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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Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms
From R 700,00
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Avondrust Farm Stay

Self Catering House / Cottage 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

Stonebreaker Country Lodge

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Oudtshoorn

Our thatched lodge is fitted with modern conveniences and offers you safe off-road parking. Twelve elegantly furnished en suite rooms, with an African ambience, make you really feel at home. The luxurious honeymoon and family suites promise you ...

Oppi Plaas Selfcatering Guest House

Self Catering House / Cottage 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
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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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Sleeps: 18 in 8 units/rooms
From R 300,00
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Best Little Guest House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Oudtshoorn

Best Little Guest House situated in South Africa's picturesque and historic town of Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo. It has been especially designed to cater for the needs of travelers who can relax in a quiet, friendly and secure environment.

Sleeps: 8 in 4 units/rooms
From R 280,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Verberg Herberg/Inn

Guest Farm Accommodation in Uniondale

Verberg Inn is halfway between Uniondale and Willowmore. You'll find many good dirt roads in the area, which create wonderful opportunities for mountain and off-road biking. Uniondale town has the largest watermill in the Southern hemisphere.

From R 750,00
Per unit, per night.

Klein Afrika

Self Catering House / Cottage in Oudtshoorn

The 4 self-catering cottages which are located on a smallholding near Oudtshoorn, are close enough to town for a quick visit, yet secluded enough not to be disturbed by the buzz of people and traffic. Each cottage sleeps a maximum of 6 people and...

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Sleeps: 46 in 11 units/rooms
From R 350,00
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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...

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

From R 250,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Jagerskraal Guest Farm

Guest Farm Accommodation in Laingsburg

Jagerskraal Guest Farm offers conveniently situated accommodation on the N1 near Laingsburg in the Karoo.

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Bakgat Blyplek

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Beaufort West

Christiaan (BB) and Cornel Bekker, your hosts, invite you to enjoy a "Bakgat" accommodation experience in our newly developed self-catering units (2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) in Beaufort West.

From R 195,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Hotel Oasis

Hotel/ Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Beaufort West

Hotel Oasis in Beaufort West is a Luxary Hotel in the Heart of the Karoo, situated on the N1 between Cape Town and Johannesburg, offering family accommodation at affordable rates.

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Die Fonteine Guest House

Guest Farm Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

Die Fonteine is a luxury guest house, situated in the heart of the Cango Valley near Oudtshoorn. The guest house offers stylishly decorated en-suite rooms with beautiful views of the Schoemanshoek Valley and the spectacular...

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Matoppo Inn

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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)

From R 700,00
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Kleingeluk Guest House

Self Catering House / Cottage in De Rust

This unique farmstay is only 4km from the main road on the farm Kleingeluk, near De Rust. It is a mixed farming with ostriches, sheep, boerbok and vegetable seed. Here you can find peace and tranquility and enjoy typical Klein Karoo atmosphere...

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

Karoo Cottage

Self Catering House / Cottage in Beaufort West

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

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From R 270,00
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Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

Self Catering House / Cottage in Oudtshoorn

Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, the getaway to the largest showcase in Africa awaits your highly valued presence, this place of excitement and fun activities will offer you and your family appealing and aesthetically beautiful surroundings witch will satisfy yo

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

Donkin Country House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Beaufort West

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

Haus Holzapfel-Karopa

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Beaufort West

The KAROPA apartments opened in December 2009 and are famous for their cleanliness and German standard on quality. The apartments are situated in the up market, secure, peaceful and quiet area of Beaufort West. KAROPA is 2km away from the N1...

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Sleeps: 28 in 6 units/rooms
From R 495,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Karoo View Cottages

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Prince Albert

Perched on a Koppie 400m off the main street of the village of Prince Albert you will find our luxurious Self-Catering Accommodation complete with all your 'home from home' comforts, Bed and Breakfast health provisions, fresh milk and...