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Unread post by gwendolen » Fri May 06, 2005 12:20 pm

Black Rhino re-introduced in Karoo National Park.
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Unread post by DuQues » Fri May 06, 2005 1:18 pm

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Unread post by Stoffel » Wed Oct 05, 2005 3:49 pm

Graaff-Reinet is known as the "Gem of the Karoo". But the Karoo National Park surely can lay claim to the same title. We visit the park quite often. Normally it is our first and last stop when we travel north with our caravan. The caravan park is a real oasis in the Karoo. Occasionally we also use the chalet accommodation like this past Friday night. This is surely one of the most neatly kept parks in our country.

Presently it is very dry in the Karoo. We took our traditional drive up Klipspringer Pass. For the first time in all our travels on this scenic route, the klipspringers eluded us. Probably the kudus took their territory over. We have seen kudus regularly in the past, but not as plentiful as during this last drive up the pass.

Once again we were lucky to see the two resident black eagles at Rooivalle, where they are surely preparing their nest again for the breeding season. This is one of the best places to watch the breeding of this magnificent raptor as you are looking down towards the nest and can witness everything happening.

Don't skip this gorgeous park when you travel on the N1 between the south and the north. Even if you do not see the klipspringers (or even kudus) and the black eagles when travelling Klipspringer Pass, it is still worth it to take in the beauty of the area while having something to drink at the lookout.

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Unread post by reinette » Thu Oct 06, 2005 10:32 am

I must second Stoffel. The Karoo NP is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. At times, you can hear the silence. There are the most amazing bugs. It is just a wonderful place. Must say, you are still missing something if you haven’t been there yet. Planning on going again March 2006!

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Unread post by lam » Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:04 am

We did the 4x4 trail. I don't enjoy long drives on rough roads, but for a night at the Afsaal it was worth it. :!:

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Unread post by Stoffel » Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:08 pm

Salva

If you wish to experience most of the highlights in the park (e.g. Klipspringer Pass, Lammertjiesleegte, Fossil trail, Bossies trail) I will suggest to stay at least two nights so that you have a full day to these things. If you would think of doing the short 4x4 trail (really nice) with a driver/guide in a park's vehicle, I would opt for three nights.

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Unread post by Benjhappy » Fri Dec 16, 2005 3:28 pm

I will be in the Park on January the 18th and 19th 2006 and I have no 4X4 vehicle.Can you give me informations about
the short 4x4 trail (really nice) with a driver/guide in a park's vehicle
dates and hours?
Thank you
(Excuse me for my English but I'm French) :)

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Unread post by lam » Sun Dec 18, 2005 11:43 am

reinette wrote:I cannot help you with the 4x4 info, but can tell you that you can see most of the park with any vehicle.


The 4x4 trail, especially if you do the full trail and overnight at the Afsaal, opens a whole section of park that most people have never been to.

Around the Afsaal, there was a lot of game, and we had the whole area to ourselves.

See map:

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/karoo/images/maps/karoo.jpg

Benjhappy, I would contact Karoo National Park directly to find out about the 4x4 trail. If you are only going to be in the park for 2 nights, you will find enough to keep you busy without doing the 4x4 trail though.
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Unread post by Wendy Johnson » Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:54 am

Hi Bejhappy
With your sedan you will be able to do Lammerjiesleegte which is about 11km and Klipspingerpass (very scenic road) about 14 kms.If you would like to do the 4x4 trail you need to book at reception on arrival. We have a short route that can take up to 3 hours and a longer route that takes 5-7 hours; you can overnight either at Afsaal or Doornhoek on the longer trail; and yes I agree with Reinette. It does open up a whole new part of the Karoo that not a lot of people know about.

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Jun 16, 2006 6:10 pm

I was lucky enough to spend 2 nights in Karoo early in April 2006. Here are some pics I took. It is really a beautiful and peaceful Park.

The cottages and the view from our cottage:
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The restaurant and the view from the veranda:
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The camping area:
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Unread post by j-ms » Fri Jun 16, 2006 7:30 pm

The REAL Karoo NP starts once you take the 4x4 trail over Pienaar's Pass, ending up at the old shepherds cottage. Similarly, the Klipspringer Drive. Isolated and bleak but with lovely birdlife - Kori Bustards, Ground Woodpeckers, Pririt Batis, and lot's of different Larks and Chats. Keep an eye open for White-winged Starlings. A special little park.

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:00 pm

More pics taken in Karoo NP during our April 2006 trip:
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Unread post by j-ms » Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:32 pm

We went up in our previous Defender (Big Blue). The going was quite rough and lam spent a lot of the time walking while I nursed the old Landy over the rocks. No pictures to prove it but the Afsaal (old shepherds cottage) is a brilliant place to spent a night. We had a magnificent thunder storm which turned the Karro plains into a dam 3 inches deep which made driving even more interesting. It's the solitude up on the high plains that makes this park special.

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Unread post by DebM » Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:32 pm

Yes, Arks it is a gem, hoping for a return visit next year.
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Unread post by arks » Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:55 am

Gorgeous photo, Bouf, thanks for posting it 8) This is clearly a park I will try to visit! I think that I may have driven through part of it, or the area, possibly before it was proclaimed a national park? I know that I visited Graaf Reinet and that whole area is austere, but stunning!
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