Central Karoo – Camdeboo National Park
About the Birding
The Camdeboo National Park (formerly the Karoo Nature Reserve IBA) encompasses 14 500 hectares and is unusual in that it virtually surrounds the historic town of Graaff-Reinet. Located in the southern foothills of the arcing Sneeuberg range on the central Great Karoo plains, the park is largely mountainous, ranging in altitude from 805 m a.s.l. at the Sundays River to the impressive peaks of Spandaukop (1 316 m a.s.l.), Valley of Desolation (1 399 m a.s.l.) and the tallest in the region, Drie Koppe (1 565 m a.s.l.), in the east.
About the Birding Site
The vast central Karoo is one of South Africa’s most iconic ecosystems, blanketed by semi-desert drought adapted vegetation and characterised by endless plains broken only by isolated conical hills. The region is dotted with picturesque towns and villages, many with a quaint charm and old-fashioned way about them. The largest among these is the picturesque town of Graaf-Rienet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa and the administrative centre for virtually the entire Karoo region.
Other Related Information
To reach Camdeboo National Park, take the R63/Stockenstroom Street from Graaf-Rienet towards Murraysburg. As you leave town, the main reserve entrance gate is a further 3.8km’s on the left hand-side.
Notable points of interest include:
Entrance to the main game viewing area: -32.1987, 24.4865
Entrance to the Valley of Desolation: -32.2197, 24.5064
Alternate entrance to the main game viewing area: -32.2206, 24.5414