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Emthanjeni Municipality
45 Voortrekker Street, De Aar
PO Box 42, De Aar 7000
Tel: +27 53 632 9100 or +27 53 631 4176
Fax: +27 53 631 0105
Web: http://www.emthanjeni.co.za /> E-mail: deaar@emthanjeni.co.za
With the first rains, the seemingly arid soil of the Karoo bursts into abundant life, its hardy succulents complementing the sweet grasses on which the region's merino and fat-tailed sheep graze. The everpresent windpumps testify to the countless streams flowing between fissures underlying the dry but fertile soil.

Small, isolated but welcoming villages, a distinct Karoo architecture and imposing churches rest in valleys between desolate, flat-topped koppies. Take a short trip from Colesberg, an essential stopover for all travellers and a sheep-farming centre, to Hopetown, the scene of South Africa’s first recorded diamond find.

Return, passing Orania, a self-proclaimed Afrikaner volkstaat, before making your way to Vanderkloof and the Rolfontein Nature Reserve on the shores of the great Vanderkloof Dam.

Indulge in watersports or relax on its secluded banks which stretch 100km to the Doornkloof Nature Reserve on the man-made lake's southern shores. Throughout this wonderful part of the great Karoo, you can visit, hunt or hike on game farms and nature reserves teeming with every species of antelope. And, like the country they live in, the hardy inhabitants of the Karoo make you feel immediately at home in their beloved countryside.

Towns in the Karoo Region:

Belmont
Britstown
Campbell
Carnarvon
Colesberg
Copperton
De Aar
Douglas
Griquatown
Hanover
Hopetown
Hutchinson
Loxton
Marydale
Norvalspont
Noupoort
Orania
Petrusville
Philipstown
Prieska
Richmond
Strydenburg
Three Sisters
Van Wyksvlei
Vanderkloof
Victoria West
Vosburg
Witput

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Karoo Architecture
The usual windpump in the back garden also adds a typical Karoo-like authenticity to the buildings. ... read more
Vanderkloof Dam
The hydroelectric power station (one of only two in the country) is built within the dam wall and ca... read more
Khoisan Rock Art
Look under the town information pertaining to the Karoo and you wil find the names of many farms whe... read more
The Karoo Battlefields
The best marked and most accessible sights form part of the N12 Battlefields Route that links the Ka... read more

Colesberg
Surrounded by koppies and flanked by the towering Coleskop, when the s... read more
De Aar
De Aar, the third largest town in the Northern Cape, is centrally loca... read more
Victoria West
Established in 1843 and named after Queen Victoria of England. Victori... read more

The Roaring Kalahari Route
The sheer size and distances of the Kalahari can be intimidating but t... read more



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