The Karoo National Park, a Western Cape Nature Reserve in South Africa, is home to a great diversity of life that has adapted to living in this unforgiving yet beautiful part of the country.
Accommodation: Game lodge, bush camp
Activities: Game drives, hiking trails, bird watching, swimming, museum
Highlights: The Fossil Trail, and rare Black Eagles
Towering mountains and rolling plains welcome you to Karoo National Park, Western Cape, South Africa. This park is part of the largest ecosystem in the country - the Great Karoo, a renowned fossil deposit of high importance. Today, visitors will find abundant birdlife, plenty of other interesting creatures and typical Great Karoo semi-desert landscapes.
The Karoo National Park, Western Cape, South Africa has a wide variety of endemic wildlife including the Black Rhino, Buffalo and over 20 breeding pairs of Black Eagle representing one of the highest densities in Africa. Springbok are also present in high numbers - a reminder of the once vast herds that traversed the Karoo on annual migration.
The Cape Mountain Zebra, which was almost lost to extinction, is now plentiful at this nature reserve. Guests can compare its bold stripe pattern to that of the "Quagga" strain - a species that did not survive the modern age. The Karoo National Park is unique in the world in that it hosts 5 different species of Tortoise which is the highest anywhere per equivalent area.
Facilities and features of Karoo National Park
Breakfast is included for chalet and cottage residents
Wheelchair friendly fossil trail and rest camp
Restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner
Interpretive Centre and shop (basic goods and curios)
Swimming pool for residents
Picnic, barbeque and ablutions for day visitors at Bulkraal
Public telephone and fuel
Laundry facilities available in the camp site
Beaufort West is nearby with other amenities and attractions
Fossils can be found in the wondeful wilderness of the Karoo, reminding you of ancient times, when large mammals and amphibians used to roar and roam, crouch and crawl, thudding their massive feet on the same ground you are stepping on.
Karoo flora and fauna
African wildlife like this Steenbok love the vegetation, comprising of Montane Karoo grassy shrublands, Karoo grassy dwarf shrublands, Karoo succulent dwarf shrublands and Riparian Thicket falls within the Karoo-Namib biogeographical area.