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Self Catering 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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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...

Swimming Pool
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Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities
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Aircon
TV
Wheelchair Friendly
Bar

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R1820.0

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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...

Swimming Pool
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Braai Area
Full Kitchen

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R500.0

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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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TV

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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...

Braai Area

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R1000.0

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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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Braai Area
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Full Kitchen
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R795.0

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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...

Swimming Pool
Full Kitchen
TV
Braai Area
Internet access

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R640.0

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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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Braai Area
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R650.0

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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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R895.0

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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...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
Aircon
Braai Area
Full Kitchen
DSTV

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R772.0

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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...

Parking on Premises
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TV
WiFi
Aircon

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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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Full Kitchen
WiFi
Aircon

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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 ...

Swimming Pool
DSTV
TV
Aircon
Laundry facilities

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R450

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Cullinan Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Kimberley

Centrally situated and easy to reach from all directions coming into Kimberley, Cullinan Guesthouse has been develope...

Parking on Premises
Bar
Laundry facilities
WiFi
DSTV
Aircon
Internet access

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R656

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Sommerso, Sommerso-Klein, Sommernet & Sommer

Cottages, Guest Farms, Self Catering in Prince Albert

Sommerso, Sommerso-Klein, Sommernet & Sommer is located on Sommerso Guest Farm at the southern end of the beautiful t...

Braai Area
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DSTV
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Aircon
TV

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R600

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Tarantula Guest House

Cottages, Guest Houses, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Calvinia

Tarantula Self-catering offers comfortable accommodation in two fully furnished units located on the outskirts of Cal...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
TV
Braai Area
Aircon
Parking on Premises
DSTV

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R680

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Gecko Cottages

Cottages, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Prince Albert

Elsewhere, amongst all the shops and restaurants, we also have available two self catering cottages. Despite being ri...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
Aircon
Braai Area
Full Kitchen
TV

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R1000.0

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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...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
Laundry facilities
Braai Area
Full Kitchen
TV
Parking on Premises
Aircon

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R791.0

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Olivier's Rust

Apartments, Self Catering in De Rust

Come and enjoy the clean fresh air of the Little Karoo. We are centrally situated - only 35kms from Oudtshoorn, and t...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
DSTV
Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Aircon
TV

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R600.0

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Kranskloof Country Lodge

Self Catering in Oudtshoorn

Choose between one of the four self-catering cottages. Each cottage are semi equipped and have loose standing braais....

Swimming Pool
WiFi
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Braai Area
Full Kitchen
TV
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DSTV

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R800.0

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Augrabies De Oude Stoor Guesthouse

Guest Houses, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Augrabies

De Oude Stoor Guesthouse is located 7 km from Augrabies Falls and it is the ideal stopover on the scenic Orange River...

Braai Area
Aircon
TV
Parking on Premises
DSTV
WiFi
Gym

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R1000.0

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Die Prokureurshuis

Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Sutherland

Die Prokureurshuis features free WiFi and views of garden in Sutherland. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, this pro...

Swimming Pool
Jacuzzi
Full Kitchen
Braai Area
Pet Friendly
DSTV
Parking on Premises
WiFi
Internet access

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R3000

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The Beachhouse - Port Nolloth

Apartments, Cottages, Self Catering in Port Nolloth

The Beach House is a luxurious 1870s historical home that promises a unique stay in the picturesque town of Port Noll...

Braai Area
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DSTV
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities
Pet Friendly
Dishwasher
TV

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R700.0

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Old Mill Lodge & Restaurant

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

Have lunch or dinner at our restaurant. Our 4 Star rooms consist of air-conditioners, TVs and coffee and tea making f...

Swimming Pool
Conference Facility
Internet access
Braai Area
Aircon
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Bar
TV
WiFi
DSTV

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R1800.0

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Newlands Country Lodge

Chalets, Cottages, Guest Farms, Guest Houses, Guest Lodge, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Kimberley

Newlands Country Lodge is situated on a plot on the outskirts of Kimberley, and offer affordable and comfortable over...

Braai Area
Pet Friendly
TV
Parking on Premises
Aircon
Wheelchair Friendly
Laundry facilities

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R680

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Ritorna-Me B&B

Bed and Breakfast, Self Catering in Ladismith

Ritorna Me Bed & Breakfast is situated in the beautiful sun-kissed town of Ladismith, nestled in the middle of the mo...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
Braai Area
TV

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R520.0

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AfriCamps Klein Karoo

Bed and Breakfast, Game Lodges, Guest Farms, Self Catering in Buffelsdrift, Oudtshoorn

The AfriCamps boutique camping experience is a great alternative to standard holidays in B&B’s, hotels or self-cateri...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Parking on Premises
Aircon

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R1090.0

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Oleander Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Belgravia, Kimberley

Oleander Guest House is a glorious 100 year old Edwardian house located centrally within the historic suburb of Belgr...

Swimming Pool
Conference Facility
Internet access
Braai Area
Aircon
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Bar
TV
WiFi
DSTV

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R1403.0

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Tonnelkop Self Catering Units

Guest Houses, Self Catering in Oudtshoorn

Unit 1 ('Rooikoppe') is a one-bedroom accommodation unit with king size bed, television and separate kitchen and sepa...

Swimming Pool
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TV
Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Parking on Premises
Aircon

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R520.0

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Camdeboo Cottages

Bed and Breakfast, Cottages, Self Catering in Graaff Reinet

Camdeboo Cottages comprises nine self-catering cottages which are all national monuments, situated in the heart of hi...

Full Kitchen
Internet access
Aircon
Laundry facilities

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R1200.0

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Waterkop Lodge - Prince Albert

Guest Lodge, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Prince Albert

Wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise, silence and a wonderful Karoo view. Experience pureness and serenity, si...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
Braai Area
Full Kitchen

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R608

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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 Self Catering

Self Catering places can be found from rural to urban areas and can vary in what they offer. They allow plenty freedom and is a great inexpensive way to spend your holiday. They have been widely classified as a “Home away from home”. This is a good option for guests who don’t mind cooking their own food, and are looking for a more independent and flexible form of accommodation. For budget and large families, we would recommend self-catering for a more personalised experience.