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Boutique Hotels in 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 ... read more

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12 Boutique Hotels in Karoo. Enter dates to see full pricing and availability:

Baron's Palace Hotel

Boutique Hotels, Hotels in Oudtshoorn

The attractive 31en-suite bedrooms are clustered around a sunny courtyard with swimming pool and gazebo. There are 24...

Swimming Pool
Pet Friendly
Bar
Braai Area
WiFi
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Conference Facility
TV
Wheelchair Friendly
Aircon

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R550.0

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Oakdene Guest House

Boutique Hotels, Guest Houses in Oudtshoorn

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Oakdene Guest House is situated in the centre of historic Oudtshoorn and captures all the cha...

Swimming Pool
Aircon
TV
Parking on Premises
DSTV
WiFi
Internet access

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R745.0

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Cygnature Boutique Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Boutique Hotels, Golf Lodges, Guest Lodge, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Kimberley

Away from the bustle, it offers a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere while still close enough to a myriad of entertainme...

Parking on Premises
Bar
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WiFi
DSTV
Aircon
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R950.0

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Surval Boutique Olive Estate

Boutique Hotels in Oudtshoorn

Situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain range (a UNESCO World Heritage site) in the Klein Karoo, Surv...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
Bar
Parking on Premises
Conference Facility
DSTV
Wheelchair Friendly
Aircon
Laundry facilities

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R696.0

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Calitzdorp Country House

Boutique Hotels, Guest Houses in Calitzdorp

Known for pampered luxury and gourmet meals, Calitzdorp Country House is a fantastic Boutique Hotel. Built in the sty...

Swimming Pool
Aircon
WiFi
Internet access

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R950.0

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Nyala Pans River Lodge

Boutique Hotels, Self Catering in Richmond

With sweeping vistas across the Umkomaas River and peaceful countryside, Nyala Pans River Lodge is the ideal setting ...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
TV

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R2000

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Kimberley Anne Hotel

Bed and Breakfast, Boutique Hotels, Hotels in Kimberley

Kimberley Anne Hotel is a modern, boutique hotel situated in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

When you stay at the ...

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WiFi
Laundry facilities
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Aircon
TV
Wheelchair Friendly
DSTV

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R1590

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The Kimberley Club

Boutique Hotels, Hotels in Kimberley

The Kimberley Club, an establishment of tradition and distinction, a place where many celebrated figures have treaded...

Wheelchair Friendly
Aircon
DSTV
WiFi
Bar

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R1092

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Mont D'OR Swartberg

Boutique Hotels, Hotels in Prince Albert

The Swartberg Hotel is a charming Victorian hotel, situated in the heart of our quaint Karoo village, Prince Albert. ...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
TV
Parking on Premises
Aircon

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R1370

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Scotia Inn Hotel

Boutique Hotels, Hotels in Port Nolloth

Scotia Inn Hotel is situated 100km from the Namibian border right on the west coast of the Northern Cape in Port Noll...

Swimming Pool
Conference Facility
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Aircon
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WiFi
Bar
TV

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R420

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Drostdy Hotel

Boutique Hotels, Hotels in Graaff Reinet

Drostdy Hotel is situated in the beautiful town of Graaf-Reinet in the Eastern Cape and offers guests facilities such...

Swimming Pool
Conference Facility
Gym
Parking on Premises
Aircon
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Wheelchair Friendly
Bar
TV
WiFi
DSTV

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R1610

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La Plume Boutique Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Boutique Hotels, Guest Houses in Oudtshoorn

La Plume is a Boutique Guest House on a working ostrich, alfalfa and cattle farm with spectacular views of the Swartb...

Swimming Pool
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R1290

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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.

About Boutique Hotels

More intimate and personalised than larger hotels, guests can expect a warmer, friendlier stay at a Boutique Hotel. Boutique Hotels are high-end accommodation, and guests can expect all the usual luxury amenities expected from a regular/larger hotel, including wifi; tea and coffee facilities; and deluxe bedding, and then some. Most Boutique Hotels pride themselves on personal service that allows them to go the extra-mile - making it an ideal place to stay for guests celebrating special events or anniversaries.