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.
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
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 ...
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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 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
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.
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
Mooifontein Cottage is situated 27 km south of Colesberg, and is right next to the N1, perfect for an overnight stay between North and South, or a break away from the urban rush. The cottage is about 300m from the road.
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
The Jupiter, B&B Guesthouse &restaurant in Sutherland is a business that was established to offer great stays, opportunity to meet people both local and other tourists, enjoy local cuisine and above all enjoy the freedom of relative crime free living
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 ...
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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.
Enjoy true Karoo hospitality in the centre of South Africa. The Horse and Mill is a perfect stop-over between Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Durban. It is situated in the centre of Colesberg, in a quiet one-way street parallel to the
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.