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 Post subject: Re: BIG SKY Country! (Karoo NP)
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:49 pm 
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Friedrich, I could not agree more. Karoo is already special but is a long, long way from what it could be. I drove the two loops (Afsaal etc)again and they are really very easy.
I cannot wait for the re-introduction of hyena, cheetah, etc. And hopefully more lion, rhino, etc. But it still remains a shame that it treated as a halfway motel by so many. But then, it means one can have the park almost to yourself! :P


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 Post subject: Re: BIG SKY Country! (Karoo NP)
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:05 pm 
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Hi Doedsie

Lets mention the positive aspects!

*Those hazy blue mountains, layer behind layer, are spectacular!
*The drive up Klipspringer pass is seriously beautiful!
*The quiet and peace behind the hills and 4x4 route are very special!
*The chalet people have breakfast included in their fee, so you have the park all to yourself while they are eating!
*I bet that pool at the picnic spot must be wonderful in summer!

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 Post subject: Re: BIG SKY Country! (Karoo NP)
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:23 pm 
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Thanks doedsie, Friedrich and others for your comments.
We do recognise the need to open up more of the Park for visitors with the opening of new roads for sedan vehicles. However, this is a medium to long-term goal, depending on the sourcing of funding. Roads are a costly exercise! The introduction of cheetah is also on the cards within 2-4 years time, depending on the results of annual game census which indicate the size of prey populations.

doedsie, your brown hyena may possibly have been an aardwolf. There are two resident aardwolf on the Lammertjiesleegte route and brown hyena have never been recorded in the Park. This is another species we hope to reintroduce in the future.

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 Post subject: Re: BIG SKY Country! (Karoo NP)
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:14 pm 
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Hi Megan

Thank you so much for the encouraging news about KNP. Looking forward to all the new plans being implemented. Maybe we should encourage the locals in Beaufort West to help sponsor the new roads in their park, which could only have positive spin-offs for them!

I don't know if the question has been answered elsewhere -- has the `springbok problem' been sorted out properly? There was talk on the threads of herds being too small for optimal breeding, of buying in another 3000 springbok etc, and I have never seen more than 15 springbok together in a herd there! Maybe they are just `hiding' somewhere inaccessible in the park?

Thanks once again for always giving us so many updates, we love them!

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 Post subject: Re: BIG SKY Country! (Karoo NP)
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:42 pm 
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Over 2000 springbok were introduced during the course of the past year. Unfortunately, we didn't have a chance to do a full census during our annual census earlier this year because there were technical problems with the helicopter so we don't have a clear picture of what the springbok population looks like yet.
We will continue to monitor the population.

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 Post subject: Re: BIG SKY Country! (Karoo NP)
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:06 am 
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 Post subject: Re: BIG SKY Country! (Karoo NP)
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:23 am 
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Jay, what a wonderful report and I do appreciate your evaluation. I think that the Karoo parks have much to offer and I look forward to seeing them developing into more than an overnight stay.

I stopped over many years ago and vowed to return. Since then much has happened and I have been curious about the changes.

Loved your pictures :clap: :clap: :clap: but then I always do.

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 Post subject: Re: BIG SKY Country! (Karoo NP)
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:18 pm 
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Hi to everyone,

I just thought I'd put in my thoughts on Karoo NP. SO and I loved it when we visited in 2009. Beautiful scenery. We will be returning with friends this month for 3 nights. Last time we luckily saw a pair of Black Eagles and also an Aardwolf on a night drive.
As lions have been reintroduced since our visit can anyone advise if one can still walk to the bird hide?

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DASSIEDELIGHT

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 Post subject: Re: BIG SKY Country! (Karoo NP)
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:24 pm 
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I was there a few months ago and the bird hide was closed unfortunately owing to it being outside the gate to the camp. I would have thought they would make some provision for visitors to have access to it. But the park itself is so beautiful which makes up for the hide being closed


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 Post subject: Re: BIG SKY Country! (Karoo NP)
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:00 pm 
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Hi Dassiedelight,
The bird hide is definitely still acessible. A fenced walkway has been created so that you can park your vehicle next to the walkway and walk in safety to the hide. I think jad must have been there while they were still starting to construct the walkway.

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