karoo national park
.Off 6970, N1, Beaufort West, 6970, South Africa
+27 23 415 2828
Sun - Sat 7:30am - 7pm
Southern Africa Travel Tip - Karoo National ParkIn area, Karoo national park is fairly small compared to other parks in Southern Africa, but that's not a reason to skip it. In fact it's smaller size is part of its charm. The small charm of the park is reflected in the friendliness of the people working there, and the style of accommodations at the park. If you're looking for excitement in a national park, it may not be for you, but if you're looking for a place to unwind it's perfect.
If you're looking for a place with a relaxed feel and a pace that's a little slower than most parks, this is the park for you. This is easily reflected in the accommodations at the park. Rather than have a huge hotel with villas and tents surrounding it, Karoo is much more like a small neighbouhood. There are several different styles of cabins available in the park, some large enough for a family, other's that are perfect for couples. These cabins have thatched roofs, beautiful kitchens, outdoor BBQs, and likely the most beautiful views you'll ever see. The great thing about the accommodations is that there aren't too many of them, and they're very spread out. There are also campsites available, for those looking to rough it a little.
If you're looking to get away and explore the local surroundings, the park is perfect for the relaxed traveler. There are several safaris available, and they'll take you pretty deep into the park, however there are other alternatives that are much more relaxed. The park offers two safaris that can be self driven in two wheel drive cars. The longer route is a little bit challenging, but if you take it slow it's not too bad. There is also a picnic spot about halfway through with bathrooms and BBQs. The shorter route is much easier to drive, but still has plenty to see. It too has a rest stop with the added bonus of a pool. Both of these trails are a great way to see the surroundings at your own pace.
Just because these trails are easily accessible, doesn't mean you wont see any impressive animals. As with most parks at the main lodge there is a board where people will mark animals sightings, and lions at Karoo are rare, but are around. Zebra, various antelopes, and ostriches are very common all over the place. In fact you'll likely come across a heard of animals on your way from the front gate to the lodge. There is also a great variety of birds in the park. If you're interested in learning more, the park has an information station near the campgrounds that features some interesting displays about the wildlife that's found there and the history of the park.