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Karoo Crawl to Adventure
- Discover the unsurpassed grandeur of the Karoo Heartland, the vast plains, majestic mountains and champagne air.
- Do see the unusual in picturesque Karoo towns steeped in history and intrigue.
- Explore off the beaten track - on foot, horseback, mountain bike, 4x4 or canoe!
- Awesome mountaineering and paragliding await the adventurous.
- Enjoy spectacular game viewing and bird watching. Visit game and nature reserves, farms and fascinating museums.
- Crystal clear starry nights.
- View bushman engravings and fossil collections.
- Savour succulent Karoo cuisine.
- Sleep in Victorian guesthouses or even old slave quarters.
- Unique entertainment and events!
- Succumb to the spirit of the Karoo Heartland.
- You will be back for more!
Featured Activities in the Karoo Heartland (Click for More Info)
Baviaanskloof Heritage Tours
The Baviaanskloof, once South Africa's best kept secret, is steadily becoming better known as one of South Africa's "must" places to visit. This wonderland is an ever changing selection of scenery and vegetation types ranging from fynbos to lush riverine forest. It is also populated by a wide selection of animals from the seldom seen leopards and buffalos, through various antelope species to the ever present baboons and tortoises.
Karoo Comfort Zone
We provide a blissful journey of the senses and offer our clients a professional selection of products and treatments at our Health, Beauty & Wellness Centre.
Camdeboo Adventure Tours
Guided tours offered to Graaff-Reinet’s main highlights that includes the Valley of Desolation, Game Viewing in the Camdeboo National Park & Umasizake TownshipTours. For nature lovers there are a variety of guided nature walks in the area on offer. 4x4 Trips in the Camdeboo National Park & a variety of overnight trips to the Baviaanskloof are also available. For more information contact Buks Marais.
Cat Conservation Trust, Cradock
The Cat Conservation Trust is a non-profit trust that aims to create public awareness of the plight of South Africa's small wild cats through research and education.
Featured Accommodation in the Karoo Heartland (Click for More Info)
Albert House B&B
Whether you are a tourist passing through the historic town of Cradock, or on business needing quality overnight accommodation, Albert House B&B is your answer. Set in neat gardens on a large plot with plently of shade provided by fruit and other trees, the establishment lies in a tranquil area, yet conveniently close to shops and historical sites.
A bright, comfortable old Karoo house - Aandster is stylishly furnished, well equipped for self-catering and decorated with original art works. Aandster can accommodate up to 12 guests.
Mount Melsetter Karoo House
Mount Melsetter provides a superb venue to break away from the pressures of your normal day to day living. The Karoo House lies under the gaze of Mount Melsetter itself, which rises to just over 5000 feet, a landmark looming large over the surrounding Karoo, due east of Middelburg.
Ganora Guest Farm & Excursions
Ganora Guest Farm just outside the village of Nieu Bethesda, in a beautiful setting in the foothills of the Sneeuberge, offers accommodation in four quaint buildings, each part and parcel of the history of the farm. Guided tours:Fossil; Rock Art; Medicinal Plants, birding, biking etc.
Somerset House was built as a school in the Colonial style in 1905 in Paulet Street which was the first street to be built in Somerset East in South Africa's Eastern Cape. Situated in the quietest part of a quiet town and backing on to the Boschberg, the ambience of Somerset House is tranquil, scenic and restful.
Allemann se Huisie
Centrally situated in Nieu Bethesda, Allemann-se-Huisie is a cosy, self-contained garden cottage, with twin beds, kitchenette and shower and toilet en-suite. Sip sundowners in the garden and watch the sky fill with stars or braai some delicious Nieu Bethesda Karoo lamb.
Hillston Farm Stay
There is something magical about the vast semi-desert region known simply as the Karoo. At Hillston Farm you'll experience South African hospitality with a difference - farm style with a touch of class.
Also known as the “Place of Glory”, Kuzuko Lodge is built high upon a hill in a private section of the northern part of the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. It is here where breathtaking views from your private veranda are complimented by luxurious chalets and warm, attentive service. Spectacular cosmic safaris, day and night game drives and time spent in our wellness centre are but a few of the ways in which you can truly experience this unique and glorious place.
Guests are housed in 24 luxurious chalets, each with a private deck offering spectacular views of the malaria free Karoo bushveld of the big five park below. All chalets, three of which are wheelchair accessible, features an en-suite bathroom with bath and walk in shower, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, colour television, direct dialling telephones, free wireless connectivity and data cable points. Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge and may accompany their parents on game drives.
Angler and Antelope
The Angler and Antelope is centrally situated in the quiet rural town of Somerset East. This is an attractive base for anglers who would like to take advantage of the great fishing opportunities to be found in the area. Alan is a registered field guide and has access to various private fishing locations.
The Owlhouse Backpackers
A quiet, cosy lodge in an established Nieu Bethesda garden, the Owlhouse Backpackers reflects one of its previous lives as the Buddist meditation centre. Take with a dip with the goldfish in the dam, hire bikes to explore Nieu Bethesda or hike in the surrounding Sneeuberg Mountains.
Karoo River Cabins
Set in the stunning surrounds of the Karoo, this perfect farm get-away combines the breathtaking beauty of the veld, expansive horizons, blue-grey mountains, wide-open skies and all-year round exciting river rafting. Perched on the banks of the Great Brak River at the confluence of the Teebus, this idyllic spot offers inviting accommodation and first class facilities.
The Water Tower
A circular double-story with an interesting past, the Water Tower sits in a pleasant garden in the heart of Nieu Bethesda. This quirky building was first a water tower and then a Buddhist meditation room. With whitewashed walls and wooden floors, it is a calm and clean space from which to enjoy the famous Karoo sky, day or night.
Featured Attractions in the Karoo Heartland (Click for More Info)
Old Library Museum, Graaff-Reinet
While limited privately sponsored library facilities were available in Graaff-Reinet from about 1818, it was not until 1847 that the citizens of the town established a public library, subscribing funds to build the central building in Church Street.
Olive Schreiner House Museum
Olive Schreiner, the famous South African authoress, who amongst many other literary works, wrote "Story of an African Farm", lived in this house at 9 Cross Street in her youth, between 1867 – 1870.
The Old Parsonage Museum, Somerset East
Shortly after the establishment of the town of Somerset, 1825, land on the slopes of the Boschberg Mountain was given to the Wesleyan missionaries for a chapel and graveyard.
Military History Museum Graaff Reinet
The Military History Museum is the most recent addition to the Graaff-Reinet Museum Complex and was established in 2005.