Things to Do in Hantam Karoo

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SALT Observatory

SALT Observatory

Popular Attractions in Sutherland (188.6 km from Hantam Karoo)

The biggest reason why anyone would visit the little Karoo dorpie of Sutherland lies 18 km outside the village in the direction of Fraserburg. On this arid hilltop you'll find the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere – SALT (Southern African Large Telescope). With zero light pollution and cloudless night skies, these enormous telescopes...

Sterland Stargazing

Sterland Stargazing

Popular Attractions in Sutherland (173.5 km from Hantam Karoo)

Here you can experience what most people come to Sutherland for - stargazing. Just 1 km outside Sutherland you will find the Sterland Caravan Park where the local amateur 'star' aficionado, Jurg, will delight you with a celestial show. Regular sessions are presented throughout the year, even on the coldest nights. The sessions are kicked off...

Tankwa Karoo National Park Game Reserve

Tankwa Karoo National Park

Game Reserve in Tankwa Karoo National Park

Keen to hear the stars sing and feel the earth spin? If you need to get your mojo back with a quiet escape in wide-open spaces then pack your vehicle and head to the Tankwa Karoo National Park for a weekend. Just a four-hour drive from Cape Town brings you to this unique National Park situated within the Succulent Karoo Biome.Here you can spot...

Akkerendam Nature Reserve

Akkerendam Nature Reserve

Nature Reserves in Calvinia (33.6 km from Hantam Karoo)

The Akkerendam Nature Reserve was established in 1967 and is situated just outside of Calvinia. The reserve is 2750 hectares in size and incorporates the majestic Hantam Mountain. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see, including sword lilies, Cape asters, and brown peppering plants. The reserve is also a proclaimed bird sanctuary...

Gannaga Pass

Gannaga Pass

Popular Attractions in Tankwa Karoo National Park (114.5 km from Hantam Karoo)

The Gannaga Pass is one of those passes that you should simply do at least once in your life. This is a driving experience that you'll never forget. At the summit (1600 m above sea level) you'll feel like you've arrived at a place of peace. The Gannaga Pass connects the Ceres Karoo farms and villages atop the Roggeveld Plato. Most of the pass...

Horse Riding at Blesfontein

Horse Riding at Blesfontein

Popular Attractions in Sutherland (168.2 km from Hantam Karoo)

Horse riding to view several game species like Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Blesbuck, Springbuck, Steenbuck, Zebra. We also offer lead reign pony rides for kids

Blesfontein Amateur Observatory

Blesfontein Amateur Observatory

Popular Attractions in Sutherland (168.2 km from Hantam Karoo)

Blesfontein is probably the darkest farm in the whole of Sutherland district. We have a lot less light pollution than Sutherland itself. At night we take out our visitors to do star gazing in our Amateur Observatory. We have several powerful telescopes to watch stars at night and we also offer sun viewing by means of our sun filter telescope.

The Louw Museum

The Louw Museum

Galleries and Museums in Sutherland (177.7 km from Hantam Karoo)

We are very proud to present the Louw-Museum in Sutherland, home of both NP van Wyk Louw and WEG Louw. NP van Wyk Louw, born on 11 June 1906 in Sutherland, was an Afrikaans-language poet, playwright, and scholar. He is the older brother of Afrikaans-language poet W.E.G. He viewed the Afrikaans language as a bridge that connects Europe with...

NP van Wyk Louw museum

NP van Wyk Louw museum

Popular Attractions in Sutherland (177.9 km from Hantam Karoo)

A literacy museum in the house where two famous Afrikaans poets and writer brothers, N.P van Wyk Louw and W.E.G. Louw were born in this house. Interesting displays.

De Postjes 4x4 Trail

De Postjes 4x4 Trail

Four By Four Trails in Fraserburg (237.5 km from Hantam Karoo)

De Postjes 4x4 Trail extends over five farms and travels over the Mail Coach Pass. The trail is quite long and so it is recommended that at least a three-quarter tank of fuel is available before you start the trip. The 5 to 45 km trail takes 1 to 4 hours to complete and has a difficult grading of 4 to 5. The self-drive route requires a 4x4 – or...

Skietfontein Hiking Trail

Skietfontein Hiking Trail

Hiking Trail in Carnarvon (294.8 km from Hantam Karoo)

The Skietfontein hiking trail is an eight-kilometre walk along the riverbank of the Skietfontein settlement. The walk starts at the antique shop on Church Street in Carnarvon and passes by a spring, a graveyard, and the U.R. Church. The trail will take you through the Karoo veld and the Karoo bossies, with magnificent views of the Karoo...

The Carnarvon Museum

The Carnarvon Museum

Galleries and Museums in Carnarvon (296 km from Hantam Karoo)

Carnarvon Museum was built in 1907 as a community hall for the Dutch Reformed Church. In 1973 it was donated to the municipality and turned into a museum. The museum exhibits the cultural history of Carnarvon, which is located in the Northern Cape Province. There are a variety of antiques on display, an old hearse that belonged to the Dutch...

Things to do near Hantam Karoo

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Rooibos Teahouse

Rooibos Teahouse

Popular Attractions in Clanwilliam (118.6 km from Hantam Karoo)

Do you want an unique Rooibos tea experience? Then you must visit the Rooibos Teahouse at NetMar in Clanwilliam. Within the 5 Clan's of Rooibos you have more than 100 flavoured/blended Rooibos teas. From natural, herbal, fruity and sweet to spicy - a variety you can't afford to pass by. Do a tea tasting or order any of these from the menu and...

Akkerendam Nature Reserve

Akkerendam Nature Reserve

Nature Reserves in Calvinia (33.6 km from Hantam Karoo)

The Akkerendam Nature Reserve was established in 1967 and is situated just outside of Calvinia. The reserve is 2750 hectares in size and incorporates the majestic Hantam Mountain. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see, including sword lilies, Cape asters, and brown peppering plants. The reserve is also a proclaimed bird sanctuary...

Maskam 4 x 4 Route

Maskam 4 x 4 Route

Four By Four Trails in Vanrhynsdorp (90.1 km from Hantam Karoo)

This route is in the Maskam Mountain with stunning views of the valley. The route itself is very challenging; you'll need skills and a real 4 x 4 vehicle to enjoy this ride. There are also braai facilities high up in the mountain. This is a very enjoyable and adventurous family outing.

Knersvlakte Spens

Knersvlakte Spens

Shops in Vanrhynsdorp (91.8 km from Hantam Karoo)

Situated off the N7, north of Vanrhynsdorp, the Knersvlakte Spens Nursery and Farm shop extends a warm welcome to travellers. Here you can purchase indigenous succulents endemic to the Knersvlakte region from the nursery. The farm shop is loaded with traditional fare; shelves are well stocked with jams, preserves, springbok biltong, sticky sweet...

Double Bridge on the N7

Double Bridge on the N7

Popular Attractions in Vanrhynsdorp (93.1 km from Hantam Karoo)

The railway bridge crossing the N7 which is crossing the Sout River. The river is dry for most of the year, but has been known to flood almost to the level of the road. Occasionally you will catch the exceptionally long freight trains that travel the line over the road.

Biedouw 4x4 Trail

Biedouw 4x4 Trail

Four By Four Trails in Cederberg Wilderness Area (104.2 km from Hantam Karoo)

Biedouw 4x4 is located in the Cedarberg mountain area with the closest town, Clanwilliam, 54km away. The Biedouw 4x4 trail is 30 km in length and takes about 5 to 6 hours to complete. The trail has a difficulty grading of 3 to 4 and a high clearance, low range 4x4 vehicle is needed. The self-drive Beidouw 4x4 trail is best experienced during...

Maltese Cross Walk

Maltese Cross Walk

Hiking Trail in Cederberg Wilderness Area (106.6 km from Hantam Karoo)

Collect a map and permit from Dwarsrivier Farm or Algeria Forest Station (Cape Nature HQ for the Cederberg Wilderness). Follow the map to the start of the walk. The easily recognizable footpath is marked with cairns pointing the way to the 5-storey Maltese Cross. The out-and-return route starts with a mild uphill climb and then an easy downhill...

Lots Wife and Window Rocks

Lots Wife and Window Rocks

Hiking Trail in Cederberg Wilderness Area (108.3 km from Hantam Karoo)

The easy ramble to the striking Window Rocks, also called “Vensterklippe” in Afrikaans, is highly rewarding. Leave your car in the parking area for Stadsaal Caves and take the path signposted "Lot’s Wife". Collect a map and permit from Dwarsrivier Farm or Algeria Forest Station (Cape Nature HQ for the Cederberg Wilderness). Follow the map to the...

Wupperthal Shoe Factory

Wupperthal Shoe Factory

Popular Attractions in Wupperthal (113 km from Hantam Karoo)

Visit the oldest working shoe factory in South Africa. The factory produces 'veldskoene' (field shoes), traditional 100% leather shoes made and worn by the early settlers. The factory was founded in 1836 by Johann Gottlieb Leipoldt, grandfather of the famous South African poet C. Louis Leipoldt. The town of Wupperthal is situated in the remote...

Gannaga Pass

Gannaga Pass

Popular Attractions in Tankwa Karoo National Park (114.5 km from Hantam Karoo)

The Gannaga Pass is one of those passes that you should simply do at least once in your life. This is a driving experience that you'll never forget. At the summit (1600 m above sea level) you'll feel like you've arrived at a place of peace. The Gannaga Pass connects the Ceres Karoo farms and villages atop the Roggeveld Plato. Most of the pass...

Bergkraal 4x4

Bergkraal 4x4

Four By Four Trails in Vredendal (117.2 km from Hantam Karoo)

Bergkraal 4x4 is situated on a farm between Vredendal and Klawer. The exact coordinates are unknown so it is essential that you call beforehand. This route is not an accredited 4x4 route but safety rules and precautions are enforced. This day trail has the facilities to braai/barbecue but please enquire telephonically. The routes vary from...

Bushman's Cave Bergteater

Bushman's Cave Bergteater

Galleries and Museums in Clanwilliam (118.3 km from Hantam Karoo)

Bushman’s Cave ‘Bergteater’, or Mountain Theatre, is an open-air theatre set at the foot of the Cedarberg Mountains. This unique and life-long memorable experience is only 35 km from Clanwilliam on the Oude Muur Farm. Many a well-known artist has performed here with the Cedraberg Mountain cliff as their backdrop – Ollie Viljoen, Emo Adams,...

Bushmans Cave 4x4 Trails

Bushmans Cave 4x4 Trails

Four By Four Trails in Clanwilliam (118.4 km from Hantam Karoo)

Bushman’s Cave has four 4x4 routes against and trough the Cedarberg Mountain. The farm is located 35 km from Clanwilliam but the GPS coordinates are unknown so please contact the establishment for more information. The trails have a grading between 2 and 5 and all experience levels are welcome. The trails total 30 km and take about 2 hours to...

Clanwilliam Dam Fishing

Clanwilliam Dam Fishing

Popular Attractions in Clanwilliam (121.6 km from Hantam Karoo)

Clanwilliam is quite possibly one of the best venues for small-mouth bass fishing in South Africa. Located in the Cedarberg Mountain Range about 250 km away from Cape Town, it's best used as an overnight fishing venue. Fish varieties include bluegill sunfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, plus the occasional clanwilliam yellowfish. A...

De Compagnie Wine Estate

De Compagnie Wine Estate

Wine Estates in Wellington (125.5 km from Hantam Karoo)

De Compagnie Wine Estate is situated in the Val du Charron, five km outside of Wellington. The farm is 27 hectares and lies in the narrow valley between the cliffs of the Hawekwa Mountains and Groenberg. Visitors can enjoy not only the fantastic wine of the De Compagnie estate, but also its rich cultural environment. The owners of the the farm,...