The layout of the park, as well as its proximity to Beaufort allow birders to choose between a day visit or an extended stay.
From the park entrance (-32.363, 22.541), bird your way to the turn-off leading to the Lammetjiesleegte circular drive. The open, lowland plains on the Lammetjiesleegte circular drive are the place to look for Ludwig’s Bustard, Karoo Korhaan, Double-banded Courser, Namaqua Sandgrouse, Large-billed & Spike-heeled Lark, Karoo, Sickle-winged, Ant-eating & Tractrac Chat, Chat Flycatcher, Grey-backed Sparrow-lark, Karoo Eremomela and Rufous-eared Warbler. Black-headed Canary occurs whenever there is seeding grass and water. Sporadically, Black-eared Sparrow-lark and Lark-like Bunting move into the park and breed in large numbers, usually following very good rains.
The Karoo National Park lies just west of Beaufort West in the middle of the semi-arid Great Karoo. The expansive landscape is dominated by the impressive Nuweveld escarpment which rises 900m above the surrounding plains. Riverbeds, which are dry for most of the year, meander across the flat plains in the far west and east of the park. The altitude gradient yields a diversity of microhabitats within the park – grassveld with fynbos elements on the Nuweveld plateau, dwarf scrub on the lower plains, and Acacia thicket in the moister valleys and along watercourses.
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