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Hantam Karoo & Upper Karoo

The Hantam Karoo and Upper Karoo regions of the Northern Cape are bounded on three sides by the provincial boundaries and the Orange River. 250 million years ago the Hantam Karoo was a vast inland sea surrounded by primeval forest, lush vegetation and huge mammals. After the breakup of Gondwanaland the region slowly turned into the arid semi-desert we find today. The whole region is renowned for its completely unpolluted skies and the magnificent view of the heavens at night, making it the perfect setting for South Africa's Astronomical Observatory. The area is a region of wide-open plains dotted with rugged mountains and koppies. Wild life and beautiful flora abound, and there are a number of recognized 4x4 trails dotted about throughout the region. The Upper Karoo is more barren than the Hantam Karoo, but both areas explode into brilliant colour with the onset of the summer rains. The Tankwa Karoo National Park, to the west of Sutherland, is the driest place in South Africa.

In the East of the Hantam Karoo and Upper Karoo region the visitor will find numerous deserted towns which had originally sprung up at the time of the diamond rush in and around Kimberly. Diamonds have long since petered out, though there can still be found a handful of persistent miners who spend their time sifting through gravel in the hope of finding that elusive stone. I remember once taking a wrong turn and ending up in a tiny village where the miners were on their stoeps on a late Friday afternoon sipping beer. It was just as if I had stepped back in time by eighty or more years.

Just outside the town of Carnarvon at Stuurmansfontein can be seen some fine examples of corbelled houses. The first corbelled buildings were erected in the early 1800s and served as homes for the early pioneers. They are similar to buildings known to have existed in France, Italy and Portugal and are built with flat stones cemented together with a mixture of straw and mud.

The principal town of the Upper Karoo is De Aar, which has become the central distribution point for the succulent Karoo meat, unique in flavour and quality. The town is an important rail junction for Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Namibia. De Aar is famed for its generous hospitality.

A few kilometers to the East of De Aar is a fine example of a Karoo dorp from the past - this is Hanover. This small Karoo town was established in 1854 on a farm belonging to a man called Gous and named after one of his ancestors. When the first houses were built they were compelled to be built directly on the edge of the main road with their gardens at the rear. Owners had to pay a shilling a year tax for the priviledge of having a stoep at the front of the house encroaching the road - this tax is still imposed to this day.

The Hantam Karoo and Upper Karoo town of Victoria West gets its name from Queen Victoria and little has changed since it was first established in 1843. The town is wedged between two mountains and the Ongers River. The town is on the watershed between the West and East coasts of South Africa. To the South of the town is the small Victoria West Nature Reserve, home to a large collection of the riverine rabbit, only found in the central Karoo.

The Karoo is a region of South Africa that should not be missed by the visitor. It is mostly inhabited by sheep and widely scattered acacia trees and shrubs. In the Kalahari Desert can still be found scattered groups of San (bushmen) who have chosen to remain in the desert, unchanged by modern technology.

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Die Kleipot

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Colesberg

The guesthouse has luxury family en-suite rooms for 1 to 5 people and breakfast is optional. TV & dstv , fridge and coffee/tea making facilities in each room. Freezing and barbecue facilities are available and also undercover parking on the premi

Sleeps: 44 in 15 units/rooms
From R 480,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Honeylocust Guesthouse

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Colesberg

Honeylocust is a modern, luxury B&B guesthouse in the historic town of Colesberg in the Upper-Karoo. Perfectly situated just off the N1 highway, it's the ideal halfway break on a long journey between the North and the South.

Sleeps: 35 in 10 units/rooms
From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Lighthouse Guesthouse

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Colesberg

Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Colesberg - the perfect halfway stop between all major centres. Ask for rooms with TV, aircon,heaters, fans. Access to kitchenettes with coffee/tea facilities. Restaurant across road, secure parking for your vehicle

Sleeps: 32 in 5 units/rooms
From R 245,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Victoria's Pride Guest House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Victoria West

Affordable Comfortable Peaceful Quality En-Suite Rooms in Victoria West.

Sleeps: 50 in 25 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per unit, per night.

Calvinia Hotel

Hotel/ Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Calvinia

When entering the Calvinia Hotel, visitors are still welcomed with true warm country hospitality. The Hotel offers 25 rooms all with en-suite showers & bathrooms, a Splash Pool to cool off in the summer heat, Conference facilities for up to 80 pax...

Sleeps: 4 in 1 unit/room
From R 340,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Galileo Cottage

Self Catering House / Cottage in Sutherland

110 km tarred road from the N1 turn-off at Matjiesfontein will bring you here and arriving here, GALILEO COTTAGE will be the place that you'll want to stay. Whereas GALILEO proclaimed the earth moves around the sun, we at GALILEO claim that with us..

Sleeps: 40 in 10 units/rooms
From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Taaiboschfontein Farm Accommodation

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Three Sisters

Taaiboschfontein is included in the Kromrivier riverine rabbit conservancy and also included in the Kromrivier riverine rabbit route with the aim to conserve the Karoo nature. Seven rooms are available; one luxury room with private bathroom, four ...

Perdehoef Accommodation

Room Only Accommodation in Richmond

Perdehoef Accommodation is an owner run overnight accommodation facility situated on the N1 in the Karoo. Perdehoef is situated in the Central part of Richmond in a safe area. Lock-up garages are available.

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Skitterland Guest House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Sutherland

The luxury suites, with private sitting-rooms, are equipped, among others, with a plasma screen TV, M-Net/DStv, fireplaces, heaters, under floor heating and coffee facilities. In each bedroom there are electric blankets, down duvets and woollen ...

Ebenezer Guest House

Room Only Accommodation in Colesberg

Ebenezer Guest house is situated in Colesberg your half way stop between Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Guest House has 10 rooms with an en-suite bathroom, TV, coffee/tea and linen (towels, etc). The Guest House has a swimming pool and "braai" ...

Sleeps: 25 in 8 units/rooms
From R 265,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Colesview Guest House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Colesberg

Colesview Guest House is a bed and breakfast situated in Colesberg, halfway to everywhere.Our "rooms with a view" can accommodate 21 people in 6 stylishly decorated bedrooms,all with TV's and private bathrooms.Pool & undercover lock-up

Die Pophuis Hoekie

Self Catering House / Cottage in Victoria West

Die Pophuis Hoekie" is an owner managed cluster of 7 air condioned, restored Karoo cottages and one en suite unit- all enwalled and brightly lit up at night, with ample safe parking and plenty of space to stretch your legs after a long

From R 275,00
Per person, per night sharing.

De Oude Scholen Bed & Breakfast

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Victoria West

De Oude Scholen is a beautiful guest house situated in the Karoo town of Victoria West. This building was build during 1891 and was the first public school in Victoria West.

From R 250,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Kingwill's Guesthouse

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Victoria West

Clive and Nell Kingwill welcome you to Kingwill's Guesthouse in Victoria West. We offer you warm hospitality and comfort in four cottages built in the late 1800's.

From R 320,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Gamamadi Guest Farm

Guest Farm Accommodation in Three Sisters

Two of the three units can sleep a family of six and the third a family of three. All the units are equipped with fans and heaters. The first farmhouse of clay-bricks and stone was built in 1943 and is now converted with style and comfort into ...

From R 275,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Sunset Chalets

Room Only Accommodation in Colesberg

Sunset Chalets is a privately owned establishment in Colesberg that is owner managed. We offer the traveler the solution to their dilemma: Clean, safe, luxury accommodation at an affordable price.

Sleeps: 27 in 6 units/rooms
From R 550,00
Per unit, per night.

Elandsrus Country Lodge

Guest Farm Accommodation in Three Sisters

Elandsrus Country Lodge is situated in the Three Sisters area - a well known landmark for all traveling on the N1 between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Situated in the middle between Beaufort West, Richmond and Victoria West makes us the perfect stop..

Lord Carnarvon Guesthouse

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Carnarvon

Frans Carel Te Water built his beautiful Karoo house in 1886 soon after the corner stone of the Dutch Reformed Church was laid in 1880. Today it is know as Lord Carnarvon Guest House.

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From R 330,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Velvet Olive 1881

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse Accommodation in Sutherland

Ideal for families wanting to share some time together or just getting to know each other again over a bottle of red wine, shared around a large kitchen table with the warmth of an old wood stove. The main house offers 3 bedrooms, two bathroom...