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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Haaspoort Private Nature Reserve
    Nestled in the Winterhoek Mountains of the Eastern Cape, Haaspoort Bushcamp and Private Nature Reserve captures the serenity and beauty of the Karoo. The Bushcamp is situated on a 2000-hectare malaria-free private game reserve, home to a large variety of wildlife and rare flora.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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