Eastern Cape – Karoo Heartland

Eastern Cape - Karoo Heartland

Where

The area referred to here as the Karoo Heartland, which falls within the western boundary of the Eastern Cape, is but a small portion of the central plateau of the Karoo region. This area is often referred to as the ‘dry heart’ of South Africa due to its intense climate with low rainfall, arid air, cloudless skies and extremes of heat and cold.

Ecology

Previously, the Karoo region was often viewed by travellers as a dry, desolate area best avoided on route to more greener parts.  Lately, however, this region has started to come into it's own for it's unique bio diversity, large open spaces, peace and tranquillity (to name but a few).  This area of rugged and intense beauty is often referred to as the area where the land meets the sky.  It is earmarked by vast, flat plains dotted with rocky outcrops and the largest varieties of succulents in the world.  This area is marked by red dust, thorny acacia trees, succulents, sheep and windmills.  This area also boasts some of the quaintest towns in the country.  Whilst exploring this region, you may be fortunate enough to encounter a variety of game, including ostrich, zebra, springbok, a plethora of wild birds and plenty of smaller mammals and insects.

Culture

It has also become a sought-after destination for artists, chefs  and other creative souls that want escape the hustle and bustle of city life.  Here you will find many interesting artists, stunning cuisine, beautiful galleries, as well as finding small hidden gems within the historic towns in this area.  Many farmers have opened their doors to guests to enjoy this area, making the stay on the farms a family friendly adventure.

Things to do

As beautiful as the starkness of the area is, the most impressive thing is the sky at night.  The areas boasts some of the best star-gazing experiences in the country, and the sunsets here are truly magnificent.

There are many activities to enjoy in this area, including hiking, game-viewing, hunting, safaris, star-gazing or just lounging around and absorbing the relaxed lifestyle of this area. There are also San paintings to be admired in the caves and fossils to be found.

Towns

This area includes the towns of  Graff-Reinet, Cradock, Coleberg, Middelberg, Willowmore, Aberdeen, Somerset East, Steytlerville, Pearston, Venterstad and Nieu Bathesda.

25+ camping sites in the Karoo Heartland Region of the Eastern Cape.  Find your perfect spot.

Eastern Cape - Karoo Heartland

Listing of Camp and Caravan Sites

Below is a listing of camping and caravan sites in the Karoo Heartland Region of the Eastern Cape Province.
Hover your mouse over the image and you will find the contact details of the camp site.
Aberdeen Caravan Park - Aberdeen

Aberdeen Caravan Park

049-846-0014
www.sayellow.com/aberdeen-municipal-caravan-park

Besterhoek Caravan Park - Somerset East

Bestershoek

042-243-1333
www.primal.co.za/travel/view/en_US/1897.html

Bhejane Game Reserve Camp - Steytlerville

Bhejane Game Reserve

info@bhejane.co.za
087-700-8386
www.bhejane.co.za

Camdeboo National Park Camp - Graaff Reinet

Camdeboo National Park

Online Booking
012-428-9111
www.sanparks.org/parks/camdeboo

Carlton Heights - Colesberg

Carlton Heights

carltonheightsguesthouse@gmail.com
073-476-5422
www.carltonheights.co.za

Carochalet - Middelberg

Carochalet

082-253-9911
www.carochalet.co.za

Die Kaia Resort Camp - Somerset East

Die Kaia Resort

Online Booking
078-579-3959
www.diekaiaresort.co.za

Finchley Farm - Willowmore

Finchley Farm

finchleyfarm@baviaans.co.za
044-923-1801
www.finchleyfarm.co.za

Groenvlei Guest Farm - Graaff Reinet

Groenvlei Farm

sulacooper@hotmail.com
073-670-8080
www.graaffreinet.co.za/listing/groenvlei_farmguest_house

Jesa - Graaff Reinet

Jesa

info@jesa.co.za
049-893-0966
www.jesa.co.za

Karoo River Rafting - Cradock -

Karoo River Rafting

info@karoo-river-rafting.co.za
084-429-9944
www.karoo-river-rafting.co.za

Marlu Guest Farm - Steytlerville

Marlu Guest Farm

info@marlu.co.za
049-833-0026
www.marlu.co.za

Middelberg Caravan Park - Middelberg

Middelberg Caravan Park

049-842-2910
www.goingwhere.co.za/mid001

Profcon Resort - Graaff Reinet

Profcon Resort

profconresort@gmail.com
084-208-2340
www.profconresort.co.za

Sanctuary Guest Farm - Cradock

Sanctuary Guest Farm

info@sanctuaryfarm@gmail.com
082-821-3254
www.cradock-info.co.za////sanctuary-guest-and-adventure-farm

Siloam Village - Venterstad

Siloam Village

siloamvillage@gmail.com
051-655-0187
www.siloamvillage.co.za

The Owlhouse Backpackers - Nieu Bethesda

The Owlhouse

backpackers@owlhouse.info
049-841-1642
www.owlhouse.info

Timbali Game Farm - Steytlerville

Timbila Game Farm

info@timbila.co.za
044-878-0453
www.timbila.co.za

Urquhart Caravan Park - Graaff Reinet

Urquhart Caravan Park

graaffreinetcpark@wam.co.za
049-892-2136
www.mycradock.co.za/04/urquhart-caravan-park

Welvanpas Guest Farm - Middelberg

Welvanpas Guest Farm

info@welvanpasguestfarm.co.za
082-348-9123
www.welvanpasguestfarm.co.za

Willowmore Caravan Park - Willowmore

Willowmore Caravan Park

044-923-1116
www.showme.co.za/accommodation/willowmore-caravan-park-camping-caravan-site-willowmore

Listing of Tented Camps

Below is a listing of Camp Sites that have pre-built Tents in the Karoo Heartland Region of the Eastern Cape Province.
Hover over the image and the contact details of the camp site will appear.
Bhejane Game Reserve Tented Camp - Steytlerville

Bhejane Game Reserve

info@bhejane.co.za
087-700-8386
www.bhejane.co.za

Camdeboo National Park Tented Camp - Graaff Reinet

Camdeboo National Park

Online Booking
012-428-9111
www.sanparks.org/parks/camdeboo

Die Kaia Resort Tented Camp - Somerset East

Die Kaia Resort

Online Booking
078-579-3959
www.diekaiaresort.co.za

Sanctuary Guest Farm - Cradock

Sanctuary Guest Farm

info@sanctuaryfarm@gmail.com
082-821-3254
www.cradock-info.co.za////sanctuary-guest-and-adventure-farm

Witmoskloof Oxwagon Camp - Somerset East

Witmoskloof Oxwagon

info@oxwagoncamp.co.za
084-886-0630
www.oxwagoncamp.co.za

We are constantly on the lookout for more camping sites in this area.

Please let us know if we are missing any camping sites, and we will include them in our listings. You can send us an email at
info@ikamu.co.za 

Please note that we are not responsible for bookings at any of the sites listed above.

The Ikamu website offers a listing of camping sites in the region.  We do not take any responsibility should the camp site information become inaccurate or incomplete.  Ikamu also does not take any responsibility for any poorly managed camp sites or camping facilities.

This webpage was designed by an enthusiastic camper who wants to enable other campers to find their ideal camping site.