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Karoo National Park


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Karoo National Park is dominated by the lofty Nuweveld Mountains and rolling plains and protects the Nama Karoo Biome.

Many species that originally occurred here now once again occupy their former ranges, including brown hyena, lion and Cape mountain zebra. Over 20 breeding pairs of Verreaux's (Black) eagle find sanctuary within the park.There is also a wide diversity of succulent plants and small reptiles.

The Town Council of Beaufort West donated 7 209 ha of communal land north-west of the town to the South African National Parks, forming the nucleus of the Karoo NP, proclaimed in 1979. Additional land was purchased later incorporated into Karoo NP, and in 1989 a luxury rest camp was opened.


Five things to see and do

  • Take to the roads - there are four 4x4 eco-trails available to visitors in 4x4 vehicles, at no extra cost
  • Walk the fossil trail - this 400m long trail depicts the geology and palaeontology of the Great Karoo. Genuine fossils and petrified wood are on display on this paved trail that is also accessible to wheelchair-users
  • Discover the secrets of the Karoo ecosystems - guided walks are available free of charge to visitors
  • Take a scenic drive along the picturesque Klipspringer Pass with its environmentally friendly style of construction and the scenic viewpoint at Rooivalle
  • Have a braai and relax – visit the Bulkraal picnic spot has a swimming pool, ablution and braai facilities, or stop at the Doornhoek picnic site, situated in the game area.



Cape Dutch style chalets and cottages offer great accommodation. CLICK HERE to view options.