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The Karoo, meaning place of thirst in the Nama language, aptly describes this vast inland region of South Africa. It’s a land of contrasts, where barren fields are instantly transformed into carpets of colourful flowers after rains and eternal springs are found near to lakes that remain ... read more

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Riverside Guest Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Guest Lodge, Self Catering in Oudtshoorn

Riverside Lodge offers luxurious rooms as well as charming log cottages. Each cottage is fully furnished with stone f...

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R1169.0

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New Holme Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Farms, Guest Houses, Guest Lodge in Colesberg

The Karoo Gariep conservancy (10 000 ha)for the karoo Hippo is between Colesberg and Hanover. We are 8 km of the N1 h...

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R900.0

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The Country Garden Farm

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Farms, Self Catering in Ladismith

If you are looking for an affordable and relaxing getaway, The Country Garden Guest Farm is the perfect place for you...

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R500.0

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Queens Hotel

Hotels in Oudtshoorn

Colonial elegance, modern convenience
The Queen’s Hotel is an oasis of colonial elegance and wired modern convenience...

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R885.0

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Plaas Wegbreek

Guest Farms in Barrydale

Plaas Wegbreek is located off the R44, 7 km from Barrydale on the R62 route. Guests can experience the serenity and s...

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Kalahari River & Safari Co

Resorts in Kakamas

All our accommodation is keeping within the Feel of the Rugged Kalahari. Our camp is a family orientated destination,...

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R350.0

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Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Game Lodges in Oudtshoorn

Situated just outside Oudtshoorn and en route to the Cango Caves, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge offers guests luxury tented...

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R1745.0

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Jesa Accommodation & Camping Grounds

Camps, Self Catering in Graaff Reinet

We offer a variety of accommodation options from single rooms to family sized, self-contained, self-catering units as...

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R100.0

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Swartberg Pass Cottages

Cottages, Self Catering in Oudtshoorn

Here you can relax in luxurious comfort and convenience in this newly built farm-style mountain cottage with its pano...

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R1000.0

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Beau and I

Bed and Breakfast in Graaff Reinet

As the name of our establishment depicts, this is a team effort by Beau and Imelda to give top class service to our g...

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R480.0

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Karoo View Cottages Prince Albert

Bed and Breakfast, Cottages, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Prince Albert

We would like to welcome you to our child, wheelchair & pet friendly luxurious self-catering accommodation married wi...

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R795.0

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The Barracks

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Colesberg

The comfortable and spacious Barracks Accommodation has double rooms, all with private access, have their own bathroo...

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R750.0

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Bedrock Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Cottages, Self Catering in Port Nolloth

The main house (B&B) and most of the self-catering cottages are on the beachfront, making it the perfect place to enj...

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R720.0

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Hadida Guest House

Guest Houses, Self Catering in Kimberley

Comfortable and private accommodation in 16 fully equipped units with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms. Self-catering - Breakfast o...

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R650.0

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Rosa B&B

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Oudtshoorn

We have a range of rooms, sleeping parties of two to families of four. Every room has access to its own private bathr...

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R450.0

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The Falls Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Augrabies

The Falls Guest House has five luxurious units, each individually decorated . The perfect destination for the holiday...

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R685.0

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Eldorado Private Collection Self Catering Apartments.

Self Catering in Oudtshoorn

Eldorado Studios
* Fully equipped luxury self-catering bachelor units.
* Room section - 2 single beds.
* Lounge / kit...

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R772.0

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Red Stone Hills Holiday Farm

Cottages, Guest Farms in Oudtshoorn

All cottages are 120 m apart [Except Hanepoot and Vineyard - 10 m]. All [except Hanepoot] with fireplace/ open hear...

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R450.0

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Toverberg Guest House

Guest Houses in Colesberg

15 and 15A Bell Street consists of two two bedroom units and 5 Bell Street of 2 one bedroom units with an extra bedro...

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R420.0

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Maskam Guest Farm

Guest Farms in Vanrhynsdorp

Situated 10km from Vanrhynsdorp Western Cape at the foot of the Maskam berg, Maskam Guest farm offers warm hospitalit...

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R710

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Profcon Resort

Cottages, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Graaff Reinet

Facilities Available:

- All units air conditioned
- Ceiling fans
- Braai facilities
- Childrens playground
- Sp...

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R1050.0

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Aan die Oewer Bed & Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast in Graaff Reinet

Situated on the banks of the Sundays River in a quiet part of this historical town, Aan-die-Oewer offers both B&B (fu...

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R600.0

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Eagle's Nest

Self Catering in Graaff Reinet

With a variety of offerings to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy staying with us. We hope to see you again!
Ful...

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R450.0

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Die Dorpshuis

Guest Houses, Self Catering in Calitzdorp

Die Dorpshuis was built in the late 1800's as a prestige residence for an unknown person. Since then it was extended ...

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R450

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Vrede in De Rust

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in De Rust

Vrede in De Rust BnB offers a tranquil, luxurious and very homey accommodation on the famous Cape Route 62.

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R1000.0

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Mc Kala Guest House

Bed and Breakfast in Kimberley

McKala is a luxury and tranquil guest house situated in the place known as the Diamond City of the Northern Cape Prov...

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R595.0

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Country Village Self Catering Units

Bed and Breakfast in Graaff Reinet

As you enter this estate in the middle of Graaff–Reinet, the first thing that strikes you is the air of tranquility t...

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R500.0

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Aloe Manor

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Oudtshoorn

All the rooms includes the following: Dstv bouquet, fridge freezer, safe parking, coffee/tea facilities, four star br...

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Braai Area
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R600.0

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Bella de Karoo

Guest Houses in Calitzdorp

There are seven separate rooms and three rooms in the manor house. Breakfast is included in the rate and guests have ...

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R500.0

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Oasis Shanti Backpackers

Backpacker in Oudtshoorn

This small and friendly backpackers is located in a cheerful old house with a big shady garden, a large swimming pool...

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R240.0

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More info about Karoo

The Karoo, meaning place of thirst in the Nama language, aptly describes this vast inland region of South Africa. It’s a land of contrasts, where barren fields are instantly transformed into carpets of colourful flowers after rains and eternal springs are found near to lakes that remain dry for years.  

The Karoo is geologically divided into the Great and Little Karoo, the Swartberg Mountain range splitting the two regions. The Little Karoo lies in a valley and is more fertile and mountainous than the Great Karoo. Combined, this arid area is roughly 500000km² in size.

Dig a little deeper and you will find a living desert filled with interesting creatures and nocturnal animals, diverse succulents, copper-infused rocks, old farmsteads and the occasional reclusive artist selling creative gems from home. Stare in awe at the big blue skies in the day and celestial showcase by night.

In the Karoo, visitors are able to appreciate the wide open spaces and the silence, broken only by the sound of a sheep bell. Being in a vast land where human contact is irregular, the warm and friendly locals welcome visitors and make every effort to ensure their return.

Travel a dirt road here and you will greeted by every passing vehicle driver, cyclist and pedestrian.

 

Top 8 reasons to visit the Karoo

1. The Little Karoo is mostly ostrich and fruit country, visit the ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn to learn more about this large bird, travel to Barrydale to sample the region’s wines and deciduous fruits, and take a break at the hot springs resort in Calitzdorp.

2. From Oudtshoorn, head over the Swartberg Pass – into the Great Karoo – to reach the pretty town of Prince Albert with its 19 national monuments and tasty olives. Further on is Beaufort West, a well-known fossil bearing area with good hiking and 4x4 trails. 

3. Sutherland is officially the coldest town in South Africa. It’s also where the astronomical observatory is located due to the absence of light pollution and regular clear skies. Check out the observatory while there, the largest in the southern hemisphere.

4. To the east is Graaff-Reinet, one of the country’s best preserved towns. Visit the starkly beautiful Valley of Desolation in the nearby Camdeboo National Park.

5. The Tankwa Karoo National Park is located in the country’s driest region yet over 120 bird species and a surprising amount of mammals are found here, including bat eared fox, baboon, leopard, porcupine and honey badger.

6. The large town of Kimberley was established following the discovery of diamonds in the 1800s. Tour the Big Hole, the deepest manmade hole that resulted in the scramble for diamonds, and have a drink at the world’s only drive-in bar.

7. Port Nolloth on the west coast of South Africa was once used as a harbour to transport copper via sea to Cape Town. Wagons loaded with copper would arrive until a train line was established further up the coast. The bay serves a small fishing community where rock lobster attracts hungry tourists.    

8. The Augrabies falls at the Augrabies Falls National Park is a spectacular sight following rains when the Orange River is forced through a tiny ravine and the gushing waters cascade down into a pool 56m below. There are 48 mammal species recorded here and exciting hiking and mountain bike trails crisscross the park.

 

Transport

Depending on your location, the international airports are OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to the north and Cape Town International in the south. Kimberley has a domestic airport. Several towns such as Beaufort West, Springbok and Upington have small airports for chartered flights. Car rentals can be ordered at the airports and a few major towns. Use a hired car to travel the Karoo and opt for a 4x4 vehicle to best experience the region. The Trans-Karoo train stops off in Kimberley and Matjiesfontein on its route between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

 

Did you know?

Expect to taste authentic lamb and mutton dishes in the Karoo, after all, this is sheep country. Karoo lamb is certified according to the Karoo Meat of Origin label and is similar to the protection given to other products such as Parma ham.

Following the Karoo Ice Age of between 260 and 360 million years ago, higher oxygen levels produced large insects such as a millipede 1.8m long and scorpions reaching 70cm in length. Fortunately for us, they all died out.