Nature and Activities in Klein Karoo

Clarke of the Karoo


Adventure activities

Clarke of the Karoo

Mike has set up and established some of SA's landmark restaurants, and in Clarke of the Karoo he has done it again. Now a favourite stopover for the discerning foodies looking for breakfast, lunch or just a coffee and a walk around the farmstall. The menu offers you the traditional options like Karoo lamb curry, oxtail in red wine and stout or the less traditional pan-seared tuna. Ask about the 'Karoo oysters'.

  • Prices: Starter R35-R45, main R60
  • Contact: On R62 in Barrydale
  • Tel: 028-572-1017
  • Fax: 028-572-1017
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  • Updated: 31/01/2010

The Donkey Trail



The Donkey Trail

Up until 1963 the Gamkakloof Valley's only life-line with the outside world was a donkey trail over the Swartberg mountain. This is the historic route you will follow on this 4-day hike back in time to experience the history, the inhabitants and natural beauty of an isolated valley known as 'Die Hel'. All donkeys used are rescue animals and your guides are from previously disadvantaged communities whose knowledge and hand-me-down stories add a fascinating local flavour. A spiritually rejuvenating experience that will arm you with a dinner party story of note!

  • Prices: Essential to book well in advance.
  • Contact: Living Waters Mountain Estate, Groenfontein, Calitzdorp
  • Cel: 083-628-9394
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  • Updated: 31/01/2010

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About 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.