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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

Eerstekrans Hiking Trail

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

The Beauty Zone

The Beauty Zone, established in 2007, is the Health, Beauty and Wellness ...

Rosmead

The village of Rosmead near Middelburg wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for ...

Olive Schreiner Sarcophagus

Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), was a political activist, feminist and author of the world-renowned ...

Somerset East ParkRun

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

Anglo Boer War Fort

Soon after the first shots were fired between the Boers and the ...

Buffelshoek Pass

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

Middelburg Stoel Monument

On 4 September 1901, during the South African War, the famed British ...

The Grave of Reginald Koettlitz

The Cradock cemetery is probably one of the most interesting ones around. ...

Mohair Experience Museum

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

4×4 Karoo360, powered by Toerboer

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

Steytlerville Open Air Museum and Family Crests

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

Klipplaat

During SA’s golden century of rail travel, Klipplaat was a major junction. ...

Grootfontein College of Agriculture

The history of Grootfontein dates back to 1781 when a certain Hendrik ...

Compassberg

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

Karoo 3 Peaks Hiking Challenge

Join us in hiking to the three highest peaks in the Sneeuberg ...

Sid Fourie Historical House Museum

Jansenville’s Museum, better known as the Sid Fourie House, stands on Brug ...

Glen Avon Waterfall

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

Nieu-Bethesda Dutch Reformed Church

In 1875, a commission appointed by the Graaff-Reinet Dutch Reformed Church, purchased ...

The Owl House

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

Art

Old Library Museum

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

Graaff-Reinet’s Black Acorn Grapevine

Behind the Reinet House Museum in Graaff-Reinet, visitors will find a Black ...

Roodewal historic site

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

Bedford Rosarium

The Eastern Cape town of Bedford is famous for its annual Garden ...

Graaff Reinet ParkRun

Every Saturday at 7:00am (October – March) & 8:00am (April – September). ...

Urquhart House Museum

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

Nieu-Bethesda water furrows

Nieu Bethesda has a working network of furrows, with water supplied daily ...

Mountain Biking Ganora Guest Farm

You can choose to do easy rides, set up by Soeren Mades, ...

Steytlerville Pegasus Early Motoring Museum

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

Jansenville Dutch Reformed Church

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

Olive Schreiner House Museum

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

The original Roberts Birds of South Africa illustrations

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

Stone Folk of Ongeluksloot

The Stone Folk is a new permanent outdoor installation of stone figures ...

Art

Mountain Zebra National Park

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

Saltpeterskop chessboard etching

During the last 1800s, British soldiers created a chessboard on the top ...

Aberdeen Dutch Reformed Church

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

Pearston Dutch Reformed Church

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

Walking Tour of Old Cradock

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

Mountain Biking Karoo360, powered by Toerboer

Join us on a guided mountain bike trail in the Camdeboo National ...

Hello Healthi Wellness

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

Valley of Desolation

Located in the Camdeboo National Park outside Graaff Reinet, the Valley of ...

Glen Avon Mill

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

Ganora Guest Farm Walks and Hikes

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

Beervlei Dam

Motorists traveling along the N9 from the interior via Graaff Reinet and ...

Gats River Canyon Walk

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

Glen Avon Farm Hikes

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

Great Fish River Museum

The Great Fish River Museum is dedicated to showcasing the history of ...

P W Vorster Museum (Grootfontein)

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

Aberdeen

The original title deeds for the land on which Aberdeen is situated ...

Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor

Welcome to Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor, award winning, authentic South African ...

Cradock Mother Church

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

4×4 Camdeboo National Park

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

Mary and Martha

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

Camdeboo National Park

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

Aberdeen Bed Grave

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

4×4 Transkaroo Adventures

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

Egg Rock

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

Mount Stewart

The hamlet of Mount Stewart is located on a crossroads between Steytlerville ...

The Old Blackstone Power Station

The Old Blackstone Power Station, which supplied the town with power until ...

Karoo Soul Food Retreats

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

Valley of Flags

The Valley Of The Flags is located on the R329 outside Steytlerville. ...

Somerset East Museum

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

Somerset East Dutch reformed Church

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

Die Wonderboom

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

Old Nieu-Bethesda Mill

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

Jacob’s Donkey Cart Tours

Gather a different perspective of Nieu-Bethesda village life. Jakob van Staden has ...

Pearston

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

Steynsburg Dutch Reformed Church

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

Reinet House Museum

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

Angler & Antelope Guesthouse

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

Karoo River Rafting

Welcome to Karoo River Rafting and Cabins. Set in the stunning surroundings of ...

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