The Karoo—a place of soul and character—is a vast semi-arid area stretching over four of South Africa’s provinces and is characterised by low rainfall and expansive, cloudless skies with the most breathtaking, quiet, starry nights.
Divided into two sections by the Swartberg Mountain range, the smaller Little Karoo (Klein Karoo) to the south-west is where the renowned town of Oudtshoorn lies. This is a wonderful stopover when travelling along the scenic Route 62 and for those wanting to explore the underground wonder of the Cango Caves with its dripstone caverns and towering formations.
To the north-east is the Great Karoo area which covers more than 400 000 km² and is made up of a wide variety of vegetation biomes, from endless grasslands to dense ticket, rough mountains and low-lying plains. South Africa’s fourth oldest town, Graaff-Reinet, is found here and is a charming stopover en route to the stunning and diverse Samara Private Game Reserve, a mere 53 km away—where a wildlife experience welcomes guests to the captivating 5-star Karoo Lodge and exclusive-use Manor House. And for a touch of romance, Samara’s Milky Way Star Bed offers a bespoke outdoor experience where space, silence and stars come together for a true Karoo overnight.