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The Beauty of Touws River

The Beauty of Touws River


The pretty little railway town of Touws River, between Barrydale and Ladismith in the little Karoo, lies 185 kilometres east of Cape Town.

'Touws' is the Hottentot word for ‘gate’ and the town is regarded as the gateway to Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, and as a ‘doorway’ to the Karoo. The town is also on the national flower route, which, between July and September, is alive with the vivid shades of Karoo flowers. Touws River is also home to the Cape’s famous fynbos, succulent Karoo and rare renosterveld vegetation and its wide spaces and beautiful views make it a wonderful space in which to unwind.

Art at the Karoo Art Hotel, Barrydale

Art at the Karoo Art Hotel

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Guests are welcome to wander through the hotel to examine the owner’s permanent collection, discover the thought-provoking and playful work of graffiti artists, or browse and select an artwork souvenir from the walls or grounds of the hotel. Exhibitions are regularly updated, and the aim is to delight and challenge in equal measure.

The work is curated, but they are always looking for new talent.

Karoo Art Hotel, Barrydale

Karoo Art Hotel

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Recently re-branded, the Karoo Art Hotel is a little country hotel that showcases and celebrates art in a big way. Every room in the hotel is individually decorated, part of it by internationally-renowned design collective, Magpie Collective. Aside from the eye-catching interiors and artworks, much of it for sale, the art of wine-making is celebrated with one of the best wine lists in South Africa.

In the past 4 years it has firmly established itself as the home of Klein Karoo’s best live music events.


Boplaas Wine Cellars, Calitzdorp

Boplaas Wine Cellars

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Boplaas is situated in Calitzdorp, a small picturesque village in the Southern Cape in the majestic Little Karoo. The Nel family is part of a rich legacy that reaches back to 1880. Boplaas is a family concern with Carel Nel, a Cape Wine Master, as owner and cellar master.

Boplaas has long been regarded as in the forefront in premium wine production. Boplaas is known for world-class table wines, Ports and their award winning pot-stilled brandies.