Klein Karoo

Klein Karoo

Travel to Klein Karoo – Dramatic Mountain Scenery Aplenty

Klein Karoo is an intermontane plateau basin in Western Cape provinc, lying between the east-west oriented Groot-Swart Mountains, the Lange Mountains, and the Outeniqua Mountains with the discontinuous Kammanassie Mountains running between those ranges. The Little Karoo, which lies south of the Great Karoo and the main Karoo, is about 145 kilometres long and averages 48 kilometres from north to south. It contains the basins of the Gourits, Groot, Touws, Olifants, and Kammanassie rivers.

As the name implies, the Little Karoo is the smaller of the two Karoo sub-regions. It is known locally as the Klein Karoo, which is Afrikaans for Little Karoo. This area was first explored by European settlers in the late 17th century, who encountered only Khoisan people living in this rather dry area. Modern farming methods have brought productivity and wealth to this district.

Major landmarks in the Klein Karoo area are the Karoo desert National Botanical Garden, the Cango Caves, the Anysberg Nature Reserve, the Karoo National Park, the Gamkasberg Nature Reserve, the Klein Karoo wine route, the Seweweekspoort River Pass, the Swartberg Mountains, the Meiringspoort, the Swartberg Pass, the Gamkaskloof Valley and the Robinson Pass.

The primary visible animals in the area are the ostrich, the bat-eared fox, the suricate or meerkat and the common barking gecko.

You can take quad biking tours through the dramatic mountain scenery or even ride an ostrich in Oudtshoorn before setting up camp for the night to spend a night amidst this magnificent scenery getting close to nature.

Relax by exploring the towns of the region such as Ladismith, Calitzdorp, De Rust, Zoar, Amalienstein, Barrydale and Dysselsdorp and spending time in their cafes and restaurants surrounded by beautiful scenery.

  • Quad bike through dramatic scenery.
  • Explore local towns and settlements.
  • Visit the Cango Caves.


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