Some more landscapes as promised.
For those who have been following this TR from the beginning...you already saw how green Addo was. Here is just one more pic to give you proof of that. Looks a bit like the southern serengeti after summer rains...
One of the things that keeps on pulling me back to SA is its diversity of landscapes. It is hard to imagine, with this last green photo in mind, that the following landscape pictures were taken in the same country, only a couple of days earlier and only a bit more to the north.
Here is the Klipspringer Pass in Karoo NP...
I just love these arid wide vistas. And the Klipspringer Pass is great for that. It was for me THE attraction of Karoo NP. I was also fond of the setting of the cottages (the cottages themselves being excellent as well but it's the position that makes them special). It's great to sit on the stoep with something to drink while watching a small herd of mountain zebra making its way up a hill. The gameviewing, by the way, was OK allthough we didn't see the specials. We did see both kind of zebras, gemsbok, springbok, kudu, baboon, hartebeest, goshawk, korhaan and...OSTRICH! At one moment we were convinced Karoo NP had been taken over by a farmer from Oudsthoorn...they were behind every other corner. I never saw larger groups of them either.
There were two things that were a bit of a downside in this park. The first one being the construction works on the "western loop". Allthough you can go up the first stretch of the klipspringer pass to enjoy the views and you can do a good part of the Potlekkertjies loop all the way to the Doornhoek picnic area, I would still recommend you go once the works are finished and you can do the whole loop without turning the car. Wit a part of the road being inaccessible for the moment one gets the feeling he/she is missing some wonderful views and/or sightings. It also limits your chances of seeing black eagle. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Than there is the Lammertjiesleegte loop. While it was pretty good for gameviewing, at certain parts the roads bring you a bit too close to civilisation to my likings as you can see in the last pic of this post.
Make no mistake however: I will go back once that loop has been taken care of. I would like to conclude with two very positive things about this park (next to the ones mentioned a bit higher):
the interpretive center that I thought was very intresting and last but not least...very good staff!
Voila, that was it as far as the Karoo NP goes!
Next: some more Addo inhabitants.