Some Pointers When Looking for Self-Catering Accommodation in Graaff-Reinet

The appeal of the Karoo is varied in nature and, once experienced, it can be hard to resist. Separated into two regions known as the Great and Small Karoo by the Swartberg Mountain Range, it is scattered with small towns of historical interest set among contrasting areas of semi-arid desert and the rich grasslands that provide the grazing that has made the region famous for its mutton and lamb. The Karoo has an energy and a lifestyle all of its own and one that seldom fails to surprise and to delight first-time visitors, as well as to encourage many of them to return on a regular basis.

The region is without any formal borders but is probably best defined by its common geological and climatic characteristics, in particular by its lower than average rainfall. It extends across all of the Cape provinces and into Bushmanland and the Kalahari beyond, even penetrating portions of the Free State and Highveld. Once seen as a dangerous and impenetrable barrier by those seeking to journey northwards from the Cape Colony, it is now traversed by the N1 highway with numerous secondary roads providing access to towns such as Matjiesfontein, Sutherland, and Graaff-Reinet.

The latter is a town that is steeped in history and is also surrounded by the Camdeboo National Park – both good reasons why visitors are constantly looking for accommodation nearby. A growing number of these are now choosing the self-catering option. While this may appear surprising, it is easily explained by the fact that the town boasts an exceptionally wide selection of excellent eateries at which to enjoy everything from a traditional local meal to haute cuisine. Under the circumstances, many choose to give the B&B or full service guest house, with their routine mealtimes a miss, and eat out or perhaps feast on a braai of succulent Karoo lamb chops.

For many travellers, the freedom to relax, undisturbed by other guests, as well as the assurance that they are not disturbing others, is an important consideration. This is yet another reason why so many visitors to Graaff-Reinet are now looking for self-catering accommodation, rather than a hotel or a guest house. While it may seem somewhat less important in a small-town environment, security is often a concern with visitors from cities such as Johannesburg where crime is far more common.

While some may be visiting the town to conduct a bit of business, others are there to explore its museums and immerse themselves in history of the Great Trek and Boer wars while still other simply wish to experience the flora and fauna of the surrounding nature reserve. Whatever its purpose may be, comfort and even a touch of luxury can contribute much to the success and enjoyment of any visit.

Combining all of these qualities and the added convenience of a central location within walking distance of most of the town’s museums, shops and restaurants, KarooRus has become a firm favourite among those who are looking for self-catering accommodation in Graaff-Reinet.

A choice from six stylishly furnished, air-conditioned units, each with secure, off-street parking, private entrances, en-suite bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchenettes and a flat-screen TV with DStv are all part of the surprisingly affordable deal at KarooRus.

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