Karoo National Park

Travel Guide Africa South Africa Western Cape Karoo National Park

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Introduction

Karoo National Park, founded in 1979, is a wildlife reserve in the Great Karoo area of the Western Cape, South Africa near Beaufort West. This semi-desert area covers an area of 750 square kilometres. The Nuweveld portion of the Great Escarpment runs through the park. It is therefore partly in the Lower Karoo, at about 850 metres above sea level, and partly in the Upper Karoo at over 1,300 metres altitude.

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Sights and Activities

The Karoo National Park is a sanctuary for herds of springbok, gemsbok (or Oryx), Cape mountain zebra, buffalo, red hartebeest, black rhinoceros, eland, kudu, klipspringer, bat-eared foxes, black-backed jackal, ostriches, and, since fairly recently, lions. It also has the greatest number of tortoise species of any park in the world - five in total. The endangered riverine rabbit has been successfully resettled here. A large number of Verreaux's eagles have nests on the cliffs of the Escarpment. Martial eagles, booted eagles and the shy Cape eagle-owl are other raptors that can be seen in the Park. A wide variety of smaller birds occur in abundance, making the Park a birder’s paradise. The park has also been populated with Rau Quagga which are Plains or Burchell's zebras that have been back-bred to resemble the quaggas that roamed the karoo in great profusion until the middle of the 1800s, when they were hunted to extinction. The last quagga died in Amsterdam Zoo on 12 August 1883.

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Cost

  • South African citizens and residents (with ID): R44 per adult, R22 per child, per day.
  • SADC nationals (with passport): R88 per adult, R44 per child, per day.
  • Foreign visitors: R176 per adult, R88 per child, per day.

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Getting There and Around

Take the N1 highway from Cape Town and drive for about 400 kilometres, until you reach Beaufort West.

The main roads are tarred. Some of the passes are not for the faint hearted. There are nice 4x4 routes.

There are two main game viewing drives that do not require a four-wheel drive vehicle: the one to the east remains on the “Lammertjiesleegte” plains of the Lower Karoo; the other is the 49 kilometres long circular route to the west which ascends the Klipspringer Pass on to the plateau (Upper Karoo), and eventually returns to the plains at the "Doornhoek" picnic site at the western extremity of the loop. From there it follows a south-easterly course across the plains to the beginning of the Klipspringer Pass, near the camp site and chalets. At the top of the Klipspringer Pass the Rooivalle View Point presents a magnificent panorama of the Lower Karoo. The middle portion of the park, to the west of the Klipspringer Pass circular route, is easily accessible in 4x4 vehicles, and covers an extensive area, with rewarding game viewing opportunities.

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Eat/Drink

  • Fully licensed a la carte restaurant which is open for breakfast and dinner from 07:00-10:00 and 18:00-21:00.
  • Picnic, braai and ablution facilities for day visitors at Bulkraal picnic site.
  • Doornhoek picnic site in the game viewing area.

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Sleep

The Park has a camp site for caravans and tents, chalets etc.

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