Hi there and thank you once again for your comments
A mate and I had some business to do in Graaf Reinet and decided we would book into Camdeboo for our one night stay last Friday night. We left Slummies at 9h00 and arrived in GR at 13h00. We had a fantastic breakfast in a quaint little town called Bedford on the way
We bought some wood, salads and a variety of sausages at a local butcher in GR and set off for the park. 6 minutes later we were at reception and had a very quick registration with the help of 2 very efficient and willing ladies.
Off to the tented camp. 4 of the 6 tents were booked out for the night. We were booked into no 1 and 2.
Tents were very cool (not cold, as in lekker). Plenty warm blankets and more than good enough for any traveller.
After off loading we immediately hit the road in to the game viewing area where we found plenty kudu, blesbok, red hartebeest, eland and springbok. Also saw 2 duiker, a small herd of wildebeest and a steenbok.
Many buzzards, a few falcons, flamingos, duck and geese. I am not yet a birding expert but was surprised to see many different species around. The place must be amazing for birding in the summer when the migrants arrive.
We then proceeded to the Valley of Desolation which has been on my wish list for a loooong time. It was only a short drive, but worth it. What an awesome place. The 200m walk from the parking area to the viewing sites is a testing 200m for an unfit person. However it is most rewarding. Excellent views. Fantastic rock formations and a quietness only broken by the abundant Kransduif. Many were breeding pairs and their communication was quite something in the total silence up on the top of the cliffs.
The sun was setting rapidly and made the views spectacular. Golden peaks rising above the shaded rocks.
I was hoping for some quiet time to reflect and ponder life and got just that.
We left a few minutes before gate closing time to make it back into the game viewing area and enjoyed driving amongst the antelope in semi darkness.
The animals are still quite shy and this shows how under explored the park is. There are some HUGE kudu bulls and Eland around.
Back in the camp we made our 1st fire and cracked a few beers. As darkness set in properly, the temperature plummeted. Fortunately I was wearing jeans and did not need a jersey at all. At bedtime it was 4 degrees celsius outside. Cool, but manageable.
We feasted on some lamb livers in net fat for starters and then made our 2nd fire. Self made (but not self hunted) impala sausage and eland fillets were most delicious with potato salad.
In between we fought off the plummeting temperature with a bottle of Calitzdorp White Jerepico and plentiful glasses of Fish Eagle brandy.
Bedtime came too soon. Fortunately 2 blankets and a duvet kept me warm through the night and the background music created by the birds in the adjacent dam, ensured a peaceful rest.
Ablutions were good. More than anybody could expect of a tented camp.
The communal kitchen was well stocked and very spacious and comfortable.
A good time indeed. I will most definitely return with the family to spend at least 2 nights.
Another gem in the Sanparks arsenal of parks.
I will recommend it to anyone