Proclaimed in 1979, the Karoo National Park is situated on the southern slopes of the Nuweveld Mountains near Beaufort West and is home to approximately fifty-eight endemic species of animals, quite apart from birds and reptiles. Even though the vegetation is sparse, one cannot expect to see them all in only just over a day. Time, as well as the luck factor, determines what one can see during a drive. The animals we saw tended to be scattered over a wide area and did not occur in great herds.
Among the animals we saw was a kudu bull peering at us from behind a bush.
Later, we were delighted to come across more kudu in the company of Cape mountain zebras.
A lone springbok seemed unperturbed by our presence.
It is always wonderful to come across the majestic looking gemsbok.
The red hartebeest shone like burnished copper in the sun.
A small troop of baboons crossed the road ahead of us and proceeded to fan through the veld where they nibbled on grass seeds and overturned stones looking for insects to eat.
There were other animals too, some too far from the road for a good photograph. Sadly, we had only one full day in the park – we clearly need to spend a lot more time there!