Driving through the semi-arid Karoo, one might be forgiven for thinking of it as a fairly barren, rock-strewn part of the country. Far from it: a wide variety of flowers and low bushes grow in that arid environment – as well as trees. These shrubs and trees form the basic browsing source for many of the animals seen in the park.

There are several mature trees in the camping area which not only provide welcome shade during the heat of the day, but attract the presence of birds too.

Young saplings have been planted around the perimeter and these are currently protected by wire netting.

Out in the open veld, some of the trees appear stunted in this environment. Yet, they too provide important habitat for birds and other creatures.

Seed pods provide food for monkeys, for example.

More trees are to be seen clustered together along the dry riverbeds.

Fruiting Crossberries (Grewia occidentalis) were seen in various places and proved to be attractive to birds as well as ants.




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  2. I am always amazed at the shrubs that look so vulnerable to large animal munching. It is amazing how they have evolved to survive in this environment.


    • The Karoo National Park would be a wonderful place to spend time in for contemplation and to revel in the wonders of nature. While there I wish I could draw or paint some of the cameo beauties of that environment.

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  3. It’s only when one considers the enormous numbers of wildlife – big, small, hairy or feathered – that the Karoo sustains that you actually realise it is not as inhospitable as it may appear!


  4. So pretty. I have enjoyed Alexander McCall Smith’s book series The No. Ladies Detective Agency, which give you a sense of this dry land and maybe a tree that provides valuable shade.


    • His books are set in a similar landscape in Botswana. I am glad you enjoyed that series – having visited Botswana several times, I found the characters easy to identify with.


  5. Those helical horns. Again. Magnificent.



    • I agree with you – yet in the suburbs anyway, residents have trees removed for all sorts of reasons without considering the value of trees.


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