Spring has sprung in the Camdeboo Karoo and we’re starting to wax lyrical again at Mount Camdeboo, but more on that later…
We’re a proud and nauseatingly sentimental (jokes, just slightly) about the Karoo, its inhabitants, the scenery, the fauna & flora and the landscape as a whole. In fact if pride were measured in height, we would be looking Springbok lock and towering talisman, Eben Etzebeth square in the eye… Our feelings however are not foreign to folks who have chosen to make the Karoo their home. The Karoo has an intoxicating and infectiously overwhelming presence, however the subtlety thereof also remains extremely endearing. Every season brings with it wonders and amazement. They all have their turn to turn the landscape into a variable oasis of colours, aromas and emotions.
Virgil Kraft once said of the season following winter, “spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world”. Now we would never condone the Karoo being labeled “drab and dirty” but you get the picture, right? It is a magic time of the year and this season even has a whole day dedicated to its arrival – characterized by sunny skies and birds chirping (most of the folks in Cape Town would disagree weather-wise unfortunately). In the Karoo spring is announced by the flowering of annual Namaqualand daisies that creates ‘rivers’ of orange in the landscape. Later in spring gazanias, ursinias, pelargoniums and vygies (mesembs) burst into a colourful display of lustrous pinks, magentas, reds, yellows and whites.
The area just underlines once again its versatility and diverse splendor during spring. The temperature is still cool at this time of the year. The maximum is about 28°C and early morning measures around 6°C. Snowfall on the surrounding mountains is possible as late as October. If this isn’t enough motivation to peak your curiosity and prompt an inquiry into availability at our luxurious Mount Camdeboo Private Game reserve few things will be.
We’re waiting and the Karoo is calling.