Karoo National Park
On the outskirts of Beaufort West lies the 75 000 ha Karoo National Park. Here two of South Africa’s most highly endangered species, the riverine rabbit and the black rhinoceros, have been successfully resettled. The quagga, which became extinct on August 12, 1883, when the last mare of the species died in the Amsterdam Zoo, is again roaming free in the park. It was recreated from portions of its genetic code present in tissue samples taken from a mounted museum exhibit. The park is also home to a wide variety of indigenous buck, mountain zebra, wild ostrich and five tortoise species, the most in any conservation area in the world. Bird life is abundant. There are martial, booted and black eagles (left) as well as the somewhat shy Cape Eagle owl.
The park has Cape Dutch style chalets, several have been adapted for people with mobility problems. All accommodation is serviced daily and equipped with bedding and towels.
There is a caravan and camping site.
The Park has:
- a fully licensed a la carte restaurant which also serves light refreshments.
- a shop where curios and basic commodities may be purchased.
- an information centre.
- a self-service laundry.
- picnic facilities for day visitors (outside peak periods).
- public telephones.
Things to do
- The Karoo Fossil Braille Trail is 400 m long and is specifically adapted for handicapped visitors, depicting the geology and palaeontology of the Great Karoo.
- Two nature trails, one of 800 m (Bossie Trail), and one of 11 km (Fonteintjieskloof Trail).
- Swimming pool for resident guests only.
- Bird hide at the dam near the main restcamp.
- A scenic drive along the Klipspringer Pass to the viewpoint at Rooivalle.
- Game viewing in your own vehicle.
- Karoo 4X4 Trail. Maximum of 8 persons. This trail may be undertaken in your own vehicle, or in a park vehicle with a guide.
- Night drives, under guidance of trained staff.
Full conference equipment and a catering service are available.
For reservations contact:
The receptionist at the Park