The Karoo, consisting of the Great and Little Karoo, is a semi-desert natural region of South Africa.

The two regions are sharply divided by the majestic Swartberg Mountain Range – the tallest mountains in the Western Cape. While it cannot precisely be defined in terms of boundaries, there is no doubt that this is one of the most spectacular areas in South Africa.

The most well-known feature of the Karoo is its extreme weather conditions, which include frighteningly low annual rainfall, unforgiving flash floods, and some of the lowest and highest temperatures recorded in South Africa.

However, spanning over 400,000 square kilometres, stretching across the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape, it also offers picturesque mountain views, endless plains, flat-topped koppies, and unparalleled star gazing. A Karoo sunset is a wonder to behold, with colours so breath-taking, it will be etched into your memory forever.

Activities on offer in the Karoo include mountain biking, 4x4 trails, guided game drives, bird watching, and horseback riding.

Founded in 1979 and covering an area of 750 square kilometres, the Karoo National Park can be found in the Great Karoo. A dreamy game drive through the park presents the opportunity to spot springbok, Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, buffalo, kudu, bat-eared foxes, eland and even black rhinoceros.

Accommodation in the Karoo ranges from cosy B&B establishments, down-to-earth guest farms, stunning guest houses, affordable backpackers, and tranquil safari lodges. To book your Karoo accommodation today, keep scrolling through the Venues4Africa website, phone +27 (0) 21 422 2135, or email [email protected].

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