Karoo National Park

The Karoo National Park has a wide variety of endemic wildlife. Many species have been relocated to their former ranges, such as black rhino and buffalo

Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Karoo National Park

The Karoo National Park has a wide variety of endemic wildlife. Many species have been relocated to their former ranges, such as black rhino and buffalo, as well as Cape mountain zebra.

Over 20 breeding pairs of black eagle find sanctuary within the Karoo National park. There is also a wide diversity of succulent plants and small reptiles.

The Karoo National Park is situated close to the N1 highway between Cape Town and the hinterland, approximately 1000 km south of Johannesburg and 500 km north of Cape Town. Because of the sparse vegetation game viewing in the Karoo National Park is easily facilitated. Best viewing is achieved on the 13km “Lammertjiesleegte” Route on the plains.

Large herbivores such as Red Hartebeest, Black Wildebeest, Eland, the two zebra species, kudu and springbok are all regularly seen. Klipspringer are regularly seen on the pass of the same name. Other species are less obvious due to smaller size, nocturnal habits or restriction to the wilderness areas of the park.

The Karoo National parks 20 odd pairs of black eagles are an attraction. Other birds of prey to watch out for include Booted Eagle, Jackal Buzzard, Pale Chanting Goshawk and the Rock Kestrel. Karoo Korhaan, Ludwig’s Bustard and Namaqua Sandgrouse should also be looked for. Pied Barbet, Redeyed Bulbul, Karoo and Cape Robin, Titbabbler, Layard’s Titbabbler, Yellowbellied Eremomola, Palewinged Starling, Lesser Doublecollared and Dusky Sunbird and Redheaded Finch are all ever present.

The park has a very rich reptilian fauna. Of particular significance are the 5 species of tortoise. However there is also a terrapin, an agama, 2 chameleons, a monitor, 18 snakes and several geckos, skinks and lizards.

Popular Activities near Karoo National Park

Donkey Cart Tours

Enjoy a spectacular sunset while sipping a glass of champagne and taste some delicious Karoo snacks. A local qualified tour guide and an experienced donkey cart driver will carry you away from the hustle and bustle while telling you stories...

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Karoo Erdvark Trail

Enjoy the ultimate Karoo experience while on the Karoo Erdvark Trail, about 80 kilometers from Beaufort West. The trail is within the Nuweland Mountains and will take you across functioning sheep farms, through valleys various kloofs and pools...

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Karoo Nuweveld 4x4 Trail

This eco-trail spans some 90 kilometres, with an optional loop of seven kilometres, called Kookfontein. It takes between 12 and 48 hours to complete and has a grading of between one and two, making it a comfortable, manageable drive. No...

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"The quiet, the expansive skies, the typical splendour of the Karoo, thorn trees, thatched chalets that in no way intrude on the landscape and views that go on forever make this an escape worth makings".

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