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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Taaiboschfontein Karoo Accomodation

Guest House Accommodation in Three Sisters

This Guest farm is a working Karoo sheep farm located in the Three Sisters area at the foot of the Nuweveld Mountains.

From R 400,00
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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.

Sleeps: 15 in 5 units/rooms
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Wolwefontein Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Colesberg

Wolwefontein Lodge is a spacious, four bedroom guesthouse on the farm Wolwefontein, situated 30km outside Colesberg on the N9 between Colesberg and Noupoort. The house is comfortable and tastefully decorated, each bedroom with own en-suite bathroom.

From R 250,00
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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.

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

Tankwa Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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...

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.

Sleeps: 55 in 17 units/rooms

Melton Wold Guest Farm

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Victoria West

Accommodation consists of single, double and family rooms and is provided in an enlarged farm house, the main part which dates back to 1889. Eighteen of the twenty-three rooms are en suite and with fireplaces. The farms own produce, especially ...

From R 300,00
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Elsa's@27

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Britstown

Elsa's @ 27 is a newly opened bed and breakfast in Britstown, where the tired traveller can experience warm country hospitality.

Graded:
From R 280,00
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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 360,00
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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 ...

Sleeps: 15 in 5 units/rooms

The Jupiter Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Sutherland

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

Sleeps: 19 in 6 units/rooms
From R 330,00
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The Whitehouse Inn

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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...

Sleeps: 12 in 3 units/rooms
From R 450,00
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Osfontein Antieke Klip Gastehuise

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Loxton

These antique stone corbelled houses appear only in the Karoo in an attractive small area. They were the first houses built by the Voortrekkers in the early 1800's. The Old Stone Shed used to be an old sheep shearing shed and has been converted into a se

From R 280,00
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Sutherland Southern Cross

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Sutherland

Sutherland Southern Cross has two self-catering holiday units in Sutherland, Northern Cape, South-Africa. The lounge area has a flat screen TV supplied with a Guesthouse DSTV package.

Sleeps: 65 in 22 units/rooms

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 ...

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: 21 in 8 units/rooms
From R 345,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Horse and Mill Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Colesberg

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.

From R 375,00
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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.

Sleeps: 12 in 5 units/rooms
From R 430,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Skitterland Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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 ...

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.