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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)
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.
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” 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.
Wild fly fishing in the Karoo
The Angler & Antelope has secured exclusive access to several dams and stretches of river in the Somerset East district for fly fishing. When you fly fish these exclusive Angler & Antelope waters, you will experience the majesty of the Karoo, with no interruptions – well, except maybe a trophy sized trout at the end of your fly line!
Featured Accommodation in the Karoo Heartland (Click for More Info)
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.
Angora Lodge provides you with accommodation, a restaurant, conference facilities, bar, small casino, big screen for presentations, sport, movies and a liquor store. Functions for any event can be arranged e.g. dinners, teas, meetings, conferences etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Albert House B&B
Whether you are a tourist passing through the historic town of Cradock, or on business needing quality overnight accommodation, Albert House B&B is your answer. Set in neat gardens on a large plot with plently of shade provided by fruit and other trees, the establishment lies in a tranquil area, yet conveniently close to shops and historical sites.
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
ount 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.
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.
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.
Featured Attractions in the Karoo Heartland (Click for More Info)
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.
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."