Middelburg Karoo

Middelburg’s name is what it is - it’s in the middle; it’s in the heart of the Great Karoo; it is halfway between Johannesburg and the Garden Route; it is kind of halfway to everywhere. It is also the start or the end of Route 56 in the Eastern Cape, depending on which way you look at it.

Surrounded by mountains, Middelburg is also notable for the abundance of herbal plant life which grows naturally in the surrounding veld. Peruse nearby San rock art and while taking in the scenic beauty also watch where you walk as you may unearth your own ancient fossil discovery.

This town was founded in the 1850’s as a Dutch Reformed Parish and is surrounded by streams and waterfalls that provide the town with its water. In town the Art & Crafts from local artists include water- and oil paintings, beadworks, traditional artefacts and a diversity of wire, wood & glass ornaments. Take a tour through the factories that manufacture leather goods and shoes, as well as woollen duvets and pillows, or visit the farm stall and graft shops for homemade goodies.

Middelburg Karoo

The night sky is a festival of stars which closes at daybreak, but fear not for once the sun rises, local hot air thermals and plenty of open airspace make conditions ideal for hang gliding and paragliding. Check out other eco- and adventure activities in the area which include hiking, mountain biking, game and bird watching, plains game hunting, exciting river rafting and tubing, abseiling, rock climbing, horse trailing, camping and many more. Middelburg is perfectly positioned for anyone wanting to attend any of the annual events that take place throughout the year in and around the Karoo Heartland.

How to get there

Middleburg is on the R56 Take the N1 from Cape Town through Hanover and then onto the N10 to Middelburg R56, (Odometer 796km) NOTE! This route has tolls: Huguenot Tunnel.
Take the N1 and R61 from Cape Town through to Middelburg R56, (Odometer 770km) NOTE! This route has tolls: Huguenot Tunnel.
Take the N1 from Johannesburg through Bloemfontein to Colesberg, and then follow the N9 to Middelburg R56, (Odometer 718km).
NOTE! This route has tolls: VerkeerdevleI, Vaal, Grasmere.
Take the R75 and N9 from Port Elizabeth through to Middelburg R56, (Odometer 329km).
Or take the N10 from Port Elizabeth through to Middelburg R56, (Odometer 344km).
Take the N2 from Durban to Port Shepstone and on to Kokstad R56. Follow the R56 all the way though to Middelburg (Odometer 735km) or take the N3 to Camperdown and then turn onto the R56 road and follow all the way through to Middelburg R56, (Odometer 817km).

Getting Around

Self-drive would be best.

Where to Stay

Middelburg has a variety of hotels, lodges, chalets, B&B’s, guest houses and farm stays such as Asemskep Farm and Desert Inn Guest House to name a few.

Where to Eat

Besides the fast food joints, you have a variety to choose from including The Celtis Restaurant, Diana's Cuisine, ‘From the Heart of the Karoo’ coffee shop and restaurant, The Keg & Springbuck, Vivere Restaurant, The Karooroos Padstal & Restaurant, Ons Handelshuis Coffee Shop.


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.