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
Karoo Rus Accommodation
Karoo Rus
Karoo Rus offers luxurious self catering accommodation in central Graaff-Reinet, within 5 minutes' walk of most shops, museums, attractions and restaurants.
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Phone: 082 737 6510 Email Website
Aan die Oewer Guest House Accommodation
Aan die Oewer Guest House
At Aan die Oewer Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Graaff-Reinet, we have created a haven for the travel-weary soul.
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Phone: 049 892 4761 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...
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Phone: 071 868 8146 Email Website
Latest News in the Karoo (click here for all news)
Saving the endangered blue crane – do your bit More about Saving the endangered blue crane – do your bit
You may have read about the blue crane massacre in the Karoo earlier this year, which saw the poisoning of what is estimated to be in excess of 200 blue cranes near Richmond in the Northern Cape. Following this terrible tragedy, a post-massacre census of blue cranes in the Karoo is desperately needed.
Tortoise Lady of the Karoo More about Tortoise Lady of the Karoo
A friend who roams far and wide every day of the week, mentioned he’d met an interesting woman in Somerset East. “She fixes up tortoises that have been hit by vehicles,” he explained.
A Trip Through the Karoo Heartland More about A Trip Through the Karoo Heartland
Chris Marais, co-founder of , is a seasoned travel writer-photographer who has spent more than 30 years wandering the world. He believes the Karoo Heartland offers the finest road-trip route in South Africa. “Road-trippers, in vehicles and on bikes, love the Karoo Heartland for its quaint towns, good accommodations, farm stays and general friendliness. But what they really like about travelling between the dozen-odd towns of the Karoo Heartland are the wide open spaces and that feeling of freedom that comes with drifting through such clear, scenic landscapes.” Chris and his wife Julienne publish print- and e-books on the Karoo, which are used as traveller’s companions for armchair travellers and real-time adventurers. See for details.
Latest Events in the Karoo (click here for all events)
Garlic Harvest Party More about Garlic Harvest Party
Cook up a storm using fresh Nieu-Bethesda garlic as a major component of your dish Bring enough ingredients for an appetiser for 10 people and cook on the fires provided
31st October 2014 to 31st October 2014
Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival More about Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival
The annual Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival is being rejuvenated in 2015 with a unique full month “Winter in Calitzdorp” experience instead of just a festival weekend.
13th June 2015 to 19th July 2015
National Arts Festival More about National Arts Festival
The annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, is Africa's largest and most colourful arts & culture festival and the third largest of its kind in the world.
2nd July 2015 to 12th July 2015
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