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 Post subject: Advice needed: Camdeboo
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:37 pm 
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i hope to visit south africa this june 2010 (i'm canadian), and plan to be in graaff-reinet from june 16-19. i'm male, and relatively fit (play soccer weekly), is it possible to access camdeboo national park and/or the valley of desolation from graaff-reinet, or do i have to get on a tour bus. i'd rather explore on my own then get on a tour bus....is this realistic?


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 Post subject: Re: getting to camdeboo nat'l park, valley of desolation
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:01 pm 
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Hi cubscorner and Welcome!

Camdeboo is very close to GR, but it is also quite large. The best way to explore is by car, so I'd suggest that you hire a car for your visit. There are several hiking trails, I believe, within the park, but you'll need a car to get there.

Have a great trip!

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 Post subject: Camdeboo : advice
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:12 pm 
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For me this is a full day's drive. It looks very good and also the weatherforecast is excellent.
But is it worthwhile.
I like nature and am an amateurphotograhper, like to shoot birds, landscapes, mammals, macro you name it.
Is there a lot to see down there?
And how are the roads? Do i need a 4 x 4 to enter the park or is a sedan good enough?
Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Camdeboo advice
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We were in Camdeboo in 2009.
Saw springbok, gemsbok and many birds.
Stunning scenery.
We were in a sedan and I don't remember any problems.

I'm sure there will be others with better and more up to date info. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Camdeboo advice
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:09 pm 
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This is very helpfull. The stunning scenery and birds alone makes it worthwhile.
Thank you very much!


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 Post subject: Re: Camdeboo advice
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:22 am 
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We were in Camdeboo last September.
The park area next to the lake is flat and the roads, which are mainly dirt were in excellent condition.
This is also the main area to see wildlife which was abundant.
The other areas are very hilly with some steep climbs to vantage points. The roads to the Valley of Desolation are tarmac in very good condition, however roads are not overly wide and with a long drop on one side is not for the faint hearted!!
Much of the park in the hilly area is not covered by roads, however there are numerous walking trails.
Whilst there is wildlife throughout the park it is often not easily seen in the areas away from the lake.
The area around the lake is relatively small and 2-3 hours is more than enough time to see it.
Hope this helps
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