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
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
Melrose Guest Farm Accommodation
Melrose Guest Farm
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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
Buitenverwagten Guest House Accommodation
Buitenverwagten Guest House
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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)
A Richmond Community Development Foundation Project More about A Richmond Community Development Foundation Project
Before we move on to some more literary highlights of the festival, we are proud to announce that renowned Elvis Presley artist James Marais will be joining us in Richmond. He will officially shake, rattle and roll BookBedonnerd VII to a close.
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.
Aquila Private Game Reserve Creates Impact More about Aquila Private Game Reserve Creates Impact
Aquila Private Game Reserve has been honoured to be awarded the prestigious Imvelo Economic Large Impact award The Lilizela Imvelo Awards recognise and celebrate tourism and hospitality businesses that practice exemplary responsible, sustainable and fair business practices.
Latest Events in the Karoo (click here for all events)
Painting course in Nieu Bethesda More about Painting course in Nieu Bethesda
Cathy Milner will be teaching a painting course in the Karoo town of Nieu Bethesda. She is an experienced artist and art teacher from Stellenbosch and will be giving tuition to beginner and advanced students. Students may work in acrylic, oil, watercolour or any drawing materials whilst being inspired by the beautiful Karoo scenery.
19th October 2014 to 25th October 2014
BEDFORD GARDEN FESTIVAL - 2014 More about BEDFORD GARDEN FESTIVAL - 2014
Thirteen renowned farm gardens will be open daily. Numerous additional treats include a Sunday jazz concert at Cavers, artists at work at Albertvale farm, fresh regional and seasonal food, warm country hospitality. For more info, go to www.bedford-gardens.co.za or write to info@bedford.co.za
24th October 2014 to 26th October 2014
Full Moon Fun Walk or Run More about Full Moon Fun Walk or Run
The 12km route begins in the Village of Nieu-Bethesda, exiting the village on the Graaff-Reinet road before heading up the pass towards Riverdene farm for 6km. It is a dirt farm road and appropriate footwear must be worn. Participants will then have their arms stamped at the turnaround point, before heading back along the same route, as the moon rises. The event will end at the tennis club where a light meal will be served with a cash bar available.
7th November 2014 to 7th November 2014
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Compassberg from Ganora Guest Farm
Compassberg from Ganora Guest Farm

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