Cape Karoo

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The Cape Karoo region is special. Its windmill-peppered landscapes inspire poetry, the scenes resemble movie sets and it is the ultimate escape from the world of urgent phone calls, emails and Facebook. Discover a place where you get to reconnect with nature, the people and yourself.

What happened here? Why are things the way they are? This desert oasis has a colourful past, one worth discovering and exploring. Khoi and Xam (Bushman); rock art can be viewed in Nelspoort, Beaufort West - the site of the richest engravings or petroglyphs. For those who love history, take a trip to the Anglo Boer War graves and block houses, follow the skirmishes and routes of the battles which range from north to south of Prince Albert. If you are passionate about the paranormal, take the train to Matjiesfontein and find out who Katie was and why she still walks the halls of this enchanting town, frozen in time.

For a walk on the wild side, visit the Karoo National Park and see the lions. Kgalagadi lion are known for their impressive dark brown manes. And to really get into the fabric of the past, travel back in time along the Smuggler’s Route, an old liquor smuggler’s trail through the settlements of Vleiland and Rouxpos in Laingsburg.

They say the stomach is the way to a man’s heart, and Karoo lamb is at the heart of this community. It’s known throughout the country as a succulent dish and one to sink your teeth into whist you sip on local wine. 

At night, go outside, lie on your back, gaze at the diamond-bright stars and make a wish.