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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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Sonas Boutique Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Oudtshoorn

Situated in an exclusive enclave of Oudtshoorn, a mere 2km from the Town Centre, with magnificent views of the stunni...

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Cecil John Rhodes Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Kimberley

Experience the wealth and luxury of yesteryear at this historical property built in 1895.
Our eight elegantly decor...

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R450

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Hummingbird Suite

Apartments, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Kimberley

The Hummingbird Suite offers a luxurious and comfortable stay.

This peaceful haven can accommodate up to 6 adults...

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De Avond Rust B&B

Bed and Breakfast, Cottages, Guest Houses in Oudtshoorn

Our air-conditioned cottages are situated next to the sparkling pool, while the main bedrooms are warmly situated in ...

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R700.0

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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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Old Mill Lodge & Restaurant

Bed and Breakfast, Bungalows, Chalets, Guest Farms, Self Catering in Oudtshoorn

You can have lunch or dinner at our restaurant. Our 4 Star rooms consist of air-conditioners, TVs and coffee and tea ...

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Carmel Villa B&B and Self Catering

Bed and Breakfast, Cottages, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Calvinia

Carmel Villa B&B and Self Catering is situated in the historic town of Calvinia in the Northern Cape. Local attractio...

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R550

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Die Lemoenhuis

Cottages, Self Catering in Calvinia

Die Lemoenhuis is a cosy self catering cottage located in Calvinia, Northern Cape.
If you are looking to get away f...

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R1715

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Stofkraal Guest Farm

Guest Farms, Self Catering in Sutherland

Stofkraal Gasteplaas offers guests a relaxing getaway on a working sheep farm just north of Sutherland, on route to W...

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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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R700.0

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21 Klein Karoo Street

Apartments, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Oudtshoorn

Featuring a garden, 21 Klein Karoo Street is located in Oudtshoorn. Free private parking is available on site.

The p...

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R600.0

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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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Karoo Life B&B

Bed and Breakfast in Calitzdorp

KarooLife is situated in Queen Street in Calitzdorp , the Port Wine Capital of South Africa which is situated in the ...

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R450.0

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Dundi Lodge Augrabies Falls

Bed and Breakfast in Augrabies

Situated in close proximity to the renowned Augrabies Falls and in the heart of South Africaâ??s largest export table...

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R4200.0

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Swartberg Backpackers

Backpacker in Oudtshoorn

Featuring free Wi-Fi and a barbecue, Swartberg Backpackers offers pet-friendly accommodation in Matjiesrivier, 26 km ...

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R500.0

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The Artist's Cottage

Self Catering in Prince Albert

The Artist's Cottage was built 100 years ago by farm workers in the typical Karoo labourers' flat-roofed style along...

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R1400

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Broadwater Accommodation Restaurant & Ghaap RiverXtreme

Apartments, Bed and Breakfast, Camps, Caravan Parks, Chalets, Self Catering in Kimberley

A private river escape that offers tranquil getaways, extraordinary and beautiful locations for both weddings and cor...

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R175

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Klokkies B&B Calitzdorp

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Calitzdorp

Klokkies B&B is situated just 3 km off the popular R62 and offers cozy twin rooms with en-suite bathroom. The propert...

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R600

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Rogge Cloof

Self Catering in Sutherland

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R6000.0

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Lantana Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Colesberg

Colesberg lies in typical Karoo veld and is surrounded by koppies (little hills). The most famous is Coleskop (early ...

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R700

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Komrus B&B

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Guest Lodge in Kimberley

Welcome to Komrus B & B

A safe place with northern cape friendliness and hospitality. Great service and secure par...

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R450

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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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R840.0

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Peace Haven Guesthouse

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Lodge in Kimberley

Located in the historical heart of Kimberley Magersfontein Memorial Golf Estate, Newly built Peace Haven Guesthouse o...

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R850.0

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Swartberg Private Game Lodge

Game Lodges in Oudtshoorn

The appeal of a bygone era with an understated sophistication best describes the Lodge. Fitting to the Karoo-colonial...

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R12000.0

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Spes Bona Guesthouse

Guest Houses, Holiday Homes in Colesberg

* The guesthouse offers four guest rooms in the guesthouse and one separate from the main house.
* Two family rooms, ...

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R500.0

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Rietjiesbos B&B

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Graaff Reinet

This Bed and Breakfast will surprise and delight you. Enjoy the comfort of spacious elegant en-suite rooms with crisp...

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R600.0

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Mai's Guest Lodge

Bed and Breakfast in Prince Albert

Her comfortable air-conditioned 19th century home in the tranquil village of Prince Albert is an ideal place to sit b...

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R750.0

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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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R400.0

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Kleinplaas Holiday Resort

Resorts in Oudtshoorn

Range of accommodation: 4-bed, open plan, standard chalet; 4-bed, open plan, luxury chalet; 5-bed, 1-bedroom chalet; ...

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R383.0

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Travellers Rest

Guest Houses in Prince Albert

Travellers Rest, a bed and breakfast in Prince Albert, offers a single and three double rooms all situated in our sem...

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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.