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
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.
Book Accommodation at Buitenverwagten Guest House Buitenverwagten Guest House
Phone: 049 892 4504 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
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)
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.
Herewith our latest quarterly newsletter, for SUMMER 2014/15. We will soon start with the Autumn 2015 issue. Your contributions will be appreciated - We need your stories and photographs!
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
A Dry White Season at John Rupert Theatre, Graaff-Reinet More about A Dry White Season at John Rupert Theatre, Graaff-Reinet
The film is set in South Africa, deals with the subject of Apartheid and stars Marlon Brando, Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Zakes Mokae, Jürgen Prochnow and Susan Sarandon.
1st April 2015
Nieu Bethesda’s Pump-Palooza More about Nieu Bethesda’s Pump-Palooza
Come to Nieu Bethesda’s Pump-Palooza on Saturday 4 April 2015, when everything to do with pumpkins will be celebrated.
4th April 2015
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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