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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)

  • 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.
  • Heritage Trails
    “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.
  • 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.
  • Thembalethu Safaris
    We are a family concern that was founded in the early 80’s mainly for local hunters. Situated in the mountain range above the Noorsveld, the flora mainly consists of Spekboom, Pruimboom, aloes, cycads and Witgat boom.

Featured Accommodation in the Karoo Heartland (Click for More Info)

  • Thembalethu Safaris
    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.
  • Aandster
    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.
  • Somerset House
    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.
  • 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.
  • Karoopark Guest House
    Accommodation at Karoopark Guest House is available in the Colonial-style manor house that was built at the end of the 19th century or in the tranquil garden setting. Today as a guesthouse, bed-and-breakfast accommodation and self-catering cottages are available with private entrances.
  • 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.
  • Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve
    Mount 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.
  • 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.
  • Karoo Pred-a-tours
    Clifton Game Farm (3440ha), which is home to Karoo Pred-a-tours, lies in the beautiful malaria free Karoo and offers visitors a range of accommodation and activities
  • Andries Stockenström Guest House
    Andries Stockenström Guest House in Graaff-Reinet is widely known for its cuisine, being also the home of renowned Gordon's Restaurant where food is taken very seriously, only the freshest and is the stuff that great memories are made of.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Featured Attractions in the Karoo Heartland (Click for More Info)

  • Monument to the Independent Colony
    The Drostdy at Graaff-Reinet was established in response to petitions from the Boers of the region. On 6 February 1795 a gathering proclaimed the "Graaff-Reinet Colony"
  • Old Powder Magazine
    The old powder magazine stands alone on the hill to the north of the town.
  • Dutch Reformed Church - Groot Kerk
    The first recorded church was in Church Street. Building of a church started in 1792 but was destroyed by fire in 1799 before it could be completed. A second church was completed in September 1800 on the site of the present Dutch Reformed Church or Groot Kerk at the northern end of Church Street.
  • 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."

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