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
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
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!
Pioneers Restaurant
Phone: 049 892 6059 Email Website
Heathers B&B Accommodation
Heathers B&B
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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
Latest News in the Karoo (click here for all news)
A NEW ONLINE TREND IN SENIOR TRAVEL BOOKINGS More about A NEW ONLINE TREND IN SENIOR TRAVEL BOOKINGS
Online and mobile travel booking is often perceived as being a young man's game, with some companies understandably targeting the more youthful demographic that seems to be constantly attached to their smartphones; however, research shows that 23% of the total internet population is over 55, a sizeable portion of users that shows that senior travellers are heading online more readily than the tourism industry may have suspected.
Baviaanskloof Hartland 6-Day Hiking Trail More about Baviaanskloof Hartland 6-Day Hiking Trail
Recently a group of Baviaanskloof farmers introduced a 6 Day hiking experience in the Baviaanskloof Hartland. This unique 6 day hiking trail traversing 12km per day takes you on the main road over private land and into Parks Board property.
The Declining State of Kudu in the High Karoo More about The Declining State of Kudu in the High Karoo
Increased biodiversity leads to healthier ecology but the social structure of Kudu in many parts of the Karoo is out of balance.
Latest Events in the Karoo (click here for all events)
The Karoo Lamb More about The Karoo Lamb
The Karoo Lamb is excited about hosting From the Heart of Oom Schalk,with Cape Town actor, David Muller as Schalk Lourens telling some of Herman Charles Bosman's best stories on Sunday March 16th at 4pm
16th March 2014
Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees
In 2014 the annual Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees is building yet again on its winning recipe of Wild Activities including top SA artists live on the Big Stage, wine and gourmet lifestyle plein featuring old school Rock, rythym and blues program, Safe kids Square, Snow world for the young @ heart, tandem skydives for the adrenalin junkies, succulent “Smiley” Banquet and much, much more...
27th June 2014 to 29th June 2014
Biltong Festival, Somerset East More about Biltong Festival, Somerset East
Enjoy two days of foot stomping entertainment, biltong and hundreds of tantalising stalls, while you have loads of fun under the winter sun in Somerset East!
18th July 2014 to 19th July 2014
Cape Coast Accommodation

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Compassberg from Ganora Guest Farm
Compassberg from Ganora Guest Farm

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