Central Karoo

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Central Karoo Travel Guide

The broad, mostly sandy, expanse of undulating plains known as the Karoo is divided between the Little Karoo, nearer the coast and the Great Karoo, which seems to stretch into the interior forever. The Karoo, which means 'great thirst' in the local Khoi-San language, receives little rain so the... Read more

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Matjiesfontein Town of Central Karoo

A gem not too far from Cape Town - If you like history then Matjiesfontein is a must. Don't make the mistake of thinking that you can see it all in one morning. The museum at the station is simply packed with social history items relating to Victorian life in South Africa (be sure to go downstairs to the basement displays). We were sorry not to make the bus tour in the red London bus ( it runs at 6pm from Mon to Sat). There is also a transport museum and other interesting places to explore. A must is to have a drink at the Lairds Arms next door to the hotel where the piano is still played every day.

Pam and Cedric Van Dyk
South Africa
Matjiesfontein Town of Central Karoo

- Absolutely divine

Johmare Bezuidenhout
South Africa
Prince Albert Town of Central Karoo

Wonderful weekend destination - Cultural Karoo Gem - fun for the whole family with a good dose of the arty.

Lynn-Hay Green
South Africa
Beaufort West Town of Central Karoo

The perfect place from which to explore the Karoo National Park! - We slept over at Beaufort West specifically to explore the wonders of the Karoo National Park. Driving through this pristine Karoo reserve revealed so many treasures we had missed all those years we just sped through on our way to Cape Town. Impressively large herds of Gemsbok, Rooi Hartebeest, Eland, Burchell's Zebra ...we saw it all. Highly recommended!

Zelda Bezuidenhout
South Africa
Karoo National Park Game Reserve of Central Karoo

Great weekend away destination - The Park is a great destination if one needs peace and tranquility. The staff are friendly and efficient. It was lovely indeed having a braai whilst overlooking the mountains and to see game almost on our doorstep. On our Sunday morning game drive we had the privilege to view different kinds of buck, ostriches, zebras, but most of all two lionesses. Unforgettable weekend.

Astrid Clark
South Africa
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  • Weltevrede Fig Farm Weltevrede Fig Farm

    Farm in
    Central Karoo

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    Get the real Karoo farm experience! Magnificent views, bird-watching, horse riding, baboons and antelope...
  • Gamkaskloof or Die Hel Gamkaskloof or Die Hel

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    Gamkaskloof, also known as Die Hel, is a really special full day’s outing, unfortunately only suitable...
  • Swartberg Pass Swartberg Pass

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    Climbing 1000 metres in 12 kilometres, the Swartberg Pass is one of the steepest passes in South Africa....
  • Prince Albert Gallery Prince Albert Gallery

    Theatre, Gallery or Museum in
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    Situated in Seven Arches, a gracious Victorian building opposite the Fransie Pienaar Museum, the Prince...
  • Karoo National Park Karoo National Park

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    Overshadowed by the soaring peaks of the Nuweveld Mountains, the stark landscape of the Karoo National...
  • Bloukop Hiking Trail Bloukop Hiking Trail

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    This day walk and hiking trail is located near Tierberg in the Prince Albert district. Bloukop Mountain...
  • Karoo Sundowner Donkey Cart Tour Karoo Sundowner Donkey Cart Tour

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    Join the popular Sundowner Tour on a comfortable donkey cart and enjoy a spectacular Karoo sunset with a...
  • Bergplaats 4x4 Trails Bergplaats 4x4 Trails

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    Beginners and experienced drivers will find plenty of thrills and pleasant driving on Bergplaats three...
  • Grootkloof in Gamkaskloof Grootkloof in Gamkaskloof

    Hiking Trail in
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    The Grootkloof in Gamkaskloof Trail offers a unique experience in the Swartberg Nature Reserve. Along...
  • Koningsgat Trail in Gamkaskloof Koningsgat Trail in Gamkaskloof

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    The 1.4 km Koningsgat Trail in the Gamkaskloof section of the Swartberg Nature Reserve offers a pleasant...
  • Diep en Deur 4x4 Trail Diep en Deur 4x4 Trail

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Central Karoo Restaurants

  • Gallery Café Gallery Café

    Restaurant in
    Central Karoo

    1 Review
    A superb dining experience all round; great food, great service, great ambience. The Gallery Café...
  • Lord Milner Hotel Restaurant Lord Milner Hotel Restaurant

    South African Restaurant in
    Central Karoo

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    This historic hotel building is situated in the railway town of Matjiesfontein, amidst tranquil Karoo...
  • Red Canyon Spur Red Canyon Spur

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    There are over 237 local Spur steak branches and 28 international ones. Spur offers hearty and...
  • Miller's Restaurant Miller's Restaurant

    South African Restaurant in
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    Overlooking the historic Alberts Mill is Miller’s Restaurant. This tranquil and elegant venue...
  • Gallery Café Gallery Café

    Restaurant in
    Central Karoo

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    A superb dining experience all round; great food, great service, great ambience. The Gallery Café...
  • Red Canyon Spur Red Canyon Spur

    South African Restaurant in
    Central Karoo

    There are over 237 local Spur steak branches and 28 international ones. Spur offers hearty and...
  • Miller's Restaurant Miller's Restaurant

    South African Restaurant in
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    Overlooking the historic Alberts Mill is Miller’s Restaurant. This tranquil and elegant venue...
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  • Prince Albert Prince Albert

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    The Karoo National Park is situated just outside of Beaufort West, and boasts a huge and varied...
  • Matjiesfontein Matjiesfontein

    Town in Central Karoo

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    Matjiesfontein is a unique little historic Victorian village comprising 300 residents. It was founded...
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