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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)

  • Nieu-Bethesda Guest Farm & Excursions
    Give us one day and we will give you 280 million years! Guided farm tours including, Boer war engravings, Bushman paintings and engravings, Woolshed, Fossil and Artifact museum, Fossil walk with sunset drinks. Learn about medicinal plants and meet the meerkats!
  • 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.
  • Camdeboo Adventure Tours
    Guided tours offered to Graaff-Reinet’s main highlights that includes the Valley of Desolation, Game Viewing in the Camdeboo National Park & Umasizake TownshipTours. For nature lovers there are a variety of guided nature walks in the area on offer. 4x4 Trips in the Camdeboo National Park & a variety of overnight trips to the Baviaanskloof are also available. For more information contact Buks Marais.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (“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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • Reinet House Museum, Graaff-Reinet
    The Graaff-Reinet Museum or “Reinet House”, formerly a Dutch Reformed Church parsonage, was built at the expense of the Government in 1812 during the ministry of the Rev. Kicherer. It was the home of three ministers prior to 1822.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.

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