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Sable's Up in the Air - Camdeboo Impressions, Dec. '13

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Sable's Up in the Air - Camdeboo Impressions, Dec. '13

Unread postby sable » Thu May 01, 2014 6:07 pm

5th December 2013

In the morning we are on the way to the Valley of Desolation.

Next to the road we see the sign for the third of the Frontier National Parks on our route.

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The road uphill leads to the parking at the Toposcope.

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From the Toposcope we enjoy the view towards the Valley of Desolation

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and the typical Karoo landscape.

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As always there is a wonderful view over Graaff Reinet.

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At the left side you can see Nqweba Dam which is part of the Game Viewing Area.

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Re: Up in the Air - Camdeboo Impressions

Unread postby sable » Sun May 04, 2014 9:32 pm

After enjoying the view to Spandaukop

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we take the road to the Valley of Desolation.

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Re: Up in the Air - Camdeboo Impressions

Unread postby sable » Sun May 04, 2014 9:40 pm

Valley of Desolation

We are the only visitors this morning.
The 1,5 km long Crag Lizard Trail starts right at the parking.

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It takes us to the view points with stunning views of the Valley of Desolation.

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There are signs which provide a lot of information about the area.

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Other signs seem to be necessary to prevent visitors to do stupid things in the quietness of the view points.

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Fortunately there is nobody throwing rocks today and we continue with the view points with breathtaking landscape.

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Re: Up in the Air - Camdeboo Impressions

Unread postby sable » Mon May 05, 2014 10:14 pm

Every view point provides a different vista of the valley.

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We leave the last view point ...

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and arrive at the trail sign which shows the way back to the parking.

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There is a lot of fresh green everywhere, maybe it rained recently.

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Re: Up in the Air - Camdeboo Impressions

Unread postby sable » Wed May 07, 2014 9:32 pm

There are more rocks on our way to the parking.

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Shadow on a rock? :hmz:

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A well camouflaged Lizard.

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It looks like a little dragon. :)

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Re: Up in the Air - Camdeboo Impressions

Unread postby sable » Fri May 09, 2014 10:25 pm

We continue with a visit to the Game Area.

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The valley is beautiful green, but it is very quiet.

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At a lake viewpoint there are far away elands ..

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and buffalos in the reed.

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A bit closer we find some ostrichs.

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Re: Up in the Air - Camdeboo Impressions

Unread postby sable » Tue May 13, 2014 10:58 pm

Today we are the only visitors at the Picnic Site.

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The road to the other side of the river is closed,

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so we continue with the game area on this side.
There are springboks in all sizes.

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I take the binoculars to look for more animals.
Suddenly there are many blue cranes in the air.

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Re: Up in the Air - Camdeboo Impressions

Unread postby sable » Wed May 14, 2014 10:30 pm

The blue cranes are joining some black wildebeests at the plains.

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Re: Up in the Air - Camdeboo Impressions

Unread postby sable » Wed May 14, 2014 10:33 pm

We are happy that the black wildebeests are coming closer to the road.

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The three youngsters always keep together.

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Re: Up in the Air - Camdeboo Impressions

Unread postby sable » Thu May 15, 2014 10:02 pm

We left the Game Viewing Area for a very delicious coffee and cake in town. :)

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Again we had a great time at Camdeboo National Park.
It was wonderful to see the Valley of Desolation again and there is always something new at the Game Viewing Area.


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