Friday, June 09, 2006

Lonely Planet misinformation

Driving further into the empty plain of the Karoo I can probably count on one hand the amount of people we saw before we arrived in Beaufort West. We ate a brunch and then set off North toward the Karoo National Park, as directed by the Lonely Planet. Some time later I worked out that it couldn't possibly be that way. For some reason the LP had printed the exact opposite direction to the parks entrance. For some reason this annoyed me rather more than it should have and I got very grumpy and a bit short with Gemma. I stayed a bit like that after we actually got there too (Sorry Gem).

In the park, booked into a cottage for the night then drove to a mountain pass lookout. They certainly do their mountains in South Africa. The interpretive centre was quite interesting, telling about the human, biological and geological history of the area. We spent the last couple of hours of the evening doing a game drive. We are getting good at this. The park has Rhino, which again eluded us, lots of Antelope and mountain and plains Zebra. They are trying to rebreed the quagga, an extinct subspecies of zebra that once roamed this area.

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