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Suretta's B&B

21 Reviews
Sleeps 11 in 5 rooms

A warm welcome awaits the weary traveller at Suretta´s B&B. Our place of rest offers three cosy en-suite rooms. In total, there are five...
A warm welcome awaits the weary traveller at Suretta´s B&B. Our place of rest offers three cosy en-suite rooms. In total, there are five bedrooms with a total of 11 beds. Mouthwatering, slow cooked Karoo Lamb at R120 and dessert at R40 and breakfast is R75 makes Suretta´s B&B the perfect stopover between Johannesburg and Cape Town, directly on the N1. Beaufort West is about 470 km from Cape Town and has an airport located about 10 km out of town. Please note: Check in times are strictly between 15:00 PM and 22:00 PM and check out is only from 06:00 AM. There is no staff here between 22:00 PM and 06:00 AM. Children are R155 per child.
from R580

Karoo Chat

7 Reviews
Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

Guests hoping for traditional Karoo-style hospitality will not be disappointed when choosing to stay at Karoo Chat. It is an ideal choice...
Guests hoping for traditional Karoo-style hospitality will not be disappointed when choosing to stay at Karoo Chat. It is an ideal choice for small families visiting the little town of Prince Albert in the Western Cape. Even though the unit is situated within a lovely Victorian-style house, it has its own private entrance and patio. The unit has two bedrooms and one bathroom. Amenities include tea and coffee facilities as well as a bar fridge. Guests can start their day off with a light breakfast before exploring this charming town. Guests can visit the Robert Gordon Hiking Trail, or take a drive along the scenic Garden Route with its many beaches and nature reserves. After a day of discovery, guests can return to the warm comfort of the unit. End the evening off by relaxing on the patio, or by appreciating picturesque views of the surrounding area.
from R640

Cape Karoo Guesthouse

29 Reviews
Sleeps 14 in 6 rooms

This elegant, fascinating architectural home was build by Sir Baker in 1902. Experience the peace and tranquillity of this luxurious...
This elegant, fascinating architectural home was build by Sir Baker in 1902. Experience the peace and tranquillity of this luxurious guesthouse against a backdrop of the Nieuwveld Mountains. Cape Karoo Guesthouse is perfectly situated between Johannesburg and Cape Town/George. It has a romantic and unique sense of style in the heart of the Great-Karoo. We offer four luxurious and spacious en-suite rooms, equipped with 100% cotton bedlinen, anti-allergenic duvets and pillows, bar fridges, complimentary tea and coffee, DStv, air-conditioning, insect repellents, hairdryers, complimentary toiletries and heated blankets. Each room has its own entrance. Rooms lead out to a refreshing country atmosphere in the enchanted garden full of bird life with the most amazing mountain views under the breathtaking stars. On request a full English and Continental breakfast can be served. For dinner we have “braai” packs available on request for those who want to enjoy the famous organic super A-grade karoo lamb chops and beef sausage. Our guest house is near a grass golf course, and the Karoo National Park - with lovely scenic routes and more than 6000 fauna & flora species. There are also two endangered species, the Riverine Rabbit and the Black Rhinoceros, which have been successfully resettled. The park is home to five tortoise species, the most in any conservation area in the world. The park also has challenging 4x4 routes into the mountains, walking and fossil trials. We are near the N1, but guests can only hear the sounds of nature. We are approximately 10 km away from the airport and within the vicinity of the Chris Barnard Museum. Visit 400 year old engravings from the herb “guru” king in Nelspoort, Malteno Pass and the indescribable Meiringspoort. Secure off-street parking is available behind locked gates. Enjoy warm hospitality and excellent service. We speak English, Afrikaans and Zulu. Smoking is permitted in the garden area and on the veranda. We are pet and child friendly. Cape Karoo Guesthouse is a member of the Beaufort West Tourism Bureau.
from R500

Olive Grove Guest Farm

41 Reviews
Sleeps 60 in 13 rooms

Olive Grove Guest Farm offers Country Comfort on a unique Olive, Sheep and Game farm. 7 Self Catering Mountain View Chalets and 6 Olive...
Olive Grove Guest Farm offers Country Comfort on a unique Olive, Sheep and Game farm. 7 Self Catering Mountain View Chalets and 6 Olive Orchard Guest Rooms. Only 22 km from Beaufort West and 15km off the main N1 route. Corporate guests can enjoy the country experience while attending to their business. Travellers who overnight will value the safety and quietness. Ideal for a family getaway with many activities to choose from.
from R715

Haus Holzapfel

51 Reviews
Sleeps 32 in 8 rooms

Your German hosts, Marion and Zwingli, have created a charming home with a beautiful garden for the discerning guest who is looking for...
Your German hosts, Marion and Zwingli, have created a charming home with a beautiful garden for the discerning guest who is looking for luxurious self-catering or B&B accommodation in a "home away from home'’ haven, in a secure and peaceful setting. We are located in one of the most beautiful areas in the Karoo. Honeymooners and those seeking something special, will delight in the exclusivity that the suites offer. Haus Holzapfel offers two sunny and bright suites, which are beautifully decorated and furnished. Every suite has its own entrance, small lounge area, DStv, wireless Internet, air-conditioning, underfloor heating, plug adapters, a fully-equipped kitchenette with crockery, cutlery, glassware, fridge, microwave, kettle and coffee and tea making facilities. The bathrooms are modern in style with a toilet, basin and a shower with natural slate tiles. Towels and toiletries are provided. Every suite accommodates two to four people. One suite has two German single beds and a large sleeper coach. The other suite has a German king size bed and a spacious sleeper couch. Our guests sleep on 100% cotton bed linen, as well as anti-allergic duvets and pillows. The newly opened en-suite double room has an extra length double bed and accommodates two adults. The patio leads you out into the beautiful garden and to the saltwater swimming pool. Enjoy a self-serve Continental breakfast or magnificent sundowners in the privacy of your own patio, whilst listening to the birdsong and revel in the peace and tranquility that the surroundings offer. From here you can also see the Swartberge on the horizon. For families up to eight people, we offer our newly built Karopa self-catering house with three luxury bedrooms and two beautiful bathrooms. The kitchen has granite tops and there is a dining room with a leather couch. The house is fully air-conditioned, there is a big plasma TV with DStv, Wi-Fi, barbecue and secure parking. The house is just 1.5 km away from the main guest house.
from R600

Ye Olde Thatch

14 Reviews
Sleeps 15 in 4 rooms

Ye Olde Thatch is a beautiful and old Cape Dutch thatched house which holds some interesting surprises. Complete with eclectic décor and...
Ye Olde Thatch is a beautiful and old Cape Dutch thatched house which holds some interesting surprises. Complete with eclectic décor and charm, this guest house is a rare find in Beaufort West and a must to experience. On offer are four garden en-suite bedrooms, each air-conditioned and furnished for a comfortable night’s rest. Two of the units can sleep up to four guests, making them ideal for small families. Guests can dine at the á la carte restaurant which specializes in local Karoo lamb and delicious seafood. There is also a fully licensed pub, swimming pool and secure parking.
from R650

Die Windpomp Gaste Huis

5 Reviews
Sleeps 25 in 8 rooms

Come and relax after a long day on the road, with the mountains as backdrop and quiet surroundings. Die Windpomp offer affordable clean...
Come and relax after a long day on the road, with the mountains as backdrop and quiet surroundings. Die Windpomp offer affordable clean rooms, ideal for those passing through en-route to Cape Town or Johannesburg. Our new selfcatering units will be available from 1 December 2015 The eight rooms both have comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms and private entrances. Secure parking and braai facilities are available. Come and experience the Great Karoo with views of the Nieuwveld Mountains.
from R400

Elfen Cottage

16 Reviews
Sleeps 2 in 1 room

Elfen Cottage is an elegant newly renovated cottage ideally situated the centre of town in Prince Albert, but in a quiet area off the main...
Elfen Cottage is an elegant newly renovated cottage ideally situated the centre of town in Prince Albert, but in a quiet area off the main road. The cottage is within easy walking distance of various shops, restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, and the museum. The elegant cottage is ideal for a couple; the air-conditioned bedroom contains a queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet and basin. Quality linen, towels and a hairdryer are provided. The cottage has reed ceilings and is equipped with fans throughout. The comfortable living area features a flat screen TV with selected DStv channels. In addition, there is a book-case with a wide selection of books about Prince Albert. The kitchenette is well equipped for self-catering and includes a fridge, microwave oven, and a double hotplate. The north-facing patio overlooks the town, and the lovely garden offers privacy and a sheltered braai area. Secure, off-street, under-cover parking is provided.
from R500

Lord Milner Hotel

49 Reviews
Sleeps 70 in 33 rooms

On the fringe of the Grand Karoo, the Lord Milner Hotel, the last authentic vestige of Victoriana, sits in all its past glory as a must...
On the fringe of the Grand Karoo, the Lord Milner Hotel, the last authentic vestige of Victoriana, sits in all its past glory as a must stop on the N1 national highway linking Cape Town to Johannesburg and the northern part of South Africa. The Lord Milner's 58 guest rooms have been well maintained over the years and a high standard of service is upheld. The Royal Lounge is open for guests; enjoy a dinner, liqueur or coffee in the historical ambience. The courteous staff, the clean crisp air and the warmth of the atmosphere surrounding the hotel makes for a relaxing and revitalizing stay. A pond, fountains, river bed and beautiful lush gardens can be seen around the hotel and guest rooms. The town itself is full of historical features and interesting things to do, such as museum tours and bus trips on the old London bus. Along with the blood-red sunsets, remarkable fauna and flora and its age-old traditions, Matjiesfontein and the Lord Milner Hotel lends itself to the ultimate tranquil escape.
from R900
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Donkin Country House

36 Reviews
Sleeps 114 in 19 rooms

Free Wi-Fi and 5% off on rooms   Free wi-fi for all guests. Free entrance to gym. An upmarket 3 Star guest house in Beaufort West, catering for business people and...
Free wi-fi for all guests. Free entrance to gym. An upmarket 3 Star guest house in Beaufort West, catering for business people and families alike. All rooms are en-suite with air-conditioning, DStv, secure parking, a swimming pool, gymnasium, licensed bar, and an a la carte restaurant on site. Our cuisine is superb. In the morning, our guests can enjoy our full English breakfast.
from R770

Acacia Cottage

11 Reviews
Sleeps 8 in 2 rooms

Acacia Cottage is located just a block away from town on a little farm with horses, chickens, cats and dogs - a private and restful...
Acacia Cottage is located just a block away from town on a little farm with horses, chickens, cats and dogs - a private and restful retreat from street lights and traffic. The self-catering cottage features two en-suite bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed and shower, the other with twin beds, a bathroom and air-conditioning. Both bedrooms also have mosquito nets, fans and mohair throws. For winter, we have heaters in the bedrooms and a cosy fireplace in the lounge. The kitchen is fully equipped with all cooking requirements and a choice of teas, coffees and rusks. There is also a washing machine for guests' use and a cleaning and laundry service can be provided upon request for an additional charge. Safe, off-street parking is also provided. Dine al fresco on the vine-covered veranda or in the spacious open-plan living room which features a fold-out couch which provides extra sleeping space. Spend your time relaxing and watching the grazing horses or the magnificent Karoo sunsets, have a braai, or take a dip in the swimming pool.
from R600

The 94 on Donkin

14 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 7 rooms

The 94 on Donkin is located in Beaufort West, and offers affordable accommodation in a Colonial-Victorian building that is 130-years...
The 94 on Donkin is located in Beaufort West, and offers affordable accommodation in a Colonial-Victorian building that is 130-years old. This guest house has 13 comfortably furnished en-suite rooms. A grand staircase leads guests to the first floor. Each room offers private bathrooms, comfortable beds, TVs and tea and coffee trays. There is an on-site restaurant and bar, where guests are welcome to enjoy a drink or delicious meal. Guests are welcome to enjoy the sparking swimming pool on those hot karoo days.
from R550

X-Ventures Family Break Away

16 Reviews
Sleeps 47 in 11 rooms

X-Ventures Family Break Away offers an ideal breakaway for your friends, family or colleagues, and...
X-Ventures Family Break Away offers an ideal breakaway for your friends, family or colleagues, and is also great for team-building or just a fun day outdoors. X-Ventures is situated next to the N1 highway, neighbouring the airport, and a mere 9 km from Beaufort West. It is the ideal stop to take a break from a long road trip, or break away for a weekend of fun. X-Ventures Family Break Away offers camping and caravan sites, as well as self-catering accommodation. With only eight camping and caravan sites, you and your family are in for a treat. Enjoy a good night’s rest on our beautiful farm feeling, on green lawn sites. All of the sites have electricity, and our ablutions are clean with plenty of hot running water. We also offer self-catering family units that can accommodate between four and seven guests. The units are situated next to the camping site and are surrounded by green lawns and karee trees. Stop and take a break while having fun with the family with all we have to offer. Braai packs can be arranged. Have a self-serve breakfast before you start the day. There is plenty to do for young and old; there are green lawns and a play park with braai facilities. Horse riding and donkey cart rides can be arranged. The ‘Bus Stop’ is an open air braai lapa, that is ideal to children’s birthday parties or team building events. We also have the only operating paintball field in the Great Karoo. Having great facilities, with a spectator area that makes everyone part of the game, even mom and grandma viewing and supporting from the side, while having a braai or picnic. Close to the paintball field we have a play park for the little ones with safe cable slide and tree house. We have a second, bigger swimming pool with a water slide available.
from R200

Afdakkie

7 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Afdakkie is a self-catering free standing house in a quiet street in the heart of Prince Albert. It is one of the older houses in town,...
Afdakkie is a self-catering free standing house in a quiet street in the heart of Prince Albert. It is one of the older houses in town, thought to have been a Nagmaalhuisie. The house still has some of the original architectural features in the form of old reed ceilings and oregan pine doors. The house is now simply furnished with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is fully equipped for self-catering and offers basic supplies such as tea, coffee and fresh milk. The bedrooms have comfortable beds with feather duvets and cotton linen. Towels are provided. There is an outside courtyard, with shade in summer provided by a large old grapevine. The front stoep has a wonderful view over the town and into the Karoo. The house is walking distance from restaurants and shops. The back yard has a herb garden and fruit trees.
from R700

Gal-Gihon Herberg

16 Reviews
Sleeps 32 in 16 rooms

Welcome to sharing in the fulfillment of our vision - creating an oasis of refreshing, life-giving rest, retreat and refuge. Previously...
Welcome to sharing in the fulfillment of our vision - creating an oasis of refreshing, life-giving rest, retreat and refuge. Previously the old Grand Hotel which was established in 1936, it was always known for its lovely country charm and warm hospitality. The new owners have endeavoured to not only preserve these qualities, but also extend nature’s soothing elements into the interior and atmosphere of the renovated hotel. Meticulous attention to detail is evident in all aspects from the elegant décor to the temptingly delectable cuisine. All is aimed at providing sensory and spiritual harmony and peace. The rooms are individually decorated and colour-coded to match framed prints of our local Karoo plants found in this area. The rooms are all furnished with twin beds and there is a wardrobe and luggage rack, tea and coffee-making facilities and a computer stand. There are mattresses available for small children at a reduced cost and by arrangement. We have family units that are connected with an interleading door. A larger luxury suite is available which doubles as our room for the disabled with a big bath and space for a wheelchair. We only use white percale linen and each room is equipped with a hairdryer.
from R520

Pepper Tree Cottage

17 Reviews
Sleeps 11 in 2 rooms

There are two self-catering cottages namely the Pepper Tree Cottage and the Blue Gum Cottage. Both have their own yards but are opposite...
There are two self-catering cottages namely the Pepper Tree Cottage and the Blue Gum Cottage. Both have their own yards but are opposite one another and both are air conditioned and beautifully restored. Pepper Tree Cottage has two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with two single beds. There is also a sleeper couch in the living area. The cottage has a full bathroom with bath and shower. A well-equipped kitchen leads to a braai-area with private patio. The Blue Gum Cottage is very spacious and has three-bedrooms. The main bedroom has a double bed, a cot and its own bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet. The other two bedrooms each contain two single beds and share a bathroom with shower and toilet. There is a lounge, open-plan kitchen and a huge stoep, outside, with a built-in braai.
from R600

Karoo Khaya

55 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 4 rooms

Karoo Khaya is on a small-holding within walking distance to the centre of the wonderful town, Prince Albert. Pete and Megan would like...
Karoo Khaya is on a small-holding within walking distance to the centre of the wonderful town, Prince Albert. Pete and Megan would like you to feel that this is a relaxing home away from home. Share our passion for the Karoo and our property. Feel free to wander through our huge veggie garden as well as our fruit and olive orchards. Visit our animals in their free-range home. There are no streetlights or town noises to spoil that special Karoo tranquillity. Karoo Khaya has four cottages each set in a peaceful garden with a rock plunge pool and waterfall. There is a boma with braai facilities (wood and braai equipment supplied. The cottages are decorated with a touch of the old Karoo. Special care has been taken to give you home from home comforts like comfy beds, quality linen and rustic little touches. Each room also has a file containing all the information you’ll need about Prince Albert and its surrounds. The cottages are serviced every day. Cottage one is a two roomed cottage. One room is larger with a Queen bed, arm chairs and a rustic dining table. A second room has two single beds. There is a shower and a Victorian style bath. It is fully self-catering including coffee, tea and home baked rusks in the room. Cottage two is a spacious bedroom with a Queen bed. There is large bathroom with Victorian style bath. There is also a lounge area with fridge, kettle, microwave, crockery and cutlery as well as coffee, tea and home baked rusks in the room. Cottage three is a large bedroom with twin beds. The bathroom has a Victorian style bath. There is a comfy double sleeper couch in the lounge area for kids (or two extra adults, if you’re on a budget; it’s half price! There is also a fridge, microwave, kettle crockery and cutlery, as well as coffee, tea and home baked rusks in the room. Cottage four is a large bedroom with a Queen-sized bed. The bathroom has a shower. There are comfy couches in the adjoining lounge as well as a large dining room area fully equipped with all your self-catering needs. There is also coffee, tea and home baked rusks in the room. Matrasses are available in all of the rooms for small children at no charge. A full Karoo breakfast served at our home is optional at per person rate. Jams, preserves, smoked olives and olive oil are all made on the property and are available for sale in the rooms. There is a guest lounge with DStv and an extensive library overlooking the garden and expansive vistas of mountains and distant hills. Wi-Fi is available. Karoo Khaya is set on a working small-holding, so feel free to wander around and pick your veggies for supper. Kids will love the farm and are welcome to help at feeding time. Pets are welcome by arrangement. There is plenty of secure parking. Prince Albert is nestled at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountains, at the very edge of the Great Karoo. It’s a very special place where people come to find tranquillity, inspiration and the lamb, fruits, cheeses and hospitality for which the region is famous. It is also very much still a working ‘dorp’ with a vibrant and diverse community. Breakfast optional at an exta R60.00 per person, please enquire on arrival.
from R500

Assendelft Lodge and Bush Camp

19 Reviews
Sleeps 18 in 9 rooms

The upmarket Assendelft Lodge and Bush Camp offers luxury lodge or safari style accommodation in...
The upmarket Assendelft Lodge and Bush Camp offers luxury lodge or safari style accommodation in the Great Karoo near Beaufort West, Leeu-Gamka, Laingsburg and Prince Albert. Come and experience one of the world's most unique arid zones and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Karoo - rest, relax, refresh and recharge your batteries. Assendelft Lodge is the ideal overnight stop for long distance travelers. It offers four elegantly decorated double, air-conditioned bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Each room has its own private entrance with an outside patio where you can sit and enjoy a drink while you take in the surroundings of the Karoo or do some star watching at night. You can snuggle up in front of the fire in the cozy lounge during winter evenings or enjoy a meal in front of the fire place in the dining room. If you enjoy being close to nature our tented chalets at the Bush Camp are for you. Each chalet has its own braai area and for larger groups, a communal braai area is available where you can sit around the campfire, under the stars at night. Wood is available from the lodge for making a fire or enjoy a braai. Lights in the chalets are solar powered and hot water is generated by a traditional hot water “donkey”, there are no other electricity available. Each tented chalet accommodates one to four guests in single beds or double beds and has an en-suite bathroom with a shower. Linen and towels are provided. Coffee and tea are also provided in the chalets with a small gas stove. The communal kitchen is well equipped with cooking and braai utensils as well as a gas fridge, freezer and oven. Both the Lodge and Bush Camp are fully licensed. Some nearby attractions include relaxing and enjoying the Karoo, wander around the farm, visit the lonely grave of a British soldier, Pte. W Calver of the 16th Lancers, who died on Sep. 10, 1901. Go on the fossil trail and see for yourself where the therocephalians ("beast-heads") diictodons and Pristerognathu lived 265 million years ago. Therocephalians are an extinct suborder of carnivorous eutheriodont therapsids that lived from the middle and late Permian into the Triassic 265.0—245.0 Ma, existing for approximately 20 million years – a guided tour can be arranged or go for a braai with your partner at one of the picnic spots next to the Vlakkraal river. Assendelft Lodge and Bush Camp is also the ideal place from where to explore the quaint little town of Prince Albert (45km) where you can visit the smallest wine estate in Africa, fig and olive farms and various other attractions. Take a drive over the majestic Swartberg Mountain Pass (48km) and visit the isolated wilderness area, known as "Die Hel" (Gamkaskloof), a mere 59 km away or Meirings Poort, with its breathtaking scenery - an hour's drive from the lodge and the world renowned Kango Caves only 98 km away. The Karoo National Park, also only an hour's drive away or start exploring the Karoo Highlands route which covers small Karoo towns such as Matjiesfontein, Sutherland, Fraserburg, Williston, Carnarvon, Loxton, Victoria West and Beaufort West.
from R400

Karoo Robin B&B

2 Reviews
Sleeps 2 in 1 room

Karoo Robin B&B is situated in the beautiful Prince Albert. It is just over two hour’s drive from George and an hour and twenty minutes...
Karoo Robin B&B is situated in the beautiful Prince Albert. It is just over two hour’s drive from George and an hour and twenty minutes away from Laingsburg. This bed and breakfast is set in a quiet cul-de-sac and has direct access to the Robert Gordon Koppie. The cottage has a separate entrance from the main house and can accommodate up to two guests. It has a double room with an en-suite bathroom and access to Wi-Fi Internet. Guests have a private garden and a braai area to use during their stay. They can also make use of the swimming pool. Laundry facilities can be arranged on request. Parking is also available on the premises.
from R700

Volstruisvlei Guest Cottage

8 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Volstruisvlei Guest Cottage is located on the edge of the vineyards on a working export fruit farm...
Volstruisvlei Guest Cottage is located on the edge of the vineyards on a working export fruit farm with breathtaking views of the Swartland mountains. It is within walking distance of the town centre and is ideal for an overnight, weekend stays or longer stays with family or friends. This private self-catering accommodation on the edge of Prince Albert, is home to friendly free-range chickens, geese, cats and dogs. Spend your time on the veranda with a glass of our 2008 Gold Medal Winner Port-au-Prince Port, watching the magnificient Karoo sunsets. You can have a braai, with wood provided, or take a dip in the swimming pool. Guests have full use of our large swimming pool and grassed area. The kitchen is fully equipped with all cooking requirements and a choice of tea, coffees and rusks. A cleaning and laudry service can be provided upon request for an additional charge. Volstruisvlei Guest Cottage has been regarded as 'a home from home'.
from R700

Central Karoo South Africa

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The broad, mostly sandy, expanse of undulating plains known as the Karoo is divided between the Little Karoo, nearer the coast and the Great Karoo, which seems to stretch into the interior forever. The Karoo, which means 'great thirst' in the local Khoi-San language, receives little rain so the rather dramatic landscape exhibits interesting geological features. The broad expanse of the endless plains is broken by flat-topped mesas and kopjes (conical hills), which display interesting stratigraphy, contorted fold structures and deeply striated glacial pavements. The Karoo is particularly rich in dinosaur fossils, many of which can be seen at the Old Library Museum in Graaff-Reinet.

Many people consider the Karoo something to be endured in order to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town, or vice versa but it really is an attraction in its own right. The two national parks, the Karoo National Park near Beaufort West and the Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock are nothing like the bushveld reserves around the Kruger National Park. The vegetation is much more sparse but, strangely, far more interesting, as it's characterised by low-growing succulents and aromatic shrubs which, upon closer inspection are very beautiful and many of which flower spectacularly for a short season.

There are black rhinos in the Karoo National Park and, not surprisingly, many of the beautiful, endangered and rather rare Cape Mountain Zebra in the Mountain Zebra National Park.

Although midday can be over-bright and washed out, the quality of light in the Karoo is magnificent. Sunrises and sunsets are awe-inspiring with pastel shades of purple, blue, pink and gold filling the entire horizon. The sky before a storm is particularly dramatic, with shafts of light burning down through indigo clouds and rainbows dancing merrily just behind the thunder and lightning.

And the clear skies and freedom from light pollution makes for wonderful stargazing - the recently built Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is in the small, rather remote Karoo town of Sutherland.
As well as showcasing some very pretty Victorian houses, the many small towns reflect a sort of sleepiness, which is appropriate to their status as urban centres in a large sheep farming area.
On the edges of these vast plains lie lovely, almost unexplored mountains, with deep gullies, pretty streams and overhangs filled with rock art. And even the older buildings - one-roomed stone cottages, corbelled huts and old stone sheds are coming into their own as they are renovated as tourist or hikers accommodation.

Graaff-Reinet and Cradock offer a wealth of cultural attractions as well as some great accommodation Nieu Bethesda is the site of South Africa's best known outsider art - the Owl House, created by Helen Martins. Nothing happens very fast in the Karoo. It's a place to go to relax, to sit back and watch time move gently over the purple hills.
The Great Karoo stretches over part of the Eastern Cape, the Western Cape and the Northern Cape.

Planning a trip to the Northern Cape or the Eastern / Western Cape Karoo? A useful and inspirational book to have on the road is the  Getaway Guide to the Karoo, Namaqualand & Kalahari - Out and About in the Northern Cape by Brent Naudé-Moseley & Steve Moseley, who are also the proprietors of Karoo Cottage in Loxton.

Karoo, Namaqualand and Kalahari represents not only some of the most remote areas in southern Africa, but also the most scenic and rustic on the subcontinent – a region framed by a stark beauty that provides an ideal getaway from well-trodden tourist paths. This fascinating guide provides a unique exploration of its hidden treasures, national parks and wildlife reserves. Find out where to go and what to see, sound advice on finding your way through the Karoo, Namaqualand and Kalahari as well as alphabetical accounts of all the towns, villages and stopovers, maps and the what, where and how of adventure activities.

Authors Steve Moseley & Brent Naudé-Moseley live in the Karoo where they’ve spent the past ten years writing and photographing this and neighbouring regions. During this time they have developed a great love and respect for its natural and historical heritage, people and culture - all of which have opened their eyes to a simpler lifestyle and different values. Their travel articles and images appear in local and international publications and, after years of travel and research, they have launched a unique photo library (www.karooimages.co.za) specialising in the Great Karoo, Kalahari and Namaqualand.

The broad, mostly sandy, expanse of undulating plains known as the Karoo is divided between the Little Karoo, nearer the coast and the Great Karoo, which seems to stretch into the interior forever. The Karoo, which means 'great thirst' in the...

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