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 R1120
1 night, 2 adults

Karoo Art Hotel

Sleeps 60 Barrydale Hotel in Barrydale

The Karoo Art Hotel is located in the rural village of Barrydale along the scenic R62. It is nestle...

from R570
1 night, 2 adults

Yotclub B&B Otter & Birding Sanctuary

Sleeps 12 Oudtshoorn Bed and Breakfast in Oudtshoorn

The Yotclub B&B is situated in the centre of Oudtshoorn on the popular Route 62. We are a few minut...

from R550
1 night, 2 adults

Oudemuragie Guest Farm

Sleeps 26 Oudtshoorn Self-catering in Oudtshoorn

This picturesque farm is situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountains. In this tranquil...

Die Fonteine Guesthouse
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from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Die Fonteine Guesthouse

Sleeps 14 Oudtshoorn Bed and Breakfast in Oudtshoorn

Die Fonteine is situated in the centre of the lush green, tranquil and picturesque village settlemen...

from R400
1 night, 2 adults

Die Plaaswerfhuisies

Sleeps 8 Oudtshoorn Self-catering in Oudtshoorn

Die Plaaswerfhuisies offers a quiet stay located about 8 km from Oudtshoorn and is ideal for visitor...

from R520
1 night, 2 adults

Bisibee Guest House

Sleeps 24 Oudtshoorn Guest House in Oudtshoorn

Bisibee Guest House offers affordable accommodation in Oudtshoorn. It is situated in a well-establis...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Melkboom Guest Farm

Sleeps 6 Heidelberg (WC) Guest House in Heidelberg (WC)

Melkboom Guest Farm is a working farm situated at the border of the Garden Route and the Overberg di...

from R740
1 night, 2 adults

Ladismith Manor

Sleeps 6 Ladismith Guest House in Ladismith

Guests hoping to experience traditional Karoo hospitality will not be disappointed when choosing to ...

Ostrich On A Farm In The Little Karoo

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