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Sightseeing

Discover the wonders of the Karoo Heartland - great and small
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In the Karoo Heartland, you’ll find pieces of history alongside modern conveniences, golden light and good stories, amazing people and ancient fossils. In every Karoo town (and the roads in between), there are hundred of stories to be heard and sights to be seen with wonderfully welcoming hosts to guide you on your journey of discovery. 

Sightseeing in the Karoo Heartland

Middelburg Stoel Monument

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

Olive Schreiner Sarcophagus

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

Glen Avon Mill

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

Grootfontein College of Agriculture

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

Aberdeen Bed Grave

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

Old Nieu-Bethesda Mill

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

Rosmead

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

Old Powder Magazine

The old Gunpowder Magazine was constructed on the crest of a barren ...

The Old Blackstone Power Station

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

Mary and Martha

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

Valley of Flags

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

Harry Potter Grave

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

Pearston

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

The original Roberts Birds of South Africa illustrations

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

Roodewal historic site

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

Steytlerville Pegasus Early Motoring Museum

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

Nieu-Bethesda Labyrinth

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

Die Wonderboom

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

Anglo Boer War Fort

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

Cradock Mother Church

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

Graaff-Reinet monuments

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

Walking Tour of Old Cradock

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

Nieu-Bethesda Dutch Reformed Church

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

Koffiebus and Teebus

Outside Steynsburg are two very well know Karoo landmarks. Koffiebus and Teebus, ...

Graaff-Reinet churches

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

Lady De Waal Bridge

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

Guided Hiking – Ganora Guest Farm

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

Mount Stewart

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

Beervlei Dam

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

Stone Folk of Ongeluksloot

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

Art

Compassberg

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

Jacob’s Donkey Cart Tours

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

Jansenville Townhall and War Memorial

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

Steytlerville to Willowmore cement road

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

Oukop Hill Lookout

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

Die Groot Kerk

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

Buffelshoek Pass

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

Hofmeyr’s Pink Church

The small Karoo town of Hofmeyr is located about 63km northeast of ...

Slagtersnek Monument

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

Somerset East Museum

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

Rietbron

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

Pearston Dutch Reformed Church

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

Klipplaat

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

Delville Wood War Memorial

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

Norval’s Pont Concentration Camp Memorial

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

Egg Rock

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

Somerset East Dutch reformed Church

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

Swaershoek Pass

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

Steynsburg Dutch Reformed Church

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

Valley of Desolation

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

Sid Fourie Historical House Museum

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

Middleton All Saints Church

Middleton is located near Cookhouse and was first established in 1879 as ...

Glen Avon Waterfall

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

The Grave of Reginald Koettlitz

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

Graaff-Reinet Town Hall and War Memorial

On 26 June 1902 the foundation stone of the new Town Hall ...

Aberdeen Dutch Reformed Church

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

Willowmore and Steytlerville Monuments

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

Reinet House Museum

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

Steytlerville Open Air Museum and Family Crests

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

Glen Lynden Churches

The Glen Lynden Churches are located in the Baviaans River valley north ...

Jansenville Dutch Reformed Church

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

Aberdeen

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

Nieu-Bethesda water furrows

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

Bedford Rosarium

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

Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor

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

Graaff-Reinet’s Black Acorn Grapevine

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

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