Hantam Karoo & Upper Karoo

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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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Nanna Rous' Town House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Colesberg

Nana Rous' Town House in Colesberg, with secure off street parking, provides comfortable, affordable accommodation for travellers. Set in a quaint Cottage Garden you will immediately sense its tranquility and peaceful ambiance.

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

Kingwill's Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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 350,00
Per unit, per night.

Be Blessed Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Richmond

Saag & sumi offers you 5 luxury self catering units ,all fully equipped situated on 4 plots in center Richmond. Richmond is a town situated next to the N1 approximately halfway between cape town and Ggauteng.

The Barracks

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Colesberg

The Barracks (so named as the property was used as barracks during the Anglo-Boer War) was built in 1851 and substantially renovated in 2004. The original building, which is now our family unit, was soon augmented by the main house as the owner...

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

The Velvet Olive 1881

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet 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...

From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Afrikaroo

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Three Sisters

Afrikaroo is situated on the farm Van Tonderskraal which is an operational sheep and goat farm. Each unit at Afrikaroo has a microwave oven, two plate stove, bar fridge, kettle and fan/heater. Although the cabins are self catering we offer braai...

River Destiny Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Norvalspont

River Destiny Lodge is situated along the banks of the Orange River. Popular 20 luxury en-suite bedrooms or self-catering chalets with spectacular view. Camping, Conference & Recreation facilities. We also have camping sites & permanent tent

Skietkuil Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Three Sisters

Accommodation between Richmond and Tree Sisters, Skietkiul B&B offers five spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated units. Two with fully equipped kitchens. There are aircons and dstv, (all the channels) in every room.

7 Stockenstroom

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Colesberg

Welcome to the bustling little town of Colesberg. It is the ideal stop over for people travelling from Gauteng, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Kwa-Zulu Natal. Come and relax in this original restored house that is lovingly refurbished and tasteful.

Sleeps: 36 in 10 units/rooms
From R 920,00
Per unit, per night.

Desert Dew Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Three Sisters

There are six natural springs on the farm, hence the name Desert Dew. Modderfontein farm is situated in the Victoria-West area, 35km from Three Sisters on the N1. The farm is the highest point between Cape Town and Johannesburg...

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

The Lighthouse Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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: 25 in 8 units/rooms
From R 265,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Colesview Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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

Sleeps: 32 in 5 units/rooms
From R 295,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Victoria's Pride Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Victoria West

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

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.

Lord Carnarvon Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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.

Ramino Guestfarm

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hanover

Ramino Guest Farm is the perfect stop over between Cape Town and Johannesburg. The Guesthouse is a renovated farm house with 5 bedrooms and 5 on suite bathrooms.

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

Gamamadi Guest Farm

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet 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 ...

Travalia

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Three Sisters

This overnight accommodation is conveniently situated on the N1 at Three Sisters, near Beaufort West, Victoria West, Murraysburg and Richmond.

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.