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Karoo National Park

Mammals & Reptiles

Because of the sparse vegetation, game viewing in Karoo National Park is easily facilitated. Best viewing is achieved on the 13km “Lammertjiesleegte” Route on the plains.

Large herbivores such as Red Hartebeest, Black Wildebeest, Eland, the two zebra species, kudu and springbok are all regularly seen. Klipspringer are regularly seen on the pass of the same name. Other species are less obvious due to smaller size, nocturnal habits or restriction to the wilderness areas of the park.

Cape rock elephant-shrew Cape Fox
Smith's rock elephant-shrew Bat-eared Fox
Round-eared elephant-shrew Cape Clawless Otter
Lesser red musk shrew Striped Polecat
Forest shrew Water Mongoose
Lesser dwarf shrew Yellow Mongoose
Common split-faced bat Small Grey Mongoose
Cape serotine bat Suricate
Melck's serotine bat Small-spotted Genet
Vervet monkey Aardwolf
Chacma Baboon Caracal
Cape Hare African Wildcat
Scrub Hare Antbear (Aardvark)
Smith’s Red Rock Rabbit Rock Hyrax
Riverine Rabbit Black Rhinoceros
Pouched mouse Cape Mountain Zebra
Grey pygmy climbing mouse Burchell’s Zebra with Quagga bred
Pygmy mouse Black Wildebeest
Short-tailed gerbil Red Hartebeest
Hairy-footed gerbil Springbok
Grant's rock mouse Klipspringer
Namaqua rock mouse Steenbok
Multimammate mouse Gemsbok
Striped mouse Kudu
Saunders' vlei rat Eland
Panthea Leo Lion
Karoo bush rat Common Duiker
Spectacled Dormouse Gemsbok
Porcupine Grey Rhebuck
Common Molerat Mountain reedbuck
Brown Hyena  


Karoo National Park has a very rich reptilian fauna. Of particular significance are the 5 species of tortoise. However there is also a terrapin, an agama, 2 chameleons, a monitor, 18 snakes and several geckos, skinks and lizards.

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