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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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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 ...

Sleeps: 44 in 15 units/rooms
From R 480,00
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Honeylocust Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Colesberg

Honeylocust is a modern, luxury B&B guesthouse in the historic town of Colesberg in the Upper-Karoo. Perfectly situated just off the N1 highway, it's the ideal halfway break on a long journey between the North and the South.

Sleeps: 50 in 25 units/rooms
From R 750,00
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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...

From R 465,00
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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.

Sleeps: 14 in 4 units/rooms
From R 200,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Stillewaters

Self Catering With Communal Kitchen in Richmond

Stillewaters Self Catering is a lovely, big main 1880 farmhouse on the working farm Stillewaters which is situated only 5 km from Richmond and the N1 out on the Graaff-Reinet road (R388).

Afrikaroo

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...

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

Ramino Guestfarm

Guest Farm 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.

Sleeps: 4 in 1 unit/room
From R 340,00
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Galileo Cottage

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Sutherland

110 km tarred road from the N1 turn-off at Matjiesfontein will bring you here and arriving here, GALILEO COTTAGE will be the place that you'll want to stay. Whereas GALILEO proclaimed the earth moves around the sun, we at GALILEO claim that with us..

Sleeps: 32 in 16 units/rooms
From R 999,00
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Nanna Rous' Town House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge 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.

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.

Van Zylsvlei Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Colesberg

Van Zylsvlei B&B is situated 6km from Colesberg on the Philippolis road (R717). We offer peaceful, safe and quiet accommodation for the weary traveler. You'll be greeted with warm and friendly Karoo hospitality, with a cosy farm ..

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.

Sleeps: 13 in 1 unit/room
From R 250,00
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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....

Sleeps: 40 in 10 units/rooms
From R 350,00
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Taaiboschfontein Farm Accommodation

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Three Sisters

Taaiboschfontein is included in the Kromrivier riverine rabbit conservancy and also included in the Kromrivier riverine rabbit route with the aim to conserve the Karoo nature. Seven rooms are available; one luxury room with private bathroom, four ...

Aandrus B&B

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge 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.

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: 106 in 13 units/rooms

Melton Wold Guest Farm

Guest Farm 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 ...