Uncover the Magic of the Klein Karoo

The Karoo region, located in the Western Cape province of South Africa, has two equally magical parts – namely, the Groot (Great) Karoo in the north and the Klein (Little) Karoo in the south. The latter is a true hidden gem, promising countless adventures.

As you make your way down Route 62 from Robertson through Montagu, Barrydale and Calitzdorp towards Oudtshoorn and the Garden Route, the scenery around you slowly transforms from the lush green rolling hills of the Cape Winelands to the semi-arid beauty of the Klein Karoo.

Cradled by the Swartberg, Outeniqua and Langeberg mountain ranges, the region is not only home to the Big 5 and a large number of ostrich farms, but probably has the most rich and diverse succulent habitats in the world.

If you are keen for a road trip down Route 62 toward the Garden Route, you will find Oudtshoorn which is the largest town of the Klein Karoo. Visit the ostrich farms, the Cango caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch, or go hot air ballooning over one of the most beautiful landscapes in South Africa.

If you enjoy visiting and exploring quaint, small towns teeming with quirky shops and great eateries, you are in for a treat in this wonderfully unspoiled part of South Africa. Visit Montagu, which is chockfull of beautiful Cape Dutch architecture steeped in history and famous for its other-worldly rock formations, lush fruit orchards, vineyards and healing hot mineral springs. You can also enjoy stop-offs in Barrydale, best known for its local arts and crafts.

Gorgeous scenery, ample wildlife, and delicious farm-fresh food and wine. What more could anyone want from a getaway to remember?

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