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Unread post by Dave Moore » Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:21 pm

We had stayed at Karroo National Park in Dec06 / Jan07. At the time there was a major upgrade being made to the road network in the top area of the park. Apparently a considerable amount of new self drive trails and also more accomodation in old farmhouses was being planned. Can anyone tell me if this has happened yet and if so has anyone used these new facilties. This park must be one of the best places to really unwind and I would like to visit again this year.

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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:22 am

The new road loop of 47km is projected to open in early April. The entrance to the new loop is off the Klipspringer Pass.

No new accommodation is on the cards in the immdeiate future, but we will keep visitors updated on any new plans/developments.
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:03 pm

Hi Stoffel,

There are one or two finishing touches being done on the road but it is already drivable (with a normal car) so the answer is yes! you will be able to drive on the new road.

Enjoy your visit!
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Unread post by Stoffel » Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:25 pm

Thanks Megan - looking forward to it. We love "doing" the Klipspringer Pass up to Rooivalle. It is normally an everyday "must do" when we are in the park. I am not very fond of Lammertjiesleegte. Therefore an additional road in the park should be a great asset.

Looking forward to 9 days of just lazing around in one of my favourite camp sites in South Africa.
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Fri May 16, 2008 12:51 pm

Sorry BB, missed this question of yours almost a month ago!

The long 4x4 route will need to be rerouted into a new area of the Park (and a new overnight hut restored) as the old route has been partly covered by the new 47km route.

Contact reception (Tel: 023 4152828) just before before your visit or when you get there to check on the status of the short 4x4 route as you may be able to drive on it.
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sat May 17, 2008 10:26 pm

Thanks Megan,
New 47 km route? Is the map on the Karoo Park page up to date and is that the dotted line route?
I have never been to Karoo and this will be the first time.
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Unread post by Stoffel » Mon May 19, 2008 4:36 pm

I returned from Karoo NP yesterday after a 9 night stay. We travelled the new loop 7 times. One day we would do it clock-wise and the next day in the opposite direction.

We found fresh tracks of two black rhino on the first day. After following it for 4 - 5 km (near Doornhoek) they still eluded us. However, this encouraged us to go and search for them day after day. Only on two other occasions did we find fresh tracks again (of one rhino only), but unfortunately it was not our luck to find any rhino.

Our neighbours (camping next to us) found one bull one day and got a great photo of it.

The view from the middle plateau over the Doornhoek amphi-theatre is just too big to describe. We saw plenty of klipspringer in Klipspringer Pass and the on the middle plateau. It is unbelievable how the kudu population grew over the past few years. We literally saw hundreds of kudu during our 8 days in the park. Red hartebeest was everywhere to be seen, as well as Cape Mountain Zebra.

I had numerous visits to this park since 1990, and for the first time I saw mountain reedbuck, black-backed jackals and vervet monkeys.

We are already planning our next trip for mid-September. I have to see the black rhinos.
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Unread post by Jonkers » Tue May 20, 2008 7:05 pm

Thank you, we will now be camping FOR SURE in September. We have been up the plateau through Pienaarsepas and the view was awesome. We saw the preparation of the new road and if it is finished now Karoo here we come.
Last time we had very good sightings of Eland at the plateau, they just looked at us and every move we made was followed by some steps of the couple. We felt lucky.

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Unread post by Stoffel » Tue May 20, 2008 7:43 pm

Jonkers

Yes, I forgot to tell about the small herd of 7 eland we saw on our last round trip, just above the Rooivalle. And they appeared quite tame compared to eland I have seen @ various other occasions in different parks.

It's a pity the two old bulls that used to ravage the trees in the caravan park had to be dealt with. According to Jakob (camp attendant), the one hardly had any teeth left.
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Unread post by Stoffel » Wed May 28, 2008 9:22 pm

Hi BB

Most of the times we did the drive in the late morning (arriving back at camp mostly well after noon). On at least two occasions (if not three) we did it in the late afternoon. Klipspringer Pass shows more of its namesake in the late afternoon. Kudu, mountain zebra and red hartebeest can be seen anytime during the day. All black-backed jackal were seen in the late afternoon (just before sunset).
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:21 am

Hi Henk,

There are night drives available at R90 per adult and R45 per child. The minimum number of people is four (i.e. the drive will not go out unless there are at least four people).

In the morning, they offer a guided 4x4 trip on the Park landrover which goes for R400 for the first four people and then R100 per adult and R50 per child thereafter.

There are no other day guided drives offered. You can also do the 4x4 trail in your own vehicle for R100 per vehicle.

To book the guided drives, pop in at reception when you're there or book via karooreservations@sanparks.org
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Unread post by Munchkin » Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:46 am

Henk, if you check out BB's "East meets West at Karoo NP" trip report you'll see that we did the night drive and the 4x4 drive.
My verdict :thumbs_up: Karoo NP is well worth a visit.
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Re: Karoo: Info

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:28 am

Hi Megan

I just read with joy the news that the new road in Karoo has been opened, and especially about the predator-proof fence that has been completed.

You know how the introduction of lion and hyena turned Addo from an ``overnight-see-some-elephants-destination'' into a full-fledged National Park where people stay for longer periods of time to seek the elusive Kalahari lions, and the nocturnal buffalo that they turned into diurnal animals.

Question: The report mentions brown hyena and cheetah being re-introduced to Karoo soon. This sounds great. Obviously the cheetahs will concentrate on springbuck, rhebuck etc.

What about Kalahari lions? Do you have enough prey to sustain larger predators?

I look forward to your reply.

Friedrich von Hörsten

PS I just spent a few days in the Kgalagadi, and how lovely to see the graceful giraffes in the desert -- it added something special to that lovely landscape.
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Re: Karoo: Info

Unread post by Addo Elephant » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:04 am

Hi Friedrich,

There is certainly historical evidence that lions did occur in the Karoo so this is something we will investigate in the future.
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Camp sites at Karoo National Park

Unread post by Oumie » Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:40 pm

They are busy planting new grass in the camp sites :D
So there is going to be limited camp sites available for a while till the new grass have "settled in"
Reservations made for Kruger 2017 8)
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