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.
El Yolo One is a working Karoo guest farm situated at the foot of the Swartberg mountain range in the Great Karoo.
A Klein Karoo welcome to Waterkloof Self Catering Guest Farm. We are situated 15 km from De Rust - a picturesque little town nestled at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountain Range.
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 ...
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
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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 ........
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...
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