Accommodation near Karoo National Park

The idea of a park in the Karoo region came into being when local farmer and twitcher, William Quinton campaigned for a conservation area that would act as a sanctuary for endangered wildlife. The park only materialised, however, two decades later when SanPARKS proposed to establish a reserve that would be representative of the Nama Karoo Biome. After considering numerous places, it was decided that Beaufort West would be the chosen venue of this venture. In a gesture of support, 7209-hectares of land found north-west of the town was donated by the Beaufort West Council to SANPARKS. Today, the reserve harbours abundant birdlife, a variety of game and sparse vegetation of succulents and shrubbery.

Once having entered through the gates of the park, visitors will be welcomed in by the towering Nuweveld Mountains, and the rolling plains and savannahs. While the park is home to endless varietals of game, what makes this park wholly unique is that has the largest density of tortoises in the world – with five varietals roaming about the park in an unhurried fashion. Apart from the reptiles, the park is a sanctuary for the Cape mountain zebra (animals that were once on the verge of extinction but now exist in vast herds), springboks and the endangered black rhino. The Karoo National Park is also a twitcher haven, where twittering red-winged sterlings and masked weaves fly around the vast, open skies. Raptors and birds of prey include the likes of martial eagles, the reticent Cape eagle-owl, and twenty breeding pairs of the verraux black eagle.

What makes the Karoo National Park even more of a tourist is that it forms part of the largest and oldest land ecosystem in South Africa. This unique geological biome is home to a large collecting area of petrified fossils from animals that lived in a bygone era. This is certainly worth adding onto the itinerary for visitors who are budding archaeologists.

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
Rooiheuwel Holiday Farm
0.1 km


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From R250 PPS

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Rooiheuwel is situated submontane of the Nuveld Mountains in the Great Karoo, 80km west of Beaufort West and 60km north of Leeu Gamka. In this mountained topography you can refresh yourself with the m... More Info

Savoy Hotel Beaufort West
0.2 km

From R390 PPS

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The new addition to the Savoy Hotels Group is the Savoy Heritage Hotel in Beaufort West. The hotel, previously known as Queens Hotel was first built in 1894 and recently restored to reflect a fusion o... More Info

17 On Bird Guest House
0.2 km

From R425 PPS

Travelling the N1 takes you through the historical and convenient stop over town of Beaufort West. Famous Bird Street boasts residence to most of the Guest Houses in town creating an atmosphere of war... More Info

Matoppo Inn Guest House
0.3 km

From R425 PPS

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Matoppo Inn is a beautifully restored Drostdy Building, dating back to the 17th century and is situated within a sprawling, lush estate in the heart of the Karoo. This Guest House is an urban sanct... More Info

Beaufort Manor Country Lodge
0.3 km

From R450 PPS

Beaufort Manor is situated in the Karoo town of Beaufort West, offering designer B&B suites or self-catering cottages set in beautiful rose gardens. The town of Beaufort West is ideally situated on... More Info

Die Herehuis
0.3 km

From R312 PPS

Old Victorian style house build in the early 1900. Stables have been rebuilt to Luxury onsuite family chalets. Here you will feel at home and comfortable in an old world charm and all your needs will... More Info

Appirklaas Self-Catering Units
0.3 km

From R460 PPS

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Free Wi-Fi to our guests. Appirklaas offers guests 9 spacious and stylish rooms for quality accommodation. Stylishly decorated, comprehensively furnished each room includes an en-suite bathroom an... More Info

 La Paix Guest House
0.5 km

From R360 PPS

La Paix Guest House is situated in a quiet neighbourhood in Beaufort West, 600 meters from the main road (N1), with the Nieuveld mountain range north of the Heart of the Central Karoo, birthplace of t... More Info

Donkin Country House
0.5 km

From R370 PPS

Free Wi-Fi for all guests. A mainstream 3-STAR guest house situated in the heart of the Karoo. Centrally situated in Beaufort West, a town best renowned for its historical buildings and old muse... More Info

Pepper Tree Cottage
0.5 km

From R375 PPS

Pepper Tree Cottage Beaufort West is a quaint cottage in a Cape Dutch Style situated in a quiet area. The kitchen living room has a TV, aircon and an extra mattress if needed. . There is a safe lock ... More Info

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Beaufort West Reviews

Beaufort West
My favourite stop.
- Julian FENN

Beaufort West
Beautiful little town in the Karoo.
- Murray Kernick

Beaufort West
Unfortunately there was a unpleasant encounter, luckily not anything to do with us. After booking in and getting everything sorted at our lodging, we went to go look for a shop to buy the essentials. We witnessed a person stealing a bag of potatoes from the back of someone's bakkie. Unfortunately for the thief I jumped out of our vehicle and quickly took the potato bag from him and returned it to the owner. But this incident is just a minority of the things we experience in our own towns and cities.
It will definitely not deter us from returning to Beaufort West.

- Hein Fourie

Beaufort West
I found Beaufort West a very "pass through" kind of town, busy and a bit grubby.
- Russell Cross

Beaufort West
Nice old town
- Jan Kotze

Beaufort West
Very nice town, had dinner at The Karoo Deli and have to say that the food was good and well priced.
- Jaco Pietersen

Beaufort West
Very quiet and Peacefull
- John Francis

Beaufort West
As a stop over place, it is ok.
- Mark Upfold

Beaufort West
My stay was brief but the town was friendly.
- Mac Hlongwane

Beaufort West
- Jules Fenn