South Africa :: Western Cape (Klein Karoo)
Category: Places :: Travel Region
Route 62 all the way from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape through the Klein Karoo is a popular tourist route with many interesting little shops and farm stalls on the way. It is an area of true beauty with magnificent mountain passes, cliffs, crystal clear streams, orchards and landscapes. There are plenty of little towns dotted along the way; these include charming little places like Montagu, Bonnievale, Worcester, Riversdale to Ladismith and Oudtshoorn. Oudtshoorn is the centre of the Klein Karoo. Visit the wineries, game farms, tribal art and museums along the way or spend a day hiking, horse riding, fishing or for something totally different an ostrich ride in the Klein Karoo.
This region has the famous Klein Karoo Wine Route considered one of the diverse of South Africa’s wine regions and stretches along the Cape Route 62 from Montagu in the west to the Langkloof in the East. This region produces one of the best wines as the climate is generally drier than other wine route region resulting in healthy vineyards which are grown organically to a large extent.
Beside the wineries there are great places where visitors can enjoy meals made from fresh ingredients often complimented by a the variety of wines found in this area. This region is also referred to as the "Feather Capital" of South Africa known for Ostrich-farming with the town of Oudtshoorn being the main Ostrich farming area.
This region also have some of the best MTB trails in South Africa with the likes of Cango MTB Trails, Cango MTB Trails, Williamsburg Mountain Reserve MTB Route, Swartberg Pass and Die Hel and Buffelspoort MTB Trail to mention just a few. For more information about this region visitors can contact the Klein Karoo Tourism Office
|Address :||Scenic Cape Route 62, South Africa|
|Contact :||Klein Karoo Tourism Office|
|Tel :||+27(0)44 873 6355|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Website :||Click Here|
|Main Cellular Network :||MTN. Cellc. Vodacom|
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+27(0)44 203 9000|
|Hospital :||Yes||Hospital Telephone :||+27(0)44 272 0111|
|Doctor :||Yes||Doctor Telephone :||+27(0)44 279 1090|
|Tourist Information :||Yes||Tourist Information Telephone :||+27(0)44 873 6355|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Type :||ALL||Petrol Price Index :||ZAR12.43 per litre (Feb-16)|
|Diesel :||Yes||Diesel Type :||ALL||Diesel Price Index :||ZA9.48 per litre (Feb-16).|
|Towing Service :||Yes|
|Facilities :||Gas Refill, Shopping Mall, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Internet Cafe, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airstrip, Car Rental, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Quad Bikes, 4WD Trails, Picnics, Wine Tasting, Cellar Tours, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Horse Trails, Tractor Rides, Camel Rides, Animal Feeding, Golf, Fishing, Swimming, Canoeing, Boat Trips, Bird Watching, Scenic Flights, Hot-air Balloon Flights, Stargazing, Photography|
Accommodation is available in all the towns in this region with hotels, lodges, self catering, backpackers and camping sites. Accommodation is found in all the major towns in the region like Ladismith, Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp. (Feb-16).
There is an Imperial Car Rental in Oudtshoorn situated on Cnr Voortrekker & Jan van Riebeeck Road, Tel: +27(0)44 272 3366. (Feb-16).
Doctor contact added is for Dr Vermeulen, Wessel Johannes in Oudtshoorn. (Feb-16).
For fuel there is a BP fuel stop, Engine and Total fuel stop in the town of Oudtshoorn with all fuel types. In Ladismith there is a total and Shell garage. (Feb-16).
Hospital contact added is for the Klein Karoo Private hospital in Oudtshoorn. There is also a hospital in Ladismith the Ladismith (Alan Blyth) Hospital, Tel: +27(0)28 551 1010. There are various pharmacies in the different towns within this region. There is a pharmacy in Oudtshoorn, the Clicks pharmacy, Tel: +27(0)44 272 2180. In Ladismith there is the Ladismith pharmacy, Tel: +27(0)28 551 1070.(Feb-15).
MECHANICAL SERVICES/TYRE SALES AND REPAIRS:
There is the Klein Karoo Motors for car repairs and services, Tel:+27(0)44 272 0288 There is also the Martin Bekker Motors. There is also an Auto Select along St Georges Street, Tel: +27(0)44 279 4012. For type sales and repairs there is a Supa Quick branch in Oudtshoorn situated along Voortrekker St, Tel +27(0)44 272 8941. There is also a Hi-Q in Ladismith. (Feb-16).
The town of Oudtshoorn have a Standard bank, FNB, Nedbank, ABSA and and Capitec bank and their ATMs for financial transactions. In Calitzdorp there is a Standard banks and ATM. In Ladismith there is also a Standard bank and an FNB Bank and ATM. (Feb-16).
Police contact added is for the Oudtshoorn SAPS. Visitors can also contact the Ladismith SAPS, Tel: +27(0)28 551 8100. (Feb-16).
“The Klein-Karoo (Karoo is a Khoisan word for “dry thirst land”) is a semi-desert surrounded by the Swartberg, Outeniqua and Langeberg mountains. The region has succulents exclusive to South Africa and numerous examples of Bushman rock art. Route 62, is also known as the Mountain Route. Andrew Bain and his son, Thomas Bain were the engineers and constructors of several of the mountain passes on the route. Michell's Pass near Ceres, Bain's Kloof Pass near Wellington, Gydo Pass north of Ceres up the Skurweberg, Tulbagh Kloof (after the town of Tulbagh), Prince Alfred's Pass from Knysna to Uniondale, Tradouw Pass near Barrydale, Garcia's Pass from Riversdale to Ladismith, Cogmans Kloof, from Ashton to Montagu and Swartberg Pass from Oudtshoorn to Prince Albert. ” - Chris Smit, 2010/11/04
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