Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

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Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

To the East of Touws River in the Western Cape and stretching to the Northern and the Eastern Cape lies the Karoo which is made up of the Great Karoo in the North, and the Little Karoo in the South.

The Klein Karoo is essentially a long valley bordered on its northern edge by the Swartberg and in the South by the Langeberg and Outeniqua mountains, which separate the region from the coastal strip known as the Garden Route. The valley is dry and arid and was once the home of huge herds of elephant, kudu, buffalo together with rhinos, hippos and lions. All of these have been hunted out and the only fauna left in the area are a few leopards and baboons with a plentiful supply of ostriches in the Oudtshoorn area, which became famous at the turn of the previous century when ostrich- feathered boas became all the rage in Europe.

To the West of Oudtshoorn and in the Swartberg mountains lie the world famous Cango Caves of the Klein Karoo. The caves were first discovered by a Hottentot herdboy while looking for missing cattle. The caves extend underground for over two kilometers and include the Wonder Cave. The main caves may be visited only with a guide and tours set out every two hours. The caves were declared a National Monument in 1938.

A few kilometers to the East of Oudtshoorn lies the charming little village of De Rust, a haven for artists and an area famous for its dessert wines and cheeses. Almost next door to De Rust is the small town of Dysseldorp, established by the London Missionery Society in 1838, the town witnesses a symbolic annual pilgrimage to the local Roman Catholic chapel on Good Friday and visitors from all over the country during the Easter weekend.

The Groot Karoo is a vast and desolate region that sits to the North of the Swartberg. The huge plain was once a vast inland sea of lakes and swamps inhabited by dinosaurs which roamed over the region for 125 million years until their sudden end. Most of the time this desolate land appears dull and uninteresting, but the Groot Karoo can turn green overnight after a sudden rainshower, and the plains can be filled with colour as flowers spring into life.

The town of Beaufort West lies on the N1 highway from Johannesburg to Cape Town and is considered to be the capital of the Groot Karoo. The town has developed over the last few years into a major commercial centre. The whole Groot Karoo region is ideally suited to sheep farming. Beaufort West has become a major holiday destination especially in wintertime, and there are plenty of recreational activities that can be enjoyed in the town. The Karoo National Park is situated just outside and to the northwest of the town. The park is inhabited by several species of buck, and the visitor may also catch sight of baboons, black-eared foxes, jackal and kudu. The lower levels of the park have a typical Karoo vegetation, while the upper slopes are dominated by sour grass.

The Groot Karoo, though appearing sparsely populated by fauna, houses one of the world’s largest collections of fossils and is a mecca for the palaeontologist. The Groot Karoo is unique in that the rock strata contain a virtually unbroken record of fossilized species over a 50 million year period, including the evolution of the first mammals.

The Klein and Groot Karoo regions at first appear as desolate plains, but on closer inspection have proven to be regions that deserve to be visited by young and old alike.

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The Retreat at Groenfontein

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Calitzdorp District

The Retreat is an old Victorian farmhouse set in 560ha of the Groenfontein Valley Conservancy bordering on the 129.000ha Swartberg Nature Reserve. The house, with furnishings of yellow-wood and Oregon pine, has the lounge and dining room ........

Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms
From R 700,00
Per unit, per night.

Avondrust Farm Stay

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Klaarstroom

In the foothills of the mighty Swartberg mountains, on the banks of the the Groot River, Avondrust farm is a beautiful working farm offering you a memorable farm stay

Sleeps: 55 in 22 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Surval Boutique Olive Estate

Hotel/ Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

Surval Boutique Olive Estate offers panoramic views of the majestic Swartberg Mountain Range (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the Schoemanshoek Valley. Stylishly decorated and spacious en-suite rooms - double/twin rooms, two bedroom family units...

Wagon Wheel Country Lodge

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Beaufort West

Wagon Wheel Country Lodge is situated 1km North of Beaufort West, off the N1, coming in from Johannesburg. We offer 52 on-suite rooms, all with safe parking at your room, and security.We serve Breakfast and Dinner in our A La Carte Restaurant.

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

141 High Street

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Oudtshoorn

Gerrit and Ilsa van Schalkwyk would like to share with you the charming character of The Parsonage built in 1881. This National Monument in the centre of town offers you the friendly hospitality of old-time Oudtshoorn. The interior takes you back ...

From R 160,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Steenbokkie Nature Reserve

Game Reserve Accommodation in Beaufort West

teenbokkie Nature Reserve guest farm is the perfect getaway to unwind, relax and soak up the best that the Karoo has to offer. This is a nocturnal environment that is specially protected for its natural, educational, scientific, cultural and heritage v

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Sleeps: 80 in 22 units/rooms
From R 265,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Donkin Country House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Beaufort West

An up-market 3-star guest house in Beaufort West, catering for business people and families alike

From R 200,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Karoo Cottage

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Beaufort West

Karoo Cottage is a spacious, comfortable, fully equipped self-catering cottage.

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Sleeps: 22 in 9 units/rooms
From R 570,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Boulders Lodge & Spa

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Oudtshoorn

The Boulders Lodge is fully air-conditioned, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a sparkling blue pool and Jacuzzi on the deck awaits visitors who are ready to restore peace to body and soul. Little extras such as a little special gift on...

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Adley House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Oudtshoorn

With modern amenities, relax in our well kept gardens and pools, park in safety ,in house on our large property. 14 large en-suite individually decorated rooms, all with TV stocked bar fridges, tea and coffee trays, individual modern remote ...

Sleeps: 7 in 1 unit/room

Appelhuis

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Barrydale

Experience the serenity and safety of a quiet Klein Karoo fruit farm, 7km from Barrydale on the R62-route. The Appelhuis is a beautifully restored self catering old stone cottage, surrounded by orchards and mountains in the Doornriver Valley.

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Sleeps: 46 in 11 units/rooms
From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Old Mill Lodge & A la carte Restaurant

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

We are a working ostrich farm & Guest Lodge. Situated at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains,14 km from Oudtshoorn, exactly halfway between Oudtshoorn and the World Famous Cango Caves. We offer hiking, fishing, two swimming pools, horse...

Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms
From R 375,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Klaarstroom Guest House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Klaarstroom

You are invited to share this special place - a restored Victorian homestead - to enjoy traditional Karoo hospitality. The house has lofty ceilings, wooden floors and French doors opening onto wide stoeps. The décor is simple and elegant, a b...

Haus Holzapfel

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Beaufort West

The popular B&B accommodation Haus Holzapfel is situated in the up market, peaceful and quiet area in the highest street of Beaufort West. We are 1.1km away from the city centre and the N1 Highway Cape Town - Johannesburg.

From R 220,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Grandmas Place

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Beaufort West

Grandma's Place self catering flatlets, offers more than just an overnight stay with its wooden floors, antique sideboards, crisp sheets, broekie lace stoeps and lush chicken grazed lawns. Siituated in Beaufort West, Western Cape...

Oppi Plaas Selfcatering Guest House

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in De Rust

Oppi Plaas Selfcatering Guesthouse is nestled in the picturesque Oudemuragie Valley at the foothill of the Swartberg Mountain Range. We are a 5 min drive to De Rust where you can explore the charming little town.

From R 500,00
Per unit, per night.

Fonteinjie Self Catering

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse Accommodation in De Vlugt

Fonteintjie is situated in in the Bo-Lankloof in the De Vlugt valley. The name Fonteintjie comes from 3 freshwater springs on the farm.

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Matoppo Inn

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Beaufort West

Matoppo Inn has historical Charm and fascinating architectural heritage contribute to the refreshing country atmosphere at Matoppo aan de wagenweg(c. 1834)

Sleeps: 36 in 10 units/rooms
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Tamala's Cottages

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Prince Albert

Welcome to the picturesque Prince Albert. Ta Mala's cottage is situated in Mark street 85 one block from the town centre. The house consists of three self-catering cottages. One night stays and children are welcome.

Sleeps: 59 in 18 units/rooms

The Vale Karoo Farm

Guest Farm Accommodation in Beaufort West

The Vale Karoo Farm lies at the foothills of the majestic Nuveld Mountains in the heart of the Great Karoo. It offers many new holiday and break-a-way opportunities on the farm. The farm is 30 km east of Beaufort West on the N1 route between Cape...