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Herman - Road trip-December 2008

Unread post by Herman » Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:41 pm

We did a road trip from Gauteng to Tsitsikamma (our final destination) during December and stayed over at Mokala NP, Karoo NP and WildernessNP on the way. Our first stop was Mokala - a wonderful surprise !! Just a pity that we only stayed for one day - it can be a holiday on its own !!
It is situated in an area between Karoo and Kalahari so the landscape varies between Karoo -typical Karoo shrub and thorn trees.........
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and Kalahari - grasslands and camel thorn…..
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The chalets are new and beautiful – they don’t have braai facilities, so one must eat in the restaurant , but the food was wonderful !!
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Nice, comfortable and big inside – we were in a luxury chalet ( the kids in standard - smaller, but comfortable too )
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A few of our sightings – Buffalo…..

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Gemsbok ……
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And tsessebe …..
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Re: Road trip

Unread post by Herman » Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:10 pm

Then on to the Karoo NP - a place of space and tranquility, where we stayed in one of the lovely chalets …..
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We relaxed , read , watched the cricket on TV during the night and went looking for the elusive Stoffel ( we didn’t find him - he was out on a game drive I guess - he had some wonderful sightings judging by his pictures in his TR ) The mood in the park changes at nightfall from harsh to romantic ……..
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We did drive around a bit and our most interesting sighting was the zebras which they’re apparently trying to breed with characteristics of the extinct quagga.
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Re: Road trip

Unread post by Herman » Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:10 am

Our next stop was Wilderness NP were we stayed in lovely log cabins ….
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rowed the Touw river ….
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and did the Kingfisher hike ….
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Re: Road trip

Unread post by Herman » Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:20 pm

And finally to the most beautiful place on earth – Storms River Mouth ……
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We stayed in another nice log cottage ….
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Did most of the trails – Blue Duiker, Mouth trail and the waterfall trail (first half of Otter day 1 )……
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Relaxed , read , had a braai with friends ( picked up a yellowtail in Knysna and cooked it in foil with the spices supplied by the fish shop – lovely !! ) watched the ocean pounding the rocky shore……
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Until, after five days at Storms River, the sun finally set on our wonderful holiday ……
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Re: Road trip

Unread post by Herman » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:22 pm

Vlekkie wrote:Hi :yaya: nice pic's, and thanks for sharing these parks with us....

Did the Otter Trail in 2006, and would love to do it again.

Did you see any Otters, on you trails...


We saw Knysna loeries, dassies, bush buck and a boomslang , but no otters :) My son and I did the Otter trail Jan 07 - saw an otter on day 4


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