Little Karoo Travel Guide

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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 R350
1 night, 2 adults

Pepper Tree, Montagu

Sleeps 2 Montagu Self-catering in Montagu

Pepper Tree, Montagu is a semi-luxury accommodation unit providing a comfortable stay in a Montagu f...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Bain's Barn

Sleeps 2 Tulbagh Self-catering in Tulbagh

Bain’s Barn, dating from 1801, offers centrally located, self-catering accommodation in historic Chu...

from R360
1 night, 2 adults

Assendelft Lodge and Bush Camp

Sleeps 18 Prince Albert Lodge in Prince Albert

The upmarket Assendelft Lodge and Bush Camp offers luxury lodge or safari style accommodation in the...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Wykeham Lodge

Sleeps 98 Worcester Lodge in Worcester

Wykeham Lodge welcomes you to stay over in a traditional thatched, 1835 home with lots of charm and ...

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 R550
1 night, 2 adults

Keisie Cottages

Sleeps 18 Montagu Self-catering in Montagu

Self-catering accommodation in farm holiday cottages in beautiful, peaceful, mountain setting, just ...

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 R600
1 night, 2 adults

Koo Karoo Guest Lodge

Sleeps 15 Montagu Guest House in Montagu

The property consists of a 100 year old Victorian house with large comfortable rooms; a coach house ...

from R620
1 night, 2 adults

Langenhoven B&B

Sleeps 19 Oudtshoorn Bed and Breakfast in Oudtshoorn

Langenhoven B&B is located in the heart of the Klein Karoo, in Oudtshoorn. Staying at our accommoda...

Ostrich On A Farm In The Little Karoo