map of Klein Karoo
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
and De Rust.
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
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.
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
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.
(ROUTE 62) ACCOMMODATION - KLEIN KAROO, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
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
map of Barrydale
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.
for: Art Galleries, Cycling, Arts And Crafts, Hot Springs, Brandy Tasting,
Scenic Views, Hiking, Walking Trail, Quad Biking, Historical Interest,
Live Music, Archaeology, Nightlife.
more Barrydale accommodation
RECOMMENDED BY OUR TRAVEL PARTNER:
Cow Barn - Boutique Farm, Country House, BARRYDALE
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.
Samadhi Karoo Retreat, Bed & Breakfast, BARRYDALE
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.
RECOMMENDED BY OUR TRAVEL PARTNER:
Karoo Moon Motel, BARRYDALE
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.
(ROUTE 62) ACCOMMODATION - KLEIN KAROO, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
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.
map of Calitzdorp
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.
is a haven for enthusiasts of fishing, bird-watching, 4x4 and other scenic
routes, horse-riding and wine-tasting.
for: Historic Buildings, Wine Estates, Historical Mountain Passes,
Unique Biodiversity, Farms, Hiking, Health Spa, 4X4 Routes, Caves, Ostrich
Products, Donkey Trail, Khoi Community.
Calitzdorp accommodation options
Country House, 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.
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.
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.
Wine Guest House, CALITZBURG
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.
RECOMMENDED BY OUR TRAVEL PARTNER:
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.
- ROUTE 62 ACCOMMODATION - KLEIN KAROO, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
|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.
map of Montagu
for: Art Galleries, Mountain Biking, Arts And Crafts, Restaurants,
Hiking, Wine Estates, Eco & Agri-Tourism, Health & Wellness, 4X4
browsing accommodation in Montagu:
on Church, Guest House, MONTAGU
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.
Church Street Guest House, MONTAGU
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.
Game Lodge, Self-Catering/Full-Board Thatch Chalets, MONTAGU
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
Inn, Luxury B&B/Self-Catering, MONTAGU
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.
Lodge - Guest House & Fine Dining Restaurant, MONTAGU
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.
Vines Guesthouse, 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.