The Great Karoo

The Karoo means different things to different people.  To geologists it is an ancient formation of largely sedimentary deposits covering much of south east South Africa.  For the purposes of this site we have used the term loosely to mean the interior of the old Cape Province.

Others see the Karoo as a huge, hot and arid empty space they need to cross to get somewhere else.  This is an unfortunate perception as the Karoo encapsulates much of what is unique to South Africa.  Bushveld and savannah can been seen elsewhere in Africa but only the Karoo offers the combination of geology, geography, history and lifestyle that is unique.

We hope that this site will encourage more people to explore the Karoo to discover its beauty, interests, wildlife and above all the hospitality of its people.

Featured Accommodation in the Karoo
Pioneers Restaurant Dining
Pioneers Restaurant
Traditional Karoo food all the way! Based in the historic Parsonage Street in the “Gem of the Karoo” – town of Graaff Reinet. No 1 on TripAdvisor for December 2013!
Phone: 049 892 6059 Email Website
Heathers B&B Accommodation
Heathers B&B
Heather and Barry Vorster have only one problem with their accommodation, our guests enjoy the "home from home feeling" in each of our units that they feel so at home they don't want to leave.
Enquire at Heathers B&B Heathers B&B
Phone: 049 892 4000 Email Website
Betty's Self Catering Accommodation
Betty's Self Catering
Betty`s is just a stones throw away from central Graaff-Reinet. A mere 10 minute stroll will get you to most of the restaurants, museums, sight-seeing, banks and shops.Betty`s is in the main street running East to West and situated next to a...
Enquire at Betty's Self Catering Betty's Self Catering
Phone: 071 868 8146 Email Website
Latest News in the Karoo (click here for all news)
A Richmond Community Development Foundation Project More about A Richmond Community Development Foundation Project
Before we move on to some more literary highlights of the festival, we are proud to announce that renowned Elvis Presley artist James Marais will be joining us in Richmond. He will officially shake, rattle and roll BookBedonnerd VII to a close.
Prestigious Award for Aquila Game Reserve More about Prestigious Award for Aquila Game Reserve
Aquila Private Game Reserve near Touws River has been awarded second place for Service Excellence in the Accommodation category of the Lilizela Awards. The judging was largely based on guest feedback, measurements having been put in place to allow the public to cast their vote.
Aquila Private Game Reserve Creates Impact More about Aquila Private Game Reserve Creates Impact
Aquila Private Game Reserve has been honoured to be awarded the prestigious Imvelo Economic Large Impact award The Lilizela Imvelo Awards recognise and celebrate tourism and hospitality businesses that practice exemplary responsible, sustainable and fair business practices.
Latest Events in the Karoo (click here for all events)
Painting course in Nieu Bethesda More about Painting course in Nieu Bethesda
Cathy Milner will be teaching a painting course in the Karoo town of Nieu Bethesda. She is an experienced artist and art teacher from Stellenbosch and will be giving tuition to beginner and advanced students. Students may work in acrylic, oil, watercolour or any drawing materials whilst being inspired by the beautiful Karoo scenery.
19th October 2014 to 25th October 2014
Thirteen renowned farm gardens will be open daily. Numerous additional treats include a Sunday jazz concert at Cavers, artists at work at Albertvale farm, fresh regional and seasonal food, warm country hospitality. For more info, go to or write to
24th October 2014 to 26th October 2014
Full Moon Fun Walk or Run More about Full Moon Fun Walk or Run
The 12km route begins in the Village of Nieu-Bethesda, exiting the village on the Graaff-Reinet road before heading up the pass towards Riverdene farm for 6km. It is a dirt farm road and appropriate footwear must be worn. Participants will then have their arms stamped at the turnaround point, before heading back along the same route, as the moon rises. The event will end at the tennis club where a light meal will be served with a cash bar available.
7th November 2014 to 7th November 2014
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Compassberg from Ganora Guest Farm
Compassberg from Ganora Guest Farm


A perfect escape at Kliphuis overlooked by the Sneeuberge


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