The Cape Karoo is a world of its own, possessing both unique beauty and charm. This is an area that will have you searching over every hill, wanting to discover what lies beyond. You will no doubt be filled with an insatiable wanderlust as you search for the heart of the Karoo.
The tranquility and open space of the Cape Karoo will leave you feeling revitalized. The rich ancient history will change your life and the kaleidoscope of earthy colours will allow for perfect photographic moments. The rich vibrant sunsets and the star studded skies are something to behold.
Take a step back into time and visit the charming Victorian town of Matjiesfontein. Fondly known as “The Grand Duchess of the Karoo”, the town was established in the year of 1884. The whole town of Matjiesfontein is a national monument and is believed to be one of the most haunted places in South Africa. And there is no better place to base yourself for the first half of your visit to the Karoo.
The Lord Milner Hotel is popular attraction as well as the London Red Bus, which will take you on the shortest tour in the country accompanied by the local tour guide, Johnnie, this humorous and informative tour is a must when visiting. Lasting no longer than 10 minutes, you will be back in no time for a quiet pint at the Laird’s Arms pub right next door to the hotel.
Just 20km from Matjiesfontein, the charming town of Laingsburg offers old-school hospitality and with buildings dating back to the 1800s, you will remain in time capsule mode. Make sure you visit the Flood Museum in town, which allows you to view artefacts and images from the terrible flood that hit the town in 1981.
End your evening in The Dining Room at the hotel, where we recommend you order the lamb, sourced from the local Karoo farmers. The Dining Room at The Lord Milner Hotel has been serving its guests for the last 120 years; and boasts the same historic ambience found throughout Matjiesfontein. Dine in a Victorian setting filled with period antiques and let the red-jacketed porters welcome you and offer a selection of fine wines from across the Western Cape region.
Start your day with a unique Donkey Cart Tour through the township of Kwa Mandlenkosi in Beaufort West before moving on to visit the Karoo National Park close by. Here you can enjoy the fossil trail and view a wide variety of endemic wildlife.
It’s a bit of a drive to your last stop, but well worth it. Murraysburg is known as the “Beautiful Little Secret” of the Cape Karoo, nestled in a little-known valley, bordered by the Sneeuberg Mountains and Buffalo River. Explore the hiking trails and take in the spectacular scenery, before ending your short trip to the Karoo with a spectacular star-gazing tour.
The Karoo is known for its clear skies and there is no better way to finish your visit than with this spectacular, visual show-stopper.