Cottage 1

We stayed two nights in Twanka Karoo National Park – the first night at a cottage without electricity.   The site was very dark for using our telescope – though the clouds were not cooperating always.  Some succulents were abundant on the nearby hills, but it was not as rich in succulents as some other locations we stayed at.

 

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Our cottage.

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Road near our cottage.  Good place to explore.

 

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Beautifully restored interior of this old cottage.  Fully functional kitchen but no electricity. Refridgerator ran off gas.

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One of the two rooms.

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Old water heater widely used in South Africa in the past.  The local name in South Africa is “Donkey boiler”.

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No electricity made for very atmospheric dining.

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Our cottage in the background.

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A very dry environment, nevertheless there were succulents to be found.

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Typical landscape.

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One of the succulents we found while exploring near the cottage.

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Succulents.

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A crassula flowering.

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Hoodia gordonii with our cottage in the background.

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View from the top of the hill.

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An Aloe.  This was a few miles away from the cottage.

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Note the Aloes.

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Another succulent.

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A Gemsbok.

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Tortoise.

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Back at the cottage – a great place for stargazing with our 8 inch Celestron.  This is about the largest telescope that can travel in checked luggage.