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.

Latest News in the Karoo (click here for all news)
New heritage tourism resource for Cradock More about New heritage tourism resource for Cradock
A new booklet ensures the sustainability of Cradock’s popular township tour. The full-colour publication with more than 50 photographs, ensures that accurate information about the route is permanently on-call 24/7 for visitors and amateur tour guides. (Specialist tour guides are thin on the ground in our country areas.) In addition to the route commentary, there are biographies of major figures and hitherto unpublished recollections of life in the township during the Apartheid era.
Karoo Uranium Mining Application Shrinks More about Karoo Uranium Mining Application Shrinks
Australia's Peninsula Energy has withdrawn its original application for uranium mining rights over 570,000 hectares of the central Karoo. They have since re-applied for uranium and molybdenum rights in respect of areas only 12% of the original application.
Schreiner: Karoo Writers Festival - Cradock 21 - 24 July 2016 More about Schreiner: Karoo Writers Festival - Cradock 21 - 24 July 2016
Karoo words, old and new, share the fireside in a fascinating programme for the 7th Karoo Writers Festival (Cradock 21-24 July 2016).
Update on baby rhino rescue in Cape More about Update on baby rhino rescue in Cape
A desperate drama is playing out at Aquila Private Game Reserve, in the Western Cape, to rescue a rhino calf from dehydration after being rejected by its mother.
Another Rhino birth at Aquila! More about Another Rhino birth at Aquila!
Reconciliation Day at Aquila took on a whole new meaning, when one of their White Rhinos gave birth to a little one.
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
GARLIC HARVEST PARTY 2015 More about GARLIC HARVEST PARTY 2015
Help" BARMAN BOETIE" CELEBRATE his GARLIC HARVEST - COOK UP A STORM - use fresh Nieu-Bethesda garlic as an important ingredient of your dish.....
6th November 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.
29th June 2017 to 9th July 2017
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