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 Post subject: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:52 pm 
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Bookings have opened for Karoo National Park’s latest accommodation offering – the very rustic Afsaal Cottage, situated in the park’s game viewing area.

The little stone building was once a shepherd’s hut on a farm which has since been incorporated into the park, and which has undergone renovations and upgrades over the past few months. Situated approximately 33 kilometres from the main rest camp, the cottage is in the southern section of the park along the Nuweveld 4x4 route, and is accessible with a normal vehicle – but preferably with a 2x4 vehicle.

The unit can accommodate up to two adults and two children only. It is equipped with two single beds and mattresses, with bedding and towels. Two stretchers are provided for children. The unit is not serviced daily, but cleaned upon departure and before arrival.

Afsaal is equipped with solar power for the lights and a gas burner for food preparation, as well as an outside braai area, for which guests need to provide their own firewood. A small solar fridge/freezer is provided inside the unit and a shower with a gas geyser ensures that there is hot water available at all times.

As for a view - a waterhole in front of the unit allows for some game viewing from the porch, while the vast stretches of the Karoo landscape provides a scenic backdrop. A spotlight is in place to illuminate the waterhole at night.

Staying over at the Afsaal Cottage gives visitors an early start to the game viewing area and the possibility of seeing some of the more elusive game species. Normal gate hours are applicable and Park Management depends on the honesty and integrity of its clients to abide by the park rules.

Prospective visitors should note that there is no cell phone reception at the cottage due to its location in the park.

The base rate tariff of one to two people is R690 per night. Additional children will cost an additional R100 per child. Bookings can only be made through the Park’s Reception, on (023) 415 2828.

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 Post subject: Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation
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WOW, this is definitely on my to do list!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation
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Sounds amazing!! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation
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booked! and counting :dance:
nice detour before arriving in KTP


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 Post subject: Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation
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This is what it looks like :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation
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Looks stunning :thumbs_up: thank you.

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 Post subject: Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation
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nice picture, can't wait

what about the roads condition ??

according to Lesogo's post: and is accessible with a normal vehicle – but preferably with a 2x4 vehicle.

I have read one trip rapport (not on sanparks forum) and comment was:
overnight stay at the Afsaal shepherds cottage, which we reached after negotiating a long, challenging, extremely bumpy but exhilarating 4X4 route (the cottage is much more accesible now)

Any one been there lately?


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 Post subject: Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:08 am 
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It does look stunning MM :D We were there in December 2013 but could not get booking for the cottage. We drove past the cottage.

Jonkers, the road is bumpy and it is on the 4x4 route. I am not sure about sedans because on the map we were given it says the Afsaal Loop is 4x4 only. It does not have to be a long drive, there are a number of interconnecting loops, all one way, so you could end up there after a long drive or take the direct route, which is abot 7km.

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 Post subject: Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:02 pm 
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@Jonkers.
There is a write up in the latest Wild magazine.Pg 6.

Please give us your impressions after your stay.
Particularly interested in the view of the waterhole,any sightings there and whether a 4X2 would make it to the cottage.

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 Post subject: Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation
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I'll be there in July before going to KTP and Augrabies
We are really looking forward to the rustic of this accommodation, too many chalets in different parks are equipped these days with tv, noisy airco's etc Now the bonus no cell phone reception at Afsaal !!!

I'm sure it will be cold, as cold as experienced in Grootkolk / KTP in July ? Let s say we are prepared
When we are back I for sure will drop my thoughts about Afsaal


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 Post subject: Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:51 pm 
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WendyA and myself took a drive down the 4x4 track today and found Afsaal Cottage. The cottage looks amazing, very very secluded, its about a 25 to 30km drive from the main camp, of which, 8km or so is on 4x4 track, so, it really is isolated.
It looks really rustic, seems to have an upstairs deck overlooking a small waterhole, and the waterhole appears to be lit at night via a small solar panel powered light.
Getting there is via a 4x4 track. It is rough in places. Weve had some rain in the park lately so for two days all 4x4 trails have been closed. It could be reached in 4x2 with diff lock, but again, this may differ in the wetter time of the year and it is recommended that one checks this with Sanparks. The track is not suitable for normal sedan vehicles. All in all, if total isolation is required, look no further than Afsaal Cottage.

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 Post subject: Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation
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Stayed at Afsaal beginng of May and travel with our Renalt Clio ! Was super, no problems with the road just take it slowly on the 4x4 section. Took us about 2 hours from Reception via Klipspriner pass to Afsaal. :dance: :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation
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Hi Oubaas1.
How far is the waterhole from the cottage?
Is it working?
Any sightings both at the waterhole and in the vicinity of the cottage?

Lots of questions but definitely on my bucket list.
Thanks for the info on the road and the travelling time to the cottage. :thumbs_up:


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