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Visit the Klein Karoo (Little Karoo) - Route 62 - Western Cape - South Africa
Barrydale, Calitzdorp & Montagu

Klein Karoo (Little Karoo) Accommodation by Location:
Barrydale - Calitzdorp - Montagu - Oudtshoorn - Robertson
Tulbagh - Worcester
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Karoo ostrich farm
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The Klein Karoo (Little Karoo) is the hot, dry region squeezed between the Outeniqua Mountains that separate it from the green and luscious Garden Route, and the rugged Swartberg Mountains that separate it from the wider, hotter Great Karoo.  The well marketed Route 62 extends further than the actual R62, including parts of the Breede River Valley. It's a lovely, quiet alternative to the rather more goal-oriented N2, passing through some interesting little towns and winds its way past loads of wineries and guest farms that specialise in rugged activities like 4x4 trails and quad bike trails. 

The major part of Route 62 runs straight through the Little Karoo towns of Ashton, Montagu, Barrydale, Ladysmith, Calitzdorp, Oudtshoorn and De Rust.
Ostrich Farm in Oudtshoorn, Little Karoo, South AffricaIt's a lot of fun to zig-zag backwards and forwards between the N2 and the R62 over some very scenic mountain passes, alternating between the lush green Garden Route and the drier, more austere Little Karoo. 

Most well known for its ostrich farms, which have developed into mega tourist traps, the Little Karoo supports a thriving agricultural industry. Olives, deciduous fruit and wine add to the rather heady mix that most local restaurants exploit gleefully.

Calitzdorp, which is most well known for its great port, holds a port festival every July, and there are fabulous wine farms along the whole length of the R62. Probably the most well known attraction in the region, though, is the enormous Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn. There are some great rock paintings in various parts of the Little Karoo.

The magnificent landscapes, locally known as red hills, offer some fun day walks, and the high mountains on either side of this long, thin valley, offer fantastic multi-day hikes. There are loads of really great cultural attractions, not least of which is the annual KKNK, the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (Little Karoo National Arts Festival) in Oudtshoorn. It's a party. Big time.

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Cango Caves - Oudtshoorn
Ostrich Farm
Cango Caves - Oudtshoorn


BarrydaleFrom young to old, Barrydale is on the radar of those in need of a haven for body, mind and spirit. And, indeed, it has always been...  The original inhabitants were drawn to the region´s health-giving properties at the likes of Warmwaterberg´s hot mineral springs. One William Patterson first documented the spring in 1778 when he recorded what local farmers already knew.  In establishing the Warmwaterberg Spa as a sanatorium in 1908, doctors must have recognised their patients´ need for quiet contemplation.  With a walk in the labyrinth and South African Peace Pagoda just 15km from the town towards Ladismith, you will reconnect and rediscover your inner peace and harmony, in this idyllic rural setting.
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The Heritage Garden was created by local botanist Hildegard Crous. The garden represents the region´s floral and succulent kingdom.  Ensure that you order a glass of Barrydale´s finest wines, the prize-winning Chardonnays and Ruby Cabernets. 

Recommended for: Art Galleries, Cycling, Arts And Crafts, Hot Springs, Brandy Tasting, Scenic Views, Hiking, Walking Trail, Quad Biking, Historical Interest, Live Music, Archaeology, Nightlife.

Blue Cow Barn - Boutique Farm, Country House, BARRYDALE
Featuring free WiFi and a garden, Blue Cow Barn - Boutique Farm is located in Barrydale, just 30.6 km from Swellendam. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is fitted with a sitting area. A microwave and kettle are also featured. Every unit has a private bathroom with free toiletries. Towels and bed linen are available. Blue Cow Barn - Boutique Farm also includes a terrace. Guests can enjoy various activities in the area, including biking, fishing and hiking. 
Little Samadhi Karoo Retreat Barrydale Little Samadhi Karoo Retreat, Bed & Breakfast, BARRYDALE
Situated in Barrydale in the Western Cape Region, 46 km from Swellendam, Little Samadhi Karoo Retreat features a sun terrace. Free WiFi and free parking is available. Some units feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. A terrace or patio are featured in certain rooms. All rooms include a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries. Breakfast is offered at Jam Tarts restaurant, 260 m from Little Samadhi Karoo Retreat, on weekdays from 09:00 to 11:00. On the weekends guests can enjoy breakfast served at the guest house between 08:00 and 10:00 including full English/Irish, vegetarian.
The Karoo Moon Motel, BARRYDALE
Offering a restaurant, The Karoo Moon Motel is located in Barrydale. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a minibar. There is a kitchenette with a microwave and a refrigerator. Private bathroom also comes with free toiletries. You can enjoy mountain view from the room. At The Karoo Moon Motel you will find a garden, barbecue facilities and a bar. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge and luggage storage. The property offers free parking.
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Calitzdorp is a town on the Western side of the Little or Klein Karoo in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and lies at Latitude 33° 32' 14.59 S Longitude 21° 41' 6.59 E on South Africa's Route 62.  The farm, on which Calitzdorp stands, was granted to JJ and MC Calitz in 1831. In 1924 a railway line was opened, in 1937 electrification and a new cement road to Oudtshoorn was completed.  The Swartberg (in the North), Rooiberge (to the South) and the Mountainis of the Huisrivier Pass (to the West) surrounds Calitzdorp’s challenging landscape with floods, droughts and extreme weather, from very hot to snow clad mountaintops in the winter.
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Summers are very hot during day, mainly a dry heat, up to 40 C, wind from the sea every afternoon allows for moderate, cool evenings. Winters have sunny days, very cold nights with occasional frost and snow often falling on the surrounding Swartberg Mountain Range. Rainfall is approximately 200 mm per year, often with the changing of seasons. Prevailing winds are mainly from the south in summer and hot wind from the North in August.

Calitzdorp is a haven for enthusiasts of fishing, bird-watching, 4x4 and other scenic routes, horse-riding and wine-tasting.

Recommended for: Historic Buildings, Wine Estates, Historical Mountain Passes, Unique Biodiversity, Farms, Hiking, Health Spa, 4X4 Routes, Caves, Ostrich Products, Donkey Trail, Khoi Community.

Calitzdorp Country House Calitzdorp Country House, CALITZDORP
Calitzdorp Country House is the ideal five star stopover on the Garden Route.  Located only four hours from Cape Town and halfway to Port Elizabeth.  The property is conveniently situated on the scenic Route 62.  The house is built and run in the style of a gentleman's country rsidence, positioned on a gentle slope with breathtaking views of the Nel's River Valley.  Looking out across the indigenous garden, swimming pool, vineyards and orchards, all the way to the majestic Swartberg Mountains.  The country house is extravagantly furnished with original art, Victorian, French and Cape antiques and Persian rugs on gleaming wooden floors, and offers a 5 Star service to match.
Die Dorpshuis Die Dorpshuis, Guest House, CALITZDORP
Come and have a most relaxing stay in Die Dorpshuis.  Die Dorpshuis was built in the late 1800's as a prestige residence for an unknown person. Since then it was extended and became the residence and surgery for the dorp's doctors and eventually the home to a local school master. Our beautifully decorated en-suite rooms are equipped with Satellite TV, with coffee/tea.  The restaurant is open around the clock and boasts with mouth-watering traditional home made cooking.  You will experience lots of friendliness and hospitality.  As we are the Port Capital of South Africa, our guests are usually treated with a free glass of Port before bedtime. 
Matjiesvlei Cottages Matjiesvlei Cottages. Guest Farm/Self-Catering Cottages, CALITZDORP
Matjiesvlei Cottages are fully equipped self catering holiday homes that sleep 4 people comfortably. Situated in Matjiesvlei (Matjies Valley), at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountain Range, only 16km from Calitzdorp.  The along with the mixed farming activities of the valley provide a tranquil atmosphere. The hustle and bustle of city life melt away - the perfect place to relax and unwind.  For the perfect way to unwind, this restored historical Klein Karoo cottage is the ideal choice.  The main bedroom has a double bed. All linen is included. The second bedroom has 2 single beds.  The lounge has a big fireplace that can be used for cooking (braai, barbeque) and heating in winter.  The kitchen is equipped with the necessary basic utensils to make your stay a relaxing one. There is a very nice stoep overlooking the veld. An outside Braai is also provided.
Port Wine Guest House Port Wine Guest House, CALITZBURG
This stylish 1830 homestead is centrally situated in the heart of the port capital of South Africa, Calitzdorp, overlooking port vineyards and within walking distance of all the wineries, galleries, shops and the museum in town.  The thatch roof homestead in Karoo and Victorian architecture has large vine-covered patios, where you can enjoy the Karoo sunsets, scrumptious dinners and breakfasts. Relax in the lush garden, including a fragrant rose garden, or by the sparkling pool.  Ten luxury rooms, all en-suite with coffee/tea and port wine.  Features and Facilities include:  Ten luxury rooms, all en-suite with coffee/tea and port wine.  Four-poster beds for every guest, B&B.  One room for physically disabled.
The Queen Of Calitzdorp, Guest House, CALITZBURG
Featuring an outdoor pool and landscaped garden, The Queen Of Calitzdorp is located in the centre of Calitzdorp, just 550 m away from the famous Route 62 in the Klein Karoo. Free WiFi is available. The rooms are either located at the main house or at the annex. Each room contains wooden furniture and en-suite bathroom with glass enclosed shower and basin with granite vanity top. All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with a refrigerator, ceiling fans, 32” flat-screen satellite TV. Some of the rooms have balconies with views over the adjacent vineyards and the Nel’s river valley or over th e town towards the Swartberg mountain range. 
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Montagu is in the little (Klein) Karoo between Cape Town and the Garden Route with many fine examples of Cape Dutch architecture. The town is very well known for the large amount of high quality rock climbing routes in the area. Montagu is a 2-3 hours drive from Cape Town. Going east on the famous Route 62 will bring you to Oudtshoorn (this is an interesting drive through the semi-desert Karoo and worth some extra km/miles).  Hike along on of the many tracks in the neighbouring mountains. Two of the nearby hiking trails start at Joubert Park just at the edge of the town. Get boiled at the hot springs some 3km out of town. Climb some of the 100's of mainly sport climbing routes in the area.
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Recommended for: Art Galleries, Mountain Biking, Arts And Crafts, Restaurants, Hiking, Wine Estates, Eco & Agri-Tourism, Health & Wellness, 4X4 Routes.
20 on Church 20 on Church, Guest House, MONTAGU
Nestled on the foothills of the Langeberg Mountain range in the heart of Montagu, 20 on Church is a picturesque two hour’s drive from Cape Town on the popular Route 62. This ideal stopover destination between Cape Town and the Garden Route, offers intrepid travelers a stylish haven to relax and rejuvenate not often associated with Bed & Breakfast establishments.  Surrounded by majestic mountains in the heart of the Robertson Wine Valley which is incidentally South Africa’s longest wine route.  20 on Church offers you the choice of four lavish en-suite bedrooms: one Double, one Queen or two King sized rooms, one of which opens up into a private garden where you can enjoy the luxuries of an outside shower.
7 Church Street Guest House 7 Church Street Guest House, MONTAGU
Nestling peacefully in the heart of Montagu, recently voted South Africa’s Favorite Village. Our tastefully restored Victorian Luxury Guest House is set in beautiful park like gardens with a sparkling swimming pool, surrounded by panoramic mountain views.  Amazing sunsets over Kogmans Kloof close the day and herald glorious majestic star lit evenings in the dry Karoo.  We offer:  A Luxurious honeymoon suite with a four-poster bed Tv, en-suite Victorian bathroom with huge ball and claw bath and separate shower.  The stunning elevated garden-suite with a large and spacious lounge, Tv and fridge, with a sundeck over looking the herb and indigenous gardens and mountains, queen sized bed and bathroom with bath and separate shower.  A spacious twin room with en-suite bath and separate shower. A cosy double room with queen bed and en suite shower set behind the veranda where the morning sun streams in.
African Game Lodge, Self-Catering/Full-Board Thatch Chalets, MONTAGU
Situated in the spectacular mountains of the Cape Winelands, only 2.5hrs from Cape Town and 30 minutes from the quaint karoo town of Montagu, African Game Lodge  is a private nature reserve which offers you a taste of nature where you can relax and enjoy the scenery and wild animals without any pressure. Well-appointed thatch chalets (self-catering or full board) are luxuriously furnished for your comfort, but you can still light a braai on your verandah and enjoy the vast plain and surrounding mountains as the sun sets.  We offer daily nature drives and game viewing to see large game on our property, as well as a cheetah conservation and awareness program.
Anchorage Inn Anchorage Inn, Luxury B&B/Self-Catering, MONTAGU
B&B and luxury self-catering accommodation.  Spacious and attractive cottages under thatch, superb mountain views, exceptional hospitality.  Excellent value. Let us spoil you with wonderful sunsets, a sparkling pool, cottages with distinctive character and delicious breakfasts. Walk to the village centre, enjoy tranquility and champagne air. Safe parking, valuable advice on surrounding areas and day excursions.  Your hosts Joop and Monica welcome you.  We know that you will find excellent accommodation in most places, beautiful rooms, attention to detail, delicious breakfasts. SO WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT? We have traveled extensively in our own country and abroad, and can share valuable information with you on all areas of South Africa, not only our immediate surrounds.
Mimosa Lodge Mimosa Lodge - Guest House & Fine Dining Restaurant, MONTAGU
Nestled on the foothills of the majestic Langeberg Mountain range in the heart of Montagu on the popular Route 62 is Mimosa Lodge. Only a 2 hour drive from Cape Town, Montagu is the perfect stop between Cape Town and the Garden Route. Better known for the fine hospitality and superb cuisine provided by the friendly couple Fida & Bernhard Hess, an award-winning Swiss chef, Mimosa's restaurant is a culinary experience par excellence. Beautifully appointed en-suite rooms open up onto a rambling garden littered with myriad facilities including a sparkling swimming pool and deck, Bernard’s herb and vegetable garden, croquet lawn and boules pitch.
Montagu Vines Guesthouse Montagu Vines Guesthouse, MONTAGU
Montagu Vines is situated in the historic conservation area of Montagu. The main farmhouse was built between 1900 and 1910 and reflects the early Victorian-influenced Karoo-styled farmhouses of that period.  The garden rooms overlook the wine-producing vineyard and compliment the stately main house. We offer our guests a taste of old-fashioned comfort and luxury in the town of Montagu on the world famous “Route 62”.  You can relax in the splash pool set in the tranquil gardens with magnificent old oak and milkwood trees. Alternatively, you could lounge on the lawns with glorious views of the vineyards and surrounding mountains, sipping a glass of Chenin Blanc produced from grapes from our vines.
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