The vast KAROO landscape can change as dramatically as the climate. During the dry season, brittle Karoo Bushes and many species of Succulents that store water in their thick leaves decorate hard, dry and cracked ground.
With the First Rains this all changes into a green carpet eventually coloured with Spring Flowers. The Region is known for Merino and Fat-Tailed Sheep Farming. The Sheep graze on the Hardy Succulents, Sweet Grasses and now lush little bushes. The Herby and Aromatic smell of these bushes give Karoo Mutton that special flavour.
Wind-pumps testify to the countless streams flowing under the dry but fertile soil and in the Dry Season, water is supplied from boreholes, to most of the Karoo towns.
Small, isolated and welcoming villages, rest in the valleys between desolate, flat-topped Koppies. Here you will find a distinct Karoo Architecture and imposing Churches. In the larger Karoo Towns, there is a mixture of Karoo, Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian. Unique Corbelled houses can be viewed in the Williston-Carnarvon region.
Throughout this wonderful part of the NORTHERN CAPE, you can visit, hunt or hike on Game Farms. Nature Reserves with abundant species of Antelope are well worth the visit. Experience a Sunset of unbelievable Colours turning into a bright Night Sky filled with Stars and Galaxies. During your stay in the KAROO, the hardy inhabitants of this unique countryside, will make you feel at home immediately…
The Towns featured in the Karoo are Carnarvon, Loxton, Victoria West, Strydenburg, Orania, Douglas, Prieska and Van Wyksvlei.