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 R850
1 night, 2 adults

Port Wine Guest House

Sleeps 20 Calitzdorp Guest House in Calitzdorp

This stylish 1830 homestead is centrally situated in the heart of the port capital of South Africa, ...

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...

from R640
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 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...

from R400
1 night, 2 adults

De Kraal Tent Accommadation

Sleeps 4 Oudtshoorn Self-catering in Oudtshoorn

De Kraal Tent Accommodation is situated 4.2 km outside of Oudtshoorn, on the tar road to the Cango C...

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 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 R700
1 night, 2 adults

Inkaroo Cottage

Sleeps 4 Barrydale Self-catering in Barrydale

This beautiful, unique, characterful self-catering cottage is situated in the quaint town of Barryda...

from R400
1 night, 2 adults

Anna Sophia Self-catering Cottages

Sleeps 15 Calitzdorp Backpacker in Calitzdorp

Anna Sophia offers neat and clean accommodation in a rustic country atmosphere, keeping with the Kar...

De Zeekoe Guest Farm
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De Zeekoe Guest Farm

Sleeps 71 Oudtshoorn Guest House in Oudtshoorn

This 2000-hectare bio-diversified farm is privately owned and nestled between the majestic Swartberg...

Ostrich On A Farm In The Little Karoo