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Nov 11, 2012 - Graaff-Reinet - Jewel of the Karoo

Hi - Other than my week in Cape Town I wanted to avoid major cities and concentrate on the more remote, historically interesting small towns in South Africa. Graaff-Reinet was my first stop after another overnight bus trip that reached G-R at four in the morning. G-R has more than 200 historically marked buildings that date back to the town's late 18th century founding by the Dutch who were headed North on their Great Trek to escape English rule. The whole town is an architectural jewel. The photos can speak for themselves. It was a...

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Feb 19, 2011 - Karoo Nature Reserve

Feb 18 Up early as usual........... Lieb's wife calls him at 5 almost every morning and he has a big, booming voice that carries his conversation to all and sundry! We were on the road by 7:30 am, with Lieb and I having a good ride into Nieu Bethesda. It was about 94 kms with some washed-out climbs and serious downs with some very rough surface. Charles started out driving, but rode 50 - 60kms at the end of the day. We saw South Africa's national bird - the blue heron - and quite a few meercats running around. Lots of vados to cross - some...

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Jun 1, 2009 - Graaff-Reinet

Around 4 hours' drive inland from Addo, we arrived in Graaff-Reinet. This town of ~43 thousand people is in the heart of the Karoo - basically a desert-area with many rock formations and red sand. It looks much like parts of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Very beautiful and packed with history and old buildings (it's the 4th oldest European town in South Africa). There was a very nice game park here called Camdeboo, which was packed with grazing critters and not another tourist our whole time there. Also did a very short hike in the...

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Aug 22, 2005 - South Africa - Shamwari NP

Going back to the documentary we watched last Saturday, it was on Shamwari Game Reserve, in the Addo area where wildlife numbers had been in steep decline, largely due to poaching, often occurring due to farmers protecting their livestock from predators. The show talked about the fencing (electric) of the reserve and the slow re-introduction of animals. At first radio collars were used to make sure that the animals were adapting and surviving okay and also leaving the farmers animals alone by respecting the fences. They introduced all the...

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