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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)
Boschberg Hiking Trail, Somerset East
This one or two day 15 km hike takes one up up and around the Boschberg overlooking Somerset East, offering glorious views and an overnight hut.
Mount Camdeboo Safari Experience
Mount Camdeboo (“Place of green hills or pools” in ancient Khoisan) Private Game Reserve lies a short way to the east of Graaff-Reinet in the heart of the Great Karoo.
10 Great Day Trips from Nieu Bethesda
Nieu Bethesda is a wonderful base from which to explore and experience the Karoo.
Boschberg MTB Trails
Starting from the Boschberg Tourism Hub in Somerset East, is a 35 k system of new single track MTB trails, combining with old roads and paths, to create an exciting biking experience.
Featured Accommodation in the Karoo Heartland (Click for More Info)
Glen Avon Farm
Glen Avon Farm, near the historic little town of Somerset East in South Africa's malaria-free Eastern Cape, lies at the foot of Boschberg Mountain and provides a perfect environment for a farm holiday.
Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve
ount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve lies to the east of Graaff-Reinet in the heart of the malaria free Eastern Cape's Great Karoo. Renowned for great game viewing and exceptional hospitality, this family friendly destination is ideal for a personalised safari in a region that is steeped in history and culture.
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.
Situated in the fascinating Noorsveld, Thembalethu Safaris absolutely abounds with game and is a perfect weekend getaway or holiday destination for the game lover or for a camera safari. Encompassing about 6,500 hectares, there are numerous hiking opportunities and 4x4 or 4x2 tracks from which to view the game.
Lowlands Country House & Manor
Lowlands Estate is a beautiful sheep, cattle and pecan nut farm on the Fish River 30 minutes North of Cradock. A wide variety of activities for guests to enjoy include canoeing, river rafting, bird watching, mountain climbing or just relaxing in tranquil and comfortable surroundings while enjoying traditional Karoo hospitality. We are child friendly and children are welcome to explore and enjoy farm life.
Keurfontein Country House
Keurfontein is situated on the N9 between Willowmore and Uniondale easily accesible from the main road. It is therefore the ideal stopover for travellers between Gauteng and the Gardenroute.
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.
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.
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.
Die Tuishuise consist of 30 refurbished Karoo style cottages ideally located in Market Street, Cradock. Die Tuishuise have been awarded the coveted "Simon van der Stel" Gold Medal for restoration.
Camdeboo Cottages Self-catering
Camdeboo Cottages is located in the heart of old Graaff-Reinet, on the corner of Bourke and Parliament Street, within walking distance of local attractions and facilities. Experience a piece of South Africa’s history by staying in one of these cottages which have been declared national monuments. The unique and historical cottages have been lovingly restored boasting original yellow-wood floors and reed ceilings together with modern amenities such as aircon and televisions.
Willow Guest House
Experience an important piece of South African history in this historic building with Victorian furniture, old world charm and unsurpassed hospitality.
Ideally situated for stopovers when travelling from Gauteng to George the Willow Historic Guest House offers excellent comfortable accommodation and fine food in it's a la Carte Restaurant.
Featured Attractions in the Karoo Heartland (Click for More Info)
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.
Walter Battiss Art Museum, Somerset East
Open 8.30 - 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 weekdays, but the building is sometimes closed due to other committments, so phone ahead if you are coming from out of town. Saturday and Public holidays 10.00 - 12.00 by appointment. In an official ceremony held in front of the white-gabled house in Paulet Street, Somerset East in 1981, Walter Whall Battiss bequeathed his collection of his own art works to "the people of Somerset East and South Africa."
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.
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.
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