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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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Wildehondekloof

Bed and Breakfast, Game Lodges in Oudtshoorn

Our exclusive luxurious self-catering lodge offers 10 bedrooms all en-suite & air-conditioned (2 double beds in each ...

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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.

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Vrisch Gewagt

Cottages, Guest Farms, Self Catering in Prince Albert

This is the place where the land can't be tamed, where prayers are more passionate and where the seasons bide their o...

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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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R1500.0

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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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R865.0

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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...

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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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Die Stal

Cottages, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Sutherland

Die Stal is a self-catering cottage situated in Sutherland, in the Northern Cape. The cottage is ideal for guests loo...

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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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Karoo Art Hotel

Hotels in Barrydale

Karoo Art Hotel is a funky, relaxed and welcoming country hotel situated in the Klein Karoo on the scenic Route 62. ...

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R770.0

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African Relish Cottages

Cottages, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Prince Albert

African Relish Cottages provide more than just comfortable rooms. Beautiful, restored cottages with garden, kitchen,...

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R700.0

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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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R395.0

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Housemartin Guest Lodge

Guest Houses in De Rust

At the Southern entrance to the magnificent Meiringspoort lies the scenic village of De Rust, where we at Housemartin...

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R625.0

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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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R480.0

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Calvinia Hotel

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R540.0

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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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R314.0

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Miles Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Oudtshoorn

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Guests can look forward to a relaxed and peaceful stay in a choice of four rooms decorated in a trad...

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Orange Valley Guest Farm

Bed and Breakfast in Colesberg

Orange Valley is a working farm and run by the Bruce and Sue Arnott. Our accommodation consists of 4 spacious suites...

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De Opstal Country Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Lodge in Oudtshoorn

The complex has a swimming pool and a rustic restaurant where traditional breakfasts and hearty farm-style dinners ar...

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Aleandrii

Self Catering in Oudtshoorn

Aleandrii Farmstay offers you an off the grid cottage. This cottage is fully equipped and the kitchens are equipped w...

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Bread & Barrel Eureka

Guest Houses in Kimberley

Bread & Barrel Eureka is a beautiful old Victorian house, located within walking from the CBD, University and shoppin...

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R600.0

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The Lighthouse Guesthouse

Guest Houses in Colesberg

* WiFi Zone in common areas and selected rooms.
* 13 en-suite units ideal for the family or business traveler.
* Ari-...

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Buckleys Guest Accommodation

Guest Houses in Smithfield

We offer private and comfortable hotel-style accommodation with spectacular sunsets, mesmerizing stars and heavenly b...

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Gariep Country Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Lodge, Self Catering in Prieska

Gariep Lodge offers a comfortable stop-over en-route to Namibia, Kgalagadi or to the rest of the Cape Province. We ar...

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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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R590.0

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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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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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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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Old Showgrounds Guestrooms

Guest Houses in Colesberg

The newly build guestrooms are situated and literally built on the old showgrounds of Colesberg. The agricultural sho...

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Swanlake Luxury Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast in Kimberley

Discover a haven of privacy and indulgence on the banks of the Modder River and enjoy the exquisite beauty & tranquil...

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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.