The Hantam and Upper Karoo is a semi arid region in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.
The region is an important agricultural sector and includes the town of Calvinia, wihich is one of the biggest wool producing regions in South Africa. Calvinia is also the host of the annual Hantam Meat Festival, where the best chops and roast lamb under the sun are for sale. The region borders on the Free State to the east.
The famous railway town of De Aar is located in the Hantam and Upper Karoo region and is an important connecting point for the railways from all over, including Windhoek. The landscape is very Karoo like and the interesting flora that dominates these regions is peculiar addition to the area. The region can sometimes feel disconnecting as the distances between towns can sometimes feel endless.
The N1 that connects Johannesburg and Cape Town flows through the Hantam and Upper Karoo past towns like Colesberg, which is a popular stop over spot for people travelling between the cities. This is essentially Farm country, and more specifically sheep.
The Hantam and Upper Karoo accommodation has a variety of venues that all offer value for money and hospitality, to make any visitor feel welcome and at home. The probability of passing through the region in a north south trip is almost inevitable but time spent will be worth the effort. Accommodation in Hantam and Upper Karoo is avalaible in lovely guest houses and guest farms as well as luxury safari lodges.