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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)

  • 10 Great Day Trips from Nieu Bethesda
    Nieu Bethesda is a wonderful base from which to explore and experience the Karoo.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Die Tuishuise
    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.
  • 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)

  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Urquhart House Museum Graaff Reinet
    The large erf at the southern extremity of Market Square, on which Urquhart House stands today, was granted in freehold to Johan Hendrik Greyling on 1 January 1806, which places it amongst the earliest plots transferred into private ownership.

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