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Experience

Be inspired. You're in Big Sky Karoo.
what to do

Find your slice of wild across the golden plains of the Karoo Heartland. Discover worlds within worlds of wildlife thundering, swooping, running free across vast national parks and game reserves. Cycle the silent back roads of the Karoo, climb to towering heights with sweeping views, paddle the ancient Fish River. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of our beautiful region, its history, art and culture. 

Experience the Karoo Heartland

Buffelshoek Pass

Located 15km North-East of Pearston, the Buffelshoek pass is 3.9km long, and ...

Angler & Antelope Guesthouse

The Angler & Antelope is nestled in the heart of Somerset East, ...

Karoo Soul Food Retreats

Empowering you to take charge of your health and life purpose through ...

Mohair Experience Museum

The Mohair Experience Museum was built next to the Jansenville Museum (Sid ...

Old Nieu-Bethesda Mill

The old watermill in Nieu-Bethesda was erected in 1860 by Mr B.J. ...

4×4 Karoo360, powered by Toerboer

4×4 Trails for both vehicles and motorcycles: follow us along some of the ...

Old Residency Museum

The former Residency, situated diagonally opposite Reinet House at the end of ...

Pearston

The village of Pearston is situated in the shadow of the Coetzeesberge ...

Samara Karoo Reserve

Award-winning Samara Karoo Reserve is a conservation journey on 67,000 acres of ...

Graaff-Reinet monuments

Graaff-Reinet is one of South Africa’s oldest towns and boasts approximately 220 ...

Mountain Zebra National Park

Prepare to be awed by our Big Sky Karoo on display at ...

4×4 Mountain Zebra National Park

NB: No booking necessary as the trails are open during the normal ...

Guided Hiking – Ganora Guest Farm

Ganora Fossil Walk After a visit to the fossil museum, visitors are ...

The Owl House

Weird to some, wonderful to others, the Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda is ...

Art

Somerset East Dutch reformed Church

The Somerset East Dutch Reformed Church is the fourth oldest congregation of ...

Rietbron

The town of Rietbron has its origins in a patch of reeds ...

Compassberg

The Compassberg (2502m) is the highest peak in the Sneeuberg range and ...

Nieu-Bethesda Labyrinth

The Gregg Price Art Gallery in Nieu-Bethesda was opened in December 2018. ...

Somerset East ParkRun

Somerset East parkrun takes place every Saturday at 8:00am. Every week we ...

Steynsburg Dutch Reformed Church

The town of Steynsburg developed around the Reformed Church which was established ...

Hello Healthi Wellness

At Hello Healthi we offer a holistic personalized path to your optimal ...

Steytlerville to Willowmore cement road

The construction for the cement Road (R329) between Willowmore and Steytlerville commenced ...

Urquhart House Museum

The large erf at the southern extremity of Market Square, on which ...

Steytlerville Pegasus Early Motoring Museum

Tucked away behind the Verandah Coffee Shop where ladies might lunch on ...

Graaff-Reinet churches

The Groot Kerk is one of Graaff-Reinet’s best-known landmarks, but the town ...

Glen Avon Farm Hikes

Heritage Hike This walk takes approximately 1 and a half hours to ...

Gats River Canyon Walk

On Ganora Guestfarm there is a wide range of landscapes to hike. ...

Die Groot Kerk

Graaff Reinet’s first recorded church was in Church Street. Building of a ...

Mary and Martha

Throughout the Karoo it’s common to see flat-topped hills called Karoo Koppies ...

Kuzuko Lodge

Also known as the “Place of Glory”, Kuzuko Lodge situated in the ...

Egg Rock

Deep in the Karoo Heartland – along a dirt road and, seemingly, in the ...

Pearston Dutch Reformed Church

The Pearston Dutch Reformed Church in the village of Pearston near Somerset ...

The original Roberts Birds of South Africa illustrations

Austin Roberts’ The Birds of South Africa was first published in 1940 ...

Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre

Situated in the picturesque town of Nieu-Bethesda, and home of the famous ...

Roodewal historic site

The Roodewal historic site next to the N10 near Cookhouse doesn’t just ...

Cradock Mother Church

The first Dutch Reformed congregation (and also the first church) in Cradock ...

Old Library Museum

While limited privately sponsored library facilities were available in Graaff-Reinet from about ...

Aberdeen Dutch Reformed Church

The Dutch Reformed Church in Aberdeen was constructed in two stages. The ...

Hester Rupert Art Museum

The foundation stone for this building was laid on 24 April 1821 ...

Glen Avon Waterfall

Somerset East lies below the Boschberg mountain which is anything but typical ...

Reinet House Museum

The Graaff-Reinet Museum or “Reinet House”, formerly a Dutch Reformed Church parsonage, ...

Delville Wood War Memorial

The Somerset East War Memorial (also called the Delville Wood Memorial) is ...

Eerstekrans Hiking Trail

EERSTEKRANS HIKING TRAIL This area falls within the Cradock Town boundaries and ...

Die Wonderboom

Approximately 12 km from Willowmore, the “Wonderboom” or “Wonder Tree” is found. ...

Jansenville Townhall and War Memorial

In 1853 Petrus Fourie arranged for the layout and survey of about ...

Camdeboo National Park

The Camdeboo National Park is a 19000ha gem in the Karoo Heartland ...

The Crag Lizard Trail – Camdeboo National Park

The Crag Lizard Trail Duration: 45 minutes Difficulty: For all ages Cost: ...

Somerset East Museum

The Somerset East Museum is nestled at the foot of the Boschberg ...

Transkaroo Adventures Multi-Day Hikes

Transkaroo Adventures offer a 3-day hike: Day 1 (12km), day 2 (19km) ...

Steytlerville Open Air Museum and Family Crests

As you enter Steytlerville you will witness family crests along Piet Retief ...

Olive Schreiner House Museum

Olive Schreiner House at 9 Cross Street in Cradock is one of the houses in ...

Willowmore and Steytlerville Monuments

Both Willowmore and Steytlerville have a number of historic buildings, churches and ...

Lady De Waal Bridge

The steel Lady De Waal Bridge outside Steytlerville was built in 1911/12 ...

Oukop Hill Lookout

For the best panoramic view of the whole of Cradock you have ...

4×4 Transkaroo Adventures

Whether you are a novice or a bundu bashing expert, you will ...

Slagtersnek Monument

Back in the early 1800s this area was the eastern border of ...

4×4 Camdeboo National Park

Koedoeskloof The Koedoeskloof 4×4 Trail provides a 7-kilometre drive to the top ...

Swaershoek Pass

The Swaershoek Pass is an alternative road between Cradock and Somerset East ...

Mountain Biking Samara Private Game Reserve

With a variety of routes both easy and technical, Samara offers mountain ...

Glen Avon Mill

The history of Glen Avon is that of Robert Hart who was ...

Camdeboo Adventure Tours

Valley of Desolation – a geological phenomenon that is situated in the Camdeboo ...

Military History Museum

The Military History Museum is the most recent addition to the Graaff-Reinet ...

Norval’s Pont Concentration Camp Memorial

Right in the north of the Karoo Heartland on the border between ...

Harry Potter Grave

JK Rowling, creator of the billion-dollar boarding school fantasy series, is famous ...

Walking Tour of Old Cradock

The museum offers a literary and /or a historical walking tour of Old Cradock.  The ...

P W Vorster Museum (Grootfontein)

The PW Vorster Museum at the Grootfontein Agricultural Institute is housed in ...

Aberdeen Bed Grave

Near the roadside between Aberdeen and Graaff-Reinet, in the middle of the ...

Ganora Guest Farm Walks and Hikes

On the farm, there is a wide range of landscapes to hike. ...

The Cradock Four Monument

The Cradock Four were a group of four anti-apartheid activists who were abducted ...

Jansenville Dutch Reformed Church

The Dutch Reformed Church in Jansenville is unusual in that the bell ...

Hartland Huis and Karoo360 Tours, powered by Toerboer

Karoo360, powered by Toerboer is a tour operator based in Graaff-Reinet that, ...

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