arks - I have a bad habit of not remembering names, specially animal ones
but I'm glad you are so optimistic about the future - still have that nagging thought at the back of my mind though....
MM - do the tracking, wear sunscreen and a hat, grin and bear it, your daughters will thank you that very same evening after sunset and will talk about it for a long time.
Thanx for the response from all
After spending a few days in Jeffries we slowly worked our way to the Karoo National Park near Beaufort West. I will briefly mention a few places not Sanparks related that we visited on our route (no names of actual campsites).
First stop a road I have always wanted to try out but never had the opportunity to do so. Close to the town of Kareedouw a dirt road took us towards the "sea-side" of the Baviaanskloof - I'm not aware of roads that have access into the Baviaans from the Eastern side, the ones I do know just runs up close to the border of the reserve. Next stop was on the Kouga-Wilderness route and a campsite close to Prince Albert - magic place's that we did not want to leave. PM if you want details.
OK - Karoo National Park. Again a breath of fresh air - reception, very neat campsite and ablution facilities, friendly staff, etc. etc. We spent some time doing the fossil trail one afternoon - what an eye opener - I never realised how little we do know about the buried treasures that can be found in the Karoo. I am sure there are a lot better phodies of the exhibits on show than mine, so I'm not posting any of those. We did some of the 4x4 loops - with names like Nuweveld, Potlekkertjie and Afsaal that rolls so easily off the tongue. From flatland that seems to stretch past the horizon to the Klipspringer tarred road that provides breathtaking views from the mountain we slowly tried to cover as much area as we could in a couple of days.
The park is IMHO about animals and plants that can survive this harsh environment. Don't go there if you expect to have Kruger like sightings, but you will be rewarded with something just as if not more special than Kruger. Forget about finding the lions or black rhino - methinks they have them tied up in a far corner of the reserve where nobody can get to them
. But look out for eland, Cape mountain and plains zebra, springbok, numerous red hartebeest, klipspringer and koedoe (notice how dark the kudu are when compared to the ones in Kruger?). We had a late brekkie one morning at the restaurant and can give it a hearty thumbs up.
Weather wise - hot and windy and then some more hot and windy. Only three phodies this time round.
Automated entrance gate to the campsite late afternoon
Our home away from home
A few of the cottages/chalets with the mountain as backdrop