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
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
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!
Pioneers Restaurant
Phone: 049 892 6059 Email Website
Aa Qtansisi Guest House Graaff-Reinet Accommodation
Aa Qtansisi Guest House
This old Karoo home, circa 1856, has been created into a small boutique-type accommodation centrally situated in Graaff-Reinet, the jewel of the Karoo. Our guesthouse, named Aa'Qtansisi, is derived from the authentic original Khoisan language,...
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Phone: 049 891 0243 Email Website
Latest News in the Karoo (click here for all news)
Win a BIG 5 experience at Aquila! More about Win a BIG 5 experience at Aquila!
Win a BIG 5 experience at Aquila Private Game Reserve with SA.MAST. Aquila Private Game Reserve supports SA.MAST, the South African Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust. SA.MAST boasts impeccable credentials. Having provided sterilisation and primary treatments to over 8000 cats and dogs in Khayelitsha, SA.MAST is a small army with BIG boots.
Heritage South Africas National Symposium Great Success! More about Heritage South Africas National Symposium Great Success!
Guests from five provinces and many local Karoo residents attended the National Heritage Symposium held in Richmond the weekend of October 16-18th. All presentations received rave reviews and they included Dr Judy McGuire of Prince Albert who has surveyed 120 Upper Karoo farmsteads, Prof Bruce Rubidge who had the audience in peals of laughter, and Graham Viney (who set the record straight about verandahs added on to Karoo houses and managed to make it just in time after being flown in on the plane that brought the Muratie Wine Estate wines for the Saturday night wine pairing with Annatjie Reynolds of Karoo Venison at the MAP Gallery).
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.
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
Promised Land at John Rupert Theatre, Graaff-Reinet More about Promised Land at John Rupert Theatre, Graaff-Reinet
Promised Land is the Wednesday night film - admission free.
17th December 2014
Grindrod Bank Umngazi Pondo Pedal Adventure More about Grindrod Bank Umngazi Pondo Pedal Adventure
Enjoy Umngazi’s warm hospitality, cycle the most beautiful coastlines and help make a difference to Umngazi's local community’s neediest learners. Situated in the lush, indigenous surroundings of the breathtaking Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape, award winning Umngazi River Bungalows offers the opportunity of cycling one of the most beautiful, unspoilt coastlines along the South African coast. The 4 day Grindrod Bank Umngazi Pondo Pedal is the epitome of purist MTB racing. Each day the races start and finish at Umngazi River Bungalows. Over 3 days, competitors will endure 115 kilometers of varied terrain: single track, cattle track, district roads and swamp trails. The focus of the event is not only an opportunity to enjoy Umngazi’s warm hospitality & cycle the most beautiful coastlines; but also to assist in making a difference to our local community’s neediest learners.
3rd June 2015 to 7th June 2015
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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