Summertide Diary: Exploring the Karoo

17 December 2020

As the sun rise over the Great Karoo on the 17th of December we’re joined at the breakfast table by a very tame Cape Bunting hoping for a few crumbs.

Now that we are all wide awake and with full tummies thanks to our coffee and rusks, we set off on our morning drive, again taking the Klipspringer Pass and Potlekketjie Loop, but this time the other way around.

By the time we reach the Doornhoek Picnic Site all three of us are in need of a leg stretch.

The second leg of our morning drive delivers even more encounters with the wild inhabitants of the Karoo.

Back in camp by midday we explore as much of it as we can – from the interpretive centre and camping site at the one end to the swimming pool and bird hide at the other.

For our final afternoon drive of this visit to the Karoo National Park we opt for a leisurely amble through the Lammertjiesleegte; the open plains between the rest camp and the park’s eastern border which, despite its foreboding name (translated directly from Afrikaans it means “empty place of the lambs”, which sounds like a sequel to a horror movie), is actually a section of the park very rich in wildlife.

If you’d like to learn more about the Karoo National Park, have a read through this earlier post of ours detailing the natural and man-made features of the Park.

Map of the Karoo National Park showing Potlekkertjie Loop, Klipspringer Pass and Lammertjiesleegte, from the official guide book published by SANParks


20 thoughts on “Summertide Diary: Exploring the Karoo

  1. Anne

    If it is to reveal its treasures to one, the Karoo requires patience and sharp observation skills. Between the three of you there is obviously a lot of both – and we can enjoy the results.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Agreed, Anne – I think most people’s wrong impression of the Karoo as being a desolate, empty place is down to them rushing through there to get to the coast and not allowing it to slowly percolate under their skin and into their souls…


  2. H.J. for avian101

    Wow! Your crew was busy with so many animals! It’s fantastic! ~ Jy het ‘n wonderlike dag gehad! ~ Tell me if this is correct. Dankie, D. 🙂

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