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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Old Mill Lodge & A la carte Restaurant

Guest House Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

Luxury riverfront tent & luxury waterfront Cabin accommodation as well as omfortable and affordable bed and breakfast 4 star accommodation, Oudtshoorn. Accommodation near the Cango Caves, Schoemanshoek, only 12 km from us. We offer Family, normal and self

Swartberg Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Prince Albert

The Swartberg Hotel is a charming Victorian hotel situated in the heart the quaint Karoo village of Prince Albert. The hotel features a large dining area leading out onto the patio that overlooks the swimming pool...

Oppi Plaas Selfcatering Guest House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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.

Haus Holzapfel

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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.

Fonteinjie Self Catering

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet 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.

Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms

Saxe-Coburg Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Prince Albert

Nestling beneath the Prince Albert, possible the prettiest small town in South Africa, with its Karoo style, Cape Dutch and Victorian houses lining quiet arboured streets. Canals lead mountain water into the lush gardens of flowers and fruit trees, a veri

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Die Fonteine Guest House

Bed & Breakfast 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...

Onze Plaasje

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in De Rust

The cottage was recently renovated and restored to its original looks. It consists of a kitchen with a little Dover wood stove, two bedrooms, a lounge, bathroom, as well as a big stoep on which you can sit, relax and enjoy the tranquil Little ...

Sleeps: 24 in 4 units/rooms
From R 800,00
Per unit, per night.

Klein Afrika

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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: 80 in 22 units/rooms
From R 265,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Donkin Country House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Beaufort West

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

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Sleeps: 55 in 19 units/rooms
From R 150,00
Per person, per night sharing.

El Yolo One

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Klaarstroom

El Yolo One is a working Karoo guest farm situated at the foot of the Swartberg mountain range in the Great Karoo.

The Retreat at Groenfontein

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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 ........

Stonebreaker Country Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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 ...

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Sleeps: 28 in 6 units/rooms
From R 545,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Karoo View Cottages

Self Catering Apartment, 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...

Sleeps: 185 in 37 units/rooms
From R 232,50
Per person, per night sharing.

Young's Halfway House

Room Only / Limited Self Catering Accommodation in Beaufort West

You will find the best budget stop over between Cape Town and Johannesburg at Young's Halfway House in Beaufort West. We can provide you with family rooms, as well as single and double rooms. Special arrangements can be made for groups.

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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 Accommodation 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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Sleeps: 18 in 8 units/rooms
From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Best Little Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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.

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

Jagerskraal Guest Farm

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Laingsburg

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

From R 800,00
Per unit, per night.

Kleingeluk Guest House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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...

Sleeps: 56 in 17 units/rooms
From R 280,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Vale Karoo Farm

Bed & Breakfast 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...