We arrived at the Karoo National Park in the burning afternoon haze, driving through the gate into the silent, magnificent scenery. We booked in at the reception, found our chalet, did some rinsing/washing, and sat down with a cup of tea.
There was still plenty of daylight left and so we took the shorter of two circular drives, the Lammertjiesleegte Circular Drive which is on the plains, looking towards Beaufort West. The first ‘animals’ we saw had us very excited – you may think it is pathetic, but here we were, in stunningly beautiful surroundings, driving along a dirt road, and seeing wild animals in their natural surroundings – good enough for me! And the kudu – what a magnificent sight at the end of a long, hot day – marvellous!
We were very contented as we returned to the campsite; the mountains were magnificent, and just outside the gate this family was at the waterhole.
We were ready for a cold beer at the restaurant where we could wait for the animals to come to the drinking hole, and just let ourselves expand into the mountains and the moving shadows as the day turned into evening.