Central Karoo attractions

Park in Central Karoo

Swartberg Nature Reserve

The main attraction in the Swartberg Nature Reserve is Gamkaskloof, a narrow valley better known as Die Hel. One of the most remote settlements in the country, Die Hel is reached by a vertiginous dirt road that is b…
National Park in Central Karoo

Karoo National Park

The Karoo National Park covers 900 sq km of impressive Karoo landscapes and representative flora. Lions have been reintroduced and you might also spot black rhinos. More commonly sighted are dassies (agile, rodent-l…
Museum in Prince Albert

Fransie Pienaar Museum

Named for a local resident who started the collection, the museum is a magnificent hotchpotch of everything from old matchboxes, ornate 19th-century bibles and a room full of sewing machines to San artefacts, then-a…
Winery in Prince Albert


It's not often you find a wine estate slap bang in the middle of town, but SoetKaroo is quite possibly the smallest wine estate in the country. The vineyards occupy less than a hectare of space behind the main house…
Museum in Beaufort West


Spread over three buildings, the museum is largely devoted to local hero Dr Christiaan Barnard, who performed the world's first human heart transplant.
Museum in Matjiesfontein

Marie Rawdon Museum

Sitting beneath the train station, this eerie place is a right old jumble sale, containing everything from trophy heads to a collection of commodes.
Museum in Matjiesfontein

Transport Museum

There's an impressive private collection of vintage cars here, including two Daimlers from King George V's 1947 visit to South Africa.