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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
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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

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

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

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 R800

Witteberg Nature Reserve

16 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 4 rooms

The Witteberg Nature Reserve is located 250 km from Cape Town in the heart of the Witteberg Mountains south-west of the historic village of...
The Witteberg Nature Reserve is located 250 km from Cape Town in the heart of the Witteberg Mountains south-west of the historic village of Matjiesfontein. Three Witteberg vegetation units exist on the property, namely Matjiesfontein Shale Fynbos, Shale Renosterbosveld and Quartzite Fynbos. Indigenous fauna on the property includes grey rhebuck, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok, aardwolf, aardvark, black-backed jackal, leopard, caracal, Cape fox, bat-eared fox and many more. The prolific birdlife includes many colourful species of nectar sippers. The rich cultural-historic elements on the property include Late Stone Age artefacts, marine trace fossils, many historic buildings and other historic structures. The total size of the reserve is 4365 hectares, or about 44 square kilometres. The beautiful natural environment, the well-documented cultural-historic elements, the special “sense of place”, the extensive network of 4x4 mountain trails and the clear night skies ensure that there is something of interest for all nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts.
from R580

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

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

Miller's House

11 Reviews
Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Miller’s House is a 4 Star graded Karoo cottage, situated on a farm in the village. Enjoy the freedom of open space, no neighbours,...
Miller’s House is a 4 Star graded Karoo cottage, situated on a farm in the village. Enjoy the freedom of open space, no neighbours, absolute privacy, breathtaking views of the Swartberg mountains and bird life on the dam, yet be only 2 km away from the centre of town. Millers House is ideal for an overnight, weekend or longer stay. The cottage is a lovely setting for a family, two couples travelling together or even a honeymoon. Miller's House lies on 180 hectares of private, unspoilt Karoo veld. You can wander up the koppie to admire the view, perhaps even taking a picnic with you, or simply stay on the verandah to indulge in birdwatching, painting, reading or lazing. A brief stroll takes you to the historical Alberts Water Mill. Miller’s House is tastefully decorated in cool Karoo shades, and provides accommodation which is both spacious and extremely comfortable. The original clay walls and reed ceilings not only add to the ambience and character of the cottage but keep it cool in summer as well. Both of the bedrooms open onto the patio and each feature a private lounge area with DStv and air-conditioning. Each room also has a king-size bed or twin beds and a fold-out sleeper couch for young children. Ceiling fans provide a breeze in summer, while heaters and electric blankets ensure snug nights in winter. The luxurious en-suite bathrooms contain corner baths, separate showers and heated towel rails. Hairdryers are supplied in each room. The kitchen is fully equipped and features a microwave, a stove, a fridge and a washing machine. A selection of coffees, teas, homemade rusks, milk and sugar are provided. There is also a Weber braai for guests' use. For those who choose the bed and breakfast option, there are cereals, yoghurt and fruit juice. Should you prefer a heartier breakfast, there is a choice of five restaurants in town. In the evening you can watch the changing hues of the sky and at full moon, an almost unbelievably huge, buttery, yellow globe slowly rises above the foothills of the Swartberg.
from R800

Karoo Gateway Guesthouse

5 Reviews
Sleeps 31 in 11 rooms

The Karoo Gateway Guesthouse is situated on the N1, only 10 km North West from Beaufort West, the heart of the Great Karoo. A palm tree...
The Karoo Gateway Guesthouse is situated on the N1, only 10 km North West from Beaufort West, the heart of the Great Karoo. A palm tree lane leads to the Spanish-styled guesthouse, which originally operated as the Beaufort West Airport building. The guesthouse was previously known as “The Flight Deck”, and recently upgraded under new management. The spacious rooms are stylishly furnished and decorated in the colours of the Karoo and offers affordable accommodation for single travellers to families on their way to a holiday destination. All rooms offer tea- and coffee trays. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city and traffic noises, guests can unwind and enjoy sundowners in the bar/lounge area up in the old control tower with wrap around balcony, surrounded by 360°C of magnificent views of the Karoo veld and Nuweveld mountains. A TV lounge with a little office nook with free wi-fi broadband facilities, is available in the tower area. Guests can enjoy the tranquil surroundings and birdsong on the patio, and of course star gazing that the famous Karoo night skies offer. Braai/barbeque facilities are available and guests can also relax in the winter evenings in front of the fire place in the lounge area. A lovely continental breakfast is served in the dining room or on the patio, whilst guests can experience true Karoo hospitality. Dinner needs to be pre-booked and is reserved for overnight guests. Kindly note that this is a non-smoking establishment. Comfortable outside smoking areas on the patios has been designated for this purpose. The airstrip is operational for light aircrafts and Avgas fuel is available. The Karoo National Park is situated just south of Beaufort West and offers an array of wildlife, including Karoo game. A fossil trail, day walks and three-day hikes ensures and abundance of sights and activities. Beaufort West is also home to the renowned late heart surgeon, Dr Chris Barnard. The first surgeon to perform a heart transplant is honoured in the Beaufort West Museum, which comprises of three historical buildings. The surrounding area is also a popular hunters destination.
from R910

Lekker Lê

6 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Lekker Le is a quaint self-catering cottage situated on a seed-producing farm, about 5 km from Beaufort West. It has beautiful views of...
Lekker Le is a quaint self-catering cottage situated on a seed-producing farm, about 5 km from Beaufort West. It has beautiful views of the Nuweveld Mountain Range and the Karoo’s open spaces. The cottage consists of two en-suite bedrooms, an open-plan living area and a fully equipped kitchen with a washing machine. Two single beds are provided in the lounge area, as well as a TV with DStv access and indoor braai facilities. There is a lovely patio leading onto an enclosed garden for well-behaved animals, a braai area and safe parking.
from R600

Tamboershoek

13 Reviews
Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

Tamboershoek farm is surrounded by the Nuweveld Mountains, in the vastness of the Great Karoo. It is a place of ever changing and...
Tamboershoek farm is surrounded by the Nuweveld Mountains, in the vastness of the Great Karoo. It is a place of ever changing and beautiful scenery where you will find peace and tranquillity with endless hiking possibilities. Tamboershoek offers a two-bedroom self-catering chalet with two en-suite bathrooms. The chalet sleeps four guests on double or single beds. The chalet is fully equipped. Bedding and towels are provided. There is no electricity, but the chalet is supplied with gas kitchen appliances and oil lamps. There are no cell phone reception, no TV, no Internet - only a cozy fireplace and stunning views. Tamboershoek is a working farm with the vibrant farm lifestyle of sheep and game. With farming comes the most unexpected surprises that only daily life on a Karoo farm can offer you. You may experience an unexpected snow storm or the most beautiful sunsets, a chilly, frosty morning in winter or a serene, dark and balmy night in summer with spectacular stars.. The farm is situated in the Northern Cape, directly on the border of the Western Cape, making it ideal for bird watchers to catch that elusive bird over the border. As we cherish our heritage and acknowledge the extreme frailness of the Karoo ecosystem, no quad bikes or scramblers are allowed in the veld. Mountain bikes are welcome. There are no formal hiking trails, but the entire farm of 5000 ha is available for hiking. Please note, Tamboershoek is accessible by 4X4 or high clearance vehicles unless otherwise advised. Please contact us for more information about the road as it can change throughout the year.
from R800

Oudekloof Guest House

1 Review
Sleeps 86 in 20 rooms

Oudekloof Guest House is situated in the Prince Albert Game Park. The homestead is surrounded by apricot and plum trees, and it lies just 6...
Oudekloof Guest House is situated in the Prince Albert Game Park. The homestead is surrounded by apricot and plum trees, and it lies just 6 km east of the Karoo town of Prince Albert, with the Swartberg Mountains as the backdrop. Guests will find tranquility and peace at the farm, as well as being able to easily explore the surroundings. The homestead dates back to 1889 and still has the original Bolinder wood stove in working order, thick walls and the old-fashioned attic. A fully equipped kitchen and braai facilities inside and outside are available. There are five bedrooms in total which can sleep 10 guests comfortably. The main bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and all towels, linen and blankets are provided. We have a free Wi-Fi hotspot and a small farm-gym available. The farm has a wide variety of animals including gemsbok, kudu, black wildebeest, springbok, ostrich, bontebok, eland, vervet monkey, cape porcupine, mongoose, baboon, scaly anteater, lynx, aardwolf, bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, otter, small spotted genet, aardvark, grey duiker, steenbok and klipspringer. Other smaller mammals such as the critically endangered riverine rabbit, with probably no more than 200 individuals left in the world, are seen here as well. The Swartberg Pass and the Cango Caves are in close proximity from the farm for some fun exploring. We offer game drives at the amount of R300ppp 2-3 hours drive, Min. price: R500, max people: 4 and three mountain bike tracks 4.3km, 9.5km and 20.1km in the Game Park. Canoes for hire and star watching equipment are available. If walking, hiking, birdwatching, breathtaking night skies and nature loving are part of your holiday agenda; you will definitely find it at this peaceful farm. .
from R280

Leccino Deco Self-Catering Cottages

4 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 2 rooms

The Leccino Cottages, formally known as Cactus Blue Cottages are situated in the heart of the...
The Leccino Cottages, formally known as Cactus Blue Cottages are situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Prince Albert, which nestles at the boot of the awe-inspiring Swartberg Moutain range, a National Monument and part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The two cottages are beautiful architecturally designed open-plan spaces, furnished with unique recycled pieces, each infused with its own character. There is a fusion between a retro-style and an eco-friendly perspective. These two cottages offer a quiet peaceful space to breathe deeply and to unwind. Leccino is designed to accommodate three couples or a small family with older children, in two separate cottages that open onto the indigenous garden and small swimming pool. The larger cottage has two en-suite bedrooms, an extra bathroom, a study and main open-plan living area, that leads out to a bamboo covered area, a daybed, garden and pool. It also has a secluded private bougainvillea porch. Both cottages offer a Fan in the bedrooms and living area, a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, large open wood fireplace in the larger cottage and a wood burner in the smaller cottage, a braai/barbeque, a flat screen TV(no channels) and DVD player with a DVD library and secure off-street parking. The cottages can be serviced at an extra charge upon request. These cottages are tucked away behind the Kredouw Fijnhuis, National Centre, opposite the historic Swartberg Hotel, and are within walking distance from many restaurants.
from R1045

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
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The Artist's Cottage

5 Reviews
Sleeps 2 in 1 room

Valentine's Special   Lush fabrics combine with smart styling for an updated Karoo look. The Artist's Cottage facilities comprise a small, fully equipped vintage...
Lush fabrics combine with smart styling for an updated Karoo look. The Artist's Cottage facilities comprise a small, fully equipped vintage kitchen, a lounge, dining room, adjoining bedroom with kingsize bed, air-conditioning, heating, mosquito net and storage space, SATV and DVD's. The en-suite bathroom has a long bathtub, walk in shower and hand basin. Percale linen, towels, dressing gowns and slippers provided. Health breakfast provisions in cottage: muesli, farm yoghurt, fresh fruit, tea and filter coffee with rusks or a breakfast voucher from the famous Prince Albert Country Store. The cottage sleeps two adults maximum. Two outdoor terraces, the sunny courtyard terrace leads onto a sheltered lounging area facing pool, main house and large garden. The cottage is serviced once weekly or more on request, laundry service at small extra fee on premises. Shady parking on a quiet, safe street in front of the cottage. Lovely views of the Koppie, sunsets, easy walking distance to town centre and onto leisure trails in the magnificent Swartberg Pass which is a proclaimed World Heritage site. Regret no credit card facilities, no pets and we require a minimum of two nights' stay.
from R1100

MuggefonteinKaroo

1 Review
Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

MuggefonteinKaroo is a working merino wool sheep and olive farm. It is situated on the R353 and a mere 50 km from Fraserburg and 110 km...
MuggefonteinKaroo is a working merino wool sheep and olive farm. It is situated on the R353 and a mere 50 km from Fraserburg and 110 km from Beaufort West. This self-catering accommodation is provided in a spacious farm house with three bedrooms. It can accommodate up to eight guests. The farm house has one sharing bathroom as well as an outdoor shower. There is a fully equipped kitchen with small electric stove, a fridge, a microwave, a kettle, a toaster and cutlery. A single bed is available in the living area. Outside is a large braai area guests can enjoy. Bedding, electric blankets and towels are provided. Coffee, tea and homemade rusks, cereals and milk are available. A breakfast with fresh farm bread and braai packs can be requested at an additional cost.
from R500

The French Cottage

1 Review
Sleeps 2 in 1 room

Welcome to the French Cottage in the picturesque Karoo town of Prince Albert where relaxation is a way of life. Perfect as a romantic...
Welcome to the French Cottage in the picturesque Karoo town of Prince Albert where relaxation is a way of life. Perfect as a romantic getaway or as an escape from the stresses of city life, The French Cottage is a totally private and intimate space with views across olive groves and lavender. It has a wide veranda for afternoon naps and sundowners, an extra length king-size bed with mosquito net. An open plan lounge with air-con/heater and a fireplace. A fully equipped kitchen for those guests choosing self-catering. A Weber BBQ is also available. Linen and towels are included. We just hope you are dog lovers as we have three beautiful Rhodesian Ridgebacks in our property. They are very friendly and welcoming but won’t bother you as a fence separates you from their home at the main house. Unfortunately as this is their home, we don’t take pets. We regret but we do not accept children on the property.
from R990

57 Mark Street

1 Review
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Stepping into this historic 125-year-old Karoo cottage, you are reminded for a moment of a time when folk sat on the vine-covered patio...
Stepping into this historic 125-year-old Karoo cottage, you are reminded for a moment of a time when folk sat on the vine-covered patio gazing at the stars glinting behind mountain silhouettes and listened to the gushing of the water and chiming church bells. This fresh, quaint cottage with its original wooden floors and high ceilings has been lovingly restored and features quality touches that promise a very comfy stay. It is central but private and you may choose to stroll to the restaurant of your choice or simply explore the picturesque streets. The cottage consists of three spacious bedrooms and sleeps up to six guests in one queen-size bed, a double bed and twin single beds. There are also two stylish bathrooms, one with an original iron bath and another with a family-size shower. The kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, stove and oven, and tea, coffee and rusks are supplied. There is a TV with local channels and off-street parking is available. A seated stone braai area offers a relaxed time under the stars while friends and family may chat in the spacious kitchen and covered outdoor eating area.
from R700

Central Karoo South Africa

Central Karoo Self-catering Accommodation

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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