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Unread postby gwendolen » Fri May 06, 2005 12:20 pm

Black Rhino re-introduced in Karoo National Park.
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Unread postby DuQues » Fri May 06, 2005 1:18 pm

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Unread postby Stoffel » Wed Oct 05, 2005 3:49 pm

Graaff-Reinet is known as the "Gem of the Karoo". But the Karoo National Park surely can lay claim to the same title. We visit the park quite often. Normally it is our first and last stop when we travel north with our caravan. The caravan park is a real oasis in the Karoo. Occasionally we also use the chalet accommodation like this past Friday night. This is surely one of the most neatly kept parks in our country.

Presently it is very dry in the Karoo. We took our traditional drive up Klipspringer Pass. For the first time in all our travels on this scenic route, the klipspringers eluded us. Probably the kudus took their territory over. We have seen kudus regularly in the past, but not as plentiful as during this last drive up the pass.

Once again we were lucky to see the two resident black eagles at Rooivalle, where they are surely preparing their nest again for the breeding season. This is one of the best places to watch the breeding of this magnificent raptor as you are looking down towards the nest and can witness everything happening.

Don't skip this gorgeous park when you travel on the N1 between the south and the north. Even if you do not see the klipspringers (or even kudus) and the black eagles when travelling Klipspringer Pass, it is still worth it to take in the beauty of the area while having something to drink at the lookout.

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Unread postby reinette » Thu Oct 06, 2005 10:32 am

I must second Stoffel. The Karoo NP is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. At times, you can hear the silence. There are the most amazing bugs. It is just a wonderful place. Must say, you are still missing something if you haven’t been there yet. Planning on going again March 2006!

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Unread postby lam » Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:04 am

We did the 4x4 trail. I don't enjoy long drives on rough roads, but for a night at the Afsaal it was worth it. :!:

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Unread postby Salva » Thu Oct 06, 2005 1:15 pm

I'm coming to Sa in november but won't be able to sneak karoo Np in our schedule this time.

However, next time we would like to concentrate on the western part of the country and in this case we would almost certainly go to Karoo NP. How many nights/days should we spend there in order to get a good idea about the park. (we're not driving a 4x4).

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Unread postby Stoffel » Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:08 pm

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If you wish to experience most of the highlights in the park (e.g. Klipspringer Pass, Lammertjiesleegte, Fossil trail, Bossies trail) I will suggest to stay at least two nights so that you have a full day to these things. If you would think of doing the short 4x4 trail (really nice) with a driver/guide in a park's vehicle, I would opt for three nights.

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Unread postby Benjhappy » Fri Dec 16, 2005 3:28 pm

I will be in the Park on January the 18th and 19th 2006 and I have no 4X4 vehicle.Can you give me informations about
the short 4x4 trail (really nice) with a driver/guide in a park's vehicle
dates and hours?
Thank you
(Excuse me for my English but I'm French) :)

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Dec 16, 2005 11:27 pm

Welcome to the forum Benjhappy!

I have not been to the Karoo Park so cannot assist you with your question. I will however see if I can contact someone who can help you.
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Unread postby reinette » Sun Dec 18, 2005 11:20 am

Hi Benjhappy!

I cannot help you with the 4x4 info, but can tell you that you can see most of the park with any vehicle. Hope you will enjoy your stay there, it is a lovely park.

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Unread postby lam » Sun Dec 18, 2005 11:43 am

reinette wrote:I cannot help you with the 4x4 info, but can tell you that you can see most of the park with any vehicle.


The 4x4 trail, especially if you do the full trail and overnight at the Afsaal, opens a whole section of park that most people have never been to.

Around the Afsaal, there was a lot of game, and we had the whole area to ourselves.

See map:

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/karoo/images/maps/karoo.jpg

Benjhappy, I would contact Karoo National Park directly to find out about the 4x4 trail. If you are only going to be in the park for 2 nights, you will find enough to keep you busy without doing the 4x4 trail though.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Dec 18, 2005 1:13 pm

lam - I did give Benjhappy the Park's contact details.
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Unread postby Wendy Johnson » Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:54 am

Hi Bejhappy
With your sedan you will be able to do Lammerjiesleegte which is about 11km and Klipspingerpass (very scenic road) about 14 kms.If you would like to do the 4x4 trail you need to book at reception on arrival. We have a short route that can take up to 3 hours and a longer route that takes 5-7 hours; you can overnight either at Afsaal or Doornhoek on the longer trail; and yes I agree with Reinette. It does open up a whole new part of the Karoo that not a lot of people know about.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Jun 16, 2006 6:10 pm

I was lucky enough to spend 2 nights in Karoo early in April 2006. Here are some pics I took. It is really a beautiful and peaceful Park.

The cottages and the view from our cottage:
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The restaurant and the view from the veranda:
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The camping area:
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Unread postby j-ms » Fri Jun 16, 2006 7:30 pm

The REAL Karoo NP starts once you take the 4x4 trail over Pienaar's Pass, ending up at the old shepherds cottage. Similarly, the Klipspringer Drive. Isolated and bleak but with lovely birdlife - Kori Bustards, Ground Woodpeckers, Pririt Batis, and lot's of different Larks and Chats. Keep an eye open for White-winged Starlings. A special little park.


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