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Mammals

Because of the sparse vegetation, game viewing in Karoo National Park is easily facilitated. Some of the best viewing is achieved on the 13km Lammertjiesleegte route on the plains.

Large herbivores such as red hartebeest, eland, zebra, 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 their smaller size, nocturnal habits or restriction to the wilderness areas of the Park.

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

Reptiles

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