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Driving The Karoo, South Africa's Living Desert

Dook The Karoo: South Africa’s Living Desert

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Driving through South Africa’s arid and once forbidding Karoo region, one discovers a landscape now filled with artist pioneers, revitalized Afrikaner towns, and vibrant vineyard oases. The Groot, or Great, Karoo is the desolate expanse stretching deep into the provinces of Western Cape and Eastern Cape. And yet, drenched by springwater, the Klein Karoo is filled with fruit farms. Spring (September–November) in the Karoo is ideal, with sunny days and cool nights, though the hot summer months (December–February), when temperatures can reach 100 degrees, are livelier. Just make sure you have an air-conditioned car.

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Inspired by: The Karoo: South Africa’s Living Desert — by Douglas Rogers, Published Feb. 2008

Hotels (7)

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    Feather Palace

    The Feather Palace, a red-roof mansion just off the R62, is part of a stylish working guest ranch owned by a gay couple from Durban.

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    De Bergkant Lodge

    This stylish Cape Dutch guesthouse has eight rooms and a swimming pool, on Prince Albert's main street.

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    Boesmanskop Kruisrivier

    A two-room inn opened in 2006 by a local farmer named Tinie Bekker. A soft-spoken fiftysomething Afrikaner whose ancestors were among the first Boe

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    Barrydale Hotel

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    Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa

    Three hundred miles from Cape Town, this exclusive getaway (tennis superstar Roger Federer bought a private residence here) is set on a bluff above

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    Samara

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    Montague House

    Montague House, a handsome 1908 palace with a polished oak interior in the town center, has been transformed into a bistro.

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Restaurants (4)

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    Ronnies Sex Shop

    This cult bar and roadside burger joint is owned by farmer Ronnie Price.

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    Limani Blue

    A recently opened Greek restaurant on the waterfront.

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    Koggelmander Eatery and Art House

    Lunch on a juicy ostrich burger under the guava trees of the alfresco Koggelmander restaurant.

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    Jermima's

Activities (5)

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    Wilderness Beach

    Take a swim in the wild waves of this aptly named beach.

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    Swartrivier Olive Farm

    Sample a meaty Manzanilla olive at this thriving farm.

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    Joubert-Tradauw Private Wine Cellar

    To sample the region's best Cabernets and Merlots, drive seven miles west to Tradouw Valley's vineyards.

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    Boplaas Family Vineyards

    Visit the winery, established in 1880, for a tasting of ruby and tawny ports.

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    Bergwater Vineyards

    Surrounded by wide expanses and the desert-like terrain of the Great Karoo, Bergwater Vineyards has been open since 1999 and is the only vineyard i

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