Africa Deluxe Tours Landscape near Barrydale

Klein Karoo

The Klein Karoo (Little Karoo) in South Africa is the smaller brother of the Great Karoo to its North. The Klein Karoo is a hot and dry, fairly narrow, valley that runs from East to West, bordered to the North by the Swartberg Mountain range and to the South by the Outeniqua Mountains.

The climate of the Little Karoo is suitable for sheep and ostrich farming, where water is available it produces excellent soft fruits and vineyards. A number of wine estates are also found in this region.

The main town and business centre of the Klein Karoo is Oudtshoorn, famous for ostrich farming and the Cango Caves. It also thrives as a popular tourist centre. The annual Afrikaans arts festival (the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunste Fees - KKNK) that is normally held over the Easter long weekend, draws huge crowds.

Traveling through the Little Karoo on route 62 is a joy, with ever changing landscapes featuring mountain passes, rocky outcrops. orchards, vineyards and a number of quaint villages. The largest of these - more a town than a village - is Oudtshoorn, with De Rust, Calitzdorp, Ladismith, Barrydale and Montagu completing the collection..

Many locals travelling from Cape Town to George on the Garden Route, prefer route 62 to the National Road (N2).

Tours that include Klein Karoo

Table Mountain and The Twelve Apostles

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Private guided tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R63,000 per person sharing - for group between 2 and 2. (±US$ 4,542 )
R40,800 per person sharing - for group between 4 and 6. (±US$ 2,941 )
R33,500 per person sharing - for group between 7 and 14. (±US$ 2,415 )
R15,500 single supplement (±US$ 1,117 )

Valid dates: Nov 2017 - Oct 2018

Discover the main things to do, see and experience in South Africa, including beautiful winelands, majestic mountain ranges, rolling wheat and sugarcane fields, caves, beaches and rocky shorelines, forests and pristine wilderness areas. Explore by game drive vehicle, hike in beautiful environs and enjoy our beloved country’s rich cultural diversity.

Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Knysna , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Sunshine Coast , Wild Coast , Transkei , KwaZulu-Natal , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , St. Lucia , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Panorama Route .

Blyde River Canyon

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R32,500 per person sharing (±US$ 2,343 )
R10,900 single supplement (±US$ 785 )

Valid dates: Nov 2017 - Oct 2018

The German-guided version of our tour that covers the highlights of South Africa (link to English tour provided as well). It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. The southbound tour starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.

Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , Transkei , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Paarl , Cape Town .

Klein Karoo attractions

The view of the surrounding mountains from a viewpoint on the Outeniqua Pass outside George, linking it to the Klein Karoo in the interior.

Outeniqua Pass

The Outeniqua Mountain Range runs from East to West and is the great divide between the Garden Route to the South and the Little Karoo to the North. The main road between the towns of George in the Garden Route to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karroo traverses the scenic Outeniqua Pass.

View across the town of Oudtshoorn in South Africa's Klein Karoo.


Today tourists from across South Africa and the world flock to Oudtshoorn. The two main attractions are, ostrich show farms and the Cango Caves. Both of these feature among South Africa's top 20 tourist attractions. The town's geographical location is perfect for tourists as it lies virtually on the border of the Garden Route.

A large natural hall in the Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn in South Africa.

Cango Caves

The Cango Caves are located in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, some 28km north of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo near South Africa's popular Garden Route. The Caves, a national monument and one of South Africa's top 20 tourist attractions, feature huge concert-hall sized chambers as well as narrow passages and rooms.

Ostriches on a farm near Oudtshoorn in South Africa.

Oudtshoorn ostrich farms

Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, South Africa, is known as the ostrich capital of the world. Today a visit to one of the ostrich show farms in Oudtshoorn is rated as one of the 20 main tourist attractions in South Africa. These visits are not only very informative, but also highly entertaining.

The scenic Cogmanskloof Mountain Pass is encountered on the pupular Route 62 between Montagu and Ashton in South Africa's Western Cape Province.

Route 62

Route 62 connects Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and is an exciting alternative to the National Road (N2). The R62 offers the traveler a constantly changing landscape with vineyards and fruit orchards, interspersed with dry arid areas, always surrounded by mountain ranges of different kind and shape.

Barrydale NG Kerk (DRC), a landmark in the popular town on Route 62.


Barrydale in the Tradouw Valley is one of the picturesque small towns in the Klein Karoo. The narrow and fertile Tradouw Valley is nestled between the Langeberg and Swartberg Mountain ranges. The historic and well preserved church, shops and houses add to a lovely picture when one enters the valley and approaches the town.