Klein Karoo Region
The Klein Karoo (or Little Karoo) is the name given to a long valley in the Western Cape that is flanked by the Swartberg and Langeberg Mountains and stretches from Barrydale, on Route 62, and as far as De Rust. The name Karoo is synonymous with images of dry arid land, succulents and the occasional shrub or bush. The days are hot and the nights are cold with clear skies displaying a blanket of spectacular stars. Despite the initial perception of barreness; those who take the time to look around will discover a unique landscape of towering cliffs, small clear streams, ostriches, meerkats, aloes and geckos all co-habiting in this imposing land. Despite the appearance of the semi-arid climate, the Klein Karoo has a winter rainfall that allows winemakers to produce a wide variety of excellent wine, port and muskadel. The Klein Karoo's largest town is Oudtshoorn, while the smaller towns include Ladismith, Calitzdorp and Uniondale. The ever changing landscape, scenic passes and quaint, welcoming towns make the Klein Karoo an enjoyable region to visit and explore.