ABOUT TREES IN THE KAROO NATIONAL PARK

Something Over Tea

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.

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