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Karoo National Park

Karoo National Park

     
 

Phone:

+27 (0) 23 415 2828/9

Email:

karoo.reservations@sanparks.org

Website:

www.sanparks.org.za/parks/karoo/

Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 800 205 005

 
     

Size:  76,790 ha / 767.9 km2

Nearest major city:  Cape Town (5h15 approx by car)

Species Numbers:  57 Mammals        217 Birds        59 Reptiles

Big Five:  No

Highlights:

  • - Malaria-free
  • - Easy access from the N1 and potential stop over between Cape Town and Johannesburg
  • - Great arid area birding
  • - Open landscape allows for good game viewing

For anyone who dreads driving through the seemingly monotonous and endless Great Karoo region in the middle of South Africa, a visit to Karoo National Park will do much to convert you from cynic to disciple. For the Karoo – which means “dry and hard” in the ancient Khoisan languages – is in fact a place of wonder and interest for those who know what to look for. 

The national park just outside the town of Beaufort West is also one of the most beautiful parts of the Karoo, and although it may not have the numbers of wild animals of a Kruger or Addo, this protected area does offer some special wildlife in a dramatic landscape which once used to teem with seasonal migrations of millions of springbok.

The park also makes a convenient stop-over point for travellers between the Cape and the highveld; but stay more than one night, because there’s much to appreciate here, especially spectacular sunsets and vast views. Lions were re-introduced in the last few years, and so visitors are not allowed out of their vehicles anymore to walk alone in the veld.