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Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by sable » Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:42 pm

After three very busy years without holidays in South Africa we were back last December.
We escaped the European winter and enjoyed three weeks with wonderful summer weather.
One of the National Parks we visited was Karoo National Park.
We always enjoyed our stays at Karoo National Park very much, so this time we had two overnight stays. :D

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Re: Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by sable » Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:51 pm

Karoo National Park - December 13

We arrive at the Park in the late morning. Great to see this road sign.

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Entrance Gate

Two very friendly gate guards welcome us to the park.

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Our first view to the camp
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Reception building

At the reception we get chalet #27.
There is enough time to see the game area before we get the key at 2 pm.
We buy some nice cold drinks and sweets at the shop and decide to take the Klipspringerpas.

This one is waiting for us at the parking area. :)

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Re: Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:43 am

Welcome back, Sable. :D

This looks a very promising start. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by sable » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:25 am

The Klipspingerpas is very quiet. No Klipspringer today!
Soon we are on top of the mountains.
We sit down at the bench at the lookout point where it is allowed to leave the car.
What a great view! It is wonderful to enjoy the landscape with cold drinks an sweets.

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Klipspringerpas
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Karoo landscape
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We want to stay at the tarred road and drive down to the valley.
No bumpy gravel road with all our luggage in the car.
On the way to the loop at Lammertjiesleegte we see baboons.
It seems the clan chief is sitting very relaxed close to the road, but he has everything under control.

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The baboons are busy eating from the bushes and the ground.
Look at this cute little one, it has a ride on mums back.
Those little ones are very curious, but they don't leave the safe place.

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Even in this dry area there seems to be a lot of food for the baboons.

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Re: Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by jaun1 » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:32 am

Looks like you had a wonderful time in the Karoo,,,,after 3 loooooong years wow,,,, hope you recharged nicely. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by sable » Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:41 pm

At the loop at Lammertjiesleegte we come along a male club of ostrichs.
We see red hartebeests, kudus and zebras.

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In the meantime it is very hot and we visit the Bulkraal Picnic area.
It is very relaxing to sit in the shade and watch the busy swimming pool. :)

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Re: Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:54 am

That swimming pool does look relaxing. 8)

Nice image of the Klipspringer pass. It really is a scenic road. This gives a perspective of just how challenging it can be to drive.

I have enjoyed your bokkies and the baboon supplied the comic relief. :lol:

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Re: Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by barryels » Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:22 am

Wonderful start to the Karoo National Park with beautiful sightings :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by hilda » Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:51 pm

So glad to see you back here on the forums Sable! :dance: :dance:

Awesome start to your Karoo National Park trip report! Looking forward to read all about it! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by Son godin » Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:43 pm

Hi Sable, We were not too far apart at the time of your visiting driving to Tsitsikamma on 10 December, but did not include Karoo NP. Thanks for sharing your trip starting of with lots of lovely shots. I am sure the pool was a welcoming stop to cool down on a hot Karoo day. :clap: :clap: :clap: :wink:
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Re: Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by sable » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:22 pm

Thank you MM, Barryels, Hilda and Son godin for your kind comments.
It is really good to be back to the forum again. :)

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Re: Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by sable » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:28 pm

On our way back to the camp there are more zebras heading to the waterhole close to the camp's gate.
I don't remember this waterhole from our last visits. Today it is very busy.

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Those little zebras have very long legs. Good to see there are two of them.

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This time the park is really very dry.

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Re: Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by umtali1 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:33 pm

Excellent start to your horns and stripes.

The Karoo is an amazing place with such wonderful scenery and so peaceful.

Looking forward to reading more :popcorn:
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Re: Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by Robbert » Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:03 pm

Great start of your trip Report! We stayed in the park two months before your visit and it's a pity to see that the park is still so very dry :(
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Re: Horns and Stripes - Karoo National Park Dec 2016

Unread post by manicwalker » Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:10 am

Great horns,stripes and baboon sightings :clap: :clap:
Karoo NP is a lovely place, and your photos make me feel just a little :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Thank you for sharing your lovely pics, and taking us on this journey :gflower:


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