You will find the Karoo National Park, a wildlife reserve in the isolated Karoo area of the Western Cape, near Beaufort West. It was founded in 1979 and the area is mostly semi-desert.
We’ve been staying here for the last three years, on our way to the Western Cape. We stayed in two of the Cape Dutch style family units - each with two bedrooms (six beds in total), en-suite bathrooms (bath and shower), DSTV (limited channels), and fully equipped kitchen (kettle, toaster, stove, oven, fridge, cutlery and crockery).
The rooms are basic, but very clean. As always, we bought some meat at the shop next to the restaurant and had a lovely barbeque on the “stoep”. They serve a lovely dinner, but we decided to have our own BBQ this time. The views are incredible and something money cannot buy.
Breakfast cannot be described as “luxurious”, but true to the Karoo style, you will not leave hungry. They also serve a breakfast burger on Roosterkoek (say “roor-stir-cook” and try to roll those r’s!). Roosterkoek is bread dough cooked on a grid over the coals.
We took a scenic drive along the Klipspringer Pass. There are four 4x4 eco-trails available to visitors in 4x4 vehicles, at no extra cost: Nuweveld EcoTrail (90km) and Afsaal EcoTrail (13km) are available to visitors in 4x4 vehicles. We were unable to see the lions.
We can recommend the Guided game drives: Morning Drive (2-3 hours) Cost: R196 for adults, R98 for children under the age of 12. Minimum of four (4) guests and maximum of nine (9) guests. Children must be six years or older to participate. Night Drive (1½ hours) Cost: R160 for adults and R80 for kids under the age of 12. Minimum of four (4) guests and maximum of nine (9) guests. Children must be six years or older to participate.
We were unable to take part in the Guided walks and will do this with our next visit. Plan your visit in advance in order to do this. Guided walks are available free of charge to visitors. Walks are led by a qualified guide who will introduce you to the fascinating Karoo ecosystems. Walks take place at 06:00 a.m. (2.5 hours), 10:00 a.m. (1.5 hours) and 15:00 p.m. (1.5 hours).
The children enjoyed the Fossil Trail. This 400m long trail depicts the geology and palaeontology of the Great Karoo. Genuine fossils and petrified wood are on display on this paved trail. This is accessible to wheelchair-users.
The boys also enjoyed the Bulkraal picnic spot and swimming pool, while my husband spent some time at the bird hide.
I’ve included information from the SANPARKS webpage in order to give you the correct fees, etc.
We will most definitely return to the Karoo National Park, as this is a place where we are able to unwind and relax.