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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!
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10 Great Day Trips from Nieu Bethesda
Nieu Bethesda is a wonderful base from which to explore and experience the Karoo.
Mount Camdeboo Safari Experience
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.
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.
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.
Featured Accommodation in the Karoo Heartland (Click for More Info)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Old Residency Museum, Graaff-Reinet
The former Residency, situated diagonally opposite Reinet House at the end of Parsonage Street, and forming a unique architectural complex with it, is a well-preserved example of the early 19th Century Cape Dutch H-shaped house.