Klein Karoo

Admiring the success of the Garden Route's megalithic tourist marketing machine, much effort is being made at the moment to promote the R62 tourist route that runs through the Klein (meaning 'little', and pronounced 'klain' as in 'pain') Karoo. This is still, however, in its infancy, which is ideal as the real charm of this region lies in the fact that it remains, for the greater part, 'undiscovered', despite being so close to Cape Town.

On any journey through this part of the world there is therefore plenty of scope for the unexpected. For me the Klein Karoo was a mine of holiday gems worth digging for: guest houses set on sprawling, off-the-beaten-track fruit farms, restaurants tucked away in quiet little towns like Montagu or Barrydale and intriguing wildlife experiences, like my sunrise expedition with the Meerkat Man of Oudtshoorn. A meerkat researcher for 10 years, he took me out at dawn armed only with two plastic garden chairs, a large stick for warding off aggressive ostriches and an astounding self-taught repertoire of meerkat calls.

The pace of life here is relaxed, the travelling easy, the distances short and really it's a region to potter through. Wend your way towards or from Cape Town along undulating valley floors where twisting rivers feed fruit, wine and ostrich farms and springtime brings a sea of blossom.

Klein Karoo Accommodation

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Between Ladismith and Calitzdorp :: Between Oudtshoorn and De Rust :: Calitzdorp :: near Calitzdorp :: Oudtshoorn ::

A tiny gravel road twists along the sides of one idyllic to another yet more secluded valley, past old Cape Dutch farm buildings and jaw-dropping views, eventually arriving at the Burtons’ Victorian-colonial homestead. Marie and Grant ran a popular wilderness lodge in Namibia before trawling southern Africa for a new Eden, and it took years to find. It was worth the wait. Read more…

Rooms: 8: 4 garden rooms (king/twin); 4 standard rooms in main house (king/queen/twin). All rooms have en-suite shower and/or bath. All rooms pet-friendly.

Prices: R550 - R1,140 pp sharing, including 3 or 4-course dinner and full breakfast. Single supplement +30-80%.

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Between Ladismith and Calitzdorp

Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve

Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve

Between Ladismith and Calitzdorp

R1,020 pp. accommodation only. Dinner, bed & breakfast: R1,280; full board R1,480 pp. Nature drives/walks R300.

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Between Oudtshoorn and De Rust

Thabile Lodge

Thabile Lodge

Between Oudtshoorn and De Rust

R530 pp sharing per night; R695 for singles; R370 for children under 12 years. 20% discount for longer stays (2 nights plus).

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Calitzdorp

The Retreat at Groenfontein

The Retreat at Groenfontein

Calitzdorp

R550 - R1,140 pp sharing, including 3 or 4-course dinner and full breakfast. Single supplement +30-80%.

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near Calitzdorp

Boesmanskop

Boesmanskop

near Calitzdorp

R400 pp sharing for room only. Singles +R100. R760 pp for dinner, bed & breakfast.

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Oudtshoorn

Mooiplaas Country Guest House

Mooiplaas Country Guest House

Oudtshoorn

R495 – R1,105 pp per night (highest rate is for Luxury Double Suites).

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De Zeekoe Guest Farm

De Zeekoe Guest Farm

Oudtshoorn

R520 – R2,500 pp.

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Red Stone Hills

Red Stone Hills

Oudtshoorn

R350 - R650 pp self-catering. Singles and special family rates on request.

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