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)
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 In addition to the route commentary, there are biographies of major figures and hitherto unpublished recollections of life in the township during the Apartheid era.
Karoo Uranium Mining Application Shrinks More about Karoo Uranium Mining Application Shrinks
Australia's Peninsula Energy has withdrawn its original application for uranium mining rights over 570,000 hectares of the central Karoo. They have since re-applied for uranium and molybdenum rights in respect of areas only 12% of the original application.
Park-thusiasts for November Newsletter - 2015 More about Park-thusiasts for November Newsletter - 2015
Camdeboo National Park, bordering the town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, celebrated ten years under the management of SANParks on Friday 30 October.
Talking about Koukamma Tourism More about Talking about Koukamma Tourism
Did you know? Koukamma Tourism is the municipal tourism association that serves the Tsitsikamma and Langkloof regions. Recently, there has been quite a bit of conversation online about both the Tsitsikamma and Langkloof regions and this is due to a new social media and digital marketing campaign that Koukamma Tourism has embarked on in recent months.
Latest Events in the Karoo (click here for all events)
Bacchus Nel @ Die Ramstal, Nieu Bethesda More about Bacchus Nel @ Die Ramstal, Nieu Bethesda
Bacchus sê met oortuiging : "Ek wil niks anders doen nie. Ek wil musiek maak. Ek wil goeie liedjies skryf."
15th December 2017
Georgetown @ Die Ramstal, Nieu Bethesda More about Georgetown @ Die Ramstal, Nieu Bethesda
Georgetown is a multi instrumental Blue-Billy-Folk-Pop band. They play mostly original material and a few interesting covers from the 30's/40's up to modern folk like Shaky Graves and The Wood Brothers.
17th December 2017
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
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