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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 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.
  • 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.
  • African Angels Health & Wellness
    African Angels is a registered non-profit organisation which provides beauty, spa and well-being training, job placement and meaningful accreditation to unemployed African Women and Youths.

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

  • Outsiders B&B
    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.
  • Kuzuko Lodge
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Koffylaagte Game Lodge
    Koffylaagte acquired its name from being a regular stop on the old wagon route inland from Port Elizabeth and UItenhage. The original farmstead, dating from the 1870's, is now the main accommodation on the Koffylaagte private reserve.
  • 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)

  • The Aberdeen Bed Grave
    Near the roadside between Aberdeen and Graaff-Reinet, in the middle of the veld, lies an old cast iron bedstead. This according to legend is the grave of a woman who took ill and died while the family were trekking by ox-wagon through the Karoo.
  • The Gereformeerde Kerk
    The original foundation stone for this building situated on the corner of Bourke and Middle Streets was laid on the 9th July 1913. After undergoing many transformations including being used as a cinema the building was reconsecrated on the 21 May 2006. The present bell constructed on the lines of an old “slave bell” was cast in 1969.
  • 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.
  • 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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