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
Melrose Guest Farm Accommodation
Melrose Guest Farm
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
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
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)
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.
Karoo Space e-Bookstore Launch Special: Three for Two! More about Karoo Space e-Bookstore Launch Special: Three for Two!
To celebrate the opening of our Karoo Space e-Bookstore, we are offering you all three books (normally priced at $15 each) for the price of two: $30.
Latest Events in the Karoo (click here for all events)
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
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
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
Cape Coast Accommodation

Cape coastal accommodation with West2Wild Coast

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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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