Little Karoo Travel Guide


The Little Karoo is the hot, dry region squeezed between the Outeniqua Mountains that separate it from the green and luscious Garden Route, and the rugged Swartberg Mountains that separate it from the wider, hotter Great Karoo.

The well marketed Route 62 extends further than the actual R62, including parts of the Breede River Valley. It's a lovely, quiet alternative to the rather more goal-oriented N2, passing through some interesting little towns and winds its way past loads of wineries and guest farms that specialise in rugged activities like 4x4 trails and quad bike trails. The major part of Route 62 runs straight through the Little Karoo towns of Ashton, Montagu, Barrydale, Ladismith, Calitzdorp, Oudtshoorn and De Rust.

It's a lot of fun to zig-zag backwards and forwards between the N2 and the R62 over some very scenic mountain passes, alternating between the lush green Garden Route and the drier, more austere Little Karoo. Most well known for its ostrich farms, which have developed into mega tourist traps, the Little Karoo supports a thriving agricultural industry. Olives, deciduous fruit and wine add to the rather heady mix that most local restaurants exploit gleefully.
Calitzdorp, which is most well known for its great port, holds a port festival every July, and there are fabulous wine farms along the whole length of the R62. Probably the most well known attraction in the region, though, is the enormous Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn. There are some great rock paintings in various parts of the Little Karoo.

The magnificent landscapes, locally known as red hills, offer some fun day walks, and the high mountains on either side of this long, thin valley, offer fantastic multi-day hikes. There are loads of really great cultural attractions, not least of which is the annual KKNK, the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (Little Karoo National Arts Festival) in Oudtshoorn. It's a party. Big time.

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Accommodation near Little Karoo

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R750
1 night, 2 adults

Karoo Life B&B

Sleeps 6 Calitzdorp Bed and Breakfast in Calitzdorp

Karoo Life B&B is one of Calitzdorp's historic homes circa 1860. We have three Garden rooms and our ...

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

Welgevonden Guest House

Sleeps 8 Calitzdorp Bed and Breakfast in Calitzdorp

Welgevonden is a charming guest house on small holding in the heart of the Klein Karoo and overlooks...

from R750
1 night, 2 adults

Klaarstroom Guest House

Sleeps 15 Klaarstroom Guest House in Klaarstroom

Klaarstroom Guest House offers you old-fashioned Karoo hospitality in a restored Victorian homestead...

Op-die-Plaas Kamp
from R200
1 night, 2 adults

Op-die-Plaas Kamp

Sleeps 100 Seweweekspoort Camping and Caravanning in Seweweekspoort

Op-die-Plaas Kamp is situated on a beautiful working farm named Sandrivier, surrounded by the Klein ...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Die Fonteine Guesthouse

Sleeps 12 Oudtshoorn Bed and Breakfast in Oudtshoorn

Die Fonteine is situated in the centre of the lush green, tranquil and picturesque village settlemen...

from R750
1 night, 2 adults

Karoo Retreat

Sleeps 14 Oudtshoorn Guest House in Oudtshoorn

Karoo Retreat is an upmarket self-catering house situated in Oudtshoorn and ideal for families and g...

from R634
1 night, 2 adults

Eldorado Private Collection

Sleeps 20 Oudtshoorn Self-catering in Oudtshoorn

Eldorado Private Collection in Oudtshoorn offers luxury apartments equipped to cater for the discern...

from R1800
1 night, 2 adults

Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve Seweweekspoort

Sleeps 36 Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve Lodge in Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve

Set amidst stunning scenery near Seweweekspoort, Bosch Luys Kloof is a family-owned and run 14 000-h...

from R790
1 night, 2 adults

De Poort Country Lodge

Sleeps 18 Oudtshoorn Guest House in Oudtshoorn

De Poort Country Lodge is located 17 km en route to the world-famous Cango Caves which is situated i...

from R680
1 night, 2 adults

Albert Manor Guest House

Sleeps 12 Ladismith Guest House in Ladismith

This grand and spacious Victorian home was declared a National Monument and it provides an authentic...

Ostrich On A Farm In The Little Karoo