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
Aan die Oewer Guest House Accommodation
Aan die Oewer Guest House
Come and enjoy the comfort, peace and tranquility of Aan-die-Oewer’s exquisite 3-star facilities and top-class service.
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Phone: 049 892 4761 Email Website
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
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)
National Park-Thusiasts Newsletter More about National Park-Thusiasts Newsletter
Addo Elephant National Park’s three lion cubs which rose to fame towards the end of last year,orphaned when their mother, Gina, died, have started the next step towards their rehabilitation back into the wild. Now nine months old, the male and two females were moved from a holding boma in the park’s main game viewing area to a much larger, 200 hectare camp within the Kuzuko contractual area in the north of the park.
New South African Visa Regulations More about New South African Visa Regulations
The new requirements for children travelling to or from the Republic of South Africa took effect on 1 June 2015. The requirements are aimed at establishing the principle that all minors require the consent of their parents when traveling into or out of the Republic.
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.
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
Loerie Nartjie Festival More about Loerie Nartjie Festival
The Annual Loerie Nartjie Festival offer visitors lots to do and see. Artists that will be performing are Bok van Blerk , Andriëtte Norman, Snotkop, Die Campbells. Watch this space for updates.
26th September 2015
2015 Lormar Endurance MTB Tour More about 2015 Lormar Endurance MTB Tour
The Lormar Endurance MTB Tour provides all of that and more! This 3-day mountain bike Tour’s starting venue is at a well known Arabian horse farm, Fairview with the Lormar Endurance horse stud, hence the Tour name followed. Stage 2 takes the riders to the artistic town of Nieu Bethesda where the Tour will overnight and experience the town and it’s people.
2nd October 2015 to 4th October 2015
Cape Coast Accommodation

Cape coastal accommodation with West2Wild Coast


A perfect escape at Kliphuis overlooked by the Sneeuberge


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