The Karoo National Park is a mostly semi-desert isolated area near the town of Beaufort West in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Conservation on this reserve is for both animals and vegetation; a local farmer campaigned for a reservation in the area in the 1950s, but it was not until the 1970s that the nature foundation acted and established the Karoo National Park in South Africa. Now, plenty of activities and facilities are available within the park. Visitors can roam the hiking trails or book a tour of the park to view Karoo wildlife on a guided safari. Accommodations can be found either at the main rest camp, several cottages and chalets, or the 24 other RV and camping sites located throughout the park.
The harsh conditions and unforgiving landscape of Karoo Game Reserve are hardly factors of an ideal conservation site, but life flourishes in this semi-desert park, and it is the oldest of the known complex terrestrial environments. Kudu and springbok find plenty of pastures for grazing and places to raise their young. The Karoo National Park is also home to the largest tortoise in South Africa. While some of the animals are naturally occurring, others have been transferred to this park, including the mountain zebra, the rhinoceros, and the buffalo.
Wild adventures abound in the Karoo National Park in South Africa. Scenic drives on the Nuweveld and Afsaal EcoTrails are free of charge and full of wildlife encounters. The Embizweni Cottage lies on the 55-mile Nuweveld trail and is available for overnight visitors. Other ways to enjoy the Karoo Game Reserve are by hiking along the three trails, swimming, and the bird hide at the dam near the main rest camp, in addition to the guided tours.
Accommodations at Karoo Game Reserve are quite comfortable, and breakfast is included everywhere except at the campsites. Guests will enjoy excellent facilities during their stay at the park, including a swimming pool, picnic areas with recreational facilities, a gift shop, and conference facilities. From the rest camp, tourists can go to Beaufort West for a bit of culture at the Chris Barnard Museum, take in a round of golf, visit some local shops, or just fuel up their rental cars at the gas station.
Karoo National Park is home to a magnificent diversity of wildlife adapted to live in the harsh conditions of this arid ecosystem. Despite the unforgiving territory, it is one of the most important conservation areas in South Africa. The experience at Karoo National Park in South Africa is unique, and visiting this reserve is among the best things to do in South Africa, especially if you're visiting other game reserves as well. Beaufort West is some distance away from other large cities such as Port Elizabeth or Johannesburg, but the range of activities and accommodations at this park are enough to keep visitors happy for quite some time.