One of the first interesting signs you come across after entering the Karoo National Park warns visitors to be aware of the possibility that tortoises may have sought shelter from the sun under their vehicles in the parking area outside the reception centre:

Another informs visitors when they can enter the game viewing area and when to return. During our visit it was from 7a.m. until 6 p.m. – the times vary according to the season:

In places the speed limit is only 30 kmp:

This is understandable once you realise that you need to watch out for tortoises, chameleons and snakes that might be in the road:

One also has to be aware of the presence of larger animals, such as lions and rhinos, especially when getting out of one’s vehicle to enter one of several dedicated picnic areas:

Should you wish to make use of the ablution blocks in these areas, there are signs reminding you to watch out for baboons and monkeys. Visitors are cautioned to keep the doors to these buildings closed so that one of these creatures does not get trapped inside … imagine finding an irate baboon or monkey indoors when you wish to visit the toilet or wash your hands! Anyone notice the grammatical error?

In common with other national parks, the Karoo National Park does not allow the use of drones:



  1. Aha! A lovely collection of signs. I have to confess that there are not too many tortoise-under-car warning signs to be seen around here. I am also relieved to see that that all those assistance are appreciated. 😉


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  2. This just brings up so many memories of why I so completely love where you live. It was my later life decision to self drive through Kruger, twice. That decision, and going to Antarctica, were the best decisions I ever made. I would go again to SA in a heartbeat. My husband loves driving through Europe. He’s a volunteer porsche racing instructor. I had him watch you tube videos of elephant charges. Turned out, we needed that. What I didn’t expect was all the single rows of cars stopped because a chameleon was crossing the road.

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    • What a delightful response, Cindy. Kruger is hard to beat, although our other national parks have plenty to offer too – just not in such abundance. Chameleons are very special creatures that seem to be on the wane, especially in urban areas.


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    • No cringing I assure you: many of the comments I make in Afrikaans probably contain many simple mistakes. Public signs need more careful scrutiny / proofreading however.

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  4. I understand those problems but they are not ones I am likely to encounter here! However the translation errors happen here too – when English speakers are in responsible for signs in Welsh!

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  5. What fun it would be to see all of the animals that you should beware of. How would you lure a tortoise to come out from under your car? Fun seeing all of the signage.

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    • The trick would be to reverse your car very carefully without driving over the tortoise if it was too far under for you to pick up. Let it be said that picking up a tortoise can be a smelly affair as they sometimes urinate when you do so 🙂


  6. Interesting about sharing the bathroom with an irate baboon or checking beneath your vehicle for tortoises – I chuckled at those two. I did catch the grammatical error, but may not if you didn’t flag it.


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