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.
Road near our cottage. Good place to explore.
Beautifully restored interior of this old cottage. Fully functional kitchen but no electricity. Refridgerator ran off gas.
One of the two rooms.
Old water heater widely used in South Africa in the past. The local name in South Africa is “Donkey boiler”.
No electricity made for very atmospheric dining.
Our cottage in the background.
A very dry environment, nevertheless there were succulents to be found.
One of the succulents we found while exploring near the cottage.
A crassula flowering.
Hoodia gordonii with our cottage in the background.
View from the top of the hill.
An Aloe. This was a few miles away from the cottage.
Note the Aloes.
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.