The Klein (Little) Karoo — an official Biosphere Reserve — is a 350 km long semi-arid valley enfolded by rugged mountains and dotted with quaint towns and enthralling nature reserves. The Klein Karoo is one of Earth's most ecologically biodiverse regions and boasts thousands of plant species plus elusive animals like black-backed jackals, rhinos, Cape leopards, and caracals.
Along the world-famous Route62, the Klein Karoo is a remote and peaceful valley home to several charismatic animal and plant species. Partly Fynbos, partly Succulent Karoo – the biome which hosts the world's richest diversity of succulent plant species – the Klein Karoo is a welcome escape from the bustling city of Cape Town, a mere 3 hours away. There are several pioneering game reserves at the surrounding mountains' foothills, characterised by vistas of rhino, zebra and giraffe frolicking in the hilly fields. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive and majestic Cape leopard!
Explore rhino country on foot on a guided walking safari
Visit a reserve home to the Big 5 and seek them out on an early morning or evening game drive
Visit an open-air 'art gallery' and marvel at ancient bushman paintings
Photograph iridescent sunbirds amongst colourful flowers in the springtime
Strap your helmet on and cycle along a mountain trail past grazing zebras
Feel the warm breeze on your neck as you canter through the Fynbos on horseback
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Best time to go to Klein Karoo Game Reserves
Peak safari season in the Western Cape is in the summer from November to March, when temperatures also skyrocket. During this time, the days are longer, and the bush is drier, making it easier to spot wildlife. From late January to April and from September to October, temperatures are cooler, and there are fewer tourists, meaning you can enjoy sightings all to yourself. We'd avoid visiting these reserves in the winter months (May to August) owing to unpredictable rain.
Featured Klein Karoo Game Reserves stays
AfriCamps at Kam'Bati
Boutique glamping tents based in the wide-ranging landscapes of Kam’Bati River Resort