Welcome to Central Karoo


The Karoo covers almost one-third of South Africa’s total area and is demarcated in the south and west by the coastal mountain ranges, and to the east and north by the mighty Gariep (Orange) River. It’s often split into the Great Karoo (north) and the Little Karoo (south), but the Karoo doesn’t respect provincial boundaries and sprawls into three provinces.


Top experiences in Central Karoo

Central Karoo activities

$264.69 Water Sports

Shark Cage Diving Tour Helderberg and Grabouw

Before the boat trip guests meet at Kleinbaai. * You will receive breakfast or lunch and register your wet suit size.* Guests receive a pre-trip safety briefing about what to expect during the trip and a biological background on great white sharks.* We then take a 200 m stroll down to the harbor to board a boat.* Travel time to Dyer Island is approximately 20 minutes, with the shallows. being a short 10 minute ride (where we anchor depends on where the sharks are)* On average, we anchor for 2 hours, but this depends on shark activity, conditions, as well as number of divers.* Weather permitting, we take a quick trip through the infamous Shark Alley.* Lastly, a debrief in the Great White House with soup and bread to warm you up. * Cash Showers available to freshen up before departing for home.

$53.22 Outdoor Activities

Two Hour Forest and Farm Trail

Check in 30mins prior to departure (09:30 / 13:30) at Hog Hollow Horse Trails's stablesRiders to sign up at front desk & complete indemnity form before being issued with suitable hats and chaps for safety purposesSafety presentation with tips, rules and basic riding methods followed by introduction to guide/s who will be leading the tourGuides introduces each rider to their horse and helps them mount, ensuring they know the basic controls before departing on an exciting two hour trail.Riders are assessed on confidence and riding ability by their guides to determine if they will be allowed to take part in controlled trotting and cantering in designated areas along the trail. Safety is our first priority and guests are to stay in one line behind guide unless instructed otherwise.Snacks and drinks available at extra cost at reception as well as bathroom facilities.

$70.25 Outdoor Activities

Half Day Wine Trail on Horseback

Ride to the wine farm of your choice for an optional wine tasting and delectable tappas style lunch.  The cost of the wine tasting and lunch is NOT included in the cost of the trail.   Our guides and horses are well trained and cater for all level of riders, young and old, beginners and experienced riders alike.  This trail is available seven days a week, dependant on wine farm operational days (Bramon is open seven days a week whilst Newstead is open Tuesday to Saturday).  Booking is essential.  Should the wine farm of choice not be operational on the chosen date, our reservations staff shall be in contact to discuss the alternative wine farms available on that day. Daily Schedule :  10h30 - check-in at Hog Hollow Horse Trails Yard - listed on Google Maps 11h00 - depart on trail 12h30 - arrive at wine farm of choice for optional wine tasting and/or lunch 13h30 - depart back to yard 15h00 - end of lovely half day out

$18.72 Outdoor Activities

Strawberryland

Enter Redberry Farm and follow the paved pathway to the Farm Stall to collect your tickets for your experiences booked.  Our friendly staff will give you directions to the various buildings and activities that you can make your way to on foot, whilst enjoying the magnificent country setting and fresh, farm air.  Map boards stationed in various points around the premises also provide extra guidance.Enjoy your activity and flavour journey at your own leisure, in any order that suits you.  Travel from building to building to experience the artisanal flavours of Redberry Farm and make your way around the landscape to enjoy the activities booked.Make sure that you arrive early enough to enjoy the experience at a leisurely pace.  Visits can vary from one hour to half a day depending on the package selected.  Redberry Farm is open from 9am to 4pm.

$99.35 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Springtide 4 Hour Day Sail

Our 4 Hour Day Sail departs at 10am for a minimum of 6 pax. Guests are required to check-in 15min before departure time at our kiosk at Knysna Waterfront where our 50ft mono-haul yacht, the Outeniqua is moored adjacent to Dry Dock restaurant. Before boarding we require guests to sign on the indemnity form and remove their shoes. Once everyone is aboard and ready to go we depart from the waterfront and make our way across the estuary towards the Knysna Heads. Drinks can be ordered from the crew who will keep you entertained and informed about the beautiful area and the interesting history that it has to offer. Just before we proceed through the Knysna heads our crew will assist with life jackets that will be worn during the duration of the trip out at sea. Our aim is to sail and if the wind, sea and weather conditions are in our favor we will deploy our sails and let the wind carry us through the big blue. Keep your eyes peeled for any activity on the ocean we are often spoiled with amazing sightings of dolphins, seals, penguins, bird life and even whales! After an enjoyable sail out at sea our skipper will return to the Knysna estuary where we will remove life jackets. Our crew will proceed to set up our aft deck to serve a scrumptious light lunch (can be catered to dietary requirements on request) while you sit back and take in the views of picturesque Knysna estuary. Our skipper will slowly take you back in to the waterfront where we will moor and say our goodbyes. Our crew will take payment for any extra drinks that have been purchased during trip at this point.  

$18.45 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Birds of Eden Admission Ticket

Upon arrival at Birds of Eden, walk down to reception at the end of the 1.2km build boardwalks where you will be greeted by friendly staff. Either begin your own self-guided tour or request an English-speaking guide at no extra charge (10 minute wait). You may purchase a guide book featuring color photos of the birds with short descriptions in English. A list of Bird names in French, German or Spanish is available at no extra cost if you have purchased a guide book.Allow for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to explore the sanctuary, but you may spend as much time as you like. Birders or photographers often spend 3 or more hours in the Aviary. There is a coffee shop in the sanctuary where you can have a drink or a bite to eat (at your own expense) while still enjoying a view of the birds.

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