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
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
Aan die Oewer Guest House Accommodation
Aan die Oewer Guest House
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At Aan die Oewer Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Graaff-Reinet, we have created a haven for the travel-weary soul.
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Phone: 049 892 4761 Email Website
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
Latest News in the Karoo (click here for all news)
Karoo Space Books Go Digital More about Karoo Space Books Go Digital
The Karoo Space e-Bookstore launched - get these beautiful Karoo collections on-line.
Travel Ad Budgets in USA focus on Direct-Response Options More about Travel Ad Budgets in USA focus on Direct-Response Options
Direct-response advertising is the option of choice for many American companies in the tourism industry, mainly because it has offered them such success when it comes to the key areas of business like online booking, and it seems that this preference is set to continue in 2014 and beyond with the vast majority of these online travel agencies putting a substantial amount of their online advertising budget into the venture.
Flagship Gardens Open for Festival - Bedford More about Flagship Gardens Open for Festival - Bedford
The list of farm gardens open to visitors during the Bedford Garden Festival (14 to 26 October 2014) are sure to delight everyone.
Latest Events in the Karoo (click here for all events)
The Karoo Lamb More about The Karoo Lamb
The Karoo Lamb is excited about hosting From the Heart of Oom Schalk,with Cape Town actor, David Muller as Schalk Lourens telling some of Herman Charles Bosman's best stories on Sunday March 16th at 4pm
16th March 2014
The 5th annual Schreiner: Karoo Writers Festival (Cradock) More about The 5th annual Schreiner: Karoo Writers Festival (Cradock)
The 5th annual Schreiner: Karoo Writers Festival promises to take the event to new heights with a strong programme appealing to a range of audiences.
24th July 2014 to 26th July 2014
National Heritage Symposium More about National Heritage Symposium
Richmond is the host town for the National Heritage Symposium. Reserve your space to meet Len Raymond, Graham Viney and other South African Heritage Legends and experience the Karoo’s finest hospitality.
17th October 2014 to 18th October 2014
Cape Coast Accommodation

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Compassberg from Ganora Guest Farm
Compassberg from Ganora Guest Farm

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