Cape Town to Karoo NP
Dad and I were up, showered and dressed and down in the breakfast room by 8am.
We were very excited. Our next rental car – another trusty Terios – was being delivered to our accommodation
After filling out all the paperwork we finished our brekky and were packed and checked out of the lodge by 9.30am.
We took the M5, and then got onto the N1 which would take us all the way to the Karoo NP!!
Just outside Cape Town we went through some incredible mountain scenery, plus winery after winery.
I’d never seen so many grape vines!
Next we came to the Huguenot Tunnel which goes through the Du Toitskloof Mountains that separate Paarl from Worcester.
As we drove past Worcester I was thinking that the name was very familiar to me
Worcester, Worcester….oh yes, then I remembered!
Our wonderful cam forum moderator MATTHYS
lives in Worcester!!!
If I had known our journey would take us right past Worcester I would have tried to arrange a mini-meet
As it was, all I could do was give MATTHYS a big wave out the window
Soon the scenery changed from lush green vineyards to vast, desolate, rocky hills.
WOW, so this was the Great Karoo, the largest ecosystem in South Africa, with a rich diversity of flora and fauna found nowhere else
During the early planning stages of our trip I had to decide between visiting Mountain Zebra NP or Karoo NP
My mind was quickly made up after I read this on the SANParks website:“Karoo National Park has a very rich reptilian fauna. Of particular significance are the 5 species of tortoise. However there is also a terrapin, an agama, 2 chameleons, a monitor, 18 snakes and several geckos, skinks and lizards.”
For a herpetologist this sounded like absolute heaven!
So the Karoo NP it was
We continued through to Beaufort West to pick up some supplies, finally arriving at the gates just before 4pm
Although exhausted after the long drive, Dad and I were very excited about this new experience
What animal would we see first?
And then we caught our first glimpse of the camp
After Kruger this was something completely different