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In the north of the mountains is the Karoo, which is characterised by wide open stretches of land, gently rolling hills and huge ostrich farms. Each season has its own unique charm and the spring flowers, the ripening fruit in the summer, the red and gold colors of autumn and the snow-capped mountain peaks in winter in the Victoria West area.
The Little Karoo (Klein Karoo) is the southwestern part of the Great Karoo, the central high plateau of South Africa. The Little Karoo is a broad, elongated plane. It is bordered to the north by the Swartberg Hills and to the south by the Langeberg and Outeniqua mountains.
The climate in Victoria West is semi-arid, but in comparison to the Great Karoo, the Little Karoo receives much higher rainfall, which falls almost exclusively in winter. The summers are hot and dry, daytime temperatures of more than 40 degrees are not uncommon. In winter, however, night frosts are possible.
Numerous rivers and streams run through Victoria West, the soils are relatively fertile, in many places crops are cultivated and orchards and vineyards are operated. Barrydale specialises in dairy farming and the region around Oudtshoorn has a long tradition of ostrich farming.
On a journey through Victoria West you get to know a piece of rural-romantic South Africa, the landscape is gently wavy. framed by majestic mountains. There are small villages where time seems to stand still and invite you to linger. If you drive from Cape Town to the Garden Route, you will find an interesting alternative to the coastal road.
The Karoo National Park is located near the N1 motorway between Cape Town and the hinterland, about 1000 km south of Johannesburg and 500 km north of Cape Town. Due to the sparse vegetation, game viewing in the Karoo National Park is easily possible. The best view is reached on the 13 km long “Lammertjiesleegte” route in the plain.
Large herbivores such as Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Eland, the two Zebra species, Kudu and Springbok are regularly seen. Klipspringer are regularly seen on the passport of the same name. Other species are less obvious due to their smaller size, nocturnal habits or restrictions in the wilderness areas of the park. The park has a very rich reptile fauna. Of particular importance are the 5 turtle species. There is also a turtle, an agama, 2 chameleons, a monitor, 18 snakes and several geckos, skinks and lizards.