Slackpacking in Karoo

When it comes to South African hospitality, the Karoo offers a special brand that must contend for first place.

The Afrikaans word 'kuier' epitomizes the type of hospitality you can expect. The word translates as ‘visit’, but in the world of the Karoo and other small dorpies (villages) it means that you must come and sit on the stoep (the cool stone veranda all Karoo houses have) listen to the sound of a creaking windmill in between discussing when it will rain, drink coffee (or brandy…

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Slackpacking in the Karoo
Slackpacking in the Karoo, South Africa

When it comes to South African hospitality, the Karoo offers a special brand that must contend for first place.

The Afrikaans word 'kuier' epitomizes the type of hospitality you can expect. The word translates as ‘visit’, but in the world of the Karoo and other small dorpies (villages) it means that you must come and sit on the stoep (the cool stone veranda all Karoo houses have) listen to the sound of a creaking windmill in between discussing when it will rain, drink coffee (or brandy if its dusk) eat rusks and stay for as long as you like.

With this in mind slackpacking in the Karoo becomes a highly attractive option - a chance to kuier and enjoy the distinctive cultural atmosphere of the Karoo including delicious culinary offerings while at the same time experiencing the jaw-dropping natural beauty on foot.

From easy walks on remote dirt roads to more adventurous routes over ridges and into gorges, guides from local communities will assure you experience the full magic of the Karoo.

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Hiking in the Karoo is not just a walk - it is where you will find your soul. Karoo Erdvark Trails starts on the farm Rooiheuwel about 80 km west of Beaufort West. This is the heart of the Great Karoo lying on the escarpment of the Nuweveld Mountains with a typical Mountain Karoo Landscape in all directions. The Karoo is one of the largest Ecosystems in Southern Africa, m...
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