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
Melrose Guest Farm Accommodation
Melrose Guest Farm
Enjoy spectacular views of the Karoo escarpment. A picture perfect, Melrose sunset is definitely one worth staying for, where after you can enjoy a three course meal which encapsulates the flavours and tastes of the Karoo.
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Phone: 049 891 0532 Email Website
Damesfontein Guest Farm Accommodation
Damesfontein Guest Farm
This is a working Karoo sheep and cattle farm, with a family history dating back to 1838, when their ancestors first settled here. The fifth generation is still living and working on the farm. This same family offers a taste of farm living in...
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Phone: 049 845 0253 Email Website
Buitenverwagten Guest House Accommodation
Buitenverwagten Guest House
This Karoo Victorian-style home, in the shade of Jacaranda trees, was built in 1840 by a transport carrier and is now a national monument. Buiten Verwagten has a reputation of providing luxurious modern comfort.
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Phone: 049 892 4504 Email Website
Latest News in the Karoo (click here for all news)
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.
Schreiner House, Cradock - New Exibitions More about Schreiner House, Cradock - New Exibitions
The exhibitions which have been in the House since it was opened in 1986 have been totally scrapped and an exciting new set was erected in time for last month's 'Schreiner: Karoo Writers Festival'. And then in the Ikhamanga Hall, which forms part of the Schreiner House property, there is yet another new exhibition titled '200 000 Years of History; 200 Years of Cradock; and 20 Years of Democracy'.
Cradock’s Vukusebenze Shelter More about Cradock’s Vukusebenze Shelter
One way of gauging the nature of a small town is to see how the poorest of the poor are treated.
Latest Events in the Karoo (click here for all events)
Pants on Fire, presented by Aquila Private Game Reserve More about Pants on Fire, presented by Aquila Private Game Reserve
Pants on Fire, presented by Aquila Private Game Reserve, is the Standard Bank Ovation Award Winning Comedy Rock ’n Roll Variety Show hosted by multi-award winning comedians Rob van Vuuren and Martin Evans.Cape Town’s City Hall 4 will host the biggest comedy event since Parliament had its last EFF show. Don’t miss this incendiary phenomenon as Rob van Vuuren and Martin Evans bring the country’s best musicians and comedians into one blazing inferno of inspired insanity for a night of hilarity and kick ass tunes.
25th September 2014 to 2nd October 2014
John Rupert Theatre AGM More about John Rupert Theatre AGM
AGM to be held at 19h00, followed by the movie The Butler.
1st October 2014 to 1st October 2014
The Lormar Endurance MTB Tour More about The Lormar Endurance MTB Tour
Be part of this great Karoo adventure taking place 4-6 October 2014 on the farm Fairview, between Middelburg and Richmond. At the Lormar Tour it's all about the vibe, food, relaxation, family and great scenery! We provide a Tour for the whole family not just for the single rider.
4th October 2014 to 6th October 2014
Cape Coast Accommodation

Cape coastal accommodation with West2Wild Coast

Picture of the Month

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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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