Camdeboo National Park

Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo

Eastern Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Camdeboo National Park

Formed hundreds of millions of years ago, the Karoo of South Africa is one of the great natural wonders of the world.

Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo as well as splendid scenic beauty.

The greater portion of the Camdeboo National park is situated between 740 and 1480 metres above sea level on the foothills of the Sneeuberg range, while a small section of the low lying plains is included.

An interesting feature of the 14,500 ha Camdeboo National Park is its very unique and unusual location - It practically surrounds the historical town of Graaff Reinet in the Eastern Cape.

The Nqweba Dam lies within the park and covers about 1000 ha when full. In some places dolerites form jointed pillars, the best examples of which are found in the Valley of Desolation where erosion of the softer sedimentary beds has left dolerite pillars which rise to heights of 90 - 120 metres.

Visitors to the Camdeboo National Park can expect to see a diverse spectrum of South Africa's wildlife. The bat-eared fox is often seen hunting by the use of its large ears to locate insects while the communal behaviour of the Suricate (meerkat) can be fascinating to watch.

Wildlife regularly spotted in the Camdeboo Park include steenbok, springbok, blesbok and black wildebeest. Kudu and grey duiker are common as well as the less often seen Cape buffalo. You might even catch a glimpse of the Red hartebeest and gemsbok and Cape mountain zebra are reportedly seen from time to time.

Popular Attractions in Camdeboo National Park

Valley of Desolation

The Valley of Desolation is a geological phenomenon; a sheer cliff face, declared a national monument that lies within the Camdeboo National Park - a unique Karoo landscape and ecosystem that surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet, creating a...

More info and contact details: Valley of Desolation

Camdeboo Pass

The Camdeboo Pass lies entirely within the Camdeboo National Park, just off the R63 from the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet. The pass gets little publicity in its own right. It doesn't even make it onto the top billing list of the park...

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Birding at Nqweba Dam

The Graaff-Reinet Bird Club, which was formed in 2001, meets once a month to travel to an interesting birding spot in the district. Many of these outings are to local farms. Nqweba Dam, when it has water, attracts many species of water birds...

More info and contact details: Birding at Nqweba Dam with the Graaff-Reinet Bird Club

Popular Activities in Camdeboo National Park

Camdeboo Koedoeskloof 4x4 Trail

Being situated within the Camdeboo National Park means that it abounds with life, both faunal and floral, proving a delight for those that love the outdoors. It is a self-drive trail, with no need for a guide. Summer months can become extremely...

More info and contact details: Camdeboo Koedoeskloof 4x4 Trail

Did you know?

The Camdeboo National Park was previously known as the Karoo Nature Reserve.

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