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 Post subject: Re: 4x4 Trails in Karoo NP
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:50 am 
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This past weekend my Mom and Dad went to the Karoo Nat Park to hand over a photo of my Grandfather(Kowie Pienaar) busy drilling a hole for dynamite that he used in building the Pienaars Pass. They also handed over a copy of the original title deed of the farm Stolshoek(our farm) to the Park Manager. It makes me feel so proud that my history is forever cemented in the Karoo Park. Last year I had the privelige of driving the Pass(that took my Grandfather 7 years to build) on my 40th birthday. The first time that I drove it on my own and it was very emotional, but an undescribable feeling. I only wish I knew him better as he passed away when I was 2.

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 Post subject: Re: 4x4 in Karoo NP
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:49 pm 
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Hey Korshinab

We've done the route in July this year and if I could find my map I will be able tell you a lot more.

We did the long loops to the West and took us more than 7 hours. We never had to use 4X4, but a high ground clearance was essential for 40% of the way. We could see that when it's been raining that a lot of guys before us got stuck. We did not see much, but to me and Skillie that's not important, we like the quite and alone places. We never saw any other vehicles. This route is one way only in some places, you don't have to book and it's for free.

The shorter 4X4 route near Klipspringerspass is a grade 4 and we did not feel like that kind of stress on our holiday and potentially damage our vehicle. This route you have to book when you arrive in the park and pay a fee. I think it would take all day!

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 Post subject: Re: 4x4 in Karoo NP
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:00 am 
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We had great sightings on the way to Klipspringerspass and at the top of the pass.

On the 4X4 route itself we had very few sightings, but the landscape was just breathtaking and the desolateness wonderful.

I'll post some photos as soon as I get a chance.

Overall we've seen plenty birds and the rare animal species including Mountain Zebra and the "unmentionables", we did not see the lions, but no-one saw them when we were there, apparently they had 2 cubs not long ago.

We too only stayed 2 nights and that was way not enough, but at that time we've already been away from home living in our off road trailer for more than 3 weeks.

We are going to make the Karoo Park our stop over every time we go down South.

Take note, there is no fuel available in the Park and you have fill up in town, not to far, but it's better to fill up before you enter the park.

Fantastic restaurant for breakfast and dinner and the shop stock all the basics you'll need. The staff was super friendly and helpful.

There are a lot of activities in camp and be sure to check it out.

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 Post subject: Re: 4x4 in Karoo NP
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Hi Korshinab,

Have a look under the Frontier Forum, Karoo NP falls under the Frontier Parks.

Here is a nice topic you can have a look at............Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

We've done all the 4X4 routes and it's really worth the while!!

But leave as early as possible, arrange with the restaurant the evening before to pack your breakfast to go, then pick it up before you go out on the 4X4 route. Nice to park somewhere along the route and enjoy your breakfast!

If you do the long route it is going to take most of your day. BUT enjoy every moment, there is some stunning views along the route.

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 Post subject: Is a 4x2 vehicle suited for the 4x4 trails?
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:26 pm 
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Hi,

I have a 3.0 D4D Toyota HiRider 4x2. Would vehicle suffice on the numerous trails in the Karoo National Park or do i specifically need 4x4 functionality?

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 Post subject: Re: Is a 4x2 vehicle suited for the 4x4 trails?
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:45 pm 
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I went on the previous 4x4 trail and would not recommend that one for a 4x2.

It was rocky and needed low range 'walking' in places.

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 Post subject: Re: Is a 4x2 vehicle suited for the 4x4 trails?
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Got it, thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Is a 4x2 vehicle suited for the 4x4 trails?
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The 4x4 route up Pienaar's Pass is surely only meant for real 4x4's. But all the others can be easily done with a high clearance 4x2. I have driven all of them on numerous occasions with my 4x4, but never even needed to use the diff-lock. Some parts of the routes can be extremely dusty.

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 Post subject: Re: New 4x4 Eco-Trails open at Karoo National park
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Here is a map of all the 4x4 routes in Karoo NP, as of today. Be aware of the distances, and take into account the 19km drive from the maincamp to the entrance of the 4x4 section.
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