Saturday, October 10, 2009

Cradock to Shamwari Game Reserve

Today's Route: Cradock to Shamwari Game Park 109 miles

After a lovely breakfast in Cradock, we left headed for Shamwari Gampe Park in the Eastern Cape. It was a very easy and short drive. The sparseness of the Karroo gives way to very fertile, green valley's scattered with farms before long.

As we got further south, the weather worsened and soon the blue sky was gone and clouds covered the sky. As we climbed another mountain pass, mist thickened and light rain started. As it was now quite cold, we put up the side curtains and pretty soon were very warm.

Arriving at Shamwari, we were very warmly greeted by the staff. This is a large private game reerve where every guest has every need catered to. We had a late lunch and then set off on a game drive. Six to eight to a vehicle - ours were Bill, me, Stuart, Cindy, John, Fredericke and Phil - and of course our ranger Shaun.

Althought he weather was a bit iffy, we did see good stuff - giraffe, hippo, lion, sprinkbok, impala, blesbok, wildebeest, gemsbok.

On return, just after dark we had a short breal and then a wonderful dinner.

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