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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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Adley House
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Sleeps 11 in 4 units
From R 700
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 3 max (2 adults)
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Adley House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

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 ...

Saxe-Coburg Lodge
Sleeps 10 in 5 units
From R 600
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
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Saxe-Coburg Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Prince Albert

Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

Saxe-Coburg Lodge offers bed and breakfast accommodation in Prince Albert in the Klein Karoo and Groot Karoo region in the Western Cape. Nestling in Prince Albert, possibly the prettiest small town in South Africa, with its Karoo style, Cape Dutch and Vic

The Retreat at Groenfontein
Sleeps 14 in 5 units
From R 1150
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
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The Retreat at Groenfontein

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Calitzdorp District

Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

The Retreat at Groenfontein offers bed and breakfast accommodation in the Calitzdorp District in the Klein & Groot Karoo region in the Western Cape. The Retreat is an old Victorian farmhouse set in 560ha of the Groenfontein Valley Conservancy bordering on

Wilgewandel Holiday Farm
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From R 400
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
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Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

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

Haus Holzapfel
Sleeps 30 in 9 units
From R 850
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 4 adults max
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Haus Holzapfel

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Beaufort West

Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

Haus Holzapfel offers self catering accommodation in Beaufort West in the Groot Karoo and Klein Karoo region in the Western Cape. The popular self catering accommodation Haus Holzapfel is situated in the up market, peaceful and quiet area in the highest s

Waterkloof Guest Farm
Guest Rating: 9
Sleeps 10 in 1 unit
From R 1000
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Waterkloof Guest Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in De Rust

Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

Waterkloof Guest Farm offers self catering accommodation on a working farm near De Rust in the Klein & Groot Karoo region of the Western Cape. A Klein Karoo welcome to Waterkloof Self Catering Guest Farm (sleeps up to 10). We are situated 15 km from De Ru

Karoo View Cottages
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Sleeps 30 in 7 units
From R 795
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 4 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Karoo View Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Prince Albert

Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

Karoo View Cottages offer self catering accommodation in Prince Albert in the Klein & Groot Karoo region in the Western Cape. We offer 7 cottage units and can accommodate up to 30 people. Units range from a 2 sleeper to an 8 sleeper. Our luxurious self-ca

Old Mill Lodge & A la carte Restaurant
Guest Rating: 8
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From R 1850
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 4 max (2 adults)
* Rates may vary according to season

Old Mill Lodge & A la carte Restaurant

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

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

Kleingeluk Guest House
From R 1200
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 4 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Kleingeluk Guest House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in De Rust

Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

Kleingeluk Guest House offers self catering farm accommodation near De Rust in the Klein & Groot Karoo region in the Western Cape. We offer 2 self catering options: Kleingeluk Guest House (Sleeps 8) and Kleingeluk Cottage (Sleeps 4). This unique farmstay

Bakgat Blyplek
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Sleeps 8 in 2 units
From R 450
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 4 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Bakgat Blyplek

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Beaufort West

Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

Bakgat Blyplek offers 2 self catering accommodation units in Beaufort West in the Groot Karoo and Klein Karoo region in the Western Cape. Christiaan (BB) and Cornel Bekker, your hosts, invite you to enjoy a "Bakgat" accommodation experience in our newly d

Avondrust Farm Stay
Sleeps 24 in 9 units
From R 1300
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Avondrust Farm Stay

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Klaarstroom

Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

Avondrust Farm Stay offers 2 self catering cottages near Klaarstroom in the Klein & Groot Karoo region in the Western Cape. Accommodation consists of 2 self-catering cottages (old farm houses): Môreson Cottage (sleeps 12) and Ebeneser Cottage (sleeps

Mirtehof Guest Farm Estate
Sleeps 10 in 5 units
From R 2450
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Mirtehof Guest Farm Estate

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Prince Albert

Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

Mirtehof Guest Farm Estate offers a choice of bed and breakfast accommodation and self catering cottage accommodation in Prince Albert in the Klein & Groot Karoo region of the Western Cape. We offer our guests the opportunity to enjoy the peace and quiet

Rus In De Rust
Sleeps 4 in 1 unit
From R 1450
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 4 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Rus In De Rust

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in De Rust

Klein Karoo & Groot Karoo

Rus In De Rust is a beautiful 1920's heritage house that has been lovingly restored and beautifully furnished offering spacious accommodation for up to 4 guests (5th guest by arrangement). De Rust is a picturesque village at the foot of the Swartberge

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