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 R1,290
1 night, 2 adults

Surval Boutique Olive Estate

Sleeps 52 Oudtshoorn Guest House, Oudtshoorn Bed and Breakfast in Oudtshoorn

Surval Boutique Olive Estate is situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain range (a UNE...

from R714
1 night, 2 adults

Mimosa Lodge

Sleeps 40 Montagu Hotel in Montagu

Mimosa Lodge is nestled on the foothills of the majestic Langeberg Mountain range in the heart of Mo...

from R1,900
1 night, 2 adults

Orange Grove Farm

Sleeps 25 Robertson Self-catering in Robertson

Orange Grove Farm is a working wine and olive farm situated in the heart of Robertson's valley of wi...

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 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 ...

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from R1,040
1 night, 2 adults

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...

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 R650
1 night, 2 adults

Eikelaan Farm Cottages

Sleeps 14 Tulbagh Self-catering in Tulbagh

Eikelaan Farm is a complete break from reality and a great place for recharging your batteries and c...

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 R760
1 night, 2 adults

Acacia Cottage

Sleeps 6 Prince Albert Self-catering in Prince Albert

Acacia Cottage is located just a block away from town on a little farm with horses, chickens, cats a...

Ostrich On A Farm In The Little Karoo