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Michele and Doug in Namaqualand 21 - 23 Sept 2007

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Michele and Doug in Namaqualand 21 - 23 Sept 2007

Unread postby Caracal » Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:17 pm

I think it was sometime in July this year that I got a bee in my bonnet( another one! ) about going to Namaqualand National Park. We had not travelled that road for many years and that was basically just driving through en route to Nambia. Anyway when I checked the bookings I was lucky enough to find accommodation for that long weekend. I thought it was a bit late for the flowers but decided to go anyway. All the other weekends in August were fully booked.
We got there pretty late in the afternoon because we had to stop along the way to feed our new hobby - Geocaching. We managed to find 4 caches on the way but I cannot talk too much about that because they were not in Sanparks.
We saw many beautiful sights along the way but by the time we got to the park the flowers were already closing ....but the new chalets really made up for that. They were just too awesome for words. The view from the chalets is spectacular.

Our chalet: no2
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and chalet no 3
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There are only 4 chalets and are situated so that you do not feel like you are on top of each other. There is a super kitchen equipped with a stove and microwave and fridge. It was well stocked with everything that you should need.There was an outdoor braai area as well as an indoor braai
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What I really enjoyed was the enclosed balcony. Here one could sit and view the surrounds even if it is windy or cold.
One side of the balcony
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and the other side
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There was a dining area in between.
A bedroom with 2 single beds and a most useful dressing table.
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The lounge area also had a sleeper couch that would probably sleep 2 adults.
The view from the balcony
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The chalet was tastefully decorated with beautifully framed pictures on the walls. A couple of indoor plants added to the decor.
Best of all I loved the visitors book
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We could not fault this chalet at all...I had 3 nights of this bliss!

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Unread postby katydownunder » Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:56 pm

Thanx Michele for drawing our attention to this National Park.
What a very nice cottage.
The indoor braai is so cool. And the view from the balcony is lovely.
Any more pics?

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Unread postby Caracal » Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:25 am

Waoo... a caracal


At long last I had my sighting of a caracal :lol: ...albeit it on the bedroom wall. It was a beautiful pic !!!

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Yes I do have a few more pics....will try to continue over the weekend. :wink:

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Unread postby Caracal » Sat Oct 06, 2007 7:35 pm

A bit more about the park...

Animals
These must be the most skittish animals that I have seen in a long time. Everything just took one look at us and fled. I have never seen so many animals' backsides as I saw that weekend. A few photos that I did manage to get....

Oops, sorry , Tinypic does not seem to be working :twisted: ...I will try again later !

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Unread postby Caracal » Sat Oct 06, 2007 11:16 pm

Let's try again

Image Red Hartebeest
Image Dassie
Image Steenbok
Image Springbok.
We also saw bat-eared foxes, meerkat, yellow mongoose and a black springbok but these we were unable to catch on camera.
We went on our own little night drive (5km route known as Skilpad). We saw many rabbits /hares ??? They had the hugest ears out!
Apparently the park will be introducing rhino and zebra. :lol:

Birds

The birds were even more skittish. There were many LBJ's that did not still for me to even look at through the bins...never mind a photo. We saw quite few pairs of Ludwigs bustards, a couple of sandgrouse and malachite sunbirds. Two herons, a Pale Chating goshawk and hordes and hordes of pied crows. There were quite a few korhaans around and we heard an owl hooting just after sunset.
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A few bits and bobs to follow tomorrow :lol:

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Unread postby Caracal » Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:59 pm

Oops ..tomorrow took a long time coming....
Some interesting little creatures
Image A well camouflaged lizard.
ImagePretty caterpillar
Image I must admit one has to be very careful when attempting to take photos of flowers. Luckily I had the strap of my camera around my neck...because this little creature scared the living daylights out of me :redface:
And some scenery and flowers
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Unfortunately for me the weather was not very condusive to taking pics of the flowers. It was mostly overcast and rather windy. We still had a glorious weekend though. We spent most of our weekend driving around the little dorpies ( villages). We had one little disaster though...a puncture ! That is not normally a problem unless your spare is flat...our spare was flat. :shock: This happened 10 kms outside Kammieskroon. Eventually we flagged down a motorist on his way to Richtersveld...he had a compressor so we soon on our way. This flat spare almost caused a huge domestic :roll: but for once I made the right decision to keep quiet...before long we were back at camp and all was forgotten. If that had happened on one of those dirts roads that we had been exploring we would probably still be sitting there.
We will definitely go back to NNP :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:48 am

the tree is beautifull, and with a nest... (but I don't know the name...) and caterpillar, and flowers and... Thanks
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Unread postby Senyetse » Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:01 am

The tree is a quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma) :wink:
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:57 pm

Hey Michele, you must be a Ludwig's bustard magnet.
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".

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Unread postby Caracal » Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:01 pm

Hey Michele, you must be a Ludwig's bustard magnet.

Hey BB, bet that irritates you! :lol: Nevermind you will see a Ludwig's one day. How do you think I feel about your baby hartebees! :roll:

Thanks everybody for your comments ... I trust you have all booked your stay there....you won't be sorry. Just remember to check your spare. :tongue: Better still ..beg, borrow or steal a compressor to take along :dance:


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