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The Karoo is the vast semi-desert that comprises the bulk of the interior of South Africa and is an inhospitable place.

On its southern fringe lies the Klein Karoo, an arid area that still supports sufficient life to make farming viable. Stark mountains are traversed by dramatic passes and towns retain a frontier air.

The people are remarkably hospitable and the atmosphere is markedly different from that of the Cape Region and Garden Route.

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Places to visit in the Klein Karoo

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Klein Karoo, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itinerary featuring the Klein Karoo

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in the Klein Karoo, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Klein Karoo

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around the Klein Karoo

    Accommodation choices for the Klein Karoo

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Klein Karoo. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Rosenhof Country House, Oudtshoorn

      Rosenhof Country House

      First Class

      This elegant Victorian house offers history, charm and a peaceful setting among beautifully manicured gardens. The relaxed atmosphere and comfortable rooms make this a welcoming property to return to after exploring the area’s natural and historic attractions.

    • La Plume Guest House, Oudtshoorn

      La Plume Guest House


      La Plume is a Victorian-style homestead dating back to 1902, situated in the tranquil surroundings of a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm in the Klein Karoo.

    • The Thorntree Country House, Oudtshoorn



      Family-run, The Thorntree offers a comfortable stay and is a base from which to explore Oudtshoorn and the surrounding area, including the spectacular Cango Caves. The food here is excellent.