About the Lodge
Guests arriving at the Karoo National Park just outside of Beaufort West do so generally with one thing in mind: exploring. An elephantine ecosystem and home to a collection of fossils dating back millions of years, the Karoo park plays host to fascinating cross section of specially adapted species, capable of surviving the area's harsh climate.
Sunsets drenched in rose-amber hues are framed by the lofty Nuweveld Mountains and neighbouring plains. Many of the park's endemic species have been relocated to their former ranges, such as black rhino and buffalo, as well as Cape mountain zebra, while over twenty breeding pairs of black eagle are to be found within the park.
All accommodation in the main Karoo Park Rest Camp is serviced daily and equipped with bedding, towels and soap. Inclusive in the acccommodation costs is a prepared breakfast (except in camp sites).
Available for accommodation are:
• Eight family units, finished in a Cape Dutch style. Each unit has two bedrooms, sleeping six in total, and bathrooms are en suite, with baths and showers. Limited channel access DSTV is also installed, and kitchens come equipped with a kettle, toaster, stove, oven, fridge, cutlery and crockery. Unit number eight has been customised for people with limited mobility, its bathroom being fitted with just a bath.
• Nineteen units in a similar Cape Dutch style are also available, with open-plan living quarters, two single beds and a double sleeper couch. Kitchenettes are finished with basic equipment, while bathrooms are fitted with a shower and a bath each. Two units are also adapted for people with limited mobility, containing only showers.
• Ten Cape Dutch style cottages each come with one bedroom (with double bed), an open plan kitchen and lounge, a bathroom with shower, and limited channel access DSTV. Kitchens are fitted with microwave ovens and three-plate hobs.
Camping facilities are also made available:
• Tenty-four award-winning camping and caravan campsites are completed with communal ablutions (including showers and baths), and kitchen facilities with stove plates and a scullery. Caravan sites are equipped with 220V electricity points, accommodating a maximum of six people, one caravan with a side tent and one vehicle, one tent and one vehicle, or one autovilla or motorised caravan per site.
Leisurely game viewing is facilitated right from inside one's own vehicle, visitors in 4 x 4 vehicles having access to the ninety kilometer Nuweveld , and thirteen kilometer Afsaal EcoTrail. The Nuweveld route also avails guests to the Embizweni Cottage for an overnight stop, a fully equipped unit capable of accommodating up to six guests with a gas-powered stove, fridge and geysers. Lights are solar powered.
Those opting for a more scenic drive should consider the environmentally friendly Klipspringer Pass and its panoramic viewpoint at Rooivalle.
Guided game drives are also provided, conducted under the supervision of trained and enthusiastic staff. A minimum of four people are required for such a drive, each drive accommodating up to nine passengers.
Guests wishing to take in a hiking trail may want to consider either the Bossie Trail, the Pointer Hiking Trail or the Karoo Fossil Trail.
Facilities at the camp include breakfast for all units barring campsites, licensed restaurant open from 7 AM to 10 AM, and from 6 PM to 9 PM respectively, shop supplying curios and basic commodities between 7:30 AM and 8 PM, an interpretive Centre, washing - machine and tumble drier facilities in the camping site for which tokens are available at reception, picnic, braai (barbecue) and bathroom facilities for day visitors at Bulkraal, a swimming pool available to resident guests only, fully equipped and catered conference facilities, and a public telephone.
Pets are not allowed in the Karoo Park Rest Camp or Karoo National Park. Firearms must be declared and sealed at the front gate, to be unsealed upon departure.
Vehicle repair, medical, post office and police services are available at Clarens or Bethlehem. Motorcycles or bicycles are not allowed in the park
Fuel stations are available in Beaufort West. Guests should take the area's sudden weather changes into account when packing suitable clothing for their trip, while hikers on day trails should always carry sufficient water.
Indigenous animals in the Karoo area include Burchell’s Zebra (with Quagga bred characteristics), gemsbok, eland, Black Rhinoceros, vervet monkey and many others.
For bird watchers, the area produces Karoo Korhaan, Ludwig’s Bustard and Namaqua Sandgrouse, while the campsites specifically yield Acacia Pied Barbet, Red-eyed Bulbul, Karoo Scrub Robin, Cape Robin-chat, Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler, Layard’s Tit-babbler, Yellow-bellied Eremomola, and a host more.
A selection of local vegetation yields Montane Karoo grassy shrublands, Karoo grassy dwarf shrublands, Karoo succulent dwarf shrublands, and riparian thicket, as well as and Motane Karoo dwarf shrublands away from the escarpment.
How to get there:
• The Park is a convenient stopover on the N1 route between Cape Town and the interior of the country. Cape Town is situated about 500 km south of the Park. Johannesburg is situated about 1000 km north of the Park.
• The Karoo National Park rest Camp is situated 12 km from the town of Beaufort West in the Western Cape, off the N1 highway.
• All internal roads are tarred, with the exception of the 4x4 Trail. Coaches and buses cannot access all roads in the Park – drivers should contact Park Reception for more information.
The closest airport is situated in George, approximately 300 km from the Park. International airports are situated in Cape Town and Johannesburg. An airport for small aircraft is situated 10 km north of Beaufort West (no scheduled flights).
GPS: -32.3634 (latitude), 22.5412 (longitude)
• Gate Hours are from 5 AM to 10 PM. Late arrivals are not allowed through without prior arrangement with park officials.