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Karoo National Park

Activities & Facilities


  • Take a scenic drive along the picturesque Klipspringer Pass with its environmentally friendly style of construction and the scenic viewpoint at Rooivalle.
  • Embark on self-drive game viewing in your own vehicle.

4x4 Eco-Trails

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.
    These two routes branch off the Potlekkertjie Loop and are available free of charge.
    About 50 kilometres of the Nuweveld trail is a Grade one 4x4 trail with some steep, rocky sections and sandy dry river crossings.

  • The Embizweni Cottage is available for visitors to overnight on the Nuweveld Trail.
    The cottage provides fully-equipped accommodation for six people with a gas-powered stove, fridge and geysers as well as solar-powered lights.
    Costs: R857 for 1 - 4 guests. R215 for each additional adult. R108 for each additional child.
    Bookings: Book via the park's reception at or phone on +27 (0)23 415 2828.

  • The Kookfontein Loop (7km) and Sandrivier Loop (7km) branch off the Nuweveld and Afsaal Loops respectively, providing varied 4x4 route options.

  • The Pienaars Pass (own vehicle)
    R217.15 per vehicle.

Guided game drives

  • Drives are led by knowledgeable guides. Departure times can be confirmed at reception.

  • Morning Drive (2-3 hours)
    Cost: R832 (the first four people)
    R208 (per additional adult)
    R104 (per additional child under 12 years)
    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: R680 (the first four people)
    R170 (per additional adult)
    R85 (per additional child under 12 years)
    Minimum of four (4) guests and maximum of nine (9) guests. Children must be six years or older to participate.

Guided walks

  • 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.
    The times of the guided walks are:
    - Summer: 06:00 and 11:00
    - Winter: 07:00 and 11:00
    All visitors who intend doing a hike, MUST book at Reception BEFORE 19:00 the day prior to the intended hike, to ensure the availability of a guide.

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
    Accessible to wheelchair-users.

Bird hides

  • A bird hide is situated at the dam near the main rest camp.

Picnic Facilities

  • The Bulkraal picnic spot has a swimming pool, ablution and braai facilities.

Note to Travellers

  • Please note that tourist roads may be closed at times during heavy or prolonged rainy conditions or as a result of road maintenance.

Community Levy

A community levy of 1% will be added to the cost of all accommodation and activity reservations arriving on or after the 1st of June 2012.


  • Fully licensed a la carte restaurant which is open for breakfast and dinner from 07:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 18:00 p.m. to 21:00 p.m. respectively.
  • Shop where curios and basic commodities may be purchased between 07:30 a.m. and 20:00 p.m.
  • Interpretive Centre
  • Washing machine and tumble drier in the camping site. Tokens are available at reception for R10.
  • Picnic, braai and ablution facilities for day visitors at Bulkraal picnic site.
  • Swimming pool for resident guests only.
  • Public telephone
  • No ATM facility available

Conference Facilities

  • Full conference equipment and catering service
    Reservations: Tel +27 12 426 5025 or Fax +27 (0)12 343 2005/6

The town of Beaufort West is 12 kilometres away from the rest camp, with shops, a golf course, pharmacy, fuel station, hospital, bowling green, and the Chris Barnard Museum.

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