Ways to discover the Southern Cape and Karoo

In the Southern Cape and Karoo you find vast stretches of land, mountains, valleys, lakes, a beautiful coastline and so much more.

According to the Telkom Phonebook directory the region includes the Garden Route, the Central Karoo, and the eastern part of the Overberg. A very distinct area made up by contrasting regions with each a unique character, nature, culture, and history.
This is home to the indigenous Khoi and San people; the first meeting took place in Mossel Bay circa 1488 between European and ancient man. Swellendam was founded in 1745 and George not long after that, officially anyway.

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The Southern Cape municipal districts

Pioneers and big game hunters started to explore areas of the Overberg, Oudtshoorn and George since the mid-17th century.

From Swellendam in the west to Beaufort West in the north and from Cape Agulhas in the south to Cape St Francis in the east, the beauty and splendor abounds. The Southern Cape and Karoo includes the southernmost point of the African continent, rain forests, mountains, sandy beaches, proteas, fynbos, semi desert, fruit trees, agricultural land, waterfalls, nature reserves, wildlife, plenty of ostriches and so much more.

Southern Cape and Karoo Provinces

The Southern Cape and Karoo is no province but part of the Western Cape province of South Africa, they occupy the south eastern part of the province. Previously the Western Cape province used to be much bigger than now, historically the Central Karoo and Southern Cape did occupy the entire southern and central geographical part of the Western Cape province, hence the name the Southern Cape.

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The Overberg

Southern Cape and Karoo Regions

The Southern Cape and Karoo are made up by the following district municipalities, the Garden Route, the Central Karoo, and parts of the Overberg.

The Garden Route is made up by the following local municipalities, Hessequa, Kannaland, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, George, Knysna and Bitou. Due to a better climate and fertile land the majority of the population is concentrated on the coastal belt and from there the population become sparser towards the inland.

The Central Karoo is made up by the following local municipalities, Laingsburg, Prince Albert, and Beaufort West. The Overberg is made up by the following local municipalities, Cape Agulhas and Swellendam.

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The Western Cape Province

Southern Cape and Karoo Towns

The below tables are a list of local municipalities as made up by the towns in the Southern Cape and Karoo.

Garden Route District Municipalities: Hessequa, Kannaland, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, George, Knysna and Bitou.

Albertinia Boggomsbaai Brandwag Brenton On Sea
Buffalo Bay Buffels Klip Calitzdorp Cape St Francis
Langverwag De Rust Dysselsdorp George
Gouritsmond Great Brak River Haarlem Hartenbos
Heidelberg Herbertsdale Heroldsbay Hoekwil
Humansdorp Jongensfontein Joubertinia Karatara
Kareedouw Keurboomstrand Klein Brak River Knoetzie
Knysna Krakeel River Ladismith Ruiterbos
Noll Mossel Bay Nature’s Valley Oyster Bay
Oudtshoorn Rheenendal Plettenberg Bay Melkhoutfontein
Riversdale Sedgefield Slangrivier St Francis Bay
Stilbaai Stormsriver The Crags Uniondale
Vanwyksdorp Victoria Bay Vleesbaai Wilderness
Witsand Wittedrift Zoar
Towns of the Garden Route

The Garden Route

Central Karoo District Municipalities: Laingsburg, Prince Albert, and Beaufort West.

Beaufort West Hugorus Laingsburg Leeu Gamka
Matjiesfontein Merweville Murraysburg Nelspoort
Prince Albert Welgemoed Willowmore
Towns of the Central Karoo
The Karoo

Overberg District Municipalities: Swellendam and Cape Agulhas.

Agulhas Arniston Barrydale Bredasdorp
Buffeljagsrivier Elim Haasvlakte Bonnievale
Malgas Napier Napkei Protem
Struis Bay Suiderstrand Suurbraak Swellendam
Towns of the Overberg

The Overberg

Southern Cape and Karoo Cities

Perhaps the biggest or really the only city, George, with more than 200 000 residents is found in the heart of the Garden Route. Other towns of significance and size in the Southern Cape and Karoo are Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Swellendam and Beaufort West.

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Neighbourhood of George

Southern Cape and Karoo Attractions & Activities

The Southern Cape and Karoo is regarded by many as the most beautiful part of South Africa and therefore a top tourist destination.

The geographical beauty and bio diversity of the region offers adrenalin pumping activities, breath taking scenery, national parks, white sandy beaches, ziplines and bungee jumps, caves and mountain peaks, golf courses, hiking and biking, so much more to explore in the Garden Route, the Central Karoo and the Overberg.
Also found in the area is the unique Cape Capensis floral kingdom, the smallest in the world made up by proteas, ericas, and reeds.

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Bloukrans bridge bungee jumping

Southern Cape and Karoo Accommodation

Being a top tourist destination, the Southern Cape and Karoo offers a variety of accommodation and holiday rental. Find secluded mountain cottages, luxury glamping, elegant beach houses, the best golf estates, and hotels. A feast for the outdoor enthusiast awaits, camping sites, nature reserves and lodges in the mountains. Browse the Garden Route, the Central Karoo, and the Overberg to find your idyllic break away destination.

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Accommodation in the Southern Cape

Southern Cape and Karoo Restaurants

Never stay hungry and thirsty, the Southern Cape and Karoo offers you a culinary experience, comfort food, traditional cuisine, seafood, venison and take away. It does not mind where you are, in the Garden Route, the Central Karoo or Overberg, find a restaurant, fast food or any place in between to eat and drink.

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Traditional food

Southern Cape and Karoo History

It is rich in natural and cultural history; the Khoi and San occupied the Southern Cape and Karoo for thousands of years and the Europeans for hundreds of years. Historical coastal halfway stations like Mossel Bay was set up at the beginning of the southern hemisphere maritime trading era. Historical sandstone towns were erected during economical boom years like Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capitol of the world. Early farmers were followed by towns, communities, schools and churches which all influenced history.

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George historical church

Southern Cape and Karoo Property

Living in the Southern Cape and Karoo is the ideal for many people either to call it home or for more people who prefer the area as a second residence. If you are interested to migrate to our beautiful region to live or set up business, find property in the Garden Route, the Central Karoo and Overberg.

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Fine living in the region

Southern Cape and Karoo Vehicles

It is easy and convenient to find cars, bakkies, leisure, commercial and agricultural vehicles from trusted dealers across the Southern Cape and Karoo consolidated into one showroom.

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Mossel Bay

Southern Cape and Karoo Community

Geographically we are bound together as a community and therefore it is inevitable for us to interact, discuss in forums, express ourselves in blogs, join groups and organize. Create a personal profile and advertise a classified or interact with businesses and social networks from across the Garden Route, the Overberg, and Central Karoo.

Prins Albert Karoo
Prins Albert

Southern Cape and Karoo Products

The Garden Route, Klein Karoo and Overberg are known for their unique products like fruit, meat, furniture, leather cosmetics, gin, wine, craft and much more. Now it is easy to find Arts and Craft, Automotive Products, Baby and Toddler, Beauty and Personal Care, Electronics, Fashion and Accessories, Groceries and Gourmet Food, Health and Household, Home and Kitchen, Industrial, Luggage and Travel, Musical Instruments, Pet Supplies, Sports and Outdoor, Tools and Home Improvement, Toys and Games in the Southern Cape and Karoo.

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Ostrich Leather


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