The Karoo occupies an area of semi-desert region that stretches over 400 000 square kilometres. Succulents roam here in abundance – and 40% of the plant species found in the area can’t be find anywhere else in the world.
Big bonus? The Karoo region leaves its sandy trail through the Northern, Eastern and Western Cape, as well as the Free State, making it an accessible location for travelers pretty much anywhere in South Africa.
The Best Tourist Attractions, Karoo Region
Due to its clear bright skies, the Karoo is home to the largest single optical telescope in the Southern Hemisphere. This attracts many locals and tourists who wants to see The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) or visit the starry town of Sutherland for some stargazing.
The Karoo is the perfect destination if you need a refreshing retreat in a space where the only noise is the the sound of nature.
Relaxed Road Trip To The Karoo: Places To Visit
Start in Worcester, where you can visit The Karoo Desert Botanical Garden – occupying over 154 hectares of land with desert and semi-desert plants.
The Namaqualand Flower Route is a fantastic road trip route when it is flower season. Daisies will be in bloom for a few weeks between August and September, ensuring a picture-perfect drive. Stay in Springbok or Kamieskroon, in the Northern Cape, to have an authentic Karoo experience.
Make sure to add places like Beaufort-West to the list. This is the perfect midway stop between Cape Town and Johannesburg, and also home to the Karoo National Park – a wildlife reserve just outside of town.
Victoria West, another small town, was on the wagon trail between Cape Town and Hopetown when diamonds were discovered in 1886. Fond of architecture? Buildings in Victoria West have a Victorian architectural style, a showcase of the wealth of this town a few decades ago.
Camdeboo National Park is located close to the town of Graaff-Reinet. This little Karoo town has more national monuments than any other town in South Africa. Definitely worth adding to the list since it is the fourth-oldest town in South Africa.
The beautiful Karoo landscape is filled with ragged mountains and kilometres of sunset-coloured sand and hills. Time stands still here, making it the ideal traveling location for some proper rest and relaxation.
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- Amazing views of the Karoo Landscape from the verandah
- Shops and other amenities only accessible by car
- Walking distance from the Breede River
- Requests must be made before pets are allowed