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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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De Oude Scholen Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge 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.

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" ...

The Barracks

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge 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...

From R 440,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Colesberg Kuilfontein Stable Cottages

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Colesberg

Kuilfontein Stable Cottages, near the N1 and Colesberg is perfectly situated as a stopover for travellers. The delightful old stable quarters have been converted with style and comfort. There are 2 luxury units, 1 family unit and 5 standard units.

From R 550,00
Per unit, per night.

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...

Leeuwfontein Guest Farmhouse

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Victoria West

Leeuwfontein Guest Farmhouse is situated in the heart of the Great Karoo, surrounded by hills and 'klip koppies' and only 10 km from the charming karoo town - Victoria West.

From R 375,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Tankwa Lodge

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Calvinia

When entering the Tankwa Lodge, visitors are still welcomed with true warm country hospitality. The Lodge 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: 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..


Bush Lodge (Self Catering) (GAME NEARBY) 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...

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

Kingwill's Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge 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.

River Destiny Lodge

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat 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

From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Skietkuil Bed & Breakfast

Guest Farm Accommodation in Richmond

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.

Sleeps: 27 in 8 units/rooms
From R 550,00
Per unit, per night.

La Provence B&B

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Colesberg

La Provence, situated next to the N1 near Colesberg is the perfect resting place between Johannesburg and Cape Town. With 8 tastefully decorated room's 4 of which are cottages have Satellite television, air-conditioning, coffee/tea facilities.

Die Pophuis Hoekie

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow 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

Sleeps: 19 in 6 units/rooms
From R 250,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Whitehouse Inn

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Sutherland

The Whitehouse Inn caters for travellers who enjoy warm hospitality, hot summers and snowy winters. This historic building has been converted to offer travellers a variety of accommodation. We boast a fully licensed bar on the premises...

Karoo Koelte Gastehuis

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Victoria West

Karoo Koelte is furnished with inherited antique furniture and decorated with a warm and relaxed feel for your comfort. Your room comes with a standard five star prescribed quality mattress, and pure cotton percale linen, TV (1, 2, 3 & e-TV), ...

Sleeps: 65 in 22 units/rooms
From R 360,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Sutherland Hotel

Hotel/ Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Sutherland

With 15 rooms and 2 self catering units, the Hotel can accommodate up to 50 people. All rooms are en-suite and are equipped with wall heaters and electric blankets for those "chilly" winter evenings. We have 1 Family room which can host a minimum ...

7 Stockenstroom

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge 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.