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The capitol and largest town of the Central Karoo, was named after the fifth Duke of Beaufort, father of the Cape governor, Lord Charles Somerset. This 'oasis', as it was referred to by the early residents, is also the oldest town in the region and was established in 1818 to curtail gun smuggling and general lawlessness in the region. Today it still acts as an oasis to motorists travelling on the N1 between Cape Town and Bloemfontein. Beaufort West should however not be discarded as a "stop-over-town". It offers plenty to those who are willing to explore. For instance, the region is home to the largest variety of succulents in the world. Eco-tourists and scientists come from afar to see and study these interesting plants. The nearby 60000-hectare Karoo National Park was proclaimed in 1979 to protect this unique environment and habitat to a diversity of flora and fauna, including antelope such as eland, black wildebeest, gemsbok, Cape mountain zebra, springbok and red hartebeest, 38 species of reptiles, 5 species of tortoise (largest number in a conservation area in the world), 174 species of bird life, and even the endangered black rhino. But before you take to the plains of the Karoo National Park, we recommend an investment in good quality gloves, since the only climbable trees (the only option when in flight of an angry rhinoceros) are incredibly thorny - and few and far between!!
POPULATED PLACES (CITIES, TOWNS, SUBURBS) IN GREATER BEAUFORT WEST
Beaufort West.
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LARGER NATIONAL PARKS AND NATURE RESERVES IN GREATER BEAUFORT WEST
Karoo National Park.
 
 
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