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
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!
Phone: 049 892 6059 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...
Enquire at Betty's Self Catering Betty's Self Catering
Phone: 071 868 8146 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.
Book Accommodation at Buitenverwagten Guest House Buitenverwagten Guest House
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)
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
Oom schalk Lourens More about Oom schalk Lourens
Oom schalk Lourens is riding into Nieu Bethesda to tell those stories he left out when he was last here. Armed with new veldskoen and a dubbined pair of repaired veldskoen (kindly given to him by Dean Coetzee) Schalk aka Cape Town actor David Muller aims to add more mirth, murder and mayhem along with pathos and laughter to his stories. He will be performing in Karoo Lamb.
9th 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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