24 Places of Interest in Karoo Heartland

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Mountain Passes

Antoniesberg Pass

Antoniesberg Pass is a remote, sheer gravel pass that links the Groot River with the northern side of the Baviaanskloof Mountains.The pass itself is not long, only 5 km, but there are several access roads that combine to make it ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Barker’s Nek Pass

Barker’s Nek is a beautiful high altitude gravel pass on the R396 just northeast of the little Eastern Cape town of Indwe. Today Indwe is subdued, merely driven through by visitors to the region. But back in 1876 it was almost ...

Mountain Passes

Bruintjieshoogte Pass

Bruintjieshoogte Pass, in English Brown's Height Pass, lies between the Karoo towns of Pearston and Somerset East on the R63. It offers wonderful views over the Karoo. Whilst not an overly eventful pass, and not dangerous to drive, it is the first ...

Natural Wonders / National Parks

Camdeboo National Park

Formed hundreds of millions of years ago, the Karoo of South Africa is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo as well as splendid ...

Mountain Passes

Camdeboo Pass

The Camdeboo Pass lies entirely within the Camdeboo National Park, just off the R63 from the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet. The pass gets little publicity in its own right. It doesn't even make it onto the top billing list of the park, in amongst premier ...

Popular Tourist Routes

Camdeboo Route

The Camdeboo Route is a tourist route through the northerly reaches of the Eastern Cape linking the towns of Graaff-Reinet, Aberdeen and Nieu-Bethesda. It is one of six routes through the Karoo. The others include: the Little Karoo Route, the Great ...

Landmarks / Memorials

Cradock Four Memorial

The Cradock Four is a garden of remembrance, a memorial in Cradock’s Lingelihle township. It consists of four tall concrete pillars, erected to honour four anti-apartheid activists assassinated by the secret police in ...

Mountain Passes

Devil's Bellows Pass

Devil's Bellows Pass is one of the most breathtaking high altitude passes in the area. It heads into the Winterberg range close to Fort Beaufort, and is best driven in a 4x4 vehicle, although MTB riders have not stopped shy of reaching its ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

Dorper Wind Farm

Up in the Stormberg Mountains, between Sterkstroom and Molteno in the coldest and windiest part of the Eastern Cape, is the 40 turbine-strong Dorper wind farm. It is an imposing wind farm, one of the biggest in the country, that produces a 100MW boost ...

Nature Reserves

Fonteinbos Nature Reserve

Deep within the Karoo Heartland, along the Kraai River banks, lies the 1 500 hectares of the Fonteinbos Nature Reserve. This reserve, just outside the small town of Aberdeen, is both beautiful and functional, as its natural spring (Die Oog) supplies the ...

Landmarks / National Monuments / Religious

Graaff-Reinet Dutch Reformed Church

You cannot miss Graaff-Reinet’s imposing Dutch Reformed Church. Also known as the Grotekerk, the Dutch Reformed Church holds the most imposing position in town, right in the middle of the town’s ‘square’ (which isn’t a ...

Golf Courses

Graaff-Reinet Golf Club

This 9 hole golf course with 18 tee-boxes is situated 5 km outside of the town of Graaff-Reinet on the Aberdeen Road. Facilities at Graaff-Reinet Golf Club include a halfway house, bar, putting green and driving range. The Graaff-Reinet golf club enjoys ...

Mountain Passes

Groot Doringhoek Pass

The Groot Doringhoek (great thorn corner) Pass is considered one of the highest mountain passes in the country, and thus one of its more dangerous roads,. It also makes its way onto a list of roads less travelled ...

Mountain Passes

Indwe Poort

Indwe lies between the Eastern Cape towns of Dordrecht and Elliot, on the R56. It is a tiny town with little going for it other than a beautiful, small Reformed Church. It is named after the river that flows on its eastern perimeter, ...

Nature Reserves

Lawrence de Lange Nature Reserve

The Lawrence de Lange Nature Reserve is characterised by semi-arid vegetation. This is made up of scrubby bush, cycads, acacias, aloes and stretches of untouched grasslands. This makes for the ideal habitat for a number of different animal species, ...

National Parks / Nature Reserves

Mountain Zebra National Park

The craggy heights of the Mountain Zebra National Park's Bankberg embrace rolling plains and deep valleys, and has become an entrancing preserve for the Cape mountain zebra. The proclamation of the park in 1937 saved these animals from extinction, and ...

Nature Reserves / National Parks

Mountain Zebra Wilderness Corridor

The valuable grasslands between the Mountain Zebra National Park and the Camdeboo National Park are now formally protected by a partnership between the Wilderness Foundation and SANParks. Known as the Mountain Zebra Wilderness Corridor, the aim ...

Mountain Passes

Nuwekloof Pass Baviaanskloof

The Nuwekloof Pass functions as an entrance to the Baviaanskloof, its red rock faces linking the western section of the kloof with the Karoo towns of Willowmore and Uniondale. For those who drive the other way, from east to west, the myriad ...

Botanical Gardens / Uniquely South African

Obesa Cacti Nursery

In the heart of Graaf Reinet lies a totally unexpected surprise in the form of a nursery, which might just as well be called a garden as a wander around will soon divulge. Even the pavement where you park the car gives more than a hint of the display to ...

Popular Tourist Routes

Route 56

Route 56 is not only a great alternative to the N2 through the former Transkei, it is also a highly scenic route covered in mountain trails, opportunities to fish for trout and some fine examples of San rock ...

Karoo Heartland as a destination

In the neighbourhood

Aberdeen, Baviaanskloof, Cradock, Dordrecht, Gamtoos Valley, Graaff Reinet, Jansenville, Middelburg, Nieu-Bethesda, Queenstown, Tarkastad

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