Unusually beautiful, peaceful and unique, the small Karoo town of Hofmeyr stretches in the shadows of the Bamboes mountain range, 20km to the west. This is an area filled with restored farmhouses, starry evenings, and wide open spaces with a variety of hardy beautiful succulents - some of which aren’t found anywhere else on earth.

The town, surrounded by hunting and sheep farms, is also notable for the discovery of the Hofmeyr Skull, a 36 000 year-old homo sapien skull found in a dry channel bed of the Vlekpoort River, just outside Hofmeyr.

Hofmeyr Skull

A must visit when in Hofmeyr is the Karoobos Farmstall and Coffee Shop, often the social hub of the town.

How to get there

Follow the R56 from Middelburg; a few km before Steynsburg you’ll turn left onto the R390 down to Hofmeyr, (Odometer 109km). Or also on the R56 via N10 and R401 through to Hofmeyr, (Odometer 91km).
Follow the R56 from Pietermaritzburg through to and a few km past Steynsburg; turn left onto the R390 and down to Hofmeyr, (Odometer 721km).

Getting Around

The best would be to self-drive.

Where to Stay

Try out Die Pondokkie Guest House or the Karoobos Lodge.

Where to Eat

Karoobos Lodge Pub & Grill or the Karoobos Farm Stall and Coffee Shoppe known for its hearty farm-style breakfasts.


Eastern Cape: Middelburg Karoo, Cradock, Schoombee, Hofmeyr, Venterstad, Steynsburg, Burgersdorp, Molteno, Aliwal North, Queenstown, Lady Grey, Dordrecht, Indwe, Elliot, Barkly East, Rhodes, Ugie, Maclear, Mount Fletcher, Matatiele, Cedarville.
KwaZulu-Natal: Swartberg, Kokstad, Harding, Umzimkulu, Ixopo, Bulwer, Richmond, Baynesfield, Camperdown, Pietermaritzburg.