"The captivating Little Karoo is a diverse area that’s wedged into a valley formed by Cape Fold Mountains. While much of it has been tamed into pretty vineyards, orchards and ostrich farms, some say its true charm lies in the villages, which often draw people favouring a quieter and more creative life. ”

- Narina Exelby

Little Karoo

It is very difficult to resist the lure of the Little Karoo. The undulating hills that rise and fall within the valley roll back in shades of green and gold towards the blue craggy mountains that hold this region together. Trapped within the landscape are pockets of aloes – spectacular when in flower – and lonely windmills, gaggles of ostriches, tufts of shrubs and succulents, and the occasional explosion of trees. The roads either stretch way ahead into the distance, or gnarl themselves through crude mountain passes that reveal the curved lines of once-horizontal rocks crumpled like soft tissue paper.

It is in the Little Karoo that you’ll find the world’s longest wine route; out here, too, are natural hot springs, heritage and art tours, rock faces loved by climbers, hiking trails, nature reserves, and an abundance of wildlife.

The quirky Route 62 winds through the Little Karoo. It’s an inland alternative to the Garden Route (which lies just over the mountains) that connects the charming villages of this semi-arid region, taking travellers east through Montagu and historic Swellendam and on towards Oudtshoorn.

Montagu is a pretty town with wide streets and old Cape Dutch buildings; from there the road winds through the wine and olive farms around Barrydale and Calitzdorp. The region’s padstalle – farm stalls – are themselves a reason to travel this route: the small roadside shops sell homemade delicacies like rusks, dried fruit, chutneys and biltong.  In Oudtshoorn, the unofficial “end” of the Little Karoo, there are the ostrich farms and impressive rock formations of the Cango Caves – and throughout the route an abundance of photogenic windmills.

When to go

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SUMMER

A good time to visit with average midday temperatures of 30°C/86°F, occasionally temperatures can, however, spike to 40°C/104°F and over. Morning are a much more pleasant 10°C/50°F.

The Little Karoo can be best described as having a semi-arid climate, with very little and sporadic rainfall through the year. With this in mind, there is no real good or bad time to visit, but it is worth bearing in mind that the summers are hot and winter surprisingly cool. We would, therefore, recommend the spring and autumn months as the best time to visit.

SUMMER

A good time to visit with average midday temperatures of 30°C/86°F, occasionally temperatures can, however, spike to 40°C/104°F and over. Morning are a much more pleasant 10°C/50°F.

The Little Karoo can be best described as having a semi-arid climate, with very little and sporadic rainfall through the year. With this in mind, there is no real good or bad time to visit, but it is worth bearing in mind that the summers are hot and winter surprisingly cool. We would, therefore, recommend the spring and autumn months as the best time to visit.

SUMMER

A beautiful time to visit with average midday temperatures of 26°C/79°F, 11°C/52°F at night.

The Little Karoo can be best described as having a semi-arid climate, with very little and sporadic rainfall through the year. With this in mind, there is no real good or bad time to visit, but it is worth bearing in mind that the summers are hot and winter surprisingly cool. We would, therefore, recommend the spring and autumn months as the best time to visit.

AUTUMN

A beautiful time to visit with average midday temperatures of 24°C/75°F, 9°C/48°F at night.

The Little Karoo can be best described as having a semi-arid climate, with very little and sporadic rainfall through the year. With this in mind, there is no real good or bad time to visit, but it is worth bearing in mind that the summers are hot and winter surprisingly cool. We would, therefore, recommend the spring and autumn months as the best time to visit.

AUTUMN

A beautiful time to visit with average midday temperatures of 20°C/68°F, mornings average a rather chilly 6°C/48°F at night.

The Little Karoo can be best described as having a semi-arid climate, with very little and sporadic rainfall through the year. With this in mind, there is no real good or bad time to visit, but it is worth bearing in mind that the summers are hot and winter surprisingly cool. We would, therefore, recommend the spring and autumn months as the best time to visit.

WINTER

Given the regions semi-arid climate, days are generally dry, bright and sunny. Temperatures, on the other hand, are somewhat on the cool side, with average midday highs of 17°C/63°F, mornings average a rather cold 3°C/37°F at night - make sure to pack extra layers!

The Little Karoo can be best described as having a semi-arid climate, with very little and sporadic rainfall through the year. With this in mind, there is no real good or bad time to visit, but it is worth bearing in mind that the summers are hot and winter surprisingly cool. We would, therefore, recommend the spring and autumn months as the best time to visit.

WINTER

Given the regions semi-arid climate, days are generally dry, bright and sunny. Temperatures, on the other hand, are somewhat on the cool side, with average midday highs of 16°C/61°F, mornings average a rather cold 2°C/36°F at night - make sure to pack extra layers!

The Little Karoo can be best described as having a semi-arid climate, with very little and sporadic rainfall through the year. With this in mind, there is no real good or bad time to visit, but it is worth bearing in mind that the summers are hot and winter surprisingly cool. We would, therefore, recommend the spring and autumn months as the best time to visit.

WINTER

Given the regions semi-arid climate, days are generally dry, bright and sunny. Temperatures are beginning to warm up, with average a pleasant midday high of 19°C/66°F, mornings remain rather cold 4°C/39°F at night - make sure to pack extra layers!

The Little Karoo can be best described as having a semi-arid climate, with very little and sporadic rainfall through the year. With this in mind, there is no real good or bad time to visit, but it is worth bearing in mind that the summers are hot and winter surprisingly cool. We would, therefore, recommend the spring and autumn months as the best time to visit.

SPRING

A beautiful time to visit with average midday temperatures of 22°C/72°F, mornings average a rather chilly 6°C/48°F at night.

The Little Karoo can be best described as having a semi-arid climate, with very little and sporadic rainfall through the year. With this in mind, there is no real good or bad time to visit, but it is worth bearing in mind that the summers are hot and winter surprisingly cool. We would, therefore, recommend the spring and autumn months as the best time to visit.

SPRING

A beautiful time to visit with average midday temperatures of 25°C/81°F, mornings average a rather cool 11°C/52°F at night.

The Little Karoo can be best described as having a semi-arid climate, with very little and sporadic rainfall through the year. With this in mind, there is no real good or bad time to visit, but it is worth bearing in mind that the summers are hot and winter surprisingly cool. We would, therefore, recommend the spring and autumn months as the best time to visit.

SPRING

A beautiful time to visit with average midday temperatures of 27°C/77°F, mornings average a rather chilly 8°C/46°F at night.

The Little Karoo can be best described as having a semi-arid climate, with very little and sporadic rainfall through the year. With this in mind, there is no real good or bad time to visit, but it is worth bearing in mind that the summers are hot and winter surprisingly cool. We would, therefore, recommend the spring and autumn months as the best time to visit.

SUMMER

A good time to visit with average midday temperatures of 30°C/86°F, occasionally temperatures can, however, spike to 40°C/104°F and over. Morning are a much more pleasant 10°C/50°F.

The Little Karoo can be best described as having a semi-arid climate, with very little and sporadic rainfall through the year. With this in mind, there is no real good or bad time to visit, but it is worth bearing in mind that the summers are hot and winter surprisingly cool. We would, therefore, recommend the spring and autumn months as the best time to visit.

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