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, Karoo is home to a fascinating diversity of life, all having adapted to survive in these harsh conditions.
Situated in Western Cape, 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.
The park covers an area which is mostly semi-desert and well-known for its isolation and it is home of many desert mammals, along with the Verreaux’s Eagle and various species of tortoise, for the park lays claim to having the most of these species of any national park.
The Karoo National Park has a wide variety of endemic wildlife. Many species have been relocated to their former ranges – such as black rhino and buffalo, as well as Cape mountain zebra.
Over 20 breeding pairs of black eagle find sanctuary within the park. There is also a wide diversity of succulent plants and small reptiles.
Karoo National Park offers different categories of accommodation that are serviced daily and equipped with bedding, towels and soap. Breakfast is included in the accommodation costs, with the exception of camp sites where guests are expected to feed themselves.
The park offers 8 Cape Dutch style family units, each with two bedrooms (six beds in total), en suite bathrooms (bath and shower), DSTV (limited channels), and fully equipped kitchen (kettle, toaster, stove, oven, fridge, cutlery and crockery. One unit has been adapted for persons with limited mobility and this contains a bath only.
It also offers 19 Cape Dutch style units, each with a bathroom (shower and bath), open-plan areas with 2 single beds and a double sleeper couch and kitchenettes with basic equipment. Two units have been adapted for persons with limited mobility and these contain showers only.
10 Cape Dutch style cottages – one bedroom (double bed) open plan kitchen (microwave and three-plate hob) and lounge, bathroom (shower) and DSTV (limited channels).
24 award-winning camping and caravan campsites amidst a veritable green oasis in the rugged Karoo environment with communal ablutions (shower and baths) and kitchen facilities with stove plates and scullery. All caravan sites equipped with 220V power points.
A maximum of six persons, one caravan with a side tent and one vehicle, or one tent and one vehicle, or one autovilla or one motorised caravan will be permitted per site.
Laundry with a washing machine and tumble drier (R10 tokens available at reception).
Birding in Karoo National Park
Birders paradise, the park is home to a wide variety of species. The park’s best birding occurs in and around the campsite. Karoo Eremomela, Namaqua Warbler (Prinia) and Pririt Batis are regional specials to be looked out for. The park also has a high concentration of Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle.
Because of the sparse vegetation, game viewing at the park is easily facilitated. Best viewing is achieved on the 13km “Lammertjiesleegte” Route on the plains. Large herbivores such as Red Hartebeest, Black Wildebeest, Eland, the two zebra species, kudu and springbok are all regularly seen.
The vegetation at the park falls within the Karoo-Namib bio-geographical region, with areas of the park falling into the Nama Karoo Biome. The vegetation physiognomy consists of Montane Karoo grassy shrublands, Karoo grassy dwarf shrublands, Karoo succulent dwarf shrublands, and riparian thicket.
Karoo National Park has a very rich reptilian fauna. Of particular significance are the 5 species of tortoise. However there is also a terrapin, an agama, 2 chameleons, a monitor, 18 snakes and several geckos, skinks and lizards.
Karoo National Park
Western Cape, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)23 415 2828 / 9
Fax: +27 (0)23 415 1671