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.
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 …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
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). Just 15 km from De Rust. …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
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 …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Adley House offers bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation in Oudtshoorn, Karoo, Western Cape. 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 decora …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
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... …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
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 …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
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 …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
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 …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
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 …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
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 …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.