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Karoo National Park Unterkunfte
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Beaufort West
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Shortly after my last review I had to drive from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Not knowing how the traffic conditions would be on this journey of 1500kms I did not book an overnight stay until we were well advanced on our journey in the late afternoon. I phoned Karoo from the car, and a chalet was available which I asked them to keep. It was not a problem, and in spite of us reaching the Park after 1700pm it had been kept as promised. The Ladies on reception were so pleasant and friendly; the Lady in the shop likewise. We felt relaxed within minutes of arrival, but the best was yet to come ! The Dining room was fantastic and the Staff well-trained, friendly and efficient. The food was outstanding at both meals. Although we needed to continue our journey we took afew moments to look at the " Fossil trail" nearby. An excellent and unusual facility which everyone should see - it is well-maintained (thanks to Professional Curators and PG Glass !) and highly educational for all ages. Well done to SAN Parks !! Park now has the Big 5 as well

Room Tip: The surroundings here apply to all units, and it must be one of the quietest destinations in the Wor...
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

We really enjoyed our overnight stay here on our way to Cape Town. We opted for one of the large cottages which was very spacious, well equipped and really clean. The catering in the restaurant was excellent, both dinner and breakfast. Friendly staff. Magnificent views. Peace and quiet. A lovely stay.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Dont expect designer furniture and chic accommodation. What you do get is very clean selfcatering accommodation and plus plus views ! The drives are absolutely breathtaking and roads really good.Lots of buck....lions seems to be on holiday most of the time...will have to go back when they get back !
Breakfast included in price. Much better than the franchised restuarants. Fantasticly friendly staff !
About 6 hours drive from Cape Town at Beaufort West.
You will only hear your own breathing at night !! Fantastic place to relax.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

What a great discovery this was. Large and comfortable cottage accommodation (bedrooms, living room, kitchen area, verandah/stoep) looking out on the magnificent vistas of the Karoo National Park in which it is sited. Matchless peace for quality space. And full breakfast is included in the quality restaurant where dinner is also available if you are not self-catering (what a contrast to some grim eateries in the Kruger National Park). Their arrangements seemed designed both for those choosing to pay a proper visit to this beautiful park but also for those making a shorter overnight from the Joburg - Cape Town road , from which it is only a very short detour.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

This is the second time we have stayed at the Karoo National Park and we were not disappointed. We booked a cottage and could have gone for self catering in the nicely appointed kitchen but opted for dinner in the restaurant which was really good. The waitresses were all very friendly and had great fun teasing my husband about what he had seen in the park - just to hear his atrocious Afrikaans grammar and accent. Great fun! Spent a lovely day on the 4 by 4 trail which just wasn't enough time when you have to stop at every bush to look at the abundant birdlife. We didn't see the lions so we will have to return

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

Accommodation airy and spotlessly clean. Cottages situated in a lovely spot to view the mountains and the glorious sunsets. Animals wander around the fence and birds are plentiful around the cottages. The campsite provides wonderful birding as well. Staff very friendly and helpful

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Karoo National Park, Beaufort West 6970, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Beaufort West
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Beaufort West
Number of rooms: 38

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