afrikaans, while 'oor' means 'ear' and it is believed the distinctive nick in his ear was caused by a hunter's bullet.
Hapoor retained a deep hatred of humans throughout his life. On more than one occasion park staff were forced to flee to safety when Hapoor made his appearance.
His dominance stretched from 1944 to 1968. During the latter part of the 1960's a few younger bulls reached maturity and challenged Hapoor. These upstarts were unsuccessful until one bull named Lanky finally deposed Hapoor in 1968. Hapoor was driven from the heard and became a loner. Later that year he succeeded in climbing the park's 'Armstrong Fence', which for nearly 20 years had been elephant-proof. His freedom was to be short lived as due to his aggressive nature, it was determined he would have to be shot.
His head is now mounted in the mounted in the Interpretive Centre at the main camp of the park
How to log this virtual cache as a find:
1. Message or Email us the words that have been deleted below the word "Hapoor" on the sign in the picture.
2. Attach a picture taken from your vehicle with the Hapoor Dam in the background. Include, in the foreground of the picture, your caching name or the date written on on something. Unfortunately this is needed to prevent the armchair logging of this cache.
Do not get out of your vehicle here. There are dangerous predators that might eat you!
Virtual Rewards 2.0 - 2019/2020
This Virtual Cache is part of a limited release of Virtuals created between June 4, 2019 and June 4, 2020. Only 4,000 cache owners were given the opportunity to hide a Virtual Cache. Learn more about Virtual Rewards 2.0 on the Geocaching Blog.