Karoo

Karoo National Park

The Karoo National Park is located in the Great Karoo, a vast and rugged landscape with bare plains. The park was founded in 1979 to prevent the loss of flora and fauna present.

The area is semi-desert which makes it seem like the Karoo Park doesn’t have much to offer, but the opposite is true. Here you will find the largest ecosystem in South Africa. There is a unique vegetation and what lives here has adapted to the very difficult living conditions.

Due to the dry soil, many different types of succulents can be found here. Most common are the native Karoo acacia, vygies, aloe and euphorbia. Bird watchers will find a wide variety of beautiful birds here, including many large birds of prey.

The following animals are found in the park: springbok, mountain reedbuck, kudu, jackal, gray buck, ibex, aardwolf, gemsbok, red hartebeest, wildebeest, zebra, black rhino, lion, dassies, turtles and many others.

Many fossil remains have been found in this area, some of which are estimated to be millions of years old. On the 400 meter long fossil trail you will learn more about these finds and you will see a number of them.

In the evening you can enjoy a very clear starry sky here. In the summer months (November – March) it can get very hot during the day (up to 43 ° C), especially on the open plains, but there is regular rainfall. In winter it is sunny, but it can get quite cold at night (down to -5 ° C).

In winter it regularly happens that there is snow on the tops of the Nuweveld Mountains. The best time to travel is between March and October, but spring (September / October) is the best time when the dry Karoo turns into a sea of ​​flowers

Activities

– Go wildlife spotting in your own vehicle and also enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the view from the Rooivalle viewpoint.

– There are 4 × 4 trails to ride for which no extra costs are charged.

The Nuweveld EcoTrail (90km) and the Afsaal EcoTrail (13km). Both can be extended by De Kookfontein Loop (7km) or the Sandrivier Loop (7km).

The Pienaars Pass 4 × 4 Trail (8km) is for the advanced 4 × 4 rider (is a grade 4 route and goes through very rough terrain) you have to pay for this trail and only a few cars are allowed per day.

– You can go out with a guide and you can choose from a SANPark Guided Night drive or a SANPark guided morning drive, tours are always with a qualified guide. The tours are with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 9 people.

To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you book this in advance (by us).

– Guided walks to get to know the Karoo eco-system. The walks leave early in the morning and you must book at the reception before 19:00 on the previous day because of availability guide.

– Follow the fossil trail, a 400 meter long route explaining the geology and paleontology of the Great Karoo (also suitable for wheelchair users).

– Bird watching from the bird watching site located on the dam close to the main rest camp

Park facilities

– The park is open from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm

– The reception is open between 07:00 and 19:00

– Shop open from 07:30 AM to 08:00 PM

– A la carte restaurant which is open for breakfast and dinner from 07:00 to 10:00 and from 18:00 to 21:00

– Camping

– Bulk picnic area with toilet facilities, swimming pool and braai (bbqs) for day visitors

– Doornhoek picnic area is the perfect stop for a picnic or braai during a game drive

– The roads in the park are paved with the exception of the 4 × 4 trail

– Motorcycles and bicycles are not allowed in the park

– There is no cash machine in the park

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