The Great Karoo

The Karoo means different things to different people.  To geologists it is an ancient formation of largely sedimentary deposits covering much of south east South Africa.  For the purposes of this site we have used the term loosely to mean the interior of the old Cape Province.

Others see the Karoo as a huge, hot and arid empty space they need to cross to get somewhere else.  This is an unfortunate perception as the Karoo encapsulates much of what is unique to South Africa.  Bushveld and savannah can been seen elsewhere in Africa but only the Karoo offers the combination of geology, geography, history and lifestyle that is unique.

We hope that this site will encourage more people to explore the Karoo to discover its beauty, interests, wildlife and above all the hospitality of its people.

Latest News in the Karoo (click here for all news)
Karoo Birding Course More about Karoo Birding Course
Lowlands Country House, Fish River (near Cradock) is hosting a Karoo birding course at from 4th to 6th May with highly competent and experienced guides Lynette Rudman and Jo Balmer. This is an ideal weekend getaway with a spouse or friends learning more about our abundant bird life, enjoying the company of others with similar interests and savouring mouth watering Karoo farm food.
INVASIVE SPECIES ALERT!!!! Please report me I am an invader More about INVASIVE SPECIES ALERT!!!! Please report me I am an invader
SANBI’s BID has initiated a project to assess the invasiveness of these species and a management plan is in progress. Initial surveys conducted by the team have revealed new populations in the Eastern Cape.
Invasive Plants - Cylindropuntia spinosior - Please report More about Invasive Plants - Cylindropuntia spinosior - Please report
If you see these plant species, please report them to the SANBI’S BID. Please if possible provide us with a locality, pictures, and your contact details.
New Helicopter Charter Service in the Karoo More about New Helicopter Charter Service in the Karoo
Fly Karoo Air Services is Graaff Reinet’s first-ever helicopter charter service that focus mainly on scenic flights over popular sites. Charter flights to destinations like Port Elizabeth and game lodges are also an integral part of the vision for this service to Graaff Reinet and area.
New heritage tourism resource for Cradock More about New heritage tourism resource for Cradock
A new booklet ensures the sustainability of Cradock’s popular township tour. The full-colour publication with more than 50 photographs, ensures that accurate information about the route is permanently on-call 24/7 for visitors and amateur tour guides. (Specialist tour guides are thin on the ground in our country areas.) In addition to the route commentary, there are biographies of major figures and hitherto unpublished recollections of life in the township during the Apartheid era.
Latest Events in the Karoo (click here for all events)
National Arts Festival More about National Arts Festival
The annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, is Africa's largest and most colourful arts & culture festival and the third largest of its kind in the world.
28th June 2018 to 8th July 2018
Schreiner Karoo Writers' Festival Cradock 2018 More about Schreiner Karoo Writers' Festival Cradock 2018
Meet remarkable writers at this marketplace of ideas. The programme is stacked with new books, stimulating encounters, new friends, readings (including a new play), a kombuis konsert, fireside chats and delicious Karoo food served at historic venues, all within strolling distance of one another.
19th July 2018 to 22nd July 2018
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