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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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Victoria's Pride Guest House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Victoria West

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

Sleeps: 12 in 3 units/rooms
From R 900,00
Per unit, per night.

Osfontein Antieke Klip Gastehuise

Self Catering House / Cottage in Carnarvon

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

Aandrus B&B

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Richmond

Aandrus B&B in Richmond was established in the mid nineteen fifties and except for a short period of time, it has been owned by members of the same family. The motel type accommodation consists of 11 rooms with en suite facilities.

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

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" ...

From R 465,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Colesberg Kuilfontein Stable Cottages

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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.

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

The Whitehouse Inn

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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...

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.

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 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: 15 in 5 units/rooms
From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Wolwefontein Lodge

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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
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.

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 ...

From R 280,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Blesfontein Guest Farm

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Sutherland

Blesfontein is situated 28 km South West of Sutherland. We offer 10 self catering units. Each self catering unit has an inside- and outside fire place for cooking or to enjoy the heat of a cosy kaggel fire in Winter...

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

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

Desert Dew Guesthouse

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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: 50 in 25 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per unit, per night.

Tankwa Lodge

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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: 13 in 1 unit/room
From R 250,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Ketelfontein Guestfarm

Guest Farm Accommodation in Colesberg

Ketelfontein is situated 15 kilometers north of Colesberg on the R396 tar road en route to Petrusville. The farm covers a periphery of 4000 hectares and farming continues actively, with merino sheep and drakensberger cattle....

The Barracks

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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...