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Karoo: Embizweni Cottage

Unread postby nellkell » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:54 pm

We will be visiting Karoo Nat Park in December !! I need some info on the Nuweveld Trail and also on the Embizweni Cottage please !

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Re: Karoo National Park: Embizweni Cottage

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:31 am

Hi nellkell and welcome to the forum :)

The Nuweveld trail is 90km long but not all of it is 4x4: you access the trail via the Potlekkertjie Loop and so at least half is normal gravel road. The trail is fairly easy to do and will only be closed in very wet conditions.
Embizweni cottage is set in a scenic, remote landscape with wonderful views. It sleeps 6 people and has electricity, cooking & eating utensils, bedding and towels.
There is no need to book for the trail (free of charge). The cottage can be booked through Karoo receprion on Karooreservations@sanparks.org or Tel 023 4152828.

Here are some pics of the cottage:

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Re: Karoo National Park: Embizweni Cottage

Unread postby nellkell » Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:26 pm

Thank you Addo Elephant - the photos are very welcome. It looks like our kind of place, away from the crowds!
I realise that it will be very hot in December, but living in Kimberley, I think we will be able to cope.

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Re: Karoo National Park: Embizweni Cottage

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:00 am

This setting looks stunning. Sanparks forum will lead me down the path to bankruptcy - I have so many holidays planned and places to explore thanks to all these posts and pictures!! Are the lions in this part of the Karoo? What is to stop them eating me whilst I braai outside this cottage!!??
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Re: Karoo National Park: Embizweni Cottage

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:24 am

Graham, lions were actually translocated from Addo NP to Karoo NP in 2010; I believe that all accommodation has been sufficiently fenced, which means braais should be a go-ahead. :D
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Re: Karoo National Park: Embizweni Cottage

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:31 am

Thanks onewithnature - the last photo makes it look as if there is no fence - almost as though one really is one with nature!! :wink:
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Re: Karoo National Park: Embizweni Cottage

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:37 am

:lol:

Graham, you can read more about it here:

http://www.sanparks.org/about/news/default.php?id=1833
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Re: Karoo National Park: Embizweni Cottage

Unread postby J.Botha » Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:00 pm

Hi nellkell

Embizweni cottage does not have a fence around the cottage itself but there is a elevated porch with a gaurd rail. So we advice people not to walk around in the veld around the cottage as there is free roaming lions in the area.

There are free hikes in the park but due to the dangerous game introduction in the park and the physcal nature of the hikes there's an age restriction of 12 years old.
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Re: Karoo National Park: Embizweni Cottage

Unread postby nellkell » Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:26 pm

Thank you Jansen ! Tempting though it may be, we will stay on the porch and enjoy the view! I take it that there will be some birds around al well.

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Beaufrort West, place to stay night before entry

Unread postby sucramuk » Fri May 30, 2014 10:17 pm

Hi

We're of to the Karoo NP in a couple of weeks for the long weekend, staying at Embizweni cottage so rather excited!

Anyway, we are traveling up from Cape Town Friday after work so won't get into the park before closing.

Can anyone recommend a place to stay at Beaufort West?

Thanks.

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Re: Beaufrort West, place to stay night before entry

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat May 31, 2014 9:09 am

Hi sucramuk

You are probably not going to be able to drive to your cottage after the gates to the game area close (as I assume it is not in the main camp), but are you aware of the gate hours of the park? Perhaps an extra night in the main camp?

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05:00 – 22:00
Arrivals after 22:00 are not permitted without prior arrangement.
The reception office is open from 07:00 to 19:00.
Visitors with reserved accommodation who will arrive after 19:00 must make prior arrangements to collect the keys to their accommodation at the entrance gate. Please call the camp at Tel +27 (0)23 415 2828.


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Re: Beaufrort West, place to stay night before entry

Unread postby Leanawel » Sat May 31, 2014 11:14 am

DinkyBird - my exact thoughts too!

sucramuk:

There is a security guard at the entrance gate and I am sure that if one can organize with the office beforehand, the key to the chalet can be kept by the person at the gate. Then you can go to the office next morning after 7. All bookings for chalets include a breakfast in the restaurant - not to be missed!

You will enjoy Embizweni - take along warm clothes for the evenings and early mornings, winter has arrived here in the Karoo. I hope that you will be lucky to see the beautiful lions of the Park - they are more or less in that vicinity.

If you want more info, feel free to PM me.

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Re: Beaufrort West, place to stay night before entry

Unread postby sucramuk » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:43 pm

Hi

Thanks for the input, will be staying at one of the places mentioned.

Lions in the snow, now that would be a special siting!!

We have our trail camera, so that will up an working for the whole weekend.

I'll report back........................

Please keep your fingers crossed.!

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Re: Beaufrort West, place to stay night before entry

Unread postby Leanawel » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:59 am

:lol: Sucramuk - good news, although extremely cold after the latest cold front - minus temperatures at night at the moment - you will not be walking in the snow, but will enjoy the wonderful sunny days which make the Karoo winters so special.

I keep my fingers crossed that you will be able to meet our beautiful lions - ask at reception where they are at the moment :wink: :wink: and just maybe you can reward us with good :cam: . But apart from the lions, you will enjoy all the other game and the peaceful surroundings of the Karoo National Park. The park also has a brownie or two, not sure, think two of them - very hard to find.

Enjoy all the 4X4 trails, take coffee and rusks, make breakfast at the picnic spot near the 4X4 turnoff to Embizweni and enjoy the time in the Karoo. The moon and stars are so beautiful at the moment :clap: We are on our way to Kruger and I cannot wait to see the moon shining on the Sabie River - and enjoy a bit of not so cold weather.

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