Magical Karoo

The Karoo is full of contrasts. The incredible beauty of the landscape is swathed by a harsh climate. It stretches across a vast area of South Africa, covering approximately 500 000km2. Its boundaries are roughly determined by mountain ranges – the Langeberg, Outeniqua and Kougaberg in the south, the Bokkeveldberg and Cederberg in the west and the Drakensberg in the east. The Orange River can probably be considered as the northern boundary. Towns and villages are scattered between koppies across the harsh but beautiful landscape and each has their own unique charm and fascinating stories to tell. The friendly locals shower visitors with true Karoo hospitality, so be prepared to start planning your next visit before even departing.

Karoo fire at Madi Madi

Why Visit?

Visit the Karoo to revive your soul. If you want to truly escape a fast-paced life, the peaceful and tranquil Karoo offers a unique rejuvenation experience. The harmonious landscapes, welcoming locals and delicious traditional cuisine will reconnect your being with nature and rekindle your passion for life. A farmstay is the ideal way to experience the Karoo. Wake up to freshly brewed coffee and homemade rusks, every morning. Go for a casual stroll among the lambs or cool off with a dip in the dam. The black night sky makes for amazing stargazing in the Karoo. See the Milky Way in all its glory while lying on a soft blanket on your own private deck. Visit the Karoo to fill your heart with hope (and your belly with famous Karoo lamb!).

Romantic picnic at Surval Boutique Olive Estate

Highlights

  • An authentic Karoo farmstay for a taste of tranquil farm-life.
  • The most amazing stargazing experience.
  • A host of unique furry creatures inhabit the arid Karoo. – including the shy 5. The only diurnal animals of the group, meerkats, live in family groups and spend their days basking in the sun and hunting for food. Spend a morning watching these comical creatures go about their daily antics. The other 4 animals are rare and mostly nocturnal. You will have to get up really early to see an aardwolf, bat-eared foxes, porcupines or a foraging aardvark.
  • The numerous game reserves throughout the Karoo provide ample opportunity to view and interact with a variety of these inhabitants. Spot handsome oryx in the Camdeboo National Park near the charming town of Graaff Reinet and cute klipspringers along the Swartberg Pass.
  • A number of private game reserves offer exciting game drives and luxurious lodgings in this magical setting.
  • It’s no surprise that Oudtshoorn has been named the ostrich capital of the world because there are hundreds of these giant birds in the region. Learn more about the fascinating natural breeding cycle these flightless birds as well as their products.
  • The Cango Caves is an underground treasure of the Karoo and a national asset. Join a guided tour to explore the ancient limestone chambers and marvel at the enormous stalactites and stalagmites.
  • The fertile valleys are well suited to the planting of olives and the production of olive oil. There are numerous farms to visit and taste olives and olive products.

 

A typical Karoo-style cottage near Graaff Reinet