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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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.

River Destiny Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet 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: 15 in 5 units/rooms
From R 380,00
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.

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.

From R 600,00
Per unit, per night.

Merino Junction

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Victoria West

Merino Junction is situated in the heart of the Karoo in Victoria west and offers true Karoo hospitality.

The Barracks

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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...

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

Osfontein Antieke Klip Gastehuise

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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

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...

From R 400,00
Per unit, per night.

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.

Skietkuil Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast 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.

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.

Sleeps: 44 in 15 units/rooms
From R 480,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Honeylocust Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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.

From R 205,00
Per person, per night sharing.

De Oude Pastorie Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Victoria West

De Oude Pastorie was the first parsonage of the Dutch Reformed Church in Victoria West. Both the (building) plans of the church and the parsonage were accepted on the same night in September 1846. According to the minutes, the cypress trees in ...

Aandrus B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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.

Van Zylsvlei Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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 ..

Sunset Chalets

Room Only Accommodation in Colesberg

Sunset Chalets is a privately owned establishment in Colesberg that is owner managed. We offer the traveler the solution to their dilemma: Clean, safe, luxury accommodation at an affordable price.

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 ...

Sleeps: 32 in 5 units/rooms
From R 295,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Victoria's Pride Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Victoria West

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

Victoria-Wes Gastehuis/Guesthouse

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Victoria West

The complex now consists of 6 luxury units and 2 en-suite units. The latest addition is our luxury en-suite unit with Victorian period furniture, its own car port and private little garden. We have also added our annex unit which utilises the outs...