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  • Comfortable traditional bushveld chalets offer great value
  • Game drives, 4x4 trails, mountain biking, hiking and more
  • Well located break for long journeys into far flung parts of the Karoo

Ko-Ka Tsara Bushcamp

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

10km from Beaufort West


-32.2555, 22.5738


Surrounded by mountainous, pristine Karoo veld on a private reserve with more than 20 species of game and almost 200 bird species, Ko-Ka Tsara Bushcamp is a tranquil getaway which treats guests to an entertaining, relaxing self-catering holiday.

The game farm’s owner, Werner Koster, put his heart and soul into creating the camp, building the seven thatched A-frame chalets from the ground up, using poplar wood and stone. Handmade furniture and slate floors contributed to a rustic feel which suits the wildness of the surrounds. This doesn’t mean that the chalets aren’t comfortable, as each is appointed with air conditioning and heating, along with a fully-equipped kitchen. Outside, guests can enjoy a braai on the patio while admiring the pretty gardens and rocky hills surrounding the camp. 

The chalets are set up with two three-quarter beds on the ground level, and two single beds reached via a sturdy ladder, which will appeal to a child or young-hearted adult’s sense of adventure.

To make self-catering smoother, the camp is able to supply chicken or succulent Karoo lamb braai packs. For larger groups, jovial gatherings around the campfire in the boma can be arranged. Other facilities at the camp include a very comfortable lounge area with satellite television and a well-stocked adjoining bar, as well as a swimming pool to beat the Karoo summer heat. The lush lawns provide a perfect playground for children, while the adults relax on loungers under the shade of tall trees. 

The activity options are plentiful at Ko-Ka Tsara, making a stay particularly memorable. The reserve’s wildlife and mountainous Karoo landscape can be fully appreciated on morning or late afternoon drives in an open Land Rover, conducted by an experienced guide with a thorough knowledge of the area.

There are several walking trails to explore, catering to all fitness levels, with the toughest of these rewarding guests with a spectacular view over the Nuweveld mountains and Karoo plains. Along the way, hikers can refresh in one of the serene river pools. Serious mountain bikers can take on a wonderful, challenging route through the reserve, while a more leisurely ride can be taken on the family trail. Meanwhile, those with a thirst for off-road adventure should try out the testing 4x4 route, which can be made even more special with sundowner snacks or picnic baskets arranged by the camp.

To make the most of their stay in the Karoo, guests can embark on day trips to the Karoo National Park, where bird hides, game viewing and fossil exploring trails are sure to delight visitors.

In the little town of Beaufort West, pay a visit to the number of historical sites and the Chris Barnard Museum, or for something a little different, take a sundowner donkey cart tour. Ancient rock engravings can be seen at the Nelspoort rock engraving complexes, while golfers can have a round at one of the few grass courses in the area. At the end of the day, the sky above becomes an unspoilt carpet of stars, stamping yet another memorable mark on the Ko-Ka Tsara experience.

Rates & Summary

7 self-catering chalets

Each sleeps 4 in 2 three quarter and 2 single beds
En-suite shower
Kitchen and dining area
Outdoor seating area and braai area 
Garden and mountain views


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Braai packs and salads can be supplied


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Set in the Nuweveld Mountains of the Great Karoo outside Beaufort West, Ko-Ka Tsara Bushcamp has seven self-catering chalets catering to couples, families or groups, complemented by facilities such as a swimming pool, outdoor boma and bar. Guests can enjoy a private self-catering holiday at this secluded bush camp, which offers game viewing and a variety of other exciting activities on a beautiful 10 000 hectare private game reserve.


  • Comfortable traditional bushveld chalets offer great value
  • Game drives, 4x4 trails, mountain biking, hiking and more
  • Well located break for long journeys into far flung parts of the Karoo

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Swimming in the river
  • Game drives
  • Walking trails
  • Mountain biking
  • 4x4 route
  • Nearby: Karoo National Park, donkey cart trips, fossil trails, rock art, golf course, Chris Barnard Museum


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • No television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • Pets welcome
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Central Karoo

Western Cape


The Central Karoo falls within the Western Cape Province and embraces the south-western region of the vast and semi-arid Great Karoo. In keeping with the typical character of the Karoo the area is sparsely populated, with just a few towns scattered across the plains amongst large sheep and game farms.

Beaufort West is the main town of the region, with the nearby Karoo National Park being a big visitor draw card to the area. The region is home to two popular villages - Matjiesfontein, alongside the N1, and Prince Albert, tucked snugly at the base of the Swartberg Mountains.

In the north of the region the landscape has a prehistoric appearance, with conical hills and flat-topped ridges peppering the encircling horizon. A slight surge of the imagination could spark images of smoke and ash and oozing lava, with dinosaurs stomping along the valleys and gorges - a scene, perhaps, from the region eons ago. 

Further south the countryside loses altitude rapidly, tumbling more than 1 000m down the slopes of the rugged Nuweveld Mountains. It then levels out onto a vast plain that sweeps towards its southern boundary at the Swartberg Mountains, over 100km away.

Many travellers only pass through the region along the thin line of the N1. The Nuweveld Mountains north of Beaufort West may look interesting, but the plains to the south are more or less featureless. However, this perception should be tempered by the fact that the area contains more species of flora than the entire United Kingdom.

As with much of the Karoo, one has to get out on foot and explore to discover its true appeal. The region has a good choice of guest farms offering a range of Karoo experiences. Beaufort West, the northern ‘gateway’ to the Western Cape, is a busy town and one where many travellers stop in to refuel and have a bite to eat. Recently it has seen an increase in the number and quality of its guesthouses as tourism in South Africa’s platteland catches on.

The Central Karoo is more suited to the explorer than the tourist - to those who enjoy seeking the less obvious joys and novelties, and who enjoy the experience of the journey as much as the destination. 

Look out for

The Karoo National Park- On the outskirts of Beaufort West this 88 000ha park conserves the habitats and wildlife typical of the plains and mountains of the semi-arid Karoo. It is ostensibly a scenic park but there are a number of creatures to look out for during a game drive. Plains game includes gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest and plains zebra in the low-lying areas, while klipspringer and Cape mountain zebra can be seen in the mountains. Top species to spot are the desert black rhino and the recently introduced pride of lions. For birdwatchers the list of around 200 species is quite impressive for the region. The road network has been upgraded to allow access to some of the mountains as well as the plains, and for the adventurous there are two easy 4x4 trails heading into the western reaches of the park. Day visitors are welcome. Accommodation is in chalets and caravan and camping sites.

Matjiesfontein - On the N1, 240km from Cape Town, there is a unique Victorian village which has changed little since its establishment in the late 19th century. The Lord Milner Hotel and other buildings seem to send one into a time warp. For those who enjoy antiques and Victoriana, the Marie Rawdon Museum is fascinating.

Prince Albert - This charming Karoo village at the base of the Swartberg Mountains has a large following of avid fans. It is situated on the R407, 45km south of the N1.

Meiringspoort - This scenically spectacular road is situated on the N12 as it meanders through the Swartberg Mountains. Once in the poort (narrow pass between precipitous mountains), the serpentine road winds around sheer cliffs of orange rock and across the mostly serene waters of the Groot Rivier (Great River), which it crosses 25 times. It falls within the Swartberg Nature Reserve and there are numerous well-maintained picnic sites along the way, some with braai facilities. It is easy to spend half a day exploring the pass. Make a point of stopping at Waterfall Drift picnic site and taking the short stairway to view the waterfall with its 60m drop.

The Swartberg Pass - This sinuous gravel road climbs and dips between Prince Albert and Matjiesrivier valley near the Cango Caves in the Klein Karoo. It is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world.

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