The Klein Karoo offers tourists the chance to experience one of South Africa's most interesting landscapes, semi-arid and dry and home to a wide variety of fascinating succulent plant and animal life.
Situated between the spectacular mountain ranges of the Swartberg and the Langkloof, the region is home to historic "dorp" towns like Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp, Ladismith, Van Wyksdorp and Uniondale. It stretches along the R62 from Barrydale in the west to De Rust in the east.
Known for its hot days and cold nights, Klein Karoo used to be home to herds of buffalo, elephant and kudu but today is well known for the ostrich, farmed for its meat, eggs and feathers. Klein Karoo is also home to the bat-eared fox and the common barking gecko.
One of the most popular attractions is the Cango Caves located just west of Oudtshoorn, which are thought to be an incredible 20-million years old. The Wonder Cave, inside the Cango complex, is well known for its incredible stalactite formations.
The Klein Karoo also has a wine route, with the easternmost wine producing estates in the country, whose vines grow high on the slopes in the fertile alluvial soil on the riverbanks. A variety of wines including fortified wines and pot-stilled brandies are produced here.
For those who love the performing arts, the region becomes abuzz each year with musicians, thespians and large crowds who arrive for the annual Klein Karoo National Arts Festival.