Night time in Camdeboo National Park
My next stop on my journey for Wild Magazine through the Karoo in the middle of a South African summer was Camdeboo National Park. This little protected area – whose name means “valley of green” in the ancient Khoe language – surrounds the historical town of Graaff-Reinet, a place that has more national monuments than any other in the country – remarkable for such a small town in the middle of nowhere!
One of these national monuments is the so-called Valley of Desolation. A road from Graaff-Reinet winds to the top of akoppie (or small mountain), 1,500 metres above sea level, and from there the panoramic view of the Karoo is probably one of the best and certainly most accessible. The most popular viewpoint looks out south over a narrow valley, to pinnacles of volcanic dolerite rock that stand precipitously against the skyline.
I headed up there late one night – with some special permission from park manager Peter Burdett – to take some photos of the special view. I wanted to try “paint” some light onto the pinnacles with my high-powered torch, while also capturing the stars in the background.
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