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Our individual Africa trips let you experience spectacular landscapes! The plateau of the Little Karoo extends south of the Swartbergs about 300 kilometres to the east, to Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert. The Little Karoo is much more fertile and green than her big brother. It is one of the most varied landscapes in South Africa, with gigantic cliffs, desert-like landscapes, crystal-clear rivers and fertile wine-growing areas. Many of the towns have not changed their appearance over time and retained their special charm.
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Among the most famous places in the region are the cities of Mossel Bay, home to the world’s largest ostrich population, the artists’ city of Montagu, known as the ‘Gate to the Little Karoo’, Swellendam, the third oldest city in South Africa. Experience the scenic destination Karoo on your exclusive South Africa individual travel.
An almost surrealistic spectacle takes place every year towards the end of April in the seclusion of the North Cape Karoo in South Africa. Not far from the Tankwa Karoo National Park, five hours from the heart of Cape Town, artists and fantasy figures, adventurers and nature lovers, fantasy and idealists, and all the creative minds of the vast Karoo countryside and far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life want to immerse yourself in the magic of “Africa Burn”.
The Breede River Valley and the Little Karoo are two of the most diverse regions of the Western Cape, with breathtaking scenery. Majestic mountains, breathtaking mountain passes, clear rivers, a diverse flora, extensive vineyards and orchards, and numerous tourist attractions make your South Africa vacation in this region an unforgettable experience.
Route 62 is one of the longest wine routes in the world and will take you from vineyard to vineyard further into the semi-desert of the Little Karoo. The Small Karoo nestles between the Swart Mountains in the north and the Langeberg and Outeniqua mountains in the south and forms the smallest part of the central plateau of South Africa.
A drive from Oudtshoorn over the Swarberg Pass to the small town of Prince Albert and back to the Ostrich Center through the Meiringspoort Canyon is an important highlight of this region.
The cave system of the Cango Caves is a subterranean wonderland shaped by nature since time immemorial, with fantastic stalactite formations. As early as ten thousand years ago, the entrance to the Cango Cave served as a shelter for the Khoisan Bushmen, but they did not dare to venture deeper into the cave because they believed in ghosts living there.
In the language of the original inhabitants of the Karoo, the nomadic Khiosan, Karoo is called the “place of thirst” and that is true then as it is today. The huge and especially arid Groot Karoo stretches from Calvinia in the west over 600 km to Cradock in the east and from Oudtshoorn in the south to about Hondeklipbaai 500 km in the northwest. Extended border and sub regions are the Bo Karoo (Upper Karoo) in the north, the False Karoo in the southern Free State and the Succulent Karoo in the west (the latter extends to the Atlantic). In the south is the Klein Karoo. This runs north of the Garden Route between two parallel east-west mountain ranges to the Swartberg Mountains, and while this about 100 km wide and touristy not insignificant strip offers the image of a shallow dry sink with very sparse water supply, is the Great Karoo (or Nama Karoo) north of the Swartberg Mountains and north of the “Great Randstufe” an almost water less semi-desert or desert at 600 to 1300 m altitude.
Together, all Karoo areas occupy an area of a few hundred thousand square kilometres, spanning four South African provinces. The cause of the drought are the southern mountain chains, which act as barriers and keep out damp sea breeze. As a result of these climatic conditions, a karoo-specific flora and fauna emerged, e.g. protected in the Karoo National Park. The Karoo is also one of the most sparsely populated regions of the world with only one or two people per square kilometre. Almost the sole economic backbone is traditionally sheep and goat farming, the Karoo produces a significant portion of the meat consumed in South Africa. Irrigated agriculture is being practised along the few rivers (Orange River).