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Steynsburg, Hofmeyr and Tarkastad

The eastern frontier of the Karoo Heartland
History of Steynsburg, Hofmeyr and Tarkastad

The towns of Steynsburg, Hofmeyr and Tarkastad forms the eastern frontier of the Karoo Heartland where it borders on the Friendly N6 region. Steynsburg and Hofmeyr are both located on the popular R390 route linking Cradock with Gariep Dam. It’s a region where the air is clean, Karoo koppies adorn the horizon and the farming community is friendly. There is no shortage of historic sites with some parts having very close ties to the Anglo Boer War.   

What to do in Steynsburg, Hofmeyr and Tarkastad

Explore the history linking these towns back in time as far as 36 000 years ago. This is how old the Hofmeyr skull found outside town is estimated to be. Tarkastad boasts famous rock painting sites and all three towns have history dating back to the late 1800s as well as the Anglo Boer War.   

More to do

 Hiking Trails

Mountain Biking

San Rock Paintings

Hofmeyr’s Pink Church

Anglo Boer War sites

Farm Stays

Where to Stay

Whether you choose to stay in one of the small towns or out on a farm, the accommodation options throughout the eastern frontier of the Karoo Heartland will surprise you every time. Spend a night or stay a while, you won’t be sorry.  

 

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Explore the towns

Visit the historic sites around the towns, find a farm stall or coffee shop and watch town life go by, breathe in the fresh Karoo air while hiking or mountain biking, or experience the daily activities on a local farm. This area may be less “famous” than the other parts of the Karoo Heartland, but it truly is an off-the-beaten-track destination.

Karoo sunset
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Karoo sunset
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Karoo sunset
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Karoo sunset
Food