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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.
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.
Activities in and around Cradock
Cradock is an historic, cultural and scenic place to visit with a wide range of things to do and places to visit.
“Heritage Trails” are excursion programmes offered by Pegasus Hospitality and Marketing (Group of Companies) providing intrepid travelers the opportunity to experience the rich wilderness, cultural heritage and magnificence of the Eastern Cape. We showcase some of the lesser known and "off the beaten track" destinations in and around the Karoo Heartland and Sunshine Coast with a combination of programmes ranging from guided tours to self-drive programmes, beach and bush escapes, dirt and dust 4x4 adventure through the world heritage site and "Baviaanskloof Wilderness” and “Addo – Kabouga" 4x4 trails.
Featured Accommodation in the Karoo Heartland (Click for More Info)
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A haven on the high street, Outsiders B&B is centrally situated but offers the calm and privacy of a secret hideaway. Comfortable, en-suite double rooms with private entrance and stoep from which to observe the daily passage of village life.
Featured Attractions in the Karoo Heartland (Click for More Info)
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.
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."
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.
Slachter's Nek Exhibition at Somerset East
The Slachter's Nek Exhibition in the Old Parsonage Museum in Somerset East is staged around the actual beam used for the hanging of the Slachter's Nek rebels in 1816.