Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 2
Mammals: 6
Birds: 7
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 5

Lookout for

Meerkat
Bat-Eared Fox
Cape Mountain Zebra
Black Wildebeest
Klipspringer
Brown Hyena
Buffalo
Kudu
Red Hartebeest
Gemsbok
Blesbok

Formed hundreds of millions of years ago, the Karoo of South Africa is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo, not to mention awesome scenic beauty. The greater portion of the park is situated between 740 and 1480 metres above sea level on the foothills of the Sneeuberg range, while a small section of the low lying-plains is included. The Nqweba Dam lies within the park and covers about 1000 hectares when full. At some places, dolerites form jointed pillars – the best examples of which are found in the Valley of Desolation where erosion of the softer sedimentary beds has left dolerite pillars which rise to heights of 90 – 120 metres. The park does not host high densities of game but does provide one the oppurtunity of viewing some more unusual and rare species such as Bat-eared Fox, Meerkat, Aardvark and the rare Cape Mountain Zebra.

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 19 406 Ha
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Bat-Eared Fox
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Graaff-Reinet

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Lakeview Tented Camp, Camdeboo Affordable Self-catering, Camping
Nqweba Campsite, Camdeboo Affordable Camping

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Species list Map Info

Key Species

MAMMALS
Cape Mountain Zebra
Kudu
Meerkat


BRIDS
Black Eagle
Ostrich
Pale Chanting Goshawk
Kori Bustard


REPTILES
Leopard Tortoise
Rock Monitor Lizard
Puff Adder


TREES
Karoo Sheperd's Tree
Sweet Thorn Acacia
Crassula


HABITAT TYPES
Open Plains
Thornveld
Mountains
Karoo