Middelburg Karoo to Steynsburg
Asemskep offers peaceful accommodation in the Karoo, on a working farm with wide-open spaces and fresh air.
There is a beautiful old farmhouse available, surrounded by lush vegetation. The large garden is ideal for kids to play in, with views over the fields and the mountains. The house is perfect for family get togethers or a couple of friends.
The house consists of four bedrooms, two bathrooms of which one is en suite, a sun room, an open-plan living area with a fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast counter, and indoor braai facilities.
There is no cell phone reception and no TV. Bird life is in abundance, with a pond behind the house where they can be heard all day. Activities include mountain biking, walking trails and, depending on the time of year, shearing of sheep.
Asemskep is off the R396 on a scenic road towards New Bethesda and Graaf Reinet.
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Desert Inn Guest House is an elegantly decorated guest house located on the R56 in the centre of town in Middelburg Eastern Cape. It is also situated near the Karoo’s busiest roads, the N9 and N10.
Middelburg, which lies in the middle of the Karoo, is surrounded by mountains and is halfway between Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein as well as Johannesburg and Cape Town, making it an ideal weekend or overnight stopover location. Middelburg is also the starting point of Route 56 in the Eastern Cape and is perfectly positioned for you to enjoy the Culture and Heritage of the Karoo Heartland. Route 56 is known as the Gateway between the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
Desert Inn Guest House offers accommodation in two Executive Suites, five Luxurious en-suite Rooms as well as two Self-catering Family Units, each cosy and comfortably fitted to suit the visitor’s needs.
Desert Inn Guest House aims to make all their guests feel at home. They are a very family friendly establishment and offer a splash pool, a children’s play area and a beautiful garden for you to relax in. The guest house also features conference facilities and allocated areas for parties and special venues, and have a licensed bar on site as well as a dining area. Dinner & breakfast is available on request.
The Desert Inn Guest House is the perfect venue to use as your base to explore the surrounding areas with activities such as hiking, fishing, bird watching, cycling and game drives to name a few. Tranquil retreat or stylish stopover… Desert Inn welcomes you
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Amali Guest Houses is situated in the Great Karoo, in the quaint and historic little town known as Cradock. Amali Guest Houses is a beautifully restored turn of the century Homestead where guests are offered comfortable accommodation in a tranquil area, whilst being in close proximity to restaurants, shops and historical sites in and around town. When the owner, Marlize decided to open her family business she decided to keep the name of the guest house in the family. The name “Amali” then originated by combining the names of the owner Marlize and her two daughters Amé and Lize.
Amali Guest Houses is situated on two different properties. 30 Albert Street comprises of Luxury Rooms whilst 6 College Road comprises of fully equipped Self Catering Chalets. Both properties have swimming pools and safe, secure outside covered parking with security and a lock up gate.
LUXURY ROOMS / sleeps 2-3 / 30 Albert Street.
This charming old homestead has been transformed into sophisticated and relaxed guest accommodation. The Luxury rooms consists of 1 x bedroom, (some rooms have double beds and others have single beds), 1 x en-suite bathroom (some with a shower and others with a bath) & some luxury rooms have a kitchenette area. Please specify when making the booking that you require a luxury room with a small fully equipped kitchenette. There is safe outside covered parking across the street with a night guard who patrols the premises throughout the night.
SELF CATERING CHALETS / sleeps 4-6 / 6 College Road.
Each Chalet consists of 2 x bedrooms (single and/ or double beds can be made up according to your needs), 1 x bathroom (consists of a shower and a bath) and 1 x open plan kitchen (fully equipped) with a lounge area. There is a small porch with a garden for when you want to braai or sit outside. The porch overlooks the parking area. These cottages have no air conditioning but there are fans in each room and in the lounge.
COMMUNE – sleeps up to 9
Our Backpackers is a house which we converted into 4 bedrooms with 3 separate showers and 2 separate toilets. All beds in the Backpackers are single beds with one bunker bed. There is an enclosed, private lawn area with an outside braai. The house consists of 1 x fully equipped open plan kitchen with a lounge area and safe outside covered parking. There is no air conditioning but fans and heaters in all the rooms. Electric Blankets are available upon request. *If you would like to have a braai during your stay and would like us to arrange the braai wood and meat then please make the necessary arrangements when making your booking.
For those who want to be spoilt Amali Guest Houses also offers breakfast and dinner by prior arrangement. A continental buffet with cereals, yoghurt, bread, juice, coffee and fruit as well as a full Standard English breakfast is available. The “Stapeltjie” breakfast is a must to try during your visit. At Amali Guest Houses dinners can be arranged on request since they do not currently prepare our own dinners on the premises. We can gladly book you a table at one of the local restaurants or have a cooked meal of your choice from our list of options delivered to your room.
The Amali team really believes that each guest deserves the very best in hospitality that the Great Karoo has to offer and always strive to do their utmost to ensure guests have a memorable stay.
Cradock has many events and festivals throughout the year and are definitely worth visiting. Some places of interest include the Mountain Zebra National Park (20km outside of town), the Great Fish River Museum, the Olive Schreiner House, Monument of the Cradock Four, Oukop – with the best view over Cradock, Eerstekrans, The Fish River with the annual Fish River Canoe Marathon, The Jurie Lombard Watermill and many Hiking and mountain biking trails.
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White Rose Guest House
White Rose Guest House offers a modern, contemporary accommodation in a peaceful enviroment, and is situated in the second oldest street in Cradock. We have a swimming pool and braai area for our guests to utilize and we strive to make our guests feel at home by creating a homely atmosphere, and creating a home away from home. Come and join us at the White Rose, you wont regret it.
Welcome to Hillston Farm! Hillston Farm is situated halfway between Middelburg and Steynsburg in the Eastern Cape on the R56.
We invite you to experience a true escape at Hillston Farm, a place of quiet beauty and glorious views. Experience genuine, warm Karoo hospitality with a difference. Hillston Farm is an AA Highly Recommended Karoo Farm Stay providing accommodation in a quaint ironstone cottage built in the late 1800's, or in our remote country house. Meals are served in the farmhouse dining room or al fresco in the expansive garden. You can also do your own cooking in your fully equipped kitchen or enjoy a braai in the lapa or outside. Hillston also offers catering for weddings, conferences, special events and tour groups. The kitchen caters for up to 120 people. Contact us for rates and menus. You can also take home some Karoo cooking secrets: we offer hands on Karoo cooking classes or demonstrations by our very own Cordon Bleu trained chef.
You can enjoy a historical tour of the Boer War blockhouse (now a braai lapa) and barracks which have been converted into a shearing shed. Explore the river in search of fossils or the koppies for bushman etchings. Hillston Farm is the perfect place to count shooting stars. Come see the rings around Saturn with our telescope. We also have more than a hundred birds to tick off your list, including the rare blue korhaan, and scenery to inspire any photographer or painter. So come... waken at daybreak to witness a spectacular Karoo sunrise and experience the farm coming to life, or sleep in and catch up on some rest you have only been able to dream about...
"There is something magical about the vast semi-desert region known simply as the Karoo. Despite its frequent droughts and extremes of climate, the Karoo nurtures life in great abundance and its plains teem with animals of every description. After the seasonal rains the recovery of the veld is miraculous: frogs chorus in full throat and a carpet of brilliant flowers spreads dramatically over the once barren wasteland. To the passing motorist who has been driving in the heat for hour upon hour, its desolation and aridity seem harsh indeed. But to those who have been captivated by its fierce beauty, the Karoo is a place unlike any other… Once it has courted you and won you, there is really no other life." Extract from:"Footprints in the Karoo" by Joan Southey
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Welcome to our eco-guest lodge set in the Great Karoo Wilderness! Come and explore our 5 000 ha conservancy! We are a working farm with indigenous colourful Nguni and Ankole cattle. Farmed along side the natural wildlife, black wildebeest, blesbuck, zebra, gemsbuck and springbuck roam the Karoo plains while kudu and mountain reedbuck traverse the steep mountain slopes among the spectacular dolerite rock formations. The bird life is superb with over 120 species recorded. Enjoy our authentic Karoo style eco-lodge, Karoo Ridge Cottage, which lies in a beautiful secluded valley. The perfect place to relax, hike the hills, spot the game or get involved with daily life on the farm.
Enjoy the exclusivity of the property Karoo Ridge Cottage which is situated in the Karoo Ridge Conservancy. Simply and tastefully furnished, it is a perfect place to relax or for the more adventurous, walk, hike, mountain bike and explore. The cottage is a four bedroomed lodging. Two of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and the other two share a bathroom. The central area is made up of an open plan well equipped kitchen, a dining room and lounge area which opens up into a big veranda for plenty of outside living. The cottage runs off gas and solar energy. Recommend a minimum of two nights stay. Sleeps 8 people max.
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Mount Melsetter has been a working Karoo farm, since 1877,and remains so today. The Karoo House, Mount Melsetter’s original farmstead, is a gracious country home in the heart of the Karoo, elegantly comfortable for guests and warmly hosted by Mike and Candy Ferrar. The Karoo has a rich heritage - palaeontological, historical, technical, architectural, floral and faunal, with information available
in the House's Library, and from Mike and Candy too.
The Melsetter Library is a lovely tranquil room, under the gaze of a handsome Fallow Deer Buck. The library contains a wide selection of Fact and Fiction, reflecting a broad interest in spheres biographical, political, historical, travel, sport, some humour, and more, together with classic and contemporary fiction for both young and old. The books in the library are, in the main, to be found on the shelves in the Library, but also a selection of books are in each bedroom, and on the shelves flanking the lovely stone fireplace in the main Lounge.
Mount Melsetter has much of interest – a great place to get away to!
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Karoobos Lodge and Farmstall
Karoobos Lodge Guesthouse and Farmstall is in the middle of town, halfway between Bloemfontein and Port Elisabeth. We have a licensed pub and we serve excellent Karoo meals on request. The guest house is self-catering and our rooms offer en-suite bathrooms with either baths or showers. The farm stall is the main attraction and it is famous for our lamb, chicken and venison home-made pies. We are the best place to stop, drink coffee and have a Karoo meal. Sleep over and enjoy our Karoo warmth and hospitality.
Die Pondokkie Guest House
Die Pondokkie Guest House offers a private home from home with three double rooms (two en-suite and one separate bath room). It is ideal for a family with children since guests have the entire house for their comfort and privacy (your hosts live just across the guesthouse). With a fully enclosed garden there is space for children to safely play as they wish. All beds are equipped with mosquito nets, with electric bed warmers for those chilly Karoo winter nights.
Morning Glory Cottages the best choice for your next stop over in the "Karoo Hartland" enroute to the coast. We are perfectly situated in the middle of South Africa, 600km from Johannesburg, 800km from Cape Town, 400km from Port Elizabeth and 400km from East London; 500km from Grahamstown,180km from Cradock, 650km from Plettenberg Bay, 380km from ADDO elephant park. 41 Km from Gariep Dam Airfield.
A mere 20 minute drive from the Gariep Dam Wall, 41km south east from the N1 on the R58 to Port Elizabeth. Morning Glory Cottages a finalist A.A. Accommodation Awards \ Recommended Quality Assured Accommodation.
Would you like to be spoiled? Make Morning Glory Cottages your next stop over.
Morning Glory Cottages is situated on the Old Family working farm Gelykfontein – a well known Racehorse Stud farm. The farm has been in the family since 1884 and over 100 years has been developed to where it is today. The Racehorse stud was established in 1935 by JC (Boer) vd Walt and wife Tinie vd Walt (born 1912 and raised on the farm) and now farmed by the 4th generation Van der Walts. In the study of the main residence, generations of racehorses from all over the world can be traced back for over 300 years. Colts and fillies from the Stud participate in races all over the country.
Guests are spoiled with true Karoo Cuisine prepared by our Resident Chef in the quaint dining room, or try alfresco dining under the stars, maybe you prefer your meal served in your unit family style. A unique dining experience awaits you here at Morning Glory Cottages. Dinner can be The Farm Table a delicious buffet, or a Three Course Plated meal or buy a Braaipack from us and "braai" your own Karoo lamb to your liking, served with two salads, roosterkoek or freshly baked bread. Choose a wine from our wine selection in Schalkies Place to accompany your meal. Karoo dessert | Pudding: Carefully planned desserts can be enjoyed with a dessert wine specially imported from selected Klein Karoo Estates. After dinner enjoy a nice coffee in the bar lounge(Schalkies Place) in the company of new friends made in the Karoo Hartland. Or sitting outside next to the fire pit gazing at the stars. Scrumptious Breakfasts are on offer the following morning. The Farm Breakfast enough to keep any farmer "oops" traveller going for the rest of their trip. Free Range farm eggs, bacon, homemade sausage, etc.
Morning Glory has four tastefully decorated Garden En-suite Rooms (Borage, Chamomile, Angelica and Cottonwood Garden Suite) and two fully equipped Self Catering cottages (Lavender and Farm Cottage). The Garden En-suite rooms sleep 2 to 3 people with the exception of Borage Garden Suite which sleeps 2. The Self Catering cottages sleep 5 and 6 people respectively.
All our accommodations come with an ensuite bathroom with shower, DSTV, electric blankets, extra linen and blankets, and a mini fridge, as well as each having a braai area. So come and visit this "One of a kind jewel of the Karoo". You wont be disappointed!
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Oviston Sunrise Lodge
Oviston Sunrise Lodge is the perfect stop-over between Gauteng and the Western Cape, 240 kilometres south of Bloemfontein. The lodge is situated on the south bank of the Gariep Dam, the largest lake in South Africa.The dam borders Oviston Nature Reserve, which is home to many species of antelope as well as breathtaking scenery. We offer a wide variety of rooms and self-catering free standing units, and we aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Siloam Village Resort
Siloam Village Resort is decorated in typical rustic bush fashion, yet equipped with stylish modern amenities to provide a comfortable home-away-from-home for you and your family, friends, colleagues or group. The surroundings offer you tranquility and peace, with a variety of activities which includes gaming and game drives, fishing, Eco-tourism, water sports, tailor-made team building adventures and much, much more. Boasting a unique animal farm with camels and various other interesting species for all to enjoy.