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Karoo National Park

Wide open spaces, majestic dolerite cliffs and utter tranquillity await you at the Karoo National Park, conveniently situated off the N1, just outside Beaufort West. It is an ideal stopover point for travel between Cape Town and Johannesburg and is situated only three hours from the Garden Route. The park is also ideal for a family holiday or weekend break.

The Great Karoo is a vast and unforgiving landscape, of which the Karoo National Park is but a small portion. Being the largest ecosystem in South Africa, the Karoo is home to a fascinating diversity of life, all having adapted to survive in these harsh conditions. The Karoo National Park is dominated by the lofty Nuweveld Mountains and rolling plains, where many species that originally occurred here now occupy their former ranges. Explore 130 kilometres of scenic drives and wildlife viewing roads in your own vehicle or join a guided game drive or nature walk to find out more about the fascinating Karoo ecosystem. Towards late afternoon the great, unyielding canopy slowly softens its fierceness and form pastel shades of pink and blue, the colours deepen, setting the endless Karoo canvas ablaze with glorious hues of orange and red.

A wide variety of wildlife species inhabit the park including lion, black rhino, Cape mountain and plains zebra, springbok, eland, red hartebeest, grey rhebok, mountain reedbuck, kudu and klipspringer. Nocturnal animals such as caracal, aardwolf, bat-eared fox and antbear may be seen on the guided night game drives. The park boasts one of the largest concentrations of breeding pairs of black eagles in South Africa, and fortunate visitors have seen breeding pairs at Rooivalle lookout point. Bird watching is a treat with over 200 species of birds to be spotted like the Kori bustard, Karoo korhaan, Ludwig’s bustard, Namaqua sand grouse and raptors such as pale chanting goshawk, booted eagle and lesser kestrel (summer visitor). Some of the best birding is around the rest camp where you can see red eyed bulbul, acacia pied barbet, Karoo scrub robin, Karoo eremomela, Namaqua warbler (prinia) and pririt batis at close range. There is also a wide diversity of succulent plants and small reptiles.

Park Hours
Gate:                            05h00 – 22h00
Reception:                    07h00 – 19h00
Shop:                           07h30 – 20h00
Restaurant (breakfast):   07h00 – 10h00
Dinner:                          18h00 – 21h00
Light lunches are available for take-away until 12h00

 
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