Cape Karoo

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Overview

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!

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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.

How to get there

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.

Useful tips

In addition to awe-inspiring vistas and striking natural scenery, the Cape Karoo is also a bit of a foodie paradise. Be sure to visit Karusa Vineyards, O for Olive and the Lord Milner Hotel in Matjiesfontein for a taste of the Karoo.

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Top attractions in Cape Karoo

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Matjiesfontein
The whole town of Matjiesfontein is a national monument and is believed to be one of the most haunted places in South Africa. And there is no better place to base yourself when visiting the Cape Karoo.
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2Cape Karoo stargazing
3O for Olive
4Karusa Vineyards
5Karoo National Park
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Cape Karoo stargazing
This charming town is THE perfect stargazing location due to the fact that it has the least light pollution in the area and it is here that you can learn to distinguish between a planet and a star and see planets up close such as Saturn and its rings.
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2Cape Karoo stargazing
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4Karusa Vineyards
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O for Olive
Situated just minutes from the town of Prince Albert in the Cape Karoo, Swartrivier Farm is the town’s original olive farm and home to the O for Olive brand, a popular restaurant and also offers guided tours.
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2Cape Karoo stargazing
3O for Olive
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Karusa Vineyards
A gem of the Cape Karoo and a surprising find in an area arguably not known for its wine-making abilities. Well-known for its Cape Classique, Mediterranean-style wines and Craft Beer, Karusa is a favourite stop in the Cape Karoo.
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Karoo National Park
It may have once been considered a one-night stopover, but the Karoo National Park has since become a place offering a number of activities, including a mountain bike trail, guided and un-guided walks and a selection of 4x4 trails.
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1Matjiesfontein
2Cape Karoo stargazing
3O for Olive
4Karusa Vineyards
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Cape Karoo itineraries

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Four days of fun along the Karoo Gravel Grinder
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Explore the charm of the Cape Karoo over two days
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A three-day road trip through Cape Karoo
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Discover star gazing in the Cape Karoo
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