The Great Karoo

An enduring story millions of years old

Some of the world's most important archaeological sites are located in the Central Karoo, particularly the Beaufort West and Nelspoort areas with their multitude of stone-age sites and Bushmen petroglyths. The Great Karoo is integral to the work of the world's scientists, botanists, archaeologists, geologists, palaeontologists and ecologists.

For those who care to look, the story of the evolution of mammals from reptiles is recorded here in stone. And the story is 190 to 500 million years old.

At the end of the last century one of the largest fighting forces ever to leave the shores of Imperial Britain arrived at the Cape. These soldiers, with all the paraphernalia of battle, moved across the plains of the Great Karoo to engage the Boers in the Anglo Boer War, last of the gentlemen's wars. Lonely British war graves now dot the plains, and blockhouses still guard the railway bridges as a grim reminder of those turbulent times.

The Great Karoo is also a place of pioneers. In the last century Dr Emil Hoffa, founder of the modern science orthopaedics, was born here. It was also the birthplace of probably the world's most famous surgeon, Dr Christiaan Barnard, heart-transplant pioneer. Even the man who, early in the 20 th century was acknowledged as the prince of the shadowy world of international espionage, Fritz Joubert Duquesne, had strong family ties in the Karoo.

Services and Facilities

  • Conference facilities
  • Pets allowed
  • DSTV (in games room)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Non-Smoking rooms available
  • Secure parking
  • Internet and E-Mail facilities
  • Swimming pool at lodge
  • Golf course nearby
  • 4X4 routes
  • 4X4s for hire
  • Hiking
  • Bird viewing
  • Game & Bird Hunting
  • Game & Bird Viewing
  • Meals on request
  • Stargazing