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Karoo: Info/Advice

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Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:23 am Unread post
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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Re: advice for 1st timer

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Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:11 pm Unread post
Congrats fdl!

Your best bet is th park restaurant, because AFAIK, nothing is opens un Beaufort West on a Sunday, not even a parachute. :wink:


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Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:32 pm Unread post
Actually, it appears that the Pick 'n Pay in Beaufort West is open on Sunday 8)
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Normal trading hours:
Monday : 07:00 to 20:00
Tuesday : 07:00 to 20:00
Wednesday : 07:00 to 20:00
Thursday : 07:00 to 20:00
Friday : 07:00 to 20:00
Saturday : 07:00 to 20:00
Sunday : 07:00 to 20:00

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Shop 1, Beaufort West Mall, Corner Danie Theron and Donkin Streets 6970, South Africa.


Re: BIG SKY Country! (Karoo NP)

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Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:18 pm Unread post
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?

Regards,
DASSIEDELIGHT


Re: BIG SKY Country! (Karoo NP)

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Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:24 pm Unread post
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


Re: BIG SKY Country! (Karoo NP)

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Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:00 pm Unread post
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.


Re: Karoo: Info/Advice

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Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:11 pm Unread post
Some pics I took while in Karoo beginning of Nov.

The sky stretches all around one in the Karoo. It leaves one with such a feeling of freedom.
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Karoo sky

A very nice picnic area:
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Picnic site - Karoo

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Picnic site - Karoo

The camping area is really lovely, with birdlife and good views.
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Karoo camping area


What's up at Karoo National Park ?

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Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:18 pm Unread post
Any news on Karoo ? It seems as if discussions of this fabulous park have dried up !

Who has recently been there - are all the roads now open, how are the lions doing, have you seen any of the 5 black rhinos in the park, and buffalo ?

Any comments on the two 4x4 routes ?

Len


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Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:29 pm Unread post
Have you read Lions at home in the Karoo , Len ? :D


Re: What's up at Karoo National Park ?

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Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:49 pm Unread post
Yes, thanks Matthys, I have seen Megan Taplin's report.

Len


Re: What's up at Karoo National Park ?

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Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:38 pm Unread post
I believe the bird hide is open and the fossil trail has been upgraded. They were working on the roads. This is a fabulous park but many people have said that they do not see much wildlife, to me wildlife is what happens in the cities and peace and quite is what happens in the Karoo. I wish I could live there, so can anyone update us


Re: What's up at Karoo National Park ?

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Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:45 pm Unread post
Hi Lenloader

I have written about it previously, but my big frustration is that there are actually not enough roads for anybody who wants to stay in Karoo for an extended time. I have gone a way on the 4x4 route, looking for lions, but the going is very slow, and the animals still very skittish -- they run like mad when they spot your vehicle!

There needs to be a special Campsite somewhere in the far western end, so that the animals get used to vehicles, and you can relax FAR enough away from the N1 and its truck and traffic noise, that is audible from many of the game drives open to the public at present.

They also need to speed up the cheetah restocking programme, which was announced in 2009. Surely there are enough springbok for them now, especially considering that the lions prefer gemsbok...

Hope to visit again soon!

God bless,

Friedrich von Hörsten


Re: What's up at Karoo National Park ?

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Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:58 am Unread post
Hi all,
You'll see some recent updates on sightings etc from our new guide at the Park here: http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=60297

The decision on whether it is the right time to introduce cheetah will be taken after we have done our annual game census (usually around May). However, it is quite likely that we will only introduce after the 2013 census in order to ensure that when we do introduce cheetah, there is more than enough prey base for them and so that springbok populations will not be negatively affected.


Re: What's up at Karoo National Park ?

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Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:04 am Unread post
Friedrich - I am aware of your previous posts and agree that a second camp in Karoo will be wonderful. Taking into account the first, new camping facilities in Camdeboo recently established by Megan T and the rest of the SANParks team, I am sure something is going to happen soon in this regard at Karoo !

Megan - It is excellent news to learn that the newly appointed guide will keep us updated on sightings and other matters in Karoo - thanks !

Hope to be in Karoo on 9 & 10 April and again on 25/5 !

Len


Re: What's up at Karoo National Park ?

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Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:20 pm Unread post
Good day,

As a sanparks employee i dont really have a say, but on my arrival at Karoo National Park this holiday i was impressed. The gate guard was friendly and i felt like an old friend coming back home. Driving around the park i have found that the proper maintenance was done and it just looked perfect. The accommodation was outstanding clean and neat. Even the restaurant was extremely friendly, clean and the food was something to look forward to.

i have to congratulate the friends on that side of the country on the job well done.

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