Regular travellers between Gauteng and Cape Town know this park near Beaufort West as an ideal stopover, but those visitors really in the know come for the breathtaking panoramas and fascinating fossils. As the name suggests, the park is situated in the heart of the Karoo, the perfect place to get a sense of the powerful silence of nature.

On a three-night breakaway to Karoo National Park, you’ll be able to explore its furthest reaches. Game is plentiful and birding is rewarding, but it’s the vastness that will leave you giddy on atmosphere and beauty.

– Romi Boom, Wild 28

Main attractions

  • 4×4 trails
  • Vast Karoo landscape
  • Fossil Trail


  • Guided game drives
  • Hiking
  • Picnic area
  • Interpretive centre
  • Birding and bird hide

Top sightings: Klipspringer, lion, springbok, Verreaux’s eagle

Accommodation: Chalets, camping

Gate times: 05:00 – 22:00

Nearest centre: Beaufort West is 12km away (about 10 minutes).

Know before you go

  • Fuel and other supplies can be purchased in the nearby town of Beaufort West.
  • The Fossil Trail is accessible to wheelchair users.

Contact park: (0)23 415 2828/9, [email protected]

SANParks Central Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111, [email protected]

Visit Karoo National Park’s home page.