Known for its wide-open spaces, the Cape Karoo is where you want to go when the pace of city life is something you want to escape. This is where you go to get off the grid.
A place of incredible beauty, wild game, clear skies and magical sunsets, the Cape Karoo has a number of Nature Reserves and game farms, boasting an abundance of wildlife. The Karoo National Park, for example, is home to black rhino, lions, and other wild game.
Another animal in abundance in the Karoo is sheep, who roam ‘freely’ around the area on large plots of land, sampling a wide range of indig- enous, aromatic plants. As a result, the Karoo has become famous for its succulent and tasty lamb dishes. You need to sample some when in the area!
A mere two-hour drive from Cape Town, lies the Aquila Private Game Reserve near Touws River. Boasting the Big 5 – elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard - and many other iconic African animals, such as the Cape Zebra and Hippo, the 4 star Aquila Safari Lodge is the perfect place to start your journey into the Cape Karoo.
Supporting a wide range of conservation initiatives, including Rhino conservation, compost recycling and maggot farming, this is responsible tourism at its finest. The family friendly reserve has something for everyone to enjoy with the African Boma restaurant that offers local cuisine, the pool deck overlooking the vast open spaces and a children’s entertainment area just some of the offerings. Enjoy a game drive and sundowner as your guide stops en-route for light snacks and drinks, providing for perfect photographic moments.
Depending exactly where your heading, you may want to take a different journey.
Oudtshoorn, considered the heart of the Klein Karoo is either a five hours' drive from Cape Town, or a quick flight to George Airport and then an hours' drive.
If you're going to the Greater Karoo, it's a bit of longer journey. Beaufort West is the largest town in this region and is either just over a five hours' drive from Cape Town, or a three hours' drive from George.