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Karoo: Afsaal Cottage

Unread postby Lesego » Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:52 pm

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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Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation

Unread postby MxM » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:45 pm

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

Unread postby lion queen » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:11 pm

Sounds amazing!! :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby JohanBarnard » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:06 pm

Fantastic place to be :clap:
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Karoo: Afsaal Cottage

Unread postby pedreh » Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:45 pm

Hi All,

Can anyone please shed some light on why the Afsaal Cottage are not included in the Online Booking System? Also where did the other 4x4 cottage go that is no longer under accommodation?

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Re: Afsaal Cottage Online booking

Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:32 pm

pedreh wrote:Can anyone please shed some light on why the Afsaal Cottage are not included in the Online Booking System?


Hi Pedre,

You have to book through the Park's reception. Please see here :

Staying over at Afsaal Cottage will give visitors an early start to the game viewing area and the possibility to see the elusive game species. Normal gate hours are applicable to the Afsaal Cottage and park management depends on the honesty and integrity of visitors to abide by the gate and park rules. Visitors should also note that there is no Cell phone reception at the Cottage. 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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Re: Afsaal Cottage Online booking

Unread postby pedreh » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:18 pm

Thanks for the reply, but my main reason for asking is that i like to use the Calendar to see what is available. Just can understand why they cant be included with the normal accomodation.

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Re: Afsaal Cottage Online booking

Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:37 pm

Your query has been forwarded to SANParks PR, Pedre.
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Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation

Unread postby Jonkers » Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:07 pm

booked! and counting :dance:
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Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation

Unread postby Sharifa » Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:43 pm

This is what it looks like :wink:

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Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:50 pm

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

Unread postby Jonkers » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:51 am

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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Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation

Unread postby Sharifa » Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:08 am

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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Re: Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation

Unread postby enrico » Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:02 pm

@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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