During August we did a round trip through the Western Cape visiting the Wilderness NP (http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=75830
), the Gamkapoort Dam and then the Karoo National Park before returning home to Grahamstown. When we left the dam the weather started turning bad and it got progressively worse en-route from Laingsburg to Beaufort West. it was cold and the west wind howled for the entire 4 days that we spent here - I suppose this can be expected in the Karoo during August.This was our second visit to this lovely park, the first being during October 2011. For some reason I did not post a report from this trip. The two visits were very different - when we visited in 2011 the veld was lush and green, the animals were abundant and in excellent condition. This time, however, it was very dry and barren, the weather miserable, the animal sightings were fewer and they were in poor condition. What I am going to do is report on this visit and then post a good many photos from the 2011 trip - this will clearly illustrate the two "moods" of the Karoo national Park.
We arrived at the gate at about 13h00 and were met by very friendly and welcoming staff. As you can see the weather was grey and ominous
The restcamp is about 5km from the gate. It is really well appointed and blends in with the environment
The swimming pool is set against the mountainous backdrop which really gives one a sense of being in the bush - we no doubt never made use of this facility!
The waterhole near the rest camp was bone dry - very different from our 2011 visit
Check-in went smoothly (once again very friendly and efficient staff) and we set off to the camp site which would be our home for 4 days. The camp site is positioned in aa thorn thicket near the Interpretive Centre.
The camp site was very empty (only 4 other campers) . We chose the same site that we had used in 2011 which was sheltered against the west wind. We set up camp which was made a tad difficult by the wind. We decided to spend the afternoon relaxing at our "home"