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Camdeboo National Park


Camdeboo National Park
P. O. Box 349

Tel: (049) 892 3453
Fax: (049) 892 3456

Originally the Karoo Nature Reserve, Camdeboo was proclaimed as a National Park in 2005 to protect the Karoo Biome. The park surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, and measures 19 405-hectares.

More than 250 bird species have been reported in the park. Mammals to search for include the elusive Cape buffalo, Cape mountain zebra, bat-eared fox, springbok, kudu, oryx, steenbok, red hartebeest and grey duiker. 

SANParks and partners plan to ultimately link Camdeboo National Park with Mountain Zebra National Park, protecting a huge diversity of plant and animal species, noteably the endangered Cape mountain zebra. A single mega-conservation area will stretch over 120km and include up to 520 000 hectares of land under conservation.


Five things to see and do


  • Take to the water - the Nqweba Dam lies within the park and covers about 1000 hectares when full.Boating, canoeing, fishing and windsurfing are allowed on the dam (permit fees apply).
  • Visit the Valley of Desolation, a National Monument, where erosion of the softer sedimentary beds has left dolerite pillars which rise to heights of 90 – 120 metres
  • Take a hike - trails extend from 1.5 km to 14 km in length.
  • Birdwatch at the  
  • Test your 4 x 4 driving -choose the Grade 2 Driekoppe Trail or the challenging Grade 4 Koedoeskloof Trail.  
Stay at either the Lakeview Tented Camp or the Nqweba Campsite. CLICK HERE for more. 
Information from the SANPARKS website.