38 Places of Interest in the Karoo

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Golf Courses

Oudtshoorn Golf Club

The Oudtshoorn Golf Course is stuated in the Little Karoo, and forms an oasis of green fairways in the dry scrubland that is so characteristic of the area. The Little Karoo is a far cry from a true desert and occasionally good rains are experienced ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Peerboomskloof Pass

Peerboomskloof Pass, where the Karoo meets the Koue Bokkeveld, is also sometimes called Skitterykloof or Katbakkies, particularly by birding fanatics. The true Katbakkies Pass lies to the west of Peerboomskloof Pass (the two are connected by a rocky ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Prince Alfred Pass

The Prince Alfred Pass is another built by the indefatigable Thomas Bain, between 1860 and 1867. It was to be one of his biggest challenges, as the road cut through dense forest and climbs 700 metres in just 14 kilometres. The pass links Knysna with the ...

Mountain Passes

Robinson Pass

The Robinson Pass cuts through the Ruiterbos Valley, linking Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn. When it was originally hewn in 1869 the pass was known as the Ruiterbosch Pass (sometimes also called Ruiter bos or Brandwaghoogte, for obvious reasons), as Ruiterbos ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous / Popular Tourist Routes

Rooiberg Pass

The beautiful Rooiberg Pass lies within the Rooiberg Conservancy, a 60 000 hectare mountainous area in the Klein Karoo. This conservancy in turn forms part of the Gouritz Biodiversity Meander, which aims to conserve this incredible meeting place of three ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Rooinek Pass

Perhaps because of the connotations of its name, the Rooinek Pass in the mountains around Laingsburg does look a little sunbleached, and wild (rooinek is the Afrikaans for 'red neck' meaning an English speaking South African, usually of British descent; ...

Landmarks / Mandela Route / Popular Tourist Routes

Route 62

Route 62 is modeled after the iconic US Route 66, made famous by the late, great Nat King Cole in the song of the mid 20th century. Travelers headed for the Garden Route will find that Route 62 offers a better alternative to the dull N2 motorway between ...

Game Reserves

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

At the foot of the Warmwaterberg, in the heart of the Little Karoo, between Montagu and Barrydale on the famous Route 62, the vision of the San is becoming a reality. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, 54 000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, ...

Mountain Passes

Schoemans Poort

Schoemans Poort links Oudtshoorn with the Cango Caves, a popular tourist attraction of the Klein Karoo. Despite its frequent use, the pass suffers something of a Cinderella complex, paling by comparison with its contemporaries the Swartberg Pass, ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Seweweekspoort Pass

Seweweekspoort, or Seven Weeks Poort, is a rugged mountain ravine that lies just at the start of the Klein Swartberge near Towerkop Nature Reserve. The ravine or poort is a combination of some of the most beautiful vertical rock folds in the country that ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes / Popular Tourist Routes

Spitzkop Viewpoint

The Spitzkop viewpoint is the highest point above Knysna. Drive, or hike up there and you will find one of the best panoramic views of the town and outlying areas. Some have described it as the best view in the country. Spitzkop lies on the Prince Alfred ...

Mountain Passes / Mountain Reserves / Uniquely South African

Swartberg Mountain Complex

The Swartberg Mountain Complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six botanical kingdoms on earth. This is no mean feat, considering that it only occupies 0.04% of the surface of the earth, which testifies ...

Nature Reserves

Swartberg Nature Reserve

The Swartberg Nature Reserve lies in the Oudtshoorn district between the Great Karoo and Little Karoo, bordered by the Gamka River in the west and the Uniondale / Willowmore road in the east. The Swartberg Reserve encompasses 121,000 heactares of mostly ...

National Monuments / Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Swartberg Pass

The 27km Swartberg Pass is considered one of the finest mountain passes in the world: an untarred road that winds to the summit 1583 metres above sea level in steep zigzags and sudden switchbacks with breathtaking views at every turn. The road is ...

Miscellaneous / Natural Wonders

The Red Hills

The valley in which the little Karoo town of Calitzdorp rests, beneath its prominent red hills stretching, virtually, all the way to De Rust (you canít help but notice them whilst driving Route 62, particularly at sunrise or sunset when ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Theronsberg Pass

The Theronsberg Pass is one of four ways in which to reach the Ceres valley. Others include Michell's Pass from Cape Town (N1, R43, R46), Gydo Pass (the R303 from Citrusdal), and Theronsberg Pass (from Touws River, R46). The Theronsberg Mountains take ...

Nature Reserves

Towerkop Nature Reserve

Towerkop is named after the imposing split peak of the Towerkop that, together with the Seweweekspoort Peak, overshadows the beautiful reserve. Towerkop Nature Reserve lies west of the Swartberg Nature Reserve and together with Gamkapoort Nature Reserve ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Uniondale Poort

The little town of Uniondale on the N9 south west of Willowmore, has rather a few passes in the vicinity. The town lies in the Kammanasie River valley with mountains on all sides. Just south west of the town is the Potjiesberg pass, the Prince Alfred ...

Karoo as a destination

In the neighbourhood

Barrydale, Beaufort West, Calitzdorp, De Doorns, De Rust, Herold, Klaarstroom, Ladismith, Laingsburg, Matjiesfontein, Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert, Touws River, Uniondale, Van Wyksdorp

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