Wildlife & Animals – Karoo NP

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Lion and black rhino have been re-introduced, but as large parts of the park are inaccessible, sightings of these animals are unlikely. As a result, the park shouldn't be considered a prime wildlife viewing destination. A good variety of antelope species inhabits the park including springbok, eland, red hartebeest and klipspringer.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
HippoNone
ZebraCommon
LionRare
HyenaNone

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Two types of zebra are found in the park: the common Burchell's zebra and the rare endemic Cape mountain zebra. The localized black wildebeest is a common companion to the zebra as both like to eat the same grass. Bat-eared fox is one of the small predators to look out for. Groups of suricate can be seen scanning the surrounds by standing on their hind feet before diving into their burrows.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Karoo National Park is comparable throughout the year, but since the heat of the summer months (October to April) can be unbearable, the best time to visit is in the cooler winter months (May to September).

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