Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 2
Mammals: 3
Birds: 4
Reptiles: 4
Trees: 2

Lookout for

Acacia Pied Barbet
Pale Chanting Goshawk
African Wildcat
Klipspringer
Cape Clawless Otter
Lizard
Black Rhino
Lion
Brown Hyena
Kudu
Zebra
Red Hartebeest
Springbok
Gemsbok
Eland
Baboon
Ostrich

Towards late afternoon, the great, unyielding canopy slowly softens its fierceness, and from pastel shades of pink and blue, the colours deepen, setting the endless Karoo canvas ablaze with glorious hues of orange and red. 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, the Karoo is home to a fascinating diversity of life, all having adapted to survive in these harsh conditions. 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 Karoo National Park has a wide variety of endemic wildlife. Many species have been relocated to their former ranges - such as brown hyena, lion and 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.

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 76793 Ha
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Black Eagle
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Beaufort West

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Karoo Main Rest Camp Affordable Self-catering, Camping
Karoo National Park Campsite Affordable Camping

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Species list Map Info

Key Species

MAMMALS
Cape Mountain Zebra
Lion
Black Rhino


BRIDS
Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle
Red-eyed Bulbul


REPTILES
Snake
Tortoise
Chameleon


TREES
Sweet Thorn


HABITAT TYPES
Karoo
Nama-Karoo