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The Little Karoo is sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Swartberg mountains. The climate is much hotter and drier than the coast but is ideal for rearing Ostriches. There are excellent luxury boutique hotels as well as more affordable bed & breakfast lodges with a truly South African welcome. Oudtshoorn is the centre of the Ostrich industry and you will see numerous extravagant 'Feather Palaces’ built during the boom years at the beginning of the 20th century. But these amazing creatures are not all the region offers. At the Cango Wildlife Ranch you can spend time with Cheetahs which are a part of a breeding and conservation programme. For the more adventurous, the Cango Caves are an extensive system with spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. There are frequent tours and, for the fit, there is a chance to experience some ‘real’ caving. The area is a hiker's paradise. Hiking in the beautiful mountain passes or even a trek down into Die Hel (The Hell). This secluded valley and isolated farming community, reached from the top of the Swartberg Pass, was largely untouched until the gravel road was built in the 1960s. The Karoo is known by the original Khoisan (Bushman) inhabitants as 'The Place of the Great Dryness This is the vast central area of South Africa, semi desert, dotted with hills (kopjes) and bounded by great mountain ranges. Prince Albert is just one of the delightful little towns that are a feature of this impressive landscape.
There are excellent luxury boutique hotels as well as more affordable bed & breakfast lodges with a truly South African welcome.
During the height of summer (December - February) the Little Karoo is very hot and dry. Temperatures will range up to the mid 40C. The evenings will be pleasantly cool and dry. In Spring and Autum (September/ November and March / April) the temperatures (high 20C) are less intense. Winter (May - August) tends to be wetter but with some beautiful days and cold, crisp nights (daytime temperatures between 10 - 22C). Snow is very rare at low levels but can fall on the mountains in July and August.