Karoo National Park
Two of the Big Five have been re-introduced: lion and black rhino , but they are only occasionally seen. The winters are frosty and chilly, when temperatures drop to below 0 degrees Celsius, with snow sometimes visible on the peaks of the Nuweveld Mountains. The vast numbers of trekbokke, or nomadic antelope, are gone forever. These 6 km thick sediments were deposited by rivers similar in size and number to the Ganges , Brahmaputra , and Indus rivers which drain the Himalaya mountains on the Indian subcontinent today.
Karoo National Park
The Park straddles the mountain slopes and high peaks of the Nuweveld Mountains which stand sentinel over the vast surrounding plains of the Koup. Male Ostrich Approximately 63 species of mammals and species of birdlife can be seen in the park and it is an important refuge for the highly endangered riverine rabbit endemic to the dry river courses of the Great Karoo. The Karoo National Park had its origins as far back as the s when local farmer William Quinton was active in promoting the idea of a conservation area in the Beaufort West area.
The Karoo National Park Karoo National Park Camp bathed in the glow of evening sunlight The stories of millions of trekbokke, or migrating antelope, in the early nineteenth century passing through Beaufort West evoked images of a Karoo that had changed out of all recognition. The establishment of the Karoo National Park in was an important milestone in preserving at least a small portion of the Nama Karoo Biome that had all but disappeared after centuries of stock farming across the length and breadth of the Great Karoo.
The Nuweveld Mountains tower above the Rest Camp Accessibility of this new National Park was further enhanced with the opening of the magnificently Glacier National Park To Great Falls Mt Karoo National Park Camp facing the high ramparts of Karoo National Park Nuweveld Mountains.
Download a detailed map of the Rest Camp. The Rest Camp was recently fenced-in with the re-introduction of Lion into the reserve together with the highly endangered and secretive Black Rhino. A Lioness in the Karoo National Park The Karoo National Park has been expanded over the years to approximately 90,hectares and encompasses a broad swathe of mountains, valleys and open plains.
The access road from the main gate to the Rest Camp is surfaced however all other roads in the reserve are gravel with the principle loop road providing access to conventional motor vehicles to the spectacular Klipspringer Mountain Pass and beyond via the Doornhoek Picnic site via the kilometre Potlekkertjie Loop encompassing all the principle environments within the Park. Klipspringer Mountain Karoo National Park The shorter loop road links the Rest Camp with Lammertjiesleegte and the well-appointed Bulkraal Picnic Site which includes a sparkling swimming pool, an ideal respite on a sizzling hot summer day.
One of the big attractions of the Karoo National Park is the Fossil Trail, laid out in the environs of the Rest Camp, which provides a rich insight to the geological history of the Karoo and its long extinct animal species dating back some million years.
Download a detailed map of the reserve. Bulkraal Picnic Site In the remote western section of the Park a network of 4X4 trails provides access to visitors seeking a Karoo National Park experience in spectacular semi-desert and mountainous terrain. The wide open space of the Karoo National Park The Park provides the discerning visitor with the opportunity to discover the fragile, harsh, unrelenting yet hauntingly beautiful Karoo that has survived for millennia.
The vast numbers of trekbokke, or nomadic antelope, are gone forever. However, with the expansion of this Park across a broad swathe of the Central Karoo one can still get a sense of the majesty and uniqueness of this beautiful place in the midst of mountains, valleys and sweeping plains. Evening glow across the Nuweveld Mountains.
Detailed map of Karoo NP
The flat top edge of the Great Escarpment in the Karoo is also formed, in many places including the Karoo National Park, by a thick dolerite sill. Klipspringers are regularly seen on the pass of the same name. However, with the expansion of this Park across a broad swathe of the Central Karoo one can still get a sense of the majesty and uniqueness of this beautiful place in the midst of mountains, valleys and sweeping plains.