Five things to do in the Cape Karoo
A few must-do's for those wanting to discover this magical part of the Western Cape.
1. Taste succulent lamb
Covered in hearty gravy (better than your gran’s) and accompanied by local fine wine, what could be a more indulgent feast? The Cape Karoo is famous for its lamb dishes and people drive across the country just to come on a food journey in the semi-desert. What gives the meat here its distinctive flavour? The sheep feed on indigenous flora that have a herby aroma, varying from rosemary, thyme, sage, eucalyptus and lavender. This gives the mutton on your plate a taste you won’t find anywhere else on earth.
2. Walk on the wild side
Take a guided walk with Renu-Karoo’s veld experts Sue Milton-Dean and Richard Dean, who pride themselves in teaching how to restore the veld in the area. They’re also experts in the Cape Karoo’s geology, botany and its natural and cultural history.
3. Discover rich history
Judy Maguire’s Koekemakranka Tours takes you to key landscapes, and heritage sites situated in the remote former heartland of the pastoralist Khoi and hunter-gatherer San or Bushmen, and urges the protection of the heritage of these exemplary people from the country’s early history.
4. Visit The Showroom Theatre
Many moons ago, a businesswoman met a filmmaker and decided to create this totally unique experience at the very heart of the area. Today it’s a world-class performing arts venue in Prince Albert (think classical, contemporary, drama, comedy and film) and attracts some of the country’s best performers for you to marvel at.
As night falls over the unique landscape, look up and make a wish when you see a shooting star. Hans and Tilanie Daehne from Astro Tours in Prince Albert are waiting to tell you about the celestial “Big Five”, which light up the night in what is known as a “star-gazer’s paradise”. Stand amazed as you see the surface of Jupiter through giant telescopes. The planets are so close you can almost reach up and touch them.
The sheep feed on indigenous flora that have a herby aroma, varying from rosemary, thyme, sage, eucalyptus and lavender. This gives the mutton on your plate a taste you won’t find anywhere else on earth.